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Awesome input, I'll get the room specs exactly when I get home, I would say 20x20, open to kitchen with a high sloped ceiling.
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Awesome input, I'll get the room specs exactly when I get home, I would say 20x20, open to kitchen with a high sloped ceiling.

In that case you are going to need to invest a good bit in subs to get decent bass in that space. Since subs see the entire connected volume of a space, you have a lot of room to pressurize. I think at a minimum you are looking at a pair of PSA XV15 subs. That still leaves you plenty of money to get a nice system, but don't neglect the bass department.

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With your budget, I wouldn't spend that much on a receiver. And generally those boutique receivers don't offer a lot of value compared to the mainstream brands.

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With your budget, I wouldn't spend that much on a receiver. And generally those boutique receivers don't offer a lot of value compared to the mainstream brands.

Sorry, the Anthem is better iin most every way. It's not a "boutique" receiver.

The ARC 1M room correction is worth it alone for the price of admission. You get real-time readouts on your laptop as the program is running and it does a much better job than even XT32 in my experience.
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All receivers are subjective and based on one's desires and needs > no one can guarantee you
anything. I for sure based on budget, would not over spend on the receiver for the sake of a less
quality sound system. The key to your system is the speakers and subwoofer.

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Awesome input, I'll get the room specs exactly when I get home, I would say 20x20, open to kitchen with a high sloped ceiling.

It will all depend on how much of a bass-head or head-banger you are.
Two subs are nice - however a nice/good one can get you started. >>
I would still desire/want good quality speakers on that budget.

You can always save for a second sub

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Subs, speakers, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ are important to me.
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The highly anticipated Ascend Sierra 2s would be worth looking into. Apparently they will be on the Ascend website in the next couple of days.
http://forum.ascendacoustics.com/showthread.php?4978-Sierra-2-Development-Thread/page130
One forum member was lucky enough to purchase and review them already http://www.avsforum.com/t/1516716/made-a-trip-down-to-ascend-and-came-home-with-my-new-sierra-2s
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I would recommend going with:

Lower-mid avr w audyssey for ~400 - 500
3 arx a2rx-c for LCR for ~680 (maybe 750 shipped?)
HTD level 2 or middies for surrounds ~200 (maybe splurge on arx a1 or HTD level 3 ~300)

Spend the rest on dual matching sub's from one of the well regarded ID places such as SVS, PSA, hsu, rythmik.

This setup IMO would give one of the better bang for the buck values. It would fill a 20x20 space with a great soundstage for both music and movies and leave enough budget for sub's to keep all but the biggest bass addicts happy.

Have fun in your search and dont let this forum inflate your budget too much! These guys have great advice but always a reason to stretch your budget that much more.... smile.gif
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Sorry, the Anthem is better iin most every way. It's not a "boutique" receiver.

The ARC 1M room correction is worth it alone for the price of admission. You get real-time readouts on your laptop as the program is running and it does a much better job than even XT32 in my experience.

I am sure it is a well made, quality product, but yes it is a boutique receiver. I don't mean this in a bad way, I am just saying that they don't do the kind of volume that Yamaha/Pioneer/Denon/Onkyo do.

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What is better about the MRX310? I've never heard of this receiver before.

With your budget, I wouldn't spend that much on a receiver. And generally those boutique receivers don't offer a lot of value compared to the mainstream brands.

+1.

Another thing to consider is that high volume often provides an AVR with well-debugged hardware and firmware, recent pratfalls in HDMI land by Onkyo notwithstanding.

for example:

http://hometheaterreview.com/anthem-mrx-710-av-receiver/?page=2

"One quirk I did notice, though, is that if you dial through the different two-channel-to-surround processing modes, occasionally the receiver stops outputting a signal to the subwoofer. This happened to me twice and was only correctable by powering the 710 off and back on, but in hours of listening in both stereo and AnthemLogic modes, without cycling through the inputs, it never happened to me unless I cycled through the various modes quickly. I hope that's something that Anthem can correct in a firmware update, although I don't see it being a problem in day-to-day use."
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