I'm looking for a good solution to use a receiver as a preout processor to feed some Emotiva amps. I don't like the idea of powering the internal amps all the time when they will do nothing other than stay on and give off heat but I also don't want to spring for a $7500 dedicated pre pro like the AVP-A1HDCI either.
The Emotiva UMC-1 doesn't really meet my needs. I've read reports of bugginess, and it's got no HDMI 1.4 etc. I'm just not comfortable with it. The XMC-1 might be what I'm looking for whenever it hits the market but that means waiting awhile and who knows how great the execution on it will be what with the problems the UMC-1 had.
I'm leaning towards a Denon 4311ci as it does what I need, and has what I want (Audyssey, airplay etc.) and most importantly I can turn off the internal amps and use it as a true preout. The problem is that the only real reason I have to go with a 4311 over a 3312 is that I can turn off the amps in the 4311 and it has inputs for multichannel audio which would be nice but not really a deal breaker since the future of SACDs (and the like) in the age ipods is sketchy at best.
(Sidenote about multichannel audio):
I plan on hanging onto this receiver for 8 or 10 years as I have done with my AVR-4802 - which is my current unit that's overdue to be upgraded...so if multichannel audio ever does hits the mainstream it would be nice to be ready for it... the thing is at this point I'm not holding out much hope since almost none of the new music I like is ever released in multichannel and with HDMI and streaming audio becoming so prevalent I sorta doubt I'll ever actually use 7.1 audio inputs on a receiver
So that said I'm not really to thrilled about shelling out double the price of the 3312 for basically two more features. What do you all think? Are there other options out there that I am missing? Can I find a good receiver that does what I want it to do without getting to the price point of a 4311? Is there a list out there of good receivers from other manufacturers that have the capability to shut off the internal amps and function as a prepro without getting so close to the $2K mark?