I currently have a Yamaha RX-750
. I had purchased it with
2x DefTech 8020STs
2x DefTech 8080BPs
1x DefTech ProCenter 1000
Because I can't help myself, I just swapped out my 8020s for 8040s
, and my PC1000 for a ProCenter 2000
. 8080s haven't arrived yet. For now, I'm planning on a 5.0 setup (foregoing a sub for the moment, I think the 8040s may be enough for my size room [162"x141"x89"]). My primary reason for the upgrade was future-proofing as I have a fairly small living room at the moment. I was considering buying an Atmos capable receiver for the same reason, but for Yamaha, the next level up was $800. I had only paid $569 for my A750. I was just going to let it go until I searched around a bit and found Onkyo-TX-NR737
I had initially narrowed my receiver down to a Denon and the Yamaha, but I liked the sound of the Yamaha more in the show room. I don't know anything about Onkyo, nor did I get to listen to one and that's where my question lies. Are they a good receivers, and do they have similar sound properties to the Yamaha? I thought the Denon sounded a little warm. Crutchfield still has the AX-750 for $650, so I'm a little concerned that the Onkyo is still cheaper considering it is Atmos, and has a higher wattage rating per channel. I'll pose the question two ways:
1. Take Atmos out of the equation. Is the Onkyo a better receiver? If no, is it a better receiver for the money?
2. If no to #1
, does the fact that it allows for Atmos change your answer? Also, unless I'm misreading does this particular receiver only allow for Atmos in a 5.2.2 setup?
If there are any significant differences I'm missing, please let me know.