If you don't have plans to go more than 3.1 speaker setup or 4K, then there is no point on upgrading your Anthem D1. What you call the new technology, is focused on 3D object based audio formats (ATMOS, DTS-X or AURO 3D) and 4K/HDR (HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision) video presentation. To get those benefits you have to go at least up to 5.1.2 speaker setup. Get a 4K/HDR capable TV set or projector, 4K physical media source like a UHD Blue Ray player (Oppo 205 or 203 from used market, Panasonic 820, Sony X800M2) and 4K streaming sources like Apple TV 4K or Nvidia Shield TV. Otherwise it's just a waste of money.
In conclusion, to get the most out of a new processor like the Marantz AV8805, Anthem AVM60, Denon X6500H, you would need:
1.- 4K/HDR Display (TV or Projector)
2.- 4K/HDR Sources: UHD Blue Ray player, ATV 4K, Nvidia Shield TV, Kaliedescape,
3.- 4K Content: UHD Blue Ray discs, Netflix 4K subscription, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes Movies, etc
4.- Premium Certified HDMI Cables
1.- Minimum 5.1.2 speaker setup (7.1.4 recommended)
I know a lot of people that focus only on the audio part while others focus mainly in the video part. I focus and put the same priority on both. I have a few friends running 7.1.4 ATMOS speakers setup with 1080p displays and 1080p sources. They put all their interest in the audio part of the new technology. I also have a few friends that own the latest Sony or LG OLED TVs and run stereo systems or a simple sound bar.
My recommendation is to upgrade to a current processor as soon you are ready to jump into the 4K/HDR world because technology change fast. If you upgrade to a current processor today then in 4 years is when you decide to upgrade to a 4K TV, most likely the processor is going to be outdated. Knowing that HDMI 2.1 is around the corner and most manufactures are releasing processors/receivers next year with HDMI 2.1, makes sense to upgrade the processor at the same time of upgrading to 4K. Just my 2 cents.
Enrico Castagnetti @ Rythmik Audio - Dialing In Rythmik Audio Subwoofers - REW for macOS
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Last edited by enricoclaudio; 06-13-2019 at 09:55 PM.