Need a new receiver, with some specific requirements
October 16, 2013 8:32 AM Subscribe
Our 2.5 year old Onkyo receiver has died. Again. At this point, I'm looking for a replacement, with some requirements, some wishes, and some thoughts, and an awful lot of confusion. I'm hoping some of you might have thoughts.
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So not to belabor the point, but our Onkyo 708 receiver has died for the second time, and it's now out of warranty. At this point, I am very disinclined to even consider another Onkyo. I've looked at the bewildering range of options, and could use any input the AskMe A/V Club can offer. My requirements aren't particularly tough:
- 4+ HDMI in
- Reasonable power for a somewhat large room. (I'm guessing I need >55W/channel, but I don't really know)
- Good sound (but then, I'm not exactly a high-end audiophile; the Onkyo sounded ok with some tuning. Still, I wouldn't mind slightly better....)
- 5.1 is sufficient, though I don't mind the future proofing of 7.X (or even 9.X, but I definitely don't need that)
- Good quality. I don't want to replace it again anytime soon, and I'm incredibly disappointed in the Onkyo. My now-previous model (and a few others) have a very interesting review profile: good reviews at first, that quickly turn to horrible.
- Something that looks better than the Onkyo, which my wife calls "that big ugly box." I don't think she's overly sad that it's being replaced. Especially after listening to me bitch about it and sending it back previously....
- Component video in (only 1 needed) would be great, but isn't at all critical.
- Bluetooth built-in would be nice, but I can always buy an external box.
- 1 or more optical audio in would be good if possible; our smartTV has Amazon, while our current Blu-ray player does not. It's not really essential, though.
- Assignable inputs. This was well-done on the Onkyo; I have no clue whether all receivers do a good job of this?
WOULD BE NICE:
- A decent remote. The Onkyo's remote was actually very good (it was multi-brand and capable of learning), but I'm willing to buy a Harmony or something to improve this. (Suggestions on that front are also welcome!)
- Upscaling(?) so that component/composite video can be output on HDMI.
- Pandora on the Onkyo was never great, but it was kinda handy. I think most receivers have this now? We have ethernet nearby, so wireless isn't important.
- A decent Android control app would be a plus.
My speakers are a set of Jamo (2 mains, 2 surround, 1 center) plus a JBL amplified sub that I've had forever but still sounds good. I have no desire to replace these. They're 6ohm impedance.
Not firm. I'd prefer to spend less rather than more, but I'm somewhat flexible. I'd really prefer to be under ~$700, and I think that should be reasonable, but I'm willing to pay more if I get something better. Less (even much less!) is fine, too.
Models I've looked at and would welcome personal experiences with:
Yamaha X75 (where x >= 4?)
Marantz 1504, 1604, SR5007
Sony 840? 1040? Others?
Denon? Which models?
I'm open to other ideas/suggestions.