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Originally Posted by Miami Guy
Now you guys have me upgrading, dammm!
The Onkyo 809 is at $580, too much for me. But if I see it for less than $500 I'll go for it.
I'm also looking at the Onkyo 717 which goes for $530, still too much but I'll also monitor it.
Still the Onkyo 616 seems like a great buy at $350 with shipping.
I'd definitely would spring for the Onkyo TX-NR709 or TX-NR818. BOTH have preamp out which would allow you to add additional external power amps. 709 has MultEQ XT and 818 has MultEQ XT32. I will never-ever buy another AVR without preamp out. Audyssey is almost useless without bass management and multiple sample points, so MultEQ XT or XT 32 is what you want. Accessories4less has the 709 for $450. These are factory refurbished with a one-year warranty. Extended warranties ( 5 years ) are available for around $50 from them or a bit more directly from Onkyo. I wouldn't get the TX-NR717 because it only has 2EQ. The Onkyo TX-NR809 is $600 and offers up the same Audyssey as the 709 plus more wattage.
Yes. The Onkyo TX-NR709's power rating is on the low side but that can be easily solved with an Emotiva XPA-3 ( 200w x 3 ) for $600 or a pair or three of Outlaw 2200 200w monoblocks for $350 each when you get upgradeitis.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.