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My several year old Harman Kardon 330 receiver is due for a replacement and now that I have my new HDA2 would be looking for one to take advantage of the HDMI audio of the HDA2. What are some good AVR that people could suggest. I appreciate your suggestions and input. I have a dedicated theater approx. 16' x 14' and a 5.1 Triad Bronze speaker set-up
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Well I won't make the claim on being the best but my Onkyo SR803 has been flawless so far. It has done a great job with HD-DVD & HDMI. It supports 7.1, THX Certified, Pure Audio and so on.

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I would go with top of the line Pioneer Elite, Denon, or Yamaha...
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I would wait till March/April when Denon comes out with a AVR-3807 or AVR-3808 whatever number they give to it. It's likely to have HDMI 1.3 and Dolby+ / DTS HD decoders.
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You know the Yamaha's get pretty top ratings on the video side. RXV-1700 there is a ton of good stuff in there.

I am installing a Marantz SR7001 that I have high expectations for, the 4 HDMI inputs are what it put that one over the top for me, but no scaler on board. Decent quality de-interlacing and video conversion to HDMI available on all sources though.

Really you should post the question in the amp/processor section, the mods may move this thread even.
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I would wait till March/April when Denon comes out with a AVR-3807 or AVR-3808 whatever number they give to it. It's likely to have HDMI 1.3 and Dolby+ / DTS HD decoders.

Seconded. I'm holding out for a Yamaha RX-V2800.

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Probably a good idea, I could not wait. My sources had out grown my system making it hella inconvient to use and I was having to trade off AQ and PQ connection methods to make it work at all.


The OP may be in the same boat. I'm still not sure how important HDMI 1.3 is really going to be, it seems we will still be able to pass HDMI output with current video specs, just not the new 1.3 capabilities right?
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Rumor has it Denon will introduce HDMI 1.3 receivers mid next year and some will process native HD audio formats, saw it on a website someplace.
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It's not very popular with most folks but I love my JVC 702b. Good prices on it right now at the etailers. It's dual HDMI inputs accept and process audio and it has USB wireless too!
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Yamaha 1600 simple and flawless.

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Of course it depends on your budget but I wouldnt go crazy on anything to expensive till HDMI 1.3 receivers come out. I did get a good price recently on a Pioneer Elite and updated to that for its HDMI connections.

Shame though since my Marantz SR7500 was only about 2 months old and works great, just didnt have the multiple HDMI connections I needed for both players
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I'm also thinking about a new HDMI rec. for my A2

My HK 435 isn't HDMI so Im thinking of doing a small upgrade there.

I'm hearing that the Denon 2807 is a good choice but haven't heard how well it performs with the A2 specifically. Maybe the HK 645 as well.
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My several year old Harman Kardon 330 receiver is due for a replacement and now that I have my new HDA2 would be looking for one to take advantage of the HDMI audio of the HDA2. What are some good AVR that people could suggest. I appreciate your suggestions and input. I have a dedicated theater approx. 16' x 14' and a 5.1 Triad Bronze speaker set-up


I have the Denon AVR 2807 and it works great!
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choices I looked at and the best price I found at the time from and authorized seller.

onkyo tx-sr674 (hdmi 1.1) $550
onkyo tx-sr804 (hdmi 1.1) $679
denon avr-2807 (hdmi 1.1) $850
yamaha htr-6090bl (hdmi 1.2a) $699

guy at ******* told me the 2807 was the best choice but the price as to high IMO for a 1.1 hdmi reciever.

on paper I like the yamaha because the a2 is hdmi 1.2a but none of them were 1.3 so I with onkyo tx-sr674 due to cost mainly. I needed something to do the video switching asap and the tx-sr674 was the most economical choice right now. I should pick up my a2 this week so I will post back if there is any issue.
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if you don't need component -> hdmi conversion, then the onkyo 604 will save you even more money. mine works great.
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Some of the current HDMI receivers have an issue of not adding the needed 10 db to the LFE channel on LPCM inputs. I don't know which ones work properly but I can tell you first hand that the Pioneer 8x series does not. I suggest you find a receiver that does this correctly. See the following threads for more info...


