Musical 5.1 receiver/processor
I recently upgraded the speakers and amplifier of my system, and am now looking to upgrade to a newer receiver/surround sound processor. I'm looking at something that sounds good with music either 2.0 or 2.1 primarily, with good room correction and bass management capabilities, and at least 5.1 (maybe 7.1) movies secondary (but watching TV/movies is the most common usage). My space is small, so I very much doubt needing more channels than that -- if I move, I'm okay with revisiting. It's also not a very ideal space, so that's why I'd like to have the ability to experiment with room correction and bass management. I primarily listen to EDM.
I've got a decent separate amplifier, so either a surround processor or receiver with reasonable output level pre-outs is probably what I'm lookin for. Budget is preferably about $3k USD or $4k CAD or less, but that's somewhat flexible.
It needs to at least handle 4k/HDR, ideally with 6-8 HDMI inputs, and 1-3 other audio inputs and, as mentioned above, 5-7 pre-outs (+1/2 sub). It has a hard height limit of 7 3/4". Ideally a reasonable OSD, and able to be controlled from a phone/tablet, but those are negotiable. I also would like it to be generally up to date with current format handling, realizing that with 5 channels (or 7 channels in the future), that maybe doesn't matter too much.
Other desirable features that aren't showstoppers if missing:
- Being able to Google Cast, Airplay, Bluetooth stream
- High quality onboard DAC
- Component video to HDMI conversion
- Independent selection of video and audio inputs
- Trigger out to activate my amplifier and subwoofer
- Easy way to boost dialogue or drop bass volume for late night watching
- Roon Ready
It will be paired with the following gear:
- B&W 803 D3 fronts
- B&W 704 S2 rears
- B&W HTM71 S2 centre
- B&W DB1D sub
- Classe Sigma Amp5
I've had Denon, Arcam, and Yamaha before. I really didn't like the sound of the Denon, and I had reliability issues with the Arcam, so I'm lukewarm on both of those brands. I've really loved the sound of an older Naim system I have in another room. I've heard pretty damning things regarding the HDMI connections on Rotel, so I'm not too in favour of that.
Things on my radar (but looking for any other suggestions):
- Anthem MRX 520/720/1120 or AVM60
- NAD T 777 v3, T 778, T 758 v3
- Emotiva RMC-1L, XMC-2
- Monoprice HTP-1
- Arcam AVR10, AV40
Also: Is there any real benefit from going from something the the MRX720 to the AVM60, or AVR10 up to AV40? Often it seems like the receiver is cheaper than the processor without amplification without any real difference in features, so it's unclear to me if there's real value sonically.
Thanks in advance.