I'm wanting to pickup a new receiver over the next month or two and I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go. Right now I have a 5.1 setup which uses an old Rotel RSX-1056 (5 X 75) for the centre and surrounds and a Rotel RB-1080 (2 X 200) for the mains. I'm running first version B&W 703s for the mains, along with the matching HTM7 for the centre, DS6 S3s for the surrounds, and a Paradigm Sub-12 for subwoofer duty. The centre and surrounds aren't a difficult load so I don't need huge amounts of power for those, but I do listen to music quite a bit and the 703s really benefit from the stronger amplification that the 1080 provides.
The reason I'm looking at a new receiver is because I'd like to eventually move to an Atmos setup and the fact that the RSX-1056 doesn't have HDMI inputs. It still works fine for my current setup so the need to replace s not immediate, but it's clearly a barrier given it's age and incompatibility with current standards, etc.
I've been considering the Anthem MRX-720, the NAD T758 V3 and the Yamaha RX-A2080. At the outset, I'd plan to use my Rotel RB-1080 for the front channels with whichever receiver I choose. If I go with the Anthem or NAD, I'd probably think about replacing it with a 2 channel offering of the same brand, probably something like an PVA2 or C275BEE, if there were advantages to be had.
I'm up in Canada and based on some initial looking, the Anthem and Yamaha would be roughly the same price, whereas the NAD would be about $500 less than either of them.
My use would probably be about 50/50 HT and music, and my primary concern would be sound quality. The receiver would be dedicated for listening in one room only, and I don't need a whole bunch of "add on" features like streaming, DSP modes, etc. I have a fairly small HT room, and my current setup is adequate for the volumes I listen at.
Based on what I've read online, it would seem like Yamaha would probably win in the reliability department, with the Anthem and NAD beating it out on sound quality. With room correction it seems like Anthem and NAD would also be a cut above the Yamaha. I'm leaning towards either the Anthem or NAD, but I've kept the Yamaha in the mix strictly because I've used Yamaha gear in the past and I like their products.
I suspect the Anthem would sound the most similar to my current setup, whereas I think the NAD would bring some additional warmth that could benefit my 703's for music. With the RB-1080 they sound fantastic, but some recordings can err a bit on the bright and sterile side of things.
Any thoughts or advice you may have would be greatly appreciated!!
p.s. Another thought I've had was to simply pickup a 5 or 7 channel power amp, use it to power all channels in my current setup with the RSX-1056, and hold off on upgrading that until I absolutely have to. Part of me likes the idea of biting the bullet on amplification now, knowing that I can check off that "foundation" piece and not have to really worry about it the next time an upgrade comes. I don't tend to change stuff out that often, so a good multichannel amp would probably serve me a LONG time, LOL