Well, my VSX1121 is giving up the ghost after many years of service with the UE22 error and I'm not going to do the hot-gun fix and see if it lasts days to weeks and keep doing that over and over, and I'm ok with that. I am however using this as an opportunity to see what's out there now.
I was wondering what options there are for DACs these days, other than typical AVRs. I like to have an AVR (or maybe a DAC now) that simply processes the signal and passes it out line level to an external amplifier of my choice so that I can run separate amplifiers on various speakers in my arrangement. My VSX1121 had line out for all channels and two sub outs for this so I could use external amplifiers, making it basically a DAC in my use, as I didn't use the amplifier portion much anymore. So I'm wondering if there are DACs out there for home theater these days? The Emotiva BasX or MC700 came to mind (https://emotiva.com/collections/proc...roducts/mc-700
). But I'm curious what other options there may be that do this as I don't care to have one with an internal amplifier for the speakers.
If there really isn't much out there in terms of the above, then I guess it's time to select a new AVR. I mainly am interested in 7.2 arrangement with my current speakers and current amplifiers and simply finding a decent AVR that has line out for each channel so that I'm not using the internal amplifier. So it doesn't have to be a robust powerful unit, mostly just a processor for my needs and I'm not particularly interested in anything but basic common formats as I'm not running ultra 4k stuff nor atmos stuff, etc. So it doesn't have to be a new AVR in that way. I could easily get another VSX1121 that is working and be fine with that honestly. But, might as well see what others options there are at this point.
For reference, this is 100% from a PC source with a 4k TV (I have a HTPC that is setup for movies, music and games as a steam box when used for games, but that's not important, mostly interested in how this will work out in multi-channel application for movies as music and games for me are completely stereo). I have looked into USB multi-channel options but I have no idea how that stuff works. But I'm open to anything at this point to learn more. Maybe a simple USB soundcard with multi-channel output can be used to just directly output to the amplifiers?
Nix the Integra 40, it cannot output to a 4k TV via HDMI appropriately, so removed this. Looks like for AVR the lowest I can go is the Denon X3400.
Oops, almost forgot, it will need to output to a 4k TV and not have issues with that (I've used devices in the past that really struggled with 4k TV and had to abandon HDMI output due to that with my VSX1121 for example and was just using optical).