I was a happy user of a AV-Receiver Kenwood KRF-X9050D - when suddenly the onboard processor died, thus it was not usable anymore.
I then went for a KRF-9300D receiver, which when I received it, avered to be a big mistake. Imagine, those *&%$& did put a Fan into it! (Yes, a FAN) because some components where actively working on the data (Video data).
The one thing I always liked about the Kenwood receivers was that the sound/audio was always coming through clean (tried Yamaha but that one was an even bigger mistake, Denon/Bose amplify Bass too much IMHO, Onkio didn’t have the power reserves so that when listing to a good beat, audio got distorted) for a decent price (~500 euro price tag).
Everyone who is an audio “purist”, knows that a well balanced setup is more important than the best components that do not play well together, and especially a decent source (SACD, Vinyle disks).
I however want to replace that one Kenwood receiver because every time I power it on, I can’t stand hearing the FAN.
So here my request to you folks:
What would be a good AV receiver, that has the following:
- Price tag around 500 euro (Ok, I would go to 1000, but very honestly, when I see the setup of friends which are way more expensive than mine, I don’t know where that money went into).
- 5.1 output for Home-Cinema (7.1 is Ok)
- Decent Stereo playback
- 4 HDMI in, 1 HDMI out
- 100W per audio-channel min
- No FAN
- No network stuff
It does not require to be very fancy, preferably no Network and no stupid app for configuration. The less electronics inside, the better (from experience).