hello, this is another "need help selecting a AV receiver" thread.
well, sort of..
I understand that, no matter what review site I look at, or how many forum posts i read, the results will always have variance. Like today, I went to yahoo and typed in "best home theater receiver brands" and the results were typical. One site said Denon, another said Sony, etc...
The previous receiver I had was a Yamaha, I dont remember the model, but it was a decent model, it was about 4 or 5 years ago. I currently own a Sony STR-DG820. I like the sound of this sony, but looking to upgrade to a more current receiver.
Keep in mind, i am currenly running my speakers through a Klipsch Quintet speaker system, about 5 or so years old. They sound good, but I will likely be looking at upgrading to a better speaker system, most likely a bookshelf system due to 1) price and budget, and 2) i live in an apartment and dont really need a full floor standing speaker system...although, I usually like to go for a pretty beefy subwoofer, simply because I like good bass, and even at low volumes, I want to be able to hear all the low tones and low effects in movies and music.
I want the receiver to be able to process the usual stuff, dolby true HD, dts-HD master audio, and THX would be nice. I would like to have sirius/xm connectivity, but that is not all that important. It would also be a good thing to have internet connectivity, though I dont need wi-fi, since my reciever is right next to my modem and I can just plug it in directly.
I would like a unit that has a setup mic and a decent GUI. Enough power to have excellent sound quality and all volume ranges, though, I probably wont be doing any loud listening, again, I live in an apartment. Something in the 100-120 w/ch range (roughly 850w total power would probably be enough).
Ive not heard Denon, or onkyo, and havent really heard any of the newer yamaha or sony or pioneer units. ive not heard anything from marantz.
I would like to keep the price under $700.
a question about accessories4less. i know some of their units are refurbished. is this something one should stay away from? just curious if i should be leary of anything refurbished.
thanks and sorry for the long post.