After months of pestering, I am finally getting round to sorting out a proper home cinema system. I've got the new TV, have the location earmarked and cleared, bought a PS3 "for BluRay, honest darling. It plays games as well? Really?" and am now looking at purchasing an AV receiver.
Here lies the problem. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THEM!!!!!
My last amp purchase was back in the day that stereo was exotic and it was very much DJ focussed (i.e. big on bass, lots of power). For this use though, I need something with finesse and poise, grace, distinction. Think of it as an epee against a sabre.
Actually, don't think of it like that.
Ok, so a friend has given me some direction and for the budget I have (my work bonus) I've found three that look to be good. If anyone knows anything about this sort of thing, I'd welcome opinions on:
The Pioneer VSX922
The Denon AVR2113
The Onkyo TX-NR616
The Yamaha RXV673 (no, this is not a motorbike)
The last two are more expensive than the first two, so may mean me haggling a bit with the man in the shop, but if they are worth the extra money, then that could be an option. To be honest, I'm hedging towards the Pioneer right now (always liked their car stereos) in part because it seems to be well regarded and in part because I can probably put the money saved into speakers.
So, advice/opinions welcome and if you have any other suggestion/recommendations, those too