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Looking for a good receiver for my living room (24' x 18' with 8' ceilings).  

 

I am using

  • 2 - Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 - front speakers
  • ProCenter 2000 - center speaker
  • Rears not sure yet.  Possibly 2 more ProMonitor 1000 or 2 SR-8040s.
  • SVS PB1000 - subwoofer

 

I may go with a 7.1 for possibly adding more speakers later.

I have looked at a few receivers already.  Just trying to narrow it down.

 

So far my list includes:

Denon AVR-X3000, Onkyo TX-NR717, Onkyo TX-NR626, Yamaha RX-V575, Yamaha RX-V675.  

 

All receivers around $500 except the Denon around $800.  Also which of  the receivers has the best calibration for the speakers?

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In my humble opinion, Yamaha will make you happiest.  Figure out what features you want and match them to the correct receiver.  The AVENTAGE line from Yamaha is excellent.  Crutchfield has a nice deal on the Rx-A1020 (last year's model) at 799.  Again, my opinion only, I'd be interested in reading feedback from some of the more advanced bloggers...

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^ That's great advice!!
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I would suggest that you consider the Harman-Kardon 3650 and 2650, which IMO tend to sound better with most speakers than Yamaha or Onkyo.

Both Yamaha and Onkyo tend to sound thin and have poor sonic definition to me compared to the more realistic richer sound quality of the H-K.
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Have you considered Marantz?

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Yes it is one of my options.

 

Now, I am narrowing down the receivers because of the type of calibration they have.  I am no audiophile, so I will need all the help I can to set up my speakers. 

 

Most of the forums I read suggest using "Audessey" for calibration over the others out there.  So I am narrowing down to Denon, Onkyo or Marantz.

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Yes it is one of my options.

Now, I am narrowing down the receivers because of the type of calibration they have.  I am no audiophile, so I will need all the help I can to set up my speakers. 

Most of the forums I read suggest using "Audessey" for calibration over the others out there.  So I am narrowing down to Denon, Onkyo or Marantz.
And you will probably find that while Onkyo has many advocates and is often less expensive they run hot and seem to have more reported failures than Denon and Marantz which are really just two different brand offerings from the same company. HDMI boards have been one of the most common reports with Onkyo. I have a couple of Denons 591, 2112ci and an older Pioneer Elite. The Elite is a tank while it doesn't really get too hot it consumes prodigious amounts of electricity. It also has a firmware bug with LFE volume. If your budget will allow it get a receiver with XT32 and the extra calibration which is not on Onkyo either from what I understand. Dual sub support in calibration can make life much simpler.

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+1 for Yamaha. I like the price, functionality, and performance. I've had reliability issues with Onkyo, never tried Denon. Marantz makes great receivers, but you pay more for them. I'm all about bang for buck.
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+1 Yamaha....most of the mid priced models have been well reviewed. I've had mine for almost 8 years. Disregard the old myths of yamaha sounding "thin"...there AVR's offer a good balance in HT and Music.
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Thank you Yankees24!  I've had no issues with anything sounding 'thin'.  Reliability, performance and ease of set up are all important, especially if you're less experienced.  The Audessey is certainly highly rated, but, imho should not be the highest priority.  Let's face it, once you get it set to where your ears like it, you probably won't be messing with the set up much.  I'll be setting up a new Yamaha RX-A1030 in the next couple days.  I'll let you know how Yamaha's YPAO utility performs.

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If you don't want to pay full price on a receiver, I would suggest Accessories4less.com

Most things are refurbished and you can save a lot! I purchased a Denon 2313 for $450 and it has worked great! Some things in life you just gotta have new, like a toothbrush or underwear! A factory refurbished receiver just seemed like a logical place to save some money! They carry the brands you are interested in too!
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In my humble opinion, Yamaha will make you happiest.  Figure out what features you want and match them to the correct receiver.  The AVENTAGE line from Yamaha is excellent.  Crutchfield has a nice deal on the Rx-A1020 (last year's model) at 799.  Again, my opinion only, I'd be interested in reading feedback from some of the more advanced bloggers...

+1

 

The AVENTAGE line is well built.  I've never thought of the sound as being "thin" as stated by someone in this thread.


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Yamaha A820 - refurb at AC4L
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/YAMRXA820BL/YAMAHA-RX-A820-7.2-Channel-Network-AVENTAGE-AV-Receiver/1.html

Also, I do not listen to receivers - I listen to the speakers - however, Yamaha does not sound thin.

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The NAD T748 is the best value and sounds best for $600 IMO.

Do a direct listening comparison against any Yamaha or Onkyo and I think that you will decide that the NAD sounds better.
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