Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Toccoa, GA, USA
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I can only relay my experience. I bought a TX-NR616 because of the features offered for the price. On paper, there is nothing to compare, especially at the price I paid (I got it for $399 inclusive). However, the problems I had with the receiver not switching on with the remote and the HDMI dropping every few days caused me to return it before my 30 day window expired. To my knowledge, this still hasn't been fixed!
I went with the Denon AVR-2312CI, which I got for $499 and it works flawlessly so far. It has Audyssey MultEQ XT and sounds absolutely amazing compared to the Onkyo and, of course, doesn't have the problems associated with the TX-NRX1X series (which also has absolutely terrible customer support!).
I also had a Yamaha RX-V673 for a while in the middle of all this, but couldn't get the sound I wanted from it, so it got returned too.
My recommendation would be to go with Denon.
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