I'm looking to upgrade my Yamaha HTR-5990. It's been a great unit but I've recently upgraded from the speakers in my signature to RTi A9's CSi A6 and FXi A6's. While they sound great, clarity, range, and detail have all improved while removing most of the chestiness that bothered me about the RT series, they seem to be lacking some depth, punch, and don't actually sound as 'big' as the last setup did. IE the sound doesn't seem to expand beyond the speakers in the same way as did with the RT's. Furthermore, with louder than reference volumes the sound becomes strained where with the other speakers it just got louder until it was so far past reasonable to listen to anyway.
So, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade the receiver. I'm looking at spending $1000-1200 and for now it has to be a dual purpose unit, good for home theater as well as two channel music listening (separate two channel rig to come later) So far these to have really caught my eye:
http://www.hometheater.com/content/y...receiver-specs <--RX-A2000 Review, mainly just less WPC?
I linked those because it's got full reviews, specs and lab tests.
I can get either in my price range, both got good reviews, and both make a bit more power than my current amp, along with all the newer features, namely Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD. The Yamaha from Ebay, the Marantz from a friend/installer who gets dealer pricing, so price is basically a wash. Immediately the extra power of the Yamaha attracts me. With all 6 drivers in the A9's all the power I can get seems like a good thing, and I'm already familiar with Yamaha amps as I've owned several. The Marantz, while lower power appears to drive 5 channels with less distortion than the Yamaha, but more distortion when driving just two, though seems to get the same Five Star rating for performance.
So, I'm stuck. Any experience/opinions on one or both would be incredibly helpful, or if there's another better option at that price point I'm all for it.
What say the Polkies??