Yamaha rx-a860 or rx-a1060
Hello all. Looking for some advice. I am planning to replace my current Pioneer Elite VSX-21THX with one of the above mentioned Yamaha models. The Pioneer has been nearly flawless the past seven years, but I am looking for HDCP 2.2 and high dynamic range (HDR) support, plus possibly MusicCast. down the road. I am currently running a simple 5.1 system using Samsung JU7100, Klipsch RP-260 fronts, polk monitor 40 rears and a PSA V1500 sub. I have a Sony S3500 player connected. I will likely upgrade my rears to the Klipsch RP series in the near future. Other than that, my system will probably not change. My uses are 50% TV, 30% movies and 20% music. Here is my dilema.
I feel that the Pioneer, with 110 watts per channel and weighing in at nearly 30 pounds is a solidly powered unit. It seems to produce very clear and powerful sound, especially with music, but I don't have a way to compare it to other AVRs. I like the 15" deep dimension of the RX-A850/860, but I am somewhat afraid that it will seem underpowered, compared to the Pioneer. The RX-1050/1060 seems closer to it in the weight and power aspects, but the added depth might require me to leave the back panel off of my 19" deep cabinet, for additional ventilation.. I am leaning toward the 1050/1060, but I welcome all opinions. I realize that my speakers are very efficient. My goals are clear dialogue, reasonable volume and quality sound. I normally play the Pioneer between -20 to -25, depending on source. IMO, -20 is fairly loud.
As a side note, the AVR will be housed in a BDI cabinet. The Pioneer runs fairly cool, as long as I crack open the front door. The rear panel is affixed. I am under the impression that the Yamaha will also run reasonably cool. As stated earlier, I can always remove the rear panel for additional ventilation, if needed. Sorry to ramble. I am not astute on all the technical aspects. I just like to enjoy my 5.1 set-up. Thanks all.
2 channel : Anthem Integrated 225, Bluesound Node 2i, Monitor Audio Silver 8, PSA S1500, Marantz SA8005,
HT: Yamaha RX-A1060, Klipsch RP-260, Polk RTIA1 rears, RP-450C, PSA V1500, Onkyo C-S5VL
Office: Yamaha A-S701, Bluesound Node 2, Monitor Audio Silver 2, SVS SB12-NSD, Marantz CD6006