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post #1 of 12 Old 03-12-2011, 01:44 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello,

I've had a Denon 4806 (non-CI, no 1080p switching) since 2005. It has served me well, but I'm running out of HDMI inputs and itching to play the latest games in 1080p (my Panny plasma is 1080p compatible). I used to hang out around AVSForum a lot back in the day, but I've fallen behind in recent years. So help me, o wise forum members:

To what should I upgrade my trusty old 4806? A 4311CI? A 4810CI? Something from Pioneer or Yamaha? I want something that has more HDMI inputs (at least 4) and supports 1080p switching. I'd rather not lose any features that my 4806 has, like THX UltraCinema 2, but I can be flexible. I don't want to spend more than $3K.

Former 4806 owners, what did you end up buying next?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Bump. Nobody bought a replacement for their 4806...?
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Wow, the silence is deafening...

So from doing more searches, it sounds like neither the 4311 nor the 4810 are perfect replacements for the 4806. The 4311 has the latest bells & whistles, including HDMI 1.4 for 3D content, but it has fewer amps and doesn't sound as good. The 4810 sounds better, has more amps and more flexible configuration options (esp. if used as a preamp or for multi-room), but only HDMI 1.3 (no 3D).

That about right?
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I'm not expert on higher end Denons but I will at least give you another bump. The 4311 has MultEQ XT32. That’s a big step up from MulitEQ. The amps may not put out as much power but that’s the way things are going these days. Less power/more features. I don't think you will notice a difference unless your speakers are really hard to drive. If anything the XT32 should make the 4311 sound better than the 4806.
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For what it is worth, let me chime in as well...

I moved from Denon 4802 to a Onkyo 3008 + Emotiva XPA-5 Combo and couldnt be happier. Chock full of latest features + good power from the XPA makes my speakers pretty happy

I am assuming you want the latest hdmi 1.4a etc , in which case you are really limited to last year's or newer receivers. So Marantz (AV/SR 7005 - no Multieq XT32)), Onkyo (3008, 5008 or 5508), Denon (3811ci, 4811ci) are some of the receivers to look at.
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FWIW, I ended up buying a Pioneer SC-37, and after a few days of playing with it, I couldn't be happier. It's nice that it has pretty much every feature I want, but what's most important is that it just sounds better to my ears.
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Just noticed this thread and wanted to know how latest receivers X4200/X6200 in particular compares with 4806 in terms of SQ for Stereo, Multi channel traditional formats such as DTS, Dolby Digital etc. I don't want to go for 7200 and break my bank account as receiver technologies changes almost every year these days. I only listen at moderate volumes and speakers are rated 4 ohm.
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I had a 4806CI for many years. It ultimately got replaced with a Denon AVP + amps, but I also own an AVR-X4200W that I use in a different room. The 4806CI and 4200W are not very comparable from a sound quality standpoint especially for music. The 4806CI sounds much more robust, especially at moderate volumes.
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I went to an Anthem MRX and I've been very very happy with it.

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I had a 4806CI for many years. It ultimately got replaced with a Denon AVP + amps, but I also own an AVR-X4200W that I use in a different room. The 4806CI and 4200W are not very comparable from a sound quality standpoint especially for music. The 4806CI sounds much more robust, especially at moderate volumes.
Thanks for your feedback. I did notice that both amps are rated 0.05% THD and 4200 has XT32 advanced room calibration. Based on Sound and Vision article X4200 does have reasonable power ratings for both 2 channels and 5 channels. Why the SQ difference between them? Is it due to Torridial power supply?

Test Bench

0.1% THD 1.0% THD Two Channels Continuously Driven, 8-Ohm Loads 124.3 watts 149.2 watts Two Channels Continuously Driven, 4-Ohm Loads 215.9 watts 239.7 watts Five Channels Continuously Driven, 8-Ohm Loads 94.6 watts 118.0 watts Seven Channels Continuously Driven, 8-Ohm Loads 76.8 watts 91.9 watts
Read more at http://www.soundandvision.com/conten...S1Ic0wg1qp8.99
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I went to an Anthem MRX and I've been very very happy with it.
Which one did you upgrade to? It looks like Anthem 3rd gen receivers are out of my budget. How about Anthem 1st gen, 2nd gen such as MRX 300/310/500/510?
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Thanks for your feedback. I did notice that both amps are rated 0.05% THD and 4200 has XT32 advanced room calibration. Based on Sound and Vision article X4200 does have reasonable power ratings for both 2 channels and 5 channels. Why the SQ difference between them? Is it due to Torridial power supply?
Yeah, it's not so much about x.xx% THD numbers. Power supply, possibly. Either way, the difference is obvious.
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