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So our house got hit with lightning. It fried our Pioneer Elite SC-25, the PS3 and the Comcast box. Insurance is covering the damages fortunately. So, I haven't gotten the final estimate from insurance but I think they'll be giving us a little over $1000 for the receiver. That number is fair enough for me. I bought the receiver for that much at Best Buy about a year and a half ago. I can easily replace it with the SC-35 from online dealers for less than that amount too. I just want to get some advice before I dive head first into another Pioneer Elite.

Things I liked about the Pioneer:

-Great sound
-Lots of power
-Beautiful looks
-Incredible value
-Lots of features

Some things I didn't like about it though:

-Not the most user friendly receiver ever
-No on screen volume display
-No HDMI passthrough
-Clunky multi-zone switching

I'm not looking to downgrade. I can get a new SC-35 on eBay for less than what our insurance is giving us. I'm not at all opposed to buying online, I actually make the majority of my purchases from online vendors. I've looked around at comparable Denon receivers and you just can't get the same kind of deals online as you can on an Elite. I'd really like to get Air Play for our iPhones but it's not necessary. Another thing that interests me is a receiver that has front-high channels. Here's the link to our current system:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1132080

We have all DefTech speakers. Looking at getting either a Sony or Oppo BD in the near future as well as a large subwoofer. Looking to keep the tab under $1500. Again, I am completely open to online vendors if it's significantly less than MSRP. Our system is used 90% for TV and movies and 10% for music BTW. Thanks in advance for you help.

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I just purchased a H/K 7550Hd and am awaiting its arrival. You may want to look into one of those. Excellent price for those at this time. Also ready for 3D if you want that. Check em out over at J&R or 6 ave.com. $2700 MSRP for less than 1/3 of that right now.
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Congrats on the new receiver phantom! I knew you were tired of the Onkyo but you changed your mind so much about which receiver to get that I didn't know if it was going to happen. How you liking the HK?
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Congrats on the new receiver phantom! I knew you were tired of the Onkyo but you changed your mind so much about which receiver to get that I didn't know if it was going to happen. How you liking the HK?

Haven't got it yet. Should be with me on Tuesday. I know I couldn't make up my mind on anything. Denon 4311,Yamaha A3000,Nad T747 and T955 amp. Even thought of the Marantz 6005. I have a Parasound 2205AT in the rack now with the Onkyo 876. Also use a H/K 3390 for 2 channel so I looked at the 7550HD and fell for it. The build quality looks exceptional, it has all the features I want and I really wanted something with Dolby Volume. Seems to be a very loaded AVR. Is H/K's current "flagship" and the price was perfect. As soon I get it up and running will report how I feel about it. Hopefully it will be all I expect from it. 53 lb. beast.
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Thanks for the input. Is the 7550HD an older model? I can't seem to find it on H/K's website under their current model lineup. Also, kind of looking for something with a little more power...

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Thanks for the input. Is the 7550HD an older model? I can't seem to find it on H/K's website under their current model lineup. Also, kind of looking for something with a little more power...
From 2009/2010. In the search function on the website type in the model #. 110 watts/channel from H/K is more than enough to power just about any speaker system out there. Their "fudge factor" is a little different than others. There is a dedicated thread here for this very AVR. See below.


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1062897

Give it good looking over front and rear on page one. Then read what others are saying about it. You may like it and then again it may not be what you want.
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I will keep the 7550HD in mind. One of my biggest concerns is that it is nearly 3 year old technology. Any other suggestions?

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Haven't got it yet. Should be with me on Tuesday. I know I couldn't make up my mind on anything. Denon 4311,Yamaha A3000,Nad T747 and T955 amp. Even thought of the Marantz 6005. I have a Parasound 2205AT in the rack now with the Onkyo 876. Also use a H/K 3390 for 2 channel so I looked at the 7550HD and fell for it. The build quality looks exceptional, it has all the features I want and I really wanted something with Dolby Volume. Seems to be a very loaded AVR. Is H/K's current "flagship" and the price was perfect. As soon I get it up and running will report how I feel about it. Hopefully it will be all I expect from it. 53 lb. beast.
53 LBS.
Cool. Can't wait to hear your review.
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I will keep the 7550HD in mind. One of my biggest concerns is that it is nearly 3 year old technology. Any other suggestions?
It may be 3 year old but its HDMI 1.4a and 3D ready,networking, comes with the Bridge, does ALL the newest codecs except DSX and has Dolby Volume that does do what its supposed to. If I was not getting this one my next choice would have been the NAD T775 or Denon 4311. Again the NAD is an older model but they are also rated very conservatively as far as power specs. The Denon 4311 is very capable and at times can be had for what you have budgeted. It is a newer model. Very long dedicated thread for it. Of course you already know about the SC35/37 from Pioneer, there is also the 7005 from Marantz that would be at the top of your budget. The 7005 is very much like the 3311 from Denon. If you want something very current then my choice would be the Denon 4311. It is a 9.2 channel AVR with a very long list of features. If Onkyo's were at this time more dependable I would tell you to lok at their AVR's, but there is no way I would recommend any of their gear right now or in the near future. To me they will have change a lot before I ever go that route again.
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Glad you said something about Onkyo. I was tossing around the idea of the TX-NR3008. Guess I'll avoid that one. The 4311CI is on the top of my list but it's difficult for me to justify the price. I'm really looking for something I can get a good deal on like the SC-35/37 or the 7550HD. I took a look at the Marantz too. Beautiful receiver but, again, hard to find it for anything less than MSRP.

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HK(like Yamaha/Sony/Pioneer-Elite) hasn't jumped on board the "Audyssey train"...

The 7550 HD may be long in the tooth, but I would have preferred it to your original SC.

As far as $1000 receivers go(the price you can get one...not original MSRP) I list them as follows(give or take $200)...

1. HK 7550HD
2 Denon AVR 3311
3. Onkyo TX NR809
4. Onkyo TX NR1008(the price on this can be found under $1200)
5. Marantz SR6006
6 Yamaha RX-A1000(if you have all matching speakers, this actually moves to the number 3 spot)
7. Onkyo TX NR709(the cost difference between this and the 809 makes the 809 the better deal)
8. Denon 3312 (the older one is better...but if you need the "newer digital features"...get this one)
9. Elite sc35
10. Integra DTR 40.3
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