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post #1 of 2 Old 03-07-2011, 07:10 PM - Thread Starter
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In a nutshell, I'm looking to upgrade my receiver and I need a nudge in the right direction. I currently own the Onkyo TX-SR601, which I've had since 2002. The Onkyo has served me well and will eventually be moved to another room or used to control outdoor music.

My main reason for wanting to upgrade is for
1. HDMI inputs,
2. ability to stream music from a network computer and Android phone,
3. not completely satisfied with sound quality for music,
4. Auto calibration since I can't seem to get it right manually with the SPL meter
5. and of course, more power. I'm wondering if my Sapphire ST2 towers would come to life a bit more with additional wattage.

My price range is going to be $700 or less. A couple models I've been considering include: Yamaha RX-A700, Pioneer Elite VSX-31, Pioneer VSX-1120-K, Onkyo TX-NR708

First of all, I've found the Pioneer receiver vs Pioneer Elite series to be very confusing. Can anyone shed some light on the benefits of the Elite series?

What other advice/suggestions can be offered regarding the listed models, or others that you think might fit my needs?

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Elite is to normal Pioneer what Lexus is to Toyota, IMO. A way to distinguish their more expensive models.

Don't know that you will get much more power than you have. Don't rely on manufacturer specs for that.

Also not sure about sound quality. Depends on whom you ask. Some people think receivers are going to sound pretty much alike, other people think there are big differences.

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