The Onkyo receiver that came with my All in One 7.1 home theater system has finally died it's second death after 9 long years. It's already been repaired once and had been slowly dying again for like a year. It's time to upgrade to something a little bit more reliable.
So, my price range is up to $500, but I'd love to stay closer to $300-$350 if I dont actually need something with more bells and whistles and power. I need it to be able to pass through 4k
with HDR and 4:4:4 and all that fun jazz. The sub that came with the AIO is powered already and most of the speakers are the stock one that came with the $600 AIO kit as well. The only exception in speakers is the two front speakers. I'm using a pair of NHT Super Two's that I bought around 16 years ago. So I'll need something with enough power to fully drive those. I'd love to get into something a little more reliable than the Onkyo. I was wondering if there was a nice Denon or something, but I'm not gonna hang on a brand and would like you Pro's to recommend the best value for my Dollar.
Side Question.... Has 7.1 changed since I bought my system 9 years ago? When I got my system back then 7.1 meant 2 rear speakers and 2 side speakers. But Now I am seeing that the extra two channels are to be mounted on the ceiling now or something? Fill me in if you can on this one.