LFE, subwoofers and interconnects explained

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=748147

Pioneer VSX-84TXSi thread

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=696586

EDITED TO ADD: Pioneer is aware of the problem and has promised a firmware upgrade sometime around the end of December.

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If you dont need HDMI and are willing to use analog and/or optical for the audio connection that Marantz SR7500 I have is on sale in the sale section of AVS for a good price
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Go digital and lose the bloat! Panasonic SA-XR57 7.1, HDMI, 100w per, it's an awesome digital amp so it doesn't weight 100lbs because of heat sinks.
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I have the Denon 2807 and it sounds awesome and no hdmi problems!

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I can't stand "forward or bright" sounding receivers.....how would classify the Denon 2807? Also how good is the room EQ on that thing?
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I'm also thinking about a new HDMI rec. for my A2

My HK 435 isn't HDMI so Im thinking of doing a small upgrade there.

I'm hearing that the Denon 2807 is a good choice but haven't heard how well it performs with the A2 specifically. Maybe the HK 645 as well.

Im considering the hk 645 as well but hardly hear anybody mention it anymore. The hk 635 got a lot of great reviews does the 645 fall short?
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I would recommend either the Denon 2807/4306 or Yamaha 1700/2700. I've A/B'ed these receivers (and Pio Elite 82/84) in the demo room before I bought my Denon 2807 1.5 months ago.

On my speakers, Def Tech (7600, 2300, BP1.2x), the Denon and Yamaha sounded best. I chose the Denon because they produced a more pleasing sound on the Def Techs....to my ears.

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Im considering the hk 645 as well but hardly hear anybody mention it anymore. The hk 635 got a lot of great reviews does the 645 fall short?

I've been eying the 645 myself as it can be had refurbed for about $350.

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It's not very popular with most folks but I love my JVC 702b. Good prices on it right now at the etailers. It's dual HDMI inputs accept and process audio and it has USB wireless too!


Seconded. I love mine, and can't wait to add a new HDMI toy to its inputs!
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I've been eying the 645 myself as it can be had refurbed for about $350.

Please share... dude, you find me a refurbed 645 for 3 1/2 beans and I'll buy you a case of Guinness!

I love HK's almost as much as I like my Guinness

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Please let me know if you find one as well, that would be an awesome price...
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My several year old Harman Kardon 330 receiver is due for a replacement and now that I have my new HDA2 would be looking for one to take advantage of the HDMI audio of the HDA2. What are some good AVR that people could suggest. I appreciate your suggestions and input. I have a dedicated theater approx. 16' x 14' and a 5.1 Triad Bronze speaker set-up


Check out the Anthem Statement D2, if you can afford it I'm begining to think the way to goi s to get the best video scaler when you upgrade audio.
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Go digital and lose the bloat! Panasonic SA-XR57 7.1, HDMI, 100w per, it's an awesome digital amp so it doesn't weight 100lbs because of heat sinks.

I am interested in these digital amps, but I can't seem to figure out - how many HDMI inputs (audio-capable, not just switched) does the Panasonic have? Just ONE?
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Yamaha RX-V2700 here with the A2 and a Denon 2930CI.
Everything works beautifully.
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I am interested in these digital amps, but I can't seem to figure out - how many HDMI inputs (audio-capable, not just switched) does the Panasonic have? Just ONE?

From what I've read/seen, the Panny SA-XR57 has two HDMI inputs, one HDMI out, and does process audio from HDMI. ***Correction, just one HDMI input - I was wrong.

I am tossing up between this and the Onkyo 604 as a new amp, should the desire hit - I have a good-enough old-fashioned Pioneer D511, but it doesn't do any kind of video switching (component or HDMI), and the desire for all HDMI is tweaking me.

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