The new receiver dilemma - newbie needs help

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  1. Havve

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    Hi folks,

    First post by a newbie... be kind to me plz :)

    My Cambridge 540 receiver broke down so I'm on the lookout for a new one and I'm just a little lost in the tech swamp. Would very much appreciate some educated input, as I've grown grey hair from trying to learn everything through research.

    I'm a 80% tv/film and 20% music guy. I have B&W CM series (small CM1s), with CM sub and LM surround speakers in a 5.1 system currently. Possibly looking at upgrading to 7.1. TV is a Samsung F8005 55" (ordered but not received yet) and I have and old cambridge DVD89 that needs to go in favor of a BD-player. I currently don't run a NAS but I run a two zone Sonos system.

    I have my eyes on Yammy RX-v775 or a730, Sony 1040, Onkyo 626, Denon X2000 and possibly Marantz SR5008 as I heard Marantz and B&W blend well together (I myself have no idea and yes, I know I need to go and listen before I buy :). I would love to hear any other recommendations you have with the B&W CM1 series and why.

    So to the list of questions :)
    1. Since I run Sonos and at least intended to continue using Sonos for expanding multiroom music in our new bigger house, I shouldn't care about either Spotify or Airplay functionality in choosing a receiver? (I feed Sonos now to the receiver and use a Play5 in another living room and sync ITunes library and use Spotify). Would I benefit/gain in any way buy using Spotify/Airplay from the receiver itself?

    2. As a function of the above, nor should I care about Zone 2/3 funtionality and adherent app support (Sony seems to be lacking here) unless I want a better sound experience than my Sonos system gives me outside of my 5.1 cinema room?

    3. Given Sonos, should I care about Wifi at all in a receiver? (office/computer/router is on 2nd floor quite far from receiver so I don't expect to use ethernet). The receiver will only play audio files right?, and that would be covered by Sonos. Secondly, if I want mkv or other video formats played I will need to invest in a NAS or mediaserver and stream through a DLNA TV (like the one I have just bought) or a BD-player? I saw that many BD-players have Wi-Fi so I'm assuming that means I can pick up all video files straight from my hard drive without DLNA and mediaservers etc?

    4. 4k upscaling and pass through seem like a sales pitch to me at first glance? I don't see this tech being available on TVs for some years to come at an average joe price point? I think all the above mentioned receivers have this functionality so it's a non-issue really.

    So with the above reasoning maybe the Wifi functionality in Onkyo and Sony is really not important to me in this case and I should only go for the audio experience I'm looking for?

    Sorry for the rambling but I hope you can make me a little more comfortable before pulling the trigger. Thanks!
     
  2. PSM1

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    The network abilities of an AVR is only audio so if wanted to play films from a NAS or PC via a network you would need to do this via a player or TV and not the amp. Hence the network functionality will have limited use for you given your Sonos system.
    I believe you can buy a wifi dongle for most network receivers so should be able to get WiFi functionality on Yamaha or marantz if you really wanted it although I am not sure it will help you much. You could also the system that sends the internet via the power system if you wanted to get a wired network connection to the receiver anyway.
    B&W speakers are often recommended for warmer sounding receivers like Yamaha and Marantz although alot will depend on personal sound preference. Going to listen is your best option.
     
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    Neither Marantz nor Denon provide a wifi dongle option. The nearest you'll get to this with a Marantz model is their RX101 Bluetooth module.
     

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