Anthem AVM-60 or Yamaha CX-A5200?
I'm trying to decide which of these 2 processors are the best fit for me. I have no local dealers where I can audition these units side by side, so I'm looking for others' experience with these units I'm not interested in Denon or Marantz due to a bad customer experience I've recently had with them and am still dealing with.
5.1.0 layout with Triad Silver Series speakers and Paradigm PW-2200 sub. Anthem PVA-7 amp.
Room is a family room so not much to be done with layout or additional room treatments. Ceiling mounted surrounds and center so Atmos height speakers were not recommended.
80% movies and TV, 20% music.
Will have record player with separate phono preamp. Amazon firetv and blueray player.
I'm looking for a high-quality unit that will have excellent sound quality, last 5+ years, and play well with my harmony remote. Sony 65-A8f OLED display.
My thoughts so far:
The Anthem is very no frills which is a plus. ARC is likely a plus but I've read conflicting reports. Great 2ch quality. Matches existing amp aesthetics. Great customer support.
Older design. Arc not as configurable as manual eq. Not as many DSP options (this is debatable whether it's really a con). Only parallel sub out, which may be an issue if I want to reuse unit in a few years in a dedicated HT room which is a possibility.
The Yamaha is a newer design and has updated DAC and manual PEq. Easier firmware updates and potential to decide DSD files natively if I decide to get into that technology. Has built in Bluetooth ability so I don't have to purchase another box for this. Yamaha is a bit cheaper.
YPAO less than stellar. Would use REW to check and fine tune YPAO results. How is 2ch performance?
Last edited by Noel Hart; 06-07-2019 at 04:10 PM.