My Pioneer Elite VSX-36TX has developed a thermal problem and I suspect is in its death throes. Time for a new Home Theatre amp.
My inputs are an Oppo DV-971 player and a Comcast Motorola HD DVR. My TV is a Samsung 50" DLP. There is a problem with lip-synch, but it's not always present. Everything is connected via component cables for video and either optical or co-axial for audio (I don't remember which is which at this point). My viewing is probably 85% DVR High-definition network shows (both cable and broadcast - ER and the Sopranos, for example), 10% standard-definition cable (Discovery, SciFi) and 5% movies.
I have a properly-matched Paradigm 5.1 speaker system system that sounds quite good with my VSX-36TX, although it seems muddled in the mid-range.
I'm looking for something that will be more than enough for the types of source material I use. Loud is NOT important. Clean is.
I was looking at a Yamaha RX-V661 in Best Buy this afternoon that seemed to offer a good menu of options, but I don't know if the delay is long enough (160 ms), nor am I sure giving up THX certification is going to make me sorry down the road.
Any suggestions? I'd like to keep it under $500 if I can, but if I can't, so be it.
Thanks in advance.