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post #1 of 12 Old 07-18-2012, 07:16 AM - Thread Starter
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I have the following:
2x KEF C7 Loudspeakers
1x KEF C6LCR Centre Speaker
2x KEF C3 Loudspeakers
1x KEF C4 Subwoofer

Specs can be found here:
http://www.kef.com/html/en/showroom/hi-fi_series/c_series/fact_sheet/floorstanding/c7/

Receiver features I need:
- HDMI 1.4 ports (supports 3D)
- Room calibration (not sure how that works, but I believe that's an important feature, please correct me if I'm wrong)
- USB + iPod ports/playback

Receiver features I don't need:
- Networking, since my TV will have WIFI and and so will the PS3.
- Don't need anything over 5.1, as I don't plan on upgrading to 7.1.
- I live in an apartment building with paper-thin walls, so I don't need alot of juice, I just want the speakers to sound good.

My budget is <$400CDN.

If you need more information, please let me know.
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Denon AVR-1612 meets your requirements. Read the first few posts in the XX12 Owner's thread linked in my sig to see a comparison of the various XX12 models from last year.

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I heard those denons have HDMI board issues.
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All brands will have a few % of defective units ...

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I went into a store yesterday (not a big box store) to discuss my options; the store manager recommended the Yamaha rx-a720 over the cheaper receivers to drive those speakers. It's got a lot of features I don't need. His reasoning is that it is a high current amp (whatever that means) and is discrete instead of the chip amps common on cheaper receivers. He offered the receiver at 675+tax (CDN) which is reasonably cheap here in Canada, and not really that far off from my (underestimated) budget. Could someone comment on this?
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Yamaha doesn't have more powerful amps than Denon.
Those are my 2 favorite brands overall. Both good.
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I think I'm settling for the Yamaha rx-a720.
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I feel you will be more than happy with either brand. I have denon 3311 in the living room and a rx a1000 in the bedroom and they are both great products.Your speakers are an easy load to drive, very sensitive so with living in an apartment you have more power than you will ever need.
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That's what I was thinking; the 720 may be over kill on features I won't need. Like the number of channels. I only need 5.1, and don't plan on going any higher due to lack of space. I also don't need dual zone. Is the Yamaha retailer trying to up sell me? Or is he right on the sound quality?

I find the RX-V473 to be closer to my budget, but I don't want to compromise on sound quality; I'm not sure if that receiver has discrete amps.
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The 720 is new and unless you really need 4K video support, you would probably be better off buying a 2011 model receiver. I would lean towards denon since they use audyssey. I don't know what's available in Canada.
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I can't find their high current capacity specs, any where. I guess the only way to tell is the weight of the reciever (bigger power supply = heavier weight).

How important should the high current capacity / power supply size be in my selection?
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