My experience from a HTPC perspective...
Denon 3806: Great recevier, served me well. HDMI went out in early 2013 and then left channel went out in late 2013.
Onkyo 818: Currently in use. Great receiver as well so far although I haven't tested everything on it. Some intermittent issues with handshaking especially if I don't let the projector fire up and wake up the HTPC before turning it on.
What are you using? What have you used?
And as an aside do you have any recommendations in the ~$500 range?
I have an Onkyo 515 which I picked up new for £179 (Bargain!!). Its a good unit, and works very well.
Doing it again, I'd buy a Yamaha v673, because it has full 7 band parametric EQ on the speaker outputs. In fact, it seems like the Yamaha's are the only units that have this at the entry/mid level price point. Very valuable indeed.
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Eventually upgraded to a Denon AVR 3300 and was running everything through Component Video and SPDIF for audio. Loved it but it lacked HDMI
Downgraded to a cheap Denon AVR 1513 which was adequate and supported HDMI.
Currently using a Marantz NR 1603 that I love. For starters it is an almost perfect match to my Moncaso 320B HTPC case. It has boatloads of inputs including front panel HDMI. It's got a good scaler if you need upconversion. It has about every type of input imaginable. It sounds good, and I've had almost no trouble with it.
The only issue I had was getting my HTPC to work with it. In WMC on DRMed channels, I would get a (not the) blue screen with an HDCP error. I tinkered with every setting imaginable. Tried a few different firmware revisions, and finally, I tried switching the HDMI cable to a different input, and Bingo! Worked like a charm. Since then it's been smooth sailing. The newer revision NR 1604 (which seems to have nearly identical specs) goes for about $650 but the 1603 is on Amazon for $500. The 1504 is the cheaper version if you're looking to save some $$$. It's only 5.1 instead of 7.1 and has fewer inputs.
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Found another way now to get 3D from by BD player, so it will stay for the time-being.
I'm in a holding pattern to replace it
Haven't seen much discussion and hope it's not a lemon for HTPC, but I purchased the Yamaha RX-V773 from newegg for someone else recently. It hasn't arrived yet, so I've not discovered any of it's maybe quirks. I should be able to update in a couple weeks with results. I don't really expect any problems. HTPC always on, AVR always on, UPS, harmony rf remote with hub . . . does it get any simpler?
I thought this was a good enough price, and I really didn't have time to ask around. The shortlist of reasoning for me was
- dual hdmi out
- network capable, airplay receiver, and decent smartphone apps
- 4k passthrough and upscaling (upscaling may not be great, I feel like this feature is a crapshoot right now)
- HDMI front panel input
- Input selector in HDMI standby-through mode
- Not heard of an issue with their CEC. I'll test this to see how it works before choosing Yamaha myself as it's an important feature for me
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Had an Onkyo before that-- Onkyo can suck my balls Pure crap. Nothing but HDMI sync issues, and eventually the HDMI port just burned out completely. (seriously)
It was still under warranty but I was so tired of it I replaced it with a Denon and did not even bother spending the $45 shipping to get it repaired. It's in my garage now and powers the outdoor speakers and garage speakers in stereo. I don't need video switching for this application.
TX NR 818 here, as well...although it is replacing a defunct 807 that was never right from day one. (developed the HDMI board failure, right at the two year mark...go figure.) The 818 has unbelievable sound with XT32, as you can attest, but you would be had pressed to find it at 5 bills for your buddy. (maybe a refurb). That said, I am awaiting IT's failure...I have no faith in their product, or their abysmal customer service...(there's already talk in the 818 forum of HDMI failure...Onkyo should be out of business for the atrocities they have wrought on the CE buying public.) And will either go with Yamaha or HK for it's replacement.
On a side note... I also have an older HK AVR525 (component and S video only) and it's by far the best sounding AVR I have owned. It's better sounding than the two 800 level Onkyo's, or the AVR3312 Denon. Something awesome about how an HK sounds... too bad the features and value are not up to that level these days. I think I paid $575 for it back when I worked for Circuit City as a college student, and it originally sold for $999. A decade later it can hold it's own on sound quality easily.
For me I'm leaning towards the Denon AVR-X4000, but the X1000 may be what the OP is looking for?
Onkyo TX-SR606 for a while. HDMI board went flakey early this year. There seems to be a decent repair thread on it at highdefforum, but I've just assigned it to dust-collection duty instead.
Hey thanks for the repair link. I might give that a try on mine.
No doubt. They are nearly guaranteed to break with heavy HTPC use or something that requires constant switching or video sync. I'd take a bet it wouldn't last 2 years in my house based on my and others experiences. Craigs list is full of these broken, might be a decent way to score a cheap AVR. Buy a busted one and fix it.
No problems, everything works perfectly although, Pioneer remotes suck! Just finishing up my HT server and will be going to Roomie Remote.
So far it works well & has plenty of inputs. And I've never had any HDMI hand shaking issues no matter which order the A/V components are turned on.
Funny, I was going to upgrade to the Denon X4000 for the dual sub eq and put the 2113 in my bedroom. That was, until I decided to spend the money building the htpc.
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