So I have an old set of Athena Point 5 MKII speakers (5 satellite, one center) plus an Athena P300 sub that have been boxed up for years as they don't match our apartment living (partial WAF at play too). I'm set to get a bigger office at work (maybe 15x20 feet), which will allow me to use these for music streaming. Can't wait!
I used to pair these with a Panasonic SA XR-25 receiver (100 watts / ch), but sold that years ago. After looking at some music streaming only devices (like the SONOS amp), I'm leaning toward getting a new receiver to drive the speakers.
I want to use the speakers in either a 5.1 or 6.1 configuration. I don't want a two-channel only amp. I remember using two channel sometimes, but I liked the various Dolby and Neo:6 type surround options that the old receiver had. I want to spend about $300 or less, but can stretch it too.
If you were in my shoes what would you do? Music streaming will be most of the use.
a) get a good used receiver with an optical in or HDMI for something like a Chromecast Audio to connect to
b) get a new receiver with streaming / Chromecast support built in (or again add a dongle to a port if necessary)
I'm leaning toward the latter. The Onkyo NR686 (or the Yammy v685 or 7850 or something like that, or the Denon x3400h for some more $$) goes on sale within my budget, and I can take advantage of new DSP features and the latest DACs. But I don't know whether newer DACs will make an audible difference. So I started thinking I could maybe find an older 5.1 / 6.1 / 7.1 receiver with great sound and use that instead, provided it has an appropriate digital port for a streamer.
Any comments welcome.