Can anyone recommend a good 5.1.2 AVR around $400? Perhaps an Onkyo TX-NR676 or Denon AVR-X2300W?
I'm looking at building a "budget" home theater system, and I'm trying to narrow down the AVR & Speakers. All-in-all, I'm looking at a $1,500 - $2,000 budget, built over time. I've been looking at the Onkyo TX-NR676, which on paper seems like a great receiver at a great price, but I've heard they have had some major quality issues recently, and that the AccuEQ is so-so. I'm also considering a Denon AVR-X2300W, or maybe a comparable Yamaha unit. I have past experience with Onkyo, so the 676 would be familiar, but I don't want to buy a receiver that will have lesser sound quality or build quality.
Spec-wise, I'm looking for full 4k HDR passthrough (R10, Dolby Vision and HLG), 4 ohm speaker compatibility, and at least 80W 2ch driven 8 ohm 20Hz-20kHz 0.08% THD, with AirPlay, GoogleCast, Bluetooth & Wifi - I think that's more or less bare minimum for a modern Atmos/DTS:X enabled AVR.
Speaker-wise, I'm looking at ELAC Uni-fi UB5's for a 2.0 system to start right now, and a BIC Acoustech PL200 ii later. The speakers are a little large (especially the center channel) and will require some space with the rear ports, but I've heard outstanding reviews and expect that they are well worth the space & cost. I have a lot of faith in Andrew Jones speakers. I also considered ELAC B5/6, KEF 300's and Pioneer SP-EBS73LR's (reviews only, no sound demos).
I'm thinking $400 AVR, $500 Front L/R, $350 Center, $250 Sub, maybe $100 surrounds and $100 height/rear (haven't decided on the make/model/configuration of surrounds/heights).
I have past experience with an Onkyo HTIB (HT-S6800 7.1 system) that I upgraded with Infinity Primus P363 towers, PC-351 Center and a BIC America V1220 sub. I was happy with that system overall, but the Infinity Primus series has been discontinued, and I would like to get something comparable or even a moderate step up in sound quality.
I'm looking for overall recommendations & opinions on a good AVR around $400. Also interested in recommendations & experience with the ELAC UB5's and/or other speakers under $500/pair.
Denon AVR-X4300H, 5.1 KEF Q100's w/Q200C center, SVS PB1000 on the way. 50" Panasonic Plasma (3D), Xbox One
Previous build - Onkyo HT-S6800 7.1 w/ Infinity Primus P262 towers & PC351 Center, BIC America V1220 sub & 52" Sony XBR LCD
Last edited by SabresfortheCup; 11-11-2017 at 08:50 PM.