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My wife and I are building a house and we are having a whole house audio system installed. It will be using the Russound system and Proficient speakers. The installer uses Sherwood receivers for the system, but I am thinking of changing the receiver to allow for other audio options.
We have other/better receivers for home theater and critical listening. I want to be able to add Sirius, internet radio (not a deal breaker), iPod (or home networked music), and regular radio. It would need to be multiroom capable to allow us to listen to seperate audio sources. The watts isn't a factor, as the Russound system will be providing the power to the speakers.
Does anyone know of any good options for us?
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That receiver isn't Sirius ready, nor does it have multiroom capability. Those are two must haves.
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Denon DRA-697CI http://usa.denon.com/us/Product/Page...A697CI(DenonNA)

Although only XM ready, any network receiver can be XM/Sirius ready using a smart phone app streaming the audio from the smart phone.

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I would rather go this route if I am going to be spending that much money.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...vers/VSX-921-K
It is $200 cheaper and I wouldn't need an app work around.
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I would rather go this route if I am going to be spending that much money.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...vers/VSX-921-K
It is $200 cheaper and I wouldn't need an app work around.

That receiver may not be adequate. I don't see multizone or preamp out for external amp on that 921.
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It does have multizone, but not preamp outputs.
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I'm not familiar with a Russound system, but it likely only accepts RCA inputs from a receiver's preout jacks otherwise you'll have to convert the 921's speaker posts to line level outputs.

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It accepts RCA inputs, so I will need to find a receiver that has RCA outputs. That is why I am asking for help finding the receiver that will fit my needs

I am looking for a receiver that has:

RCA outputs
2 zone capability
Sirius ready
AM/FM tuner
iPod/DLNA input

optional:
internet input
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In addition to the Denon DRA-697, you may also want to consider last year's Denon 3311CI which although overkill for your use, meets all your requirements and also has a full set of main zone preouts as well as Zone 2/3 preouts giving you 3 independent source ability as well as ipod to Zones 2/3. It's on clearance now at Best Buy/Magnolia stores.

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I am guessing you are either a Denon rep or fanboy...lol The Denon 3311CI is an option. It meets all of the requirements, but is a bit expensive for what I need. Any other options? I am sure there are other manufacturers that can meet the requirements as well.
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It would be easier to provide suggestions with your budget maximum. The 3311CI can be had for about $500 on clearance.

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It accepts RCA inputs, so I will need to find a receiver that has RCA outputs. That is why I am asking for help finding the receiver that will fit my needs

I am looking for a receiver that has:

RCA outputs
2 zone capability
Sirius ready
AM/FM tuner
iPod/DLNA input

optional:
internet input

The yamaha 867 is a strong candicate at about $400 right now. It doesn't have a usb port, s-video, nor as good room correction software as denon, but has everything else and then some. It has sirius, but ipods need a dock. It usually works best to send mp3 to receiver thru network connection anyway.
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The Yamaha RX-V671 looks like it might be what I am looking for. It has two zone RCA output, Sirius, is DLNA certified and ethernet. It also is controllable by iPhone app, so that is an added bonus.
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I think the Onkyo TX-8050 looks like a good option as well. http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i
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I am guessing you are either a Denon rep or fanboy...lol The Denon 3311CI is an option. It meets all of the requirements, but is a bit expensive for what I need. Any other options? I am sure there are other manufacturers that can meet the requirements as well.

Do you need to have video distributed to every room? This is the main question you need to answer first. But generally the best solution is to have media player in every room (either A/V or audio only), with content distributed via home network. For audio only WiFi is sufficient, but for video I recommend either have CAT5 cables or (in case if you don't want/can't to re-do wiring) MoCA.
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I do not need video. This is just to play music in four rooms. Instead of purchasing seperate components for each room I am going to use a whole house system to distribute the audio to each room. Hence the whole house audio receiver.
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I do not need video. This is just to play music in four rooms. Instead of purchasing seperate components for each room I am going to use a whole house system to distribute the audio to each room. Hence the whole house audio receiver.

This is bad idea, and ultimately more expensive one. Having long speaker cables is not good too. I suggest to get Squeezebox Touch and dedicated power amp for each room. Keep receiver only where you need video too.
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This is bad idea, and ultimately more expensive one. Having long speaker cables is not good too. I suggest to get Squeezebox Touch and dedicated power amp for each room. Keep receiver only where you need video too.

The install does not require long speaker cables. The Russound system uses Cat 5 cable to run to the individual rooms.
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The install does not require long speaker cables. The Russound system uses Cat 5 cable to run to the individual rooms.

I wouldn't use something like Russound for anything other than background music. If it is enough for you, go ahead. But for less than $500 per room in electronics you can have completely flexible solution, which you can upgrade at any point of time, rather than get stuck with a single vendor.
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I wouldn't use something like Russound for anything other than background music. If it is enough for you, go ahead. But for less than $500 per room in electronics you can have completely flexible solution, which you can upgrade at any point of time, rather than get stuck with a single vendor.

The system is to be used for background music. I have a home theater and stereo set up for more critical listening.
The Russound system can be expanded to other rooms as needed, since I am running Cat 5 to all rooms. With that said it would cost me about $200 per room to upgrade in the future and be less obtrusive. The initial cost is about $1500 for four rooms. I don't see how your option is better than that.
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