Originally Posted by jmacari
tough call.......$500 could probably buy you a good, working MRX 300 or 500, online somwhere (Audiogon, usaudiomart, hifishark, etc) or a nearby Anthem dealer......
I was originally going to get a 300 and found the 700 for a great price (~$500) similar to the best I had been seen the 300 sell for, while most all of the MRX receivers were priced over $800.
Lesson learned. Don't be impatient. Only buy when able to test things out withing the eBay buyer protection window.
I found a MRX-300 for less than the repair is likely to cost. Should have it early next week. Once I see how it performs in the room I'll decide a path forward for the 700.
Sadly, the nearest Anthem dealer is a considerable drive. Lots of custom system installers near me, ut none stock anything from Anthem or Paradigm.
$500 is a lot to invest in a first generation AVR; finding a decent 5 ch amp for little money could be a choice or, like you said, go with your old 5.1 AVR, i.e., try it, see what it sounds like.....
$500 (parts) + $130 (labor) + shipping 2 ways.
I'm fine with a first gen MRX. Actually prefer it because of the features not in new AVRs (like analog video support). In 3-4 years I'd have no qualms about spending that much to keep it going.
But adding $500+ to the $500 I paid for the unit right off the top? That's a tough one. If it could be fixed for $200-300 total, it'd just mean I got it for the going rate instead of a good deal.
A 5 channel amp (or old AVR) would be a stop gap as part of the point here was to get 7.1 Even bought new speakers to expand. That also was assuming I can find 2 good channels on the AVR, but how long before they are no longer good?
If the the 300 I have coming works well, I may send the 700 to Anthem just to see the cost. If reasonable pay it, if not they keep it. I also might try to sell the 700 as a pre-processor first.
So, I'll be back with graphs later. I was pleasantly surprised at how my PDR-12 measured. The room is 15 x 21 w/ 12ft ceiling (3500+ cu ft).