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fmaz's Avatar fmaz
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Hi all - I'd sure appreciate some opinions comparing these three receivers. I feel like I've got "paralysis by analysis" going and it's time to decide! :-)

Here's the deal. Renovating our family room into a big open layout with kitchen and dining room. Main listening/watching area will be 25x20 or so, but the overall space is close to three times that big.

Probably 75 watching tv/movies vs 25 listening to music as the ratio.

Speakers are Ascend Acoustics CMT 340 SE for fronts and center, 170 SE for surround and then an Outlaw LFM-1 Ex sub.

There will be strong wireless signal in the space and I'll actual have one wired connection available ... But it will most likely be used for Directv receiver or BR Player. But I'm not convinced how crucial connectivity to the receiver is... So feel free to convince me!

And after all my research I keep coming back to
Denon AVR-1713 ( $449 Amazon)
Onkyo TX-NR616 ($379 Amazon)
Sony STR-DN1030 ($398 Amazon)

I have enjoyed Marantz in the past but didn't really see a comperable receiver in this price range.

Anyway whatever bits of information or personal experience you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I'm so happy to have this chance to start fresh I want to make sure I do it right.

Thanks,
Frank
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Of those 3, the Denon is the only one that EQ the sub. It also uses the more advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT found in the higher Denon "CI" models (although is only a 5.1 AVR). The 616 only uses 2EQ which is the most basic version of Audyssey which cannot EQ the sub. Review the Audyssey 101/FAQ Guide linked in my sig for more information.
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Well that's something that distinguishes them, thanks. But really it points to set up and not operation. Any other opinions? I'm open to other receivers if someone thinks there are others that should be in the mix.
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Well that's something that distinguishes them, thanks. But really it points to set up and not operation. Any other opinions? I'm open to other receivers if someone thinks there are others that should be in the mix.

No other opinion than you got from jdsmoothie, ...go for the Denon!

Dunno what you mean by "But really it points to set up and not operation."
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Well that's something that distinguishes them, thanks. But really it points to set up and not operation. Any other opinions? I'm open to other receivers if someone thinks there are others that should be in the mix.

The better the version of Audyssey results in better audio quality from your speakers and subwoofer. Determine which is more important to you ... better audio quality (Denon) or more features (Onkyo). Some prefer one .... others the other.
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I've really been a fan of Denon and so I think that's how I'd be leaning. I suppose the question will be which model makes the most sense. I do run a set of outdoor speakers so I'd like to have a second zone...but it isn't a deal breaker.

And as I said I will have a cat6 cable at that location so I could assign that to the receiver as the Denons don't seem to have a wifi dongle that I have found.

Thanks
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you could buy a wireless access point for your reciever if you want connectivity.. Some can be had as low as $30. I have an old linksys router with dd- wrt firmware that I can use as a wireless bridge.
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Went with the Denon AVR-2113ci. Thanks for all the advice!
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Went with the Denon AVR-2113ci. Thanks for all the advice!

Enjoy it! wink.gifsmile.gifcool.gif
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Will do! Although I have to wait about a month! Renovating our family room so won't be ready to install until then! Been sitting on my new speakers since before Christmas! :-)
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