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Originally Posted by pinehurstnc
Last weekend I purchased two ELAC debut b6.2 speakers and a Denon AVR S540bt from BB. I did a lot of research on the ELACs but the Denon just happened so I wanted to see if there was a better option before my 15 day return window expired.
I currently just have this 2.0 setup in my living room and will probably add a sub later for 2.1. I mainly watch tv along with some movies and music to a lesser extent. I know the receiver doesn't make a huge difference for 2.0 but I want to make sure I'm driving my ELACs as well as possible and I don't want to feel the need to throw my AVR away in a year.
What I'm looking for:
-At least 5.1 capabilities for future expansion
-Bluetooth is a plus. If not, I can add an adapter later
-Ideally in the $350 or under range, but flexible
Options I found thus far (I'm open to anything though)
Denon AVR-S540BT – (spent $200) – would keep it along with the 2 year warranty
Onkyo TX-NR676 (Refurbished – A4L) $230
Denon AVR-X1400H (Refurbished – A4L) - $280
Marantz NR1609 (Refurbished – A4L) - $350
My other option is to take my Yamaha RX-765 in my basement and replace it instead and move my Yamaha upstairs for the ELACs. If I do this, I would be looking for an AVR in the $500 +/- range to drive my 5.1 basement setup (2 Polk Monitor 70s, Polk CS2 center, Polk monitor 40 surround, Bic PL 200 sub). If I do this option, I would want something that is a decent upgrade from my Yamaha.
Sorry for the long post, I appreciate anyone's input.
If $350 is your absolute max, I'd go with the new Denon X2400 from A4L. You get audyssey XT, decent power and a bunch of features plus full 3 year warranty. If you can increase your budget, the X3400 will give Audyssey XT32, dual sub eq, pre-outs and loads of features.
Kef LS50,Q200C, Q100, SVS SB-2000, Denon AVR-X3400H, NAD 216, Panasonic 50" Plasma, Xbox One.
Bedroom: JBL Loft 50 , Loft 20, Bic F-12, Denon AVR-S710W, PS3, 32" Insigna LED.