First Setup - what amp?
I am embarking on my first home cinema setup and have looked at the Yamaha AV61 & Denon 1356 bundles but have decided that I can push my budget a bit farther. I'm looking at the older Tannoy FX5.1 speaker package at £150 from Richer as these have had good reviews but I have a quandry with what amp to choose. My choices are as follows:
Denon AVR-1707 (can be had for ~£210 at the moment)
Denon AVR-1507 (~£150)
Yamaha RXV-559DAB (~£200)
Onkyo TR-505 (new, so £250)
The Onkyo has only just come into the reckoning, and its HDMI capability appeals to me. However, the AVR-1507 has had good reviews so I assume its older brother 1707 is also good. Both Denon models and the Yamaha are older and hence discounted as opposed to the Onkyo which is very new; the question is, will either Denon or Yamaha provide better sound than the Onkyo, given that they were in higher price brackets when originally released? Do they therefore represent better value than the Onkyo?
All help gratefully received.