Is it worth upgrading my receiver?

I'm running Polk rtia3s and surround/center speakers with a Yamaha Advantage a1040 receiver. I'm a little annoyed that my HDMI doesn't pass through 4K anymore so I would have to run straight to the TV and send an optical back to the receiver in order to get full 4K. I just bought this receiver two years ago for 899 on sale so it seems like a shame to get rid of it just for that reason. However, I found an absolute steal on a Yamaha aventage a3070 which would give me HDMI pass thru, an extra 40 watts per ch, and a better dac. Otherwise it's basically the same as my current one. I doubt I could get more than maybe $300 on eBay for my old one. I'm not really interested in anything more than 5.1 or 5.2 anytime soon.

Here's the catch:. I have to buy it in a package with some lsim speakers and either sell the speakers or keep them. All in all it works out to getting this receiver for around $600ish. Or I could save my money and add a power amp onto my setup for probably more bang for the buck. What do you guys think? Is it worth the hassle?

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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,746
    The LSiMs are a VAST improvement over the RTiAs you have.
    The 3070 is also a massive jump over your current AVR.

    Seems like a no-brainer to me...
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  • Thanks for that. It's kinda feeling that way
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,121
    Buying a LSIM pkg just to get the receiver? Are they better speakers yes, but are you going to keep them? if not, then no it isn't worth the pkg.

    Especially if all you have to do to get full 4k is to buy an Optical cord. You might be better off getting that and a powerful amp to run with your current receiver.

    Once the amp is in place, you could save your money and update the speakers at a later date, and still keep your current receiver.
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  • cfrizz wrote: »
    Buying a LSIM pkg just to get the receiver? Are they better speakers yes, but are you going to keep them? if not, then no it isn't worth the pkg.

    Especially if all you have to do to get full 4k is to buy an Optical cord. You might be better off getting that and a powerful amp to run with your current receiver.

    Once the amp is in place, you could save your money and update the speakers at a later date, and still keep your current receiver.

    That's kinda what I'm thinking. I would love to add the lsim's to my setup and delete the rtia bookshelves but it doesn't really make a ton of sense in an apartment. I know later when I get a house I'll be shopping for towers and it would be nice to already have them, but who knows what kinda price I could get some good towers and receiver for then....

    Here's the deal for those wondering: all brand new with warranty 2 lsim 705s, 706c center, yamha aventage a3070 for 2300 out the door. Now you may see why I'm even considering it lol
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,379
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Buying a LSIM pkg just to get the receiver? Are they better speakers yes, but are you going to keep them? if not, then no it isn't worth the pkg.

    Especially if all you have to do to get full 4k is to buy an Optical cord. You might be better off getting that and a powerful amp to run with your current receiver.

    Once the amp is in place, you could save your money and update the speakers at a later date, and still keep your current receiver.

    That's kinda what I'm thinking. I would love to add the lsim's to my setup and delete the rtia bookshelves but it doesn't really make a ton of sense in an apartment. I know later when I get a house I'll be shopping for towers and it would be nice to already have them, but who knows what kinda price I could get some good towers and receiver for then....

    Here's the deal for those wondering: all brand new with warranty 2 lsim 705s, 706c center, yamha aventage a3070 for 2300 out the door. Now you may see why I'm even considering it lol

    Towers in an apartment are not a problem I would think. If you were to turn your current system all the way it would be just as loud as the 705s. Minus a little bass of course. Then, when you move you already have the speakers.
    Micah

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 1,423
    I cannot imagine having my 705’s and my sub in an apartment. I would get kicked out within 24 hours.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with upgrades, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ XLR's and IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • alucidideaalucididea Posts: 110
    joecoulson wrote: »
    I cannot imagine having my 705’s and my sub in an apartment. I would get kicked out within 24 hours.
    That is exactly how I feel about having some 707s. (Though no sub) I guess it depends on what kind of power, too. Either way the principle stands.
  • Honestly I think I'm getting too lured in by the sweet price. I'm trying to justify something I'm not technically in the market for yet but know I will be some day because of the price not the need. I think all if you have helped me answer my question
  • alucidideaalucididea Posts: 110
    Honestly I think I'm getting too lured in by the sweet price. I'm trying to justify something I'm not technically in the market for yet but know I will be some day because of the price not the need. I think all if you have helped me answer my question
    I do that kind of thing to myself all the time...

    You’d probabaly do pretty decently if you went with the 707s and the 3070. You could sell the 707s as a new in box pair for 14-1500 pretty easily and be done for 850 or so for the receiver.
  • alucididea wrote: »
    Honestly I think I'm getting too lured in by the sweet price. I'm trying to justify something I'm not technically in the market for yet but know I will be some day because of the price not the need. I think all if you have helped me answer my question
    I do that kind of thing to myself all the time...

    You’d probabaly do pretty decently if you went with the 707s and the 3070. You could sell the 707s as a new in box pair for 14-1500 pretty easily and be done for 850 or so for the receiver.

    Do you think I could do better that way vs selling the 705s and 706 center? I estimated I could get 1300 for 705s and 500 for center. Total 1800.... Just speculation of course
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