Hello all, new to the forum, been lurking for some time. Here is my situation:
My new HT is currently coming together, I so far have purchased the following:
Panasonic AE-1000U PJ
Polk Audio: CSi5 center channel, RTi8 fronts, Fxi3 surrounds, SVS PB10 sub
The room is 14' x 24', the plan is to project onto a 110-120" screen and do 5.1 surround for now.
I would like to have a reciever that can eventually do 7.1 surround, although the room is not wired for it right now. Maybe in another year or two I would do the 7.1. I am going to purchase an upconverting DVD player (probably the Oppo) but do not plan on buying an HD DVD or BluRay at least until Christmas or later. My installer says that I will get very similar signal transmission to my PJ by using the coaxial shielded cables which were installed in the room when the room was built, so I'm not sure HDMI passthrough is a big deal at this point. If do buy an HD DVD I can just run the HDMI cable directly from the HD DVD to the PJ and just use the receiver for the surround.
Anyhow, having said all that, the installer is recommending the Marantz 5001, he can get it for me for $700. I have seen it as low as $600 online, but then you don't get a warranty. I also have looked at the Denon 2807 and 2307CI, but they both cost a little more (again looking at authorized retailers only for the warranty issue).
I plan to use the room 95% for movies/TV and only occasionally for music. Given that these receivers go out of date in 6-12 months anyway, I am trying to get one that will work well for my system but stay in budget.
Currently I have about $750-1000 left to spend, I need to get a receiver and an upconverting DVD player with that.
Should I go with the Marantz or spend the extra on the Denons? Thanks in advance.