I was wondering how these 3 receivers compared. I currently have a TX-NR509 that I am very happy with, but I recently changed my plans and need something with more power, ability to connect an external amp for the fronts, and 7.1 capable. Those are really the only things that matter to me. Features don't, as this will only be used for watching Blu-ray movies and Netflix streaming through my Panny ST30.
I naturally directed myself towards the Onkyo 709 since I was happy with my 509 (for the short time I had it), and because it satisfies all those needs. I had also been searching around this forum and saw the DENON AVR-3311CI suggested in another thread, as well as the Marantz SR5006. My budget puts me in the $500-$600 price range, and I found that Denon refurbished for $620, the Marantz refurbished for $530, and the Onkyo for $550. And then I found the Marantz SR6005 for the same price as the SR5006 online.
Is the Denon refurb worth the extra $100? If not, how do the 2 Marantz and Onkyo compare to each other? And lastly, is there really anything wrong with buying a refurbished receiver?