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Hey.

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Just bought a new house and I have a dedicated "media room", 12'-6" wide 13'-6" long, so the back of the couch is 13'-6" from TV.

TV: Panasonic 65" VT50
Speakers: NHT Absolute Zero (4) and NHT SC1 Center
Sub: Velodyne DLS3500R
Receiver: Yamaha V463

I'm looking to start upgrading the audio portion, starting with the Receiver, making it 3D capable.

I'd like to stay under $1000 for this, any recommendations?

Thanks for any help you offer!
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If u like the Yamaha just get a newer model.

And move the couch off the back wall. My room is nearly identical 6" bigger in each direction.

I sit around 9-10' from a 70" screen and I could actually move closer. My sofa is 3' off the back wall.

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Thanks for the reply.

The Yamaha has been great, I just thought there might be a few other options given the size of my speakers and all.

I can't really move ant closer, it would just look strange and I'm sure my side would go for it. smile.gif

Thanks again, and if anyone else has experience with other brands, I'm all ears.
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All ears?
Then you have the right hobby. About those Absolute Zeros, what do you think of their sound?
I have NHT Super Ones. I'm considering Zs for width and height channels. Their size is important. I'm wondering how well they are timbre matched to the Ones.

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You know, I'm pretty new to this technical stuff, but they sound "smooth" if that's a thing.

Any thoughts on powering these puppies, watts needed type thing?
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You don't need to spend anywhere near $1000. the $500 range should be fine. The media room isn't all that large either.

This Pioneer receiver is getting many recommendations as really good bang for the buck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117412
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/SC-1222-K

It's basically the equivalent of the Pioneer Elite SC61 which is a $1100 receiver. Same amp section.

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Now that I know I can spend a little less, how does this one compare to the denon 1913?

Similar price.
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Plus, I think the pioneer is a little deep for my cabinet.
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Check out the Anthem MRX300 receiver if you can spend up to $1000.00. I just went and demo one this weekend. Great piece of equipment.If you don't want to spend that much and you want to keep with Yamaha then I will sell you my Yamaha RX-V673 which only has about 1 1/2 months use on it and is in prestine condition for a good price and i will throw in a Sony BDP-S580 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray player in on the deal. Then you will be 3D ready if you have a 3D TV. I have all the original boxes and manuals and packaging so both items will be just like new. It's definitly an upgrade from the V473. My brother has the RX-V473. I think i am upgrading to the Anthem MRX300 in the next few weeks. It better suits me. PM me if interested.

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As good as that deal sounds, I want new out of box stuff I think. Thanks for the anthem info. It might be a little more than I need though, it does seem like I can get what I need in the $600 range.

Are there any other high end brands that a lower end model that might suit my needs?
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Narrowed it down to the following:

Denon 1913
Denon 2113CI
Marantz SR5007

Leaning towards the 1913. Probably fits what I need, and it's the cheapest.

Any reason not to go this route and am I missing any other options?
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Thanks for your advice, I'm purchasing this when I get back from Giants spring training on Sunday.
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Go with the 2113 as it uses a better version of Audyssey than the 1913. The 1713 also uses MultEQ XT.
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I understand it has the better version audessey, but is it 60% better that the 1913, it cost 60% more?
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Thanks for your advice, I'm purchasing this when I get back from Giants spring training on Sunday.

Why not get the Denon 1713? It has Audyssey MultEQ XT and is a 5.1 receiver. Doesn't look like you need a 7.1 setup.

I'm going to spring training next week. Have fun in Scottsdale!

If you're willing to spend up to $600 you should be able to find a Denon 2113 w/o too much trouble.

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By the way Fry's has the Denon 1913 for $399 Wednesday and Thursday. If you drove out to spring training maybe you should pick one up while you're out there.
http://www.frys.com/ads/page36#AdNavi



They have two stores in the PHX area.

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Tempe
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Crutchfield has the 1913 for $399 (i guess until they're gone).

The Pioneer SC 1222 at $530 is by far the best value though.

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I agree, the pioneer is best but it won't fit, to deep.

Does the 1713 have the ARC hdmi deal?

I live in Seattle, frys is 15 min away.

Next weekend looks like better weather for spring training 50% chance if rain Friday!
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Well, just an update.

Believe it or not, I ended up going a little different direction.

Yamaha RX-A820. I got it from a local store for $575, felt like a good deal and I liked my old Yamaha RX-V463. It sounds great, much louder than the 463.

Next stop, whole house audio.

3 Indoor rooms, 1 outdoor room. House wired for VC and speakers.

Any suggestions on how to power it, I'd like to run it from Zone 2 out on the Yamaha and connect a multichannel amp?
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