Originally Posted by Active Speaker /forum/post/19905475
Anyone want to modify this advice? Put another way: Has anything changed in a year that would prompt the OP to sell his AVR 507?
I just went through all of these feelings recently. Not because I was thinking of selling an AVR-507, but because I was thinking of purchasing one. I'm in the process of designing a new home with a larger home theater. I currently have a small home theater and was using an AVR-305. I was ready for something newer, but couldn't afford the AVR-707. I LOVE my B&K stuff. I sold my 305 and got my 507 for a difference of $100-$150 more. What a bargain. I gained 2 more channels, less age on my equipment and better processing. I want 7.1 for my future home theater. The 507 is absolutely wonderful.
No current processing like DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD.
No analog inputs for 7.1 (but it does have the inputs for 5.1).
I use a switch and it works just fine. I have the audio going to the 507 and the HDMI going to the projector. It requires an additional button to be pushed to go between DVR and Blu-Ray. No bid deal.
Have you looked at what material has DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD in 7.1? Almost nothing. This is one of those situations like 3-D TV. The manufacturers are pushing the technology without many sources to appreciate your investment. Being the first one on the block to have new technology comes with a price.
5.1 VS. 7.1 Inputs:
When (or if) 7.1 really becomes the norm, here is my solution. Solution A: Buy a Blu-Ray player that has 7.1 analog outputs. Plug 5.1 into the AVR-507 and buy a stereo amplifier for the other two outputs. I wish the 507 had inputs for all 7.1, but it doesn't and I've been told it can't be reconfigured. Solution B: By the time 7.1 becomes the norm, you'll be able to buy an AVR-707 at a severly reduced price. In five years, sell your 507 for $300 and buy a 707 for $600.
Here is my philosophy on receivers. I have expensive taste, but I'm too cheap to pay big money for brand new. If I upgrade every five years, to what was the flagship five years ago, I'll have fairly current techology at about 1/7 of the cost. You'll still be able to have a $3500 receiver, but no one has to know you paid $500 for it.
Keep your AVR-507
, but go to your local Home Theater shops and look at what they have for sale now. Ask questions.........listen to things..........play with the buttons..........do your research. When you decide what it is you like, watch for it in a few years for much less. There is always the risk of getting a used unit that may need repair. Even if you are unlucky and need to make a repair, the deal you will find will still outweigh the original MSRP you would have paid. It's like a used car. The value always goes down, because there are too many people who want brand new. Let them take the hit. Keep this in mind too. Most people who spend BIG money on AV equipment probably take very good care of it.
Thanks for you time and I hope I haven't offended anyone. I'm not saying you should use antiquated equipment either.