Hi my name is Mark B and I'm addicted to gadgets. It's been awhile since I've attended a meeting, but here goes.
...Trying to decide what to do. I've got the X3300 and really like it. It's got all I need and more, with one exception....I don't like the way it looks on the front. It replaced an Onkyo 818 that had the door on it and a two-line display similar to the X4300. So with all the sales on the X4300, I ordered one, and can return my X3300.
I keep asking myself, is it worth $200 to upgrade? Obviously that question can only be answered by me, but I was wondering if you all could help me justify the added expense LOL.
I know the X4300 has the added feature of two more amplifiers to drive two additional rear height speakers, and there is a slim possibility that I would go ahead and do that. However I ask myself whether I would do that within the next year, thinking that maybe I should save the upgrade for a future version of a receiver, to more future proof myself (like there is even a way to do that LOL), in that I could get the X3500 or X4500 in 12-18 months that may have more toys on it. Then again, I just purchased an LG OLEDC65C7P, and I do not see myself replacing that anytime soon.
Ive looked at jdsmoothie's comparison post at the beginning and am aware of the other differences, but wondering if there's anything about the X4300 that I'm discounting as an added benefit. I had hoped to use the 2nd Main Source HDMI Out to distribute the same video around the house that was on the main display, but according to jdsmoothie, the video quality would fall to the lowest common denominator of all interconnected devices, and I'd lose 4k on the main set. If that was it true, then it'd be a no-brainer for me to keep the X4300.
The "32 bit DAC" I assume is one of those buzz terms that to a non-audiophile like me will bring zero benefit? I will never have a turntable, don't need the 2nd 12v trigger, won't set up Zone 3 (or for that matter Zone 2!)...the internal cooling fan is about all that's left, and even then I wonder if it would add noise?
The X3300 actually has a feature on it that I would lose going to the X4300, and that is the ability to plug an iPod into it and access all the music from it. I had an old iPod Classic laying around, so it's loaded with my entire library and is plugged into the front and lays just under the edge of the receiver. It can be played through the Denon app without having to stream from iTunes or my iPhone. Full navigation of playlists, just as if you were navigating with the iPod interface, Very cool,....except I rarely listen to music!
so the HEOS on the X4300 will go unused for me.
So, like I said at the beginning, this is like my "Gadgetguy Anonymous" meeting, and I just need to talk it out and make my own decision...but I want your opinion!
As I've written this, I think it's clear that I should just keep the X3300, as it does all I need and more, but the allure of a little extra power (for bragging rights only, as I know the extra 20w is pretty meaningless) and that sleek front and two-line display keep drawing me back in!
Thanks for reading this! Your ideas and thoughts are appreciated.