Time to upgrade AV Receiver

Hi All,

It’s time to upgrade, so let’s start with my current setup:

B&W CM10’s front left and right
B&W Center 2 front
B&W 685’s rear left and right
B&W PV1 sub
Yamaha CX-A5000 AV Receiver

Monolith 7X Amp
Panasonic DP-UB820 Blu-ray Player
Sony 65” X900H TV

At the time the Yamaha CX-A5000 was a budget pick based on financials as I was moving from a receiver with built in amp to separates, so I feel this is by far the weakest link in my system and so considering an upgrade and would to hear some expert advice. My budget is ~$2k - $2.5k and I’m going to buy 2nd hand.

The main use of this system is watching TV & Movies, though I’m also building a collection of HD music. If there’s one characteristic of the sound I’d like to adjust with this upgrade is that the sound can become a bit harsh when watching movies (Blu-ray source mostly) and so this is leading me towards Marantz as a brand but I’m open to anything so long as it’s compatible with the latest 4k HD video capabilities and also I use XLR cables.




I much prefer bypassing as much sound processing as possible using “direct” / “straight” modes tbh. I’ll turn the question around, if you’re buying high end gear why would you then put the signal through such artificial circuitry vs buying components that naturally give the sound profile you want allowing you to bypass it?

So....you think all the other circuitry involved is somehow organic?

I laugh at guys that would rather be "pure" then have the sound they want.

And yet the word organic never appears in my post, nor do I mention not wanting to achieve the sound I want, two misses, so go away non contributing little troll, there’s no place for you here.