Originally Posted by bgalakazam
Hi all, I was looking at the new receivers (AVR-E200, AVR-E300, AVR-E400) and their "counterparts" from previous models (AVR-1513, AVR-1613, AVR-1913). ...
I was looking at AVR-E300, but now that somebody pointed out the AVR-1913 is the same price, but an upper model, should I even consider the E series anymore? Are there any lacking features in the 1xxx line (like audio decoding, 3D, etc) that are newly available in the E line? I mean, given the price is the same, is there any reason why I should get AVR-E300 over the AVR-1913? I prefer more features and the 7.1.
The AVR-E300 adds support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) and Spotify. (It's possible that these are just the result of a firmware update that occurred over the past year. I'm not sure.) It also adds AM radio.
The first thing I'd ask is whether you want 5.1 or 7.1 audio. The AVR-E300 is 5.1, while the AVR-1913 is 7.1. If you want 7.1 audio, then go with the AVR-1913. If you want 5.1 audio, I think you'd probably be better off with the AVR-1713 (which is also on sale because it's being replaced) than with the AVR-E300.
If you just want 5.1 audio, then it's a bit of a tossup between the AVR-1713 for $369 and the AVR-1913 for $399. The AVR-1713 has better room correction software (Audyssey MultEQ XT vs. Audyssey MultEQ) but the AVR-1913 has more power (90 watts vs 80 watts).
By the way, the replacement for the AVR-1713 just came out. It's called the AVR-X1000 and is now part of Denon's higher-end line of "In Command" receivers. Changes from the AVR-1713 include a longer warranty, Spotify, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC), AM radio, and the addition of a cool-looking second dial on the left-hand side to select the input source.
Personally, I'm leaning toward buying the new AVR-X1000.