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post #1 of 9 Old 03-18-2013, 06:41 AM - Thread Starter
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I am in need of a new receiver to run 7.1. My budget is about $500, although it can be increased a bit if I include sale price of my current Denon AVR-590.

Here's my equipment:
Fronts: Pioneer FS52 x2
Center: Pioneer C22 x1
Surrounds/Rears: Pioneer BS22 x4
Sub: Klipsch RW-12d

This also connects to a Panasonic TV and other home theater basics, but the speakers obviously are the important parts. I need 3D pass-through for blu-ray player/tv and 5+ HDMI inputs. Other than that, I'm looking for the best quality receiver my budget can buy.

I'm seeing currently the Pioneer Elite VSX-53 on sale for $500 which is a great deal relative to MSRP, but wanted to get some opinions and see what else was out there.
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As you are already familiar with Denon, why not consider the Denon AVR-2113CI which bumps up to the more advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT?

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That one is definitely on my radar. Beyond the specs I can see, any idea how the 2113CI compares toe the VSX53 in actual use and sound?
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I would favor the Denon as the Pioneer cannot EQ the sub.

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I am in need of a new receiver to run 7.1. My budget is about $500, although it can be increased a bit if I include sale price of my current Denon AVR-590.

Here's my equipment:
Fronts: Pioneer FS52 x2
Center: Pioneer C22 x1
Surrounds/Rears: Pioneer BS22 x4
Sub: Klipsch RW-12d

This also connects to a Panasonic TV and other home theater basics, but the speakers obviously are the important parts. I need 3D pass-through for blu-ray player/tv and 5+ HDMI inputs. Other than that, I'm looking for the best quality receiver my budget can buy.

I'm seeing currently the Pioneer Elite VSX-53 on sale for $500 which is a great deal relative to MSRP, but wanted to get some opinions and see what else was out there.
Consider an Onkyo TX-NR717. I picked mine up a month ago for $500 from the Egg and love it.

Also consider, with the 717 you can run 5.1 and bi-amp the fronts. Take a set of those BS-22's and set them on top of your front speakers, bi-amp the little speakers for tweeter, and the bigger speakers bi-amp for the low end. The sound will be incredible compared to a straight 7.1 setup, very clean and louder than the stock fronts by themselves.
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I know this is not for the OP, but I am interested in a $500 AVR too.

I have thought about getting a Onkyo 709. Is the 717 better than the 709?

How about Denon? Do they have a better AVR in this price range?
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Pioneer 1222 is a great buy at around $500.

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sc-1221 is the same as the Elite SC-61 which is the same as the SC-63 except some custom install stuff you don't need and the SC-63 destroys everything on this page x 1000 so it is no contest at all. DO NOT listen to the people that say go Denon it cals the sub. I had a AVR-2112CI with sub cal $350 amp and liked it until I upgraded to a Pioneer Elite SC-57 with no sub cal $2000 amp and the Pioneer absolutely annihilated the Denon. Not even close, pure murder, just ugly how not close it was and the SC-1221 is very close to my SC-57. I have owned both most are just telling you what they read. This is not even a semi-close comparison. Go with Pio, nothing comes close except maybe a last year model of an Onkyo that is an open box or refurb from acc4less but why go used when can get brand new from newegg. There really is no other option in the $500 range that can compete. Seriously the XT sub has very little value. Now if you were to say the XT32 then maybe but the XT does nothing to close the gap everything else that is vastly superior... That said the TX-NR717 is way better than the Denon because for the money you get more for you money from Onkyo than you will form Denon. To beat the 717 you would need to 3313 and whats that over a $1,000 or whatever. I like the value in the Onyko and the sound its just the sale price on the SC-1221 is untouchable at $500 unless you go refurb, leftover or get lucky with left over open box even better or display you get my point.
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