After a bit of advice on a potential receiver upgrade.
My current core set-up is:
Receiver: Primare SPA21
Speakers: 5.1 setup with Elac 204s + Sub
Projector: Vivitek HK2299 with 110 inch screen
Players (current & legacy): Sony 4k UBP-X700, Fetch, Foxtel, AppleTV 4K, Oppo 103
Setup in a hybrid study / theatre room of 4 x 4.5 M
The Primare is ancient - has great sound but feel like its getting left behind. It has no HDMI inputs so video is feeding directly to the Vivitek via a simple 4K switch or via the Oppo. With audio going separately via digital or optical connects to the Primare. Fortunately have never had any sync issues but it does add to the complexity.
So the options I am thinking through are:
Bite the bullet and get new a receiver - like one of the higher-end Marantz's
Perhaps leave the SPA21 in place as the Amplifier and just get an AV Processor
Getting back into things, I wasn't thinking I would upgrade my speaker set-up but Atmos looks intriguing. Not sure how it will work in my setup as all my speakers are currently already at ceiling height (except the sub of course). So if I didn't add any new speakers is it still worth doing the receiver upgrade - or should I aim to do both together? The room has double-layer sound-proof plasterboard so its not easy to cut through to lay new speaker cable.
I am leaning to keeping things simple and just going with a new receiver at this stage. Perhaps the Marantz 6014 or even 8012 if it is worth the differential. Then maybe new speakers down the track.