Originally Posted by coachvu
Artisan Fan, what used NAD amp do you recommend? I've read about the 3020, but there aren't many available on ebay. As for new models, what about the Onkyo TX-SR606B?
The 606 has the entry-level Audyssey room correction. 2EQ. While not a bad system, it is not as sophisticated or useful as MultEQ XT. It also takes fewer measurements, so you'll get a less accurate characterization of the room. So last year's 705 closeout is a better receiver than today's 606. Also, the mic that comes with 2EQ based systems is not as good, and that matters for accuracy of room correction. Both of my MultEQ XT mics (I also have a MultEQ XT processor in my car) measure astoundingly well. They are basically flat through the midrange and bass, and only a little off from my expensively calibrated measurement mic in the extreme treble. Oh, one more thing you might want to make room for in your budget is a good universal remote control. I really like the Logitech Harmony line.
Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
Pickup the recent issue of Absolute Sound.
A magazine written for clueless idiots, by clueless idiots. TAS and the like are to good audio what GQ, et al., are to good clothing. If Harry Pearson & Co say something, running in the opposite direction is usually a safe bet. At least Stereophile bothers to actually measure the gear they review. That said, a player that can do SACD isn't a bad idea. Two-channel SACD sounds exactly the same as two-channel CD. However, upgrading to 5.1 channels in the future can give you a better sonic experience from SACD. One needn't spend $160 on an SACD player. I picked up my Samsung DVD/SACD/DVDA player for about seventy bucks. Three years ago.