Originally Posted by bobknavs
Do you have a budget in mind for the AVR?
I don't have a lot of experience with room equalization software, but the X3500H (or the 2017 X3400H) is the lowest-end model with Audyssey XT32 and SubEQ. That's the best retail version of Audyssey, and SubEq does semi-independent equalization of 2 subs.
Some claim that you need better software (such as Dirac), but that probably requires more expense (like an NAD T558 V3, which is the least expensive AVR that I know of that is bundled with Dirac).
I would like to keep budget low as possible. I don't require a high end avr.
I prefer a more relaxing sound rather than one causing fatigue. I am less about the loudness and more about excellent sound quality. Something with a better midrange and clearer dialogue as 1 am more into movies. Sufficient power to drive the MA silver 200 without distortion / clipping. To last at least 3 years unlike my previous avr. less than 1 year.
The height clearance of av rack is 9''.
I have narrowed down to Denon or Yamaha
1. Denon x1400 / x1500
2. Denon x2400 / x2500
According to forums
Pro: Audyessey - multi point room correction software, easy to set up, neat back layout, detachable power cord.
Cons: Gets very hot. reliability issues, not subtle.
1. Yamaha V 683 / V 685
2 Yamaha A 670 / A 680
Pro: Better heat management which does not fry the components and reliability
Cons: YPAO correction software, outdated interface, setup not easy
I understand that a sub also plays a important role and i have narrowed it to REL HT 1003 or SVS SB 1000.
Excuse if out of context.
All feedbacks are welcome. Thanks