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I know that is question is highly subjective, but if my budget is $1200, what would be the best receiver I could get? I have about 4 or 5 HDMI sources and I have a 3D blu-ray player. My speakers are pretty good in wall speakers with a separate 12" subwoofer.

I currently have a Pioneer Elite SC-25 which is great, but now I need a 3D receiver.

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I'm an onkyo guy...

Onkyo TX-NR818 is in your range (check the general great found deals forum). You can get a refurb TX-NR3009 for around $1200 as well (last years model).
http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=TX-NR818&class=Receiver&p=f
http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=TX-NR3009&class=Receiver&p=f
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I just ordered a Denon 4311 from Electronics Expo for $1198. Add about $30 for shipping plus maybe sales tax. The only thing it doesn't have that the Onkyo 818 has is 4000 upscaling. Otherwise, it has more stuff, including 9 channels of DSX with option for 11.
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I just ordered a Denon 4311 from Electronics Expo for $1198. Add about $30 for shipping plus maybe sales tax. The only thing it doesn't have that the Onkyo 818 has is 4000 upscaling. Otherwise, it has more stuff, including 9 channels of DSX with option for 11.

Who did you speak with over at EE to get that deal?
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Who did you speak with over at EE to get that deal?

I bought my 4311 from "Richard" at EE. Good guy.

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.
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I just got a 4311 for $1301 shipped from Audioholics and they offer 30 day return vs. EE only has 14 day return. I tacked on an Oppo so both shipped came to $1800 even!
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Does the 4311 have Audyssey xt32 ?
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Does the 4311 have Audyssey xt32 ?

Yep.

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.
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I bought my 4311 from "Richard" at EE. Good guy.

I think that is who I spoke too as well. I went a head and ordered the 4311 today from EE.

Now, I need to find the right power center/line conditioner/voltage regulator.
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The 4311 and Onkyo 3009 are pretty similar aren't they?
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Hello,
I would go with the 4311. While both are 9 Channel AVR's and both offer Audyssey MultEQ XT32/SubEQ HT, there are some differences. The Onkyo offers THX Post Processing as it is Ultra2 Plus Certified. In addition, it does offer outstanding Video Processing with the tandem of HQV Vida and Marvell Qdeo. However, it does run a decent amount hotter than the Denon does. Especially if the AVR is going to be placed in an area without excellent ventilation, the heat can be an issue.

The Denon supports up to an 11.2 Speaker Array whereas the Onkyo can only do 9.2. Granted, I find it hard enough to setup a 5.2 HT with proper placement, but some have the space to support it. In addition, not only does the Denon run cooler it also offers a Preamp Only mode where the Amplifier Stage is taken offline when using Outboard Amplification. Reliability has been quite good with the Denon and future resale value will most definitely be on the Denon's side.

Both are excellent AVR's, but I do think the Denon is a safer bet. While I personally use an Onkyo TX-NR3008 strictly as a Preamp and could not be happier, some have not been as lucky as me in terms of reliability.
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Why would the Onkyo run hotter? Which one has more features.? It also depends on where you have your receiver housed.. If heat is an issue,get this..http://www.antec.com/soundscience/AVCooler.php
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expert guys,
which do you think is a better buy onkyo 818 or 3009?
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3009 hands down!
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Why would the Onkyo run hotter? Which one has more features.? It also depends on where you have your receiver housed.. If heat is an issue,get this..http://www.antec.com/soundscience/AVCooler.php

Onkyo's run hotter because their amps aren't as efficient.
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