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post #1 of 18 Old 06-21-2011, 07:52 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking to replace my AV receiver with a smaller footprint. The A/V receiver I have Yamaha RX-V2700 works fine but I have a small space to work with and need something with very good video (upscaling) & audio. The RX-V2700 is very deep (17 inches) and also gets very hot. I have a DVR, XBOX, Wii, AV Receiver, and DVD player all an open cutout in the wall.

My preference would be:

1. Something with excellent video & 4+ HDMI ports. The primary use would be Home Theater, TV & XBOX.
2. Good audio, but doesn't have to be great as loud music/TV drives my wife crazy.
3. 14 inches or less deep. My Yamaha is 17" deep and with all the AV cables it is like a rats nest behind the receiver.
4. Cool - it is open but it still gets hot. The cooler the better.

It's been about 5 years since I bought the Yamaha...I'm sure a lot has changed. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Money is not a critical factor but I would prefer < $500. I saw a Sony that was 14"...but don't know if other brands like Denon or Onkyo are better.

Also, is my Yamaha worth anything on the used market?
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How bout the Marantz 1601? 14.4 inches deep but only 4.1 inches tall so a lot more room for ventilation.
http://www.amazon.com/Marantz-NR1601...8714050&sr=8-1

of course your Yamaha rx-v2700 is worth something. there's 3 on ebay right now.
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from=R4...All-Categories

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I have no idea why AfroGT is saying your Yamaha is worth something...

I'd use if for a wheel chock when I jack my car up to change its oil...

Give you $5 for it...

Of course I'm kidding. Somebody out there would love that thing. Or you could start a 5.1 in the bedroom...
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I'll give him $10!!!

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The Marantz looks very nice - exactly what I am looking for. I don't think I'd miss the internet...I hooked it up to my Yamaha but in practicality I use it very little. I read the Amazon reviews and it seems to be very well like.

I do have one question on the video. When I purchased the Yamaha I was very focused on the video upconversion. I watch TV (via UVerse), DVD & BlueRay movies, and XBOX. In some of the reviews it says the box lacks upconversion/scaling. TV, XBOX, Wii, DVD's, etc look great today through the Yamaha.

Will I be disappointed when I swap units with the video quality (or sound)?

As far as the $5 and $10 offers can I assume you will be picking up the shipping?
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Another small footprint avr is the Sherwood R-904n... Here are a couple reviews:
http://www.hometheater.com/content/s...4n-av-receiver
http://hometheaterreview.com/sherwoo...t-av-receiver/

I'd probably go for the Marantz NR-1601 though if it were me.
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I'd love to hear any current suggestions to this question.
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Last year's 2012 Marantz SR1403 and SR1603 as well as the just newly released 2013 Marantz SR1504 and SR1604 are all slimline models.

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Hello all,

I'm a newbie posting here. I too have been looking for the elusive "small footprint" receiver, in my case it needs to be 12.5" deep or less. Height and width are not an issue. We've been using the Yamaha RX-A710BL, and are happy with the functionality and sound, but it doesn't fit in our new cabinets.

The components I want to connect through this receiver are:
Samsung 55 8000 HDTV
Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
Apple TV MC572LL/A (2nd Generation)
Time Warner Cable box (HD DVR)
Sonos Bridge router
Yamaha 5.1 channel entry level speaker system (plan to upgrade soon)

Based on reading these forums and various review sites, it seems my only options are:

1. Pioneer VSX S300 - http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-S300-Channel-Receiver-Theater/dp/B008BTNA0E/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368271255&sr=1-3
It says not for US use - does anyone know why this wouldn't be compatible with US components?

2. Sherwood R-904N Neboxx - http://www.amazon.com/Sherwood-R-904N-7-1-Channel-Dual-Zone-receiver/dp/B002S4084O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368277472&sr=1-1
I'm not interested in any of the streaming video capabilities, so the negative reviews on those don't bother me. But overall this seems like a low quality product that may even be discontinued at this point?

3. Cambridge Audio Azur 351R - http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-351r-av-receiver
This is pushing it at 12.9 inches but I might be able to make it work with right angle/90 degree cables, as I've got another 3/4 inch between the back of the cabinet and the wall.

Thanks in advance for any advice you have on which to choose, or if there are other options I've overlooked.
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Hello,

This is my first post here so thanks in advance for any advice.

