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I am looking specifically for a 7.1 system.

I have the 5.1 Energy Take Classic with the sub, and I additionally bought two Energy RC-10's to take the other 2 spots.

I want a receiver that can handle these speakers well, and get the most out of them, while also falling into a pretty tight budget. I'm not too worried about upgrading in the future as much, as I will probably just use this for a long time, and than do a complete overhaul.

Any specific receivers that come to mind? Thanks.
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My buddy tried to push me to get the Onkyo HT-S9400THX, saying that that would be a better setup than what I'm looking for at a better price. Is it possible he's right?
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A couple I've been looking at so far in my price range of wanting to spend about 250-500 on a modern model with some features and the audyessey equil system?

Onkyo HT-RC460
HT-RC360
HT-RC370
TX-NR609

Whats are the main differences between them? Are they recomennded?
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You might want to consider the Denon AVR-1913 in your list. There is one on Ebay that is factory refurbished from an authorized Denon dealer with a 1-year warranty that would be well under your max cost figure. It has Audyessey EQ.

Also the Pioneer 1122 new will sell for a price within your range IF you call the dealer, or just check with Newegg and other online dealers that Pioneer has authorized. They use a different EQ, but the reviews are pretty good.

And one to consider is the Pioneer 1120 or 1121. They are older models but have THX certification and they too generally sell used/refurb'd within your budget.

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The S9400THX HTIB AVR appears to be a model between the 509 and 609 (2EQ), with the following more or less equivalents ...

460 <==> 515 (2EQ)
360 <==> 609 (2EQ)
370 <==> 709 (MultEQ XT)

Of these models, note that Audyssey 2EQ cannot EQ the sub whereas MultEQ and MultEQ XT can EQ the sub. On Denon AVRs, MultEQ is the lowest version offered. Give either AVS Sales or Electronics Expo a "call" and see if they have any of last year's models on clearance inside your budget, either 1912 or 2112CI. By calling you can likely even get the newer 2113CI inside your budget.

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I called Electronics Expo and they had the 2113 on sale for roughly $500. First off, is this a good deal?

Also, is the 2113 any better or worse than the 2112? I read that the 2113 has a new, better menu and interface. On Amazon, the 2113 was rated a full star below the 2112, which scares me a little.
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$2113 is a pretty good price, nothing earth shattering. You could get last years model from AC4less if you don't need any of the new features of the 2113.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2112CI/DENON-AVR-2112CI-7.1-Integrated-Network-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html

or the better 2312
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2312CI/DENON-AVR-2312CI-7.2-Integrated-Network-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html

If you don't care about networking and have all HDMI devices then get the 1712.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1712/DENON-AVR-1712-7.1-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html


So you have the Energy Take Classics with RC-10s as fronts? You really need to replace the center speaker, its the weak point of your setup and can't keep up with the RC-10s. You should buy the RC LCR while it is a bargain price at $199.

http://www.meijer.com/s/energy-speaker-systems-rc-lcr-center-speaker/_/R-224354

I have RC-10s with RC LCR as my front 3 speakers with a Denon 591 receiver. Awesome budget setup!

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