You realize that for 11.1.4 you would need processing and amplification for 15 channels. 11 on the horizontal and 4 on the vertical. Do you mean 7.1.4? Because their is not an AVR that will even process 15 channels let alone amplify 15 channels. There are very few separates that will meet your requirements.I have a room that already has 9.1 speakers setup including 4 in the ceiling. So it wouldn't be difficult to add a couple more speakers for 11.1.4.
Looking at the offerings, the receivers that have built-in support with 11 channel amps seem to be each brand's "flagship" receivers costing 2-3K. However I see 9.2 receivers that can do the 11 channel processing if you add an extra external amp. This seems like a much less expensive option since I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. I only plan on watching Blu-ray discs and some TV streaming. The entry level 9.2 receivers like this I've found are the Pioneer VSX-LX503 and Onkyo TX-RZ730. Spending a bit more, I could get the Marantz SR6013(2018 model) or the Denon AVR-X3600H.
Are there other options I should be considering?
I've only been looking into integrated receivers. Should I consider spending more for a pre-amp processor and adding my own amps?
Ultimately, I'd like to spend under $1,000 but I am flexible.
Or is Atmos 11.2.4 a hoax that I should forget about?
Thanks for the advice,
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