I've been reading the forums as I too am looking for a small footprint AV receiver that can connect the below components:

Samsung 55 8000 1080p 3D/HDTV
Time Warner Cable HD DVR
Sonos Bridge
Apple TV
Yamaha 5.1 channel speaker system (needs upgrade)
Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect

Nice to add, not required:
Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player BD-C6900
Extra HDMI cable for connecting iPad 2 on occasion

The challenge is I have a cabinet that can only accommodate a receiver 12.5" deep. Height and width are not an issue.

Based on reading these forums, I've found three receivers that might be an option.

Pioneer VSX S300 - http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-S300-Channel-Receiver-Theater/dp/B008BTNA0E/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368271255&sr=1-3
This seems to fit all requirements but says it is not compatible in the US. Any idea why?

Sherwood R-904N 700 Watt 7.1-Channel Dual-Zone receiver (Netboxx) - http://www.amazon.com/Sherwood-R-904N-7-1-Channel-Dual-Zone-receiver/dp/B002S4084O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368277472&sr=1-1
Concerned about the negative reviews of this product but most seem to be around the streaming video functionality, which I would not use.

Cambridge Audio Azur 351R AV receiver - http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-351r-av-receiver
Highest quality option but it's 12.9" deep which is pushing my luck. I've got 3/4 inch behind the cabinet of space so thinking this *might* work if I had right angle/90 degree cables.

Appreciate any and all advice on these products, as well as any I may have missed.

Thanks.
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The Pioneer is a 220V model vice 120V model so therefore is not for use in the USA. If the back is open ("I've got 3/4 inch behind the cabinet of space"), then why not just pull the cabinet forward a few inches and have the AVR stick out the back?

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Hello,

This is my first post here so thanks in advance for any advice.

I've been reading the forums as I too am looking for a small footprint AV receiver that can connect the below components:

Samsung 55 8000 1080p 3D/HDTV
Time Warner Cable HD DVR
Sonos Bridge
Apple TV
Yamaha 5.1 channel speaker system (needs upgrade)
Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect

Nice to add, not required:
Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player BD-C6900
Extra HDMI cable for connecting iPad 2 on occasion

The challenge is I have a cabinet that can only accommodate a receiver 12.5" deep. Height and width are not an issue.

Based on reading these forums, I've found three receivers that might be an option.

Pioneer VSX S300 - http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-S300-Channel-Receiver-Theater/dp/B008BTNA0E/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368271255&sr=1-3
This seems to fit all requirements but says it is not compatible in the US. Any idea why?

Sherwood R-904N 700 Watt 7.1-Channel Dual-Zone receiver (Netboxx) - http://www.amazon.com/Sherwood-R-904N-7-1-Channel-Dual-Zone-receiver/dp/B002S4084O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368277472&sr=1-1
Concerned about the negative reviews of this product but most seem to be around the streaming video functionality, which I would not use.

Cambridge Audio Azur 351R AV receiver - http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-351r-av-receiver
Highest quality option but it's 12.9" deep which is pushing my luck. I've got 3/4 inch behind the cabinet of space so thinking this *might* work if I had right angle/90 degree cables.

Appreciate any and all advice on these products, as well as any I may have missed.

Thanks.

The Denon AVR 1613 is only 11 inches deep, well 12" if you include the front knob. I have one. If all your devices are HDMI then you should be fine.

Are you planning to close the front doors of the cabinet or leave them open?

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@afrogt Thanks so much - hadn't seen that one and seems like it'll work perfectly. I can leave the cabinet open when in use, but want to close it other times.

@jdsmoothie The back is not open - the cabinets are mounted to the wall there is just about 0.5 - 0.75" of open space between the bracket it mounts to and the back of the actual cabinet.
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Seems like the Denon AVR 1613 is 13" deep - not 11 or 12. Darn!

13" on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-1613-Channel-Networking-Receiver/dp/B007R8U5QW

13 3/8" on Crutchfield - http://www.crutchfield.com/S-hBbEmhasBUP/p_033AV1613/Denon-AVR-1613.html#details-tab
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Also note that, in general, Sony makes the shortest depth AVRs. They have a reputation for mixed reliability, but even the STR-DN1030 and the base ES model are just 12.7 inches deep.

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@JBWIII, thanks but the Sony DN1030 and ES line are both showing as 14" deep on Sony's website and Amazon. I guess these really don't exist...
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Hmmm, Crutchfield shows measurements closer to what Sony claims. Maybe you should try to see one in person and bring your tape measure.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_158STDH830/Sony-STR-DH830.html#details-tab

Whatever you end up going with, don't forget to order right angle adapters for your HDMI cables. Order one for each input so you don't run out.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041913

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