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I'm looking to get a receiver for around $500. I was considering the onkyo tx-nr709 but I can't tell if it had Dolby headphone support or not. I always assumed this was a basic feature so maybe it's just listed.

I want to use it with a pair of Sennheiser HD595 headphones for playing xbox and ps3 games. Does the 709 have Dolby headphone support? If not what comparable receivers do? And does Dolby headphone even make that much of a difference?

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AFAIK, no Onkyo AVRs feature Dolby Headphone, rather you'd have to upgrade to an Integra model. The only Denon AVR that features it is the $5500 AVR-5308CI. Not sure whether other brands might offer it, but most will likely offer a "virtual" headphone surround mode.

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I've heard good things about yamaha's Silent Cinema DSP for headphone surround. Is there an affordable yamaha AVR with the same features as the 709?

The only receiver i've owned so far is an Onkyo tx-sr605. I'm a little hesitant to switch brands but will if it has the features I need and good sound quality.
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Was just looking at the specs for the 709 and saw DTS Surround Sensation Speaker/Headphone. Would this compare to Dolby Headphone or Silent Cinema?
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I've heard good things about yamaha's Silent Cinema DSP for headphone surround. Is there an affordable yamaha AVR with the same features as the 709?

Yamaha RX-A1000 (last year's model at clearance prices now) or RX-A1010.

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Was just looking at the specs for the 709 and saw DTS Surround Sensation Speaker/Headphone. Would this compare to Dolby Headphone or Silent Cinema?

Not familiar with it but most likely yes.

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The Marantz SR5005 and SR6005 both have Dolby Headphone.
Or you can get a Astro MixAmp.
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Dolby Headphone sounds incredible..
But..
Its royalty cost is expensive...
And with all of the other cost pressures on the AVR category, most brands have chosen to use a more generic, headphone post-processor...


Just my $0.02...
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I was looking at the Marantz SR6005 and see that it has Dolby Headphone and I can get it for the same price as the 709. I haven't done lot of research on brands other than Onkyo.

I know that the 709 has pretty much everything I want other than no Dolby headphone and I think the DTS Sensation Headphone only works with DTS signals unfortunately. I will be using the headphones quite a bit late at night and want a good sounding headphone output.

What would I be missing out on by going with the Marantz?
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I was looking at the Marantz SR6005 and see that it has Dolby Headphone and I can get it for the same price as the 709. I haven't done lot of research on brands other than Onkyo.

I know that the 709 has pretty much everything I want other than no Dolby headphone and I think the DTS Sensation Headphone only works with DTS signals unfortunately. I will be using the headphones quite a bit late at night and want a good sounding headphone output.

What would I be missing out on by going with the Marantz?

DTS Sensation works with other surround formats including Dolby.
You should closely compare the Marantz and Onkyo models to check which features best fits your expectations.

My personal preference would be the Marantz..

Just my $0.02..
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Thank you all very much for helping me with this. I'm glad to hear that the 709 will do surround processing in the headphones output. Could i ask you why you prefer the Marantz?
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I don't know a lot about Onkyo but I know Marantz are good receivers.

I'm in the same vote as you. I'm looking for a receiver with a really good headphone mode.
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Thank you all very much for helping me with this. I'm glad to hear that the 709 will do surround processing in the headphones output. Could i ask you why you prefer the Marantz?

For the last 3 generations of Onkyo AVRs they have pressed hard for increased market share, while reducing certain technical areas, component over-design and quality standards which usually results in poorer reliability..
Onkyo has improved their market position in Europe and North America, largely by taking market share from Denon, by being more aggressive and price competitive.

I simply like the market and product/feature approach of Marantz, they have a good balance of features but not as price-competitive as Onkyo. Also their products are not as widely distributed so one can typically get more accurate answers and better service followup by a Marantz dealer..

Just my $0.02..
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Thanks so much for the help guys. It sounds like both receivers would likely meet my needs. I'm gonna wai until black Friday an see if either one goes on sale.
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