Hi there! I’m looking for a stereo (2.1) amplifier/receiver for my new apartment.
Where: Small living room, 3.6x3m
Sources: TV and Spotify
Speakers: Something 2.1
Budget: 500 USD
It’s going to be in my living room, attached to a TV, so I would really like to make it as seamless as possible, so I would like to get a setup where I can get away using only the tv remote.
Waking up from optical is only useful if the receiver can also learn volume signals from tv remote, otherwise the amp remote is still necessary. Hdmi makes everything convenient.
I saw that these would likely be a good fit,
NAD D-3020v2 <-- wake up from optical input and learn volume signals from tv remote
NAD D-3045 <-- hdmi, but no Spotify Connect
Onkyo TX-8250 <-- optical + Spotify Connect, remote still necessary for volume?
Onkyo TX-8270 <-- hdmi + Spotify Connect
TX-8250 <-- hdmi + Spotify Connect
5.1/7.1 AVRs… <-- hdmi + Spotify Connect
The D-3045 is probably outside my budget (~500) though.
What do you folks think about these? Do you have other recommendations?
Also, is it stupid to get a surround AVR to be strictly used as a 2.1?