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Hey everyone. We just received our brand new Panasonic 65ST50 plasma tv yesterday. It is set up in our basement, where I want to add surround sound. I need to get a new receiver for this. I am very familiar with Onkyo, as I still own a TX-SR700 and a much newer TX-SR706 (which is in our living room). As far as the basement, I don't have speakers yet. There are existing in-wall speakers I'll use for the rears, at least at first. I have a pair of cheap Onkyo bookshelf speakers which might serve as the mains at first. Still would need a center channel and a sub.

My budget is probably about $500. I would like it to be 7.1 capable, as I have a pair of Paradigm surrounds I can add to this system eventually. Other than that, I don't have any big demands for features. This will probably be mainly a secondary viewing area for now.

Any help would be appreciated. I am not as up on HT stuff as I used to be.
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did you see my thread.. there is a good suggestion for a $500 receiver there..

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1419609/fix-onkyo-806-or-get-onkyo-818-or-809
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did you see my thread.. there is a good suggestion for a $500 receiver there..
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1419609/fix-onkyo-806-or-get-onkyo-818-or-809

Thanks for the link. Looks like the 809 refurb might be a good option. Anything else I should be looking at?
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This denon I like as well.. With Denon, think get alittle better build quality but less features.. if buy new you get a better warranty but you pay more.. so all depends on what you want and what you are willing to spend.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR3312CI/DENON-AVR-3312CI-7.2-Integrated-Network-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html
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My budget is probably about $500. I would like it to be 7.1 capable, as I have a pair of Paradigm surrounds I can add to this system eventually. Other than that, I don't have any big demands for features. This will probably be mainly a secondary viewing area for now.
Any help would be appreciated. I am not as up on HT stuff as I used to be.

First things first, as I'm sure you know, rocking out in the basement will let everybody upstairs know you're home. That said, working with your budget, I'm a Denon/Marantz kind-a-guy so that's where my recommendations go. Finished or unfinished, basements have their acoustical problems and getting a system that includes a program like Audyssey is a good idea to help tune your speakers to both your listening position and the basement listening environment; best bang-for-buck sound quality with what you have happening.

Based on your above comments, a 5.1 system will do your basement listening experience just fine. The more gear you add, the more expensive the plan becomes and going with a 5.1, in a basement, is a good thing. The Denon AVR1713 will do you fine and is one of the latest and greatest and meets your budgetary constraints as you can have one delivered for about $400.00. If you just have to have 7.1, check out the price on last year's Denon AVR1912.

If you're just in it for a secondary listening receiver, then one doesn't need the latest and greatest. Price wise, you might consider the Marantz NR1403, not as sexy (full featured) as the other suggestions but no doubt, in your basement, a unit like the NR1403 will get you where you want to go.

A caveat, all recommendations are based on your above comments and stating the obvious, if you want more, you'll be hitting the hip a whole lot harder. To get the best price, do some phone shopping and let the phone agent know you're phone shopping for the best, included shipping, price. Hope the above helps.

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My budget is probably about $500. I would like it to be 7.1 capable, as I have a pair of Paradigm surrounds I can add to this system eventually. Other than that, I don't have any big demands for features. This will probably be mainly a secondary viewing area for now.
Any help would be appreciated. I am not as up on HT stuff as I used to be.

Your best option in that price range would be the Denon 2112CI (7.1, Audyssey MultEQ XT) from last year on clearance now. Give Electronics Expo or AV Science sales a call for their best price.

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Thanks for the advice again. Just to clarify, the basement is finished. The viewing area is a somewhat large and open area. I would strictly run it as 5.1 for now, but would like to have the option of going up to 7.1 in the future if desired. We intend to add a bar area down there eventually, which could change the overall layout of the room regardless.
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It's all about money and how much you're willing to part with to get the features you want-need.

If you want to future proof your system, I'd recommend something outside your stated budget of under $500.00 such as the Denon AVR2313CI or a Marantz SR5007. If you want to save a few bucks, last years Denon AVR2312CI or as recommended by another, the Denon AVR2112CI. You might consider last years offering by Marantz, the SR5006. In the simple, at this level, they're all good. smile.gif
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A 7.1 AVR can be run with as little as 2.0 speakers to 7.1 to include 5.1. When you're ready to expand to 7.1, simply add the additional 2 speakers, typically either Surr Back, Front Height, or Front Wide.

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What do you all think of the Pioneer VSX-1022K? I see it's at a very nice price right now on newegg. Would this just be "settling" too much? It seems like it would meet most of my needs.
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At this price point, Pioneer and Onkyo will offer more features, while the Denon models will provide better audio fidelity as the Pioneer and Onkyo models cannot EQ the subwoofer, however, there are still lots of 1021/1121 owner's who are thrilled with their purchase so choose the brand/model that best meets your feature/input/output requirements.

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*Bump*

OK guys. Thanks for all the previous input. I've basically narrowed down to three units:

Marantz SR5006
Denon AVR-2312CI
Onkyo TX-NR709

Any inclinations on which way I should go? I'm kind of inclined to go with the Onkyo, as that is what I'm most familiar with, but I'm willing to give something else a try if it makes sense. I need to make a choice pretty quickly, as hoping to get TV wall mounted, etc. this coming weekend. Having an updated receiver with HDMI in/out would make this a lot cleaner and easier.
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Any inclinations on which way I should go? I'm kind of inclined to go with the Onkyo, as that is what I'm most familiar with, but I'm willing to give something else a try if it makes sense.

I'm a Denon/Marantz kinda guy but I encourage one to go with what they feel most comfortable with. If you're an Onkyo kinda guy and Onkyo makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, I'd encourage going with your Onkyo choice. What price peace of mind?

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Look forward to your report on what you finally purchased and what your opinion is with the sound quality of your purchase.
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Thanks. I went ahead and purchased the Onkyo TX-NR709 this morning. Yes, I went with a refurbished unit (hopefully it won't be an issue). I figured since I've had good success with my two other Onkyo's, I might as well not switch now. Will let you all know how it works out.
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Thanks. I went ahead and purchased the Onkyo TX-NR709 this morning.

Yeah baby! Congratulations. Now the wait for it's arrival begins. I hate that part. tongue.gif
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I got the 709 hooked up yesterday. So far, so good. Sounds awesome with my Paradigm speakers. Also got our Panasonic plasma wall mounted. Will try to get some pics up eventually.
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I got the 709 hooked up yesterday. So far, so good. Sounds awesome with my Paradigm speakers. Also got our Panasonic plasma wall mounted. Will try to get some pics up eventually.

Awesome is good. Congrats.

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