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post #1 of 2 Old 03-28-2012, 11:15 AM - Thread Starter
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I am looking to upgrade from my Onkyo TX-NR807. I have a EMO XPA-5 and I'd like to start using it. For a long time I wanted a EMO UMC-1, but with the bugs (which now are fixed) I started thinking about a Marantz or another Onkyo AVR. I do see the EMO XMC is due out soon, but for $1500 it's way more than we all thought it would be priced at and given they went away from Audyssesy I might not want to mess with it.

I no longer require a receiver with on board power since I want to use the XPA 5 and might add in a 2 later on. Any recommendations? I would like my next piece to be better than the Onkyo I have now. It also would be nice to have 2 sub outs as well. I still consider the UMC-1 which I know the sound processing is supposed to be better than the Marantz, but I like how the Marantz generally has a better upscaling processor.

I like how Onkyo has XT32 for dual subs and I'm really digging the new 4k processors that are out.

Price range is $1000-1500

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If you don't need a receiver's amps, why buy them? Why not get a pre/pro, such as the affordable Emotiva, Sherwood Newcastle, or Outlaw units. You might also check out the great bargains on "refurb" ATI pre/pros at Audiogon sold by Classic Audio with full warranty. The ATIs are a little dated, but if you need HDMI switching you can use a Monoprice switcher. If you are willing to do without HDMI switching in your pre/pro and want just the best sound quality you can find, then consider a used Lexicon. I saw a nice looking MC-8 available for about $800 recently at Audiogon, and that is a bargain if it is in good condition.

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