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post #1 of 2 Old 01-16-2013, 05:25 AM - Thread Starter
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Looking for any help/opinions in selecting a new receiver.

Had this posted in the home theater forum and rec'd a suggestion to post here.

Don't ask for details (doesn't really matter) but my job has a "Rewards" program where I can earn points and purchase a variety of things with my "earned" points. Below are some receivers that they have available w/ their cost to me (1 point is equal to $1.) And yes, I realize the points/costs assigned are a “little” high and I could get a much better deal thru Amazon or out on the street. But I’ve got the points and not the cash – so guess where I’m going to get my AVR?
I have a separate room & system that is my primary audio listening room and will be using this new setup as my primary video system. Both are used for the other purpose but limited; guessing at about a 70/30 or 80/20 split. This may change in the future (when I can afford separates), but for now - two rooms, each w/ a dedicated system. Got a great deal on the Energy Take Classic 5.1 surround system (love Energy speakers and after reading reviews on this, couldn’t pass it up @ $250 but likely to upgrade it in the future). Now need a receiver for it. Have a DVD player but will be getting a blu-ray player soon. Do not anticipate using this for games, just watching TV, movies and occasional music. The TV I will be playing thru is a Sharp LC-46LE820UN. The Sharp has several HDMI inputs including one w/ ARC that I plan on using as the main connection.

Here are my choices.
Marantz SR5006 $770
Denon AVR-1913 $645
Pioneer Elite VSX-52 $1050
Pioneer Elite VSX-40 $510
Yamaha HTR6080BL $880

Have done some feature/price comparison and have these listed in the order as I see them. Leaning towards the Marantz or Denon and probably not the VSX-52 as I would have to throw in some cash.

BUT not set on this, for example –
is the VSX-52 really worth the extra $$$$?
some reviews talk about display/menu issues w/ the Marantz
the Denon has Audyssey MultiEQ vice the Audyssey MultiEQ XT
etc, etc

How do you see them? Any input/comments/advice/suggestions greatly appreciated.

Anthem MRX 710 & Anthem MCA 5
Krell DVD Standard (used as a CDP)
Cambridge Audio 752BD (SACD & video, occasional CD) & Denon DP-61F
Angstrom HT (Obbligatos in front w/Angstrom center and surrounds)
Seaton F2 sub
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-16-2013, 06:55 PM
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If this for a "video" setup, then let the TV do the video upscaling. The above AVRs are are really overkill for those speakers. You would be better served with a lower level model like the Denon 1613 instead.
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