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I'd really appreciate some help in choosing a receiver for the home theater that I'll be finishing over the next two weeks. I have already purchased the Onkyo NR809, but it barely fits into my AV cabinet - without plugs, the front nob misses the door by 1/4", and all plugs will have to be with 90degree adapters. I'm not opposed to keeping the NR809, but would like to see if there are others that I should consider up to the $450 price that I paid for the NR809.

In the 7.1 theater, I have:
- Viewsonic PRO8200 projector and 92" screen
- 4x Snell OH-T7 in-ceiling speakers (88db sensitive)
- 2x Mordaunt Short Aw161 for the left and right front (91db)
- 1x Mordaunt Short Aw162 for the center front (93db)
- 1x Premier Acoustics PA-150 sub

Things that matter the most to me are:
- Fit into my A/V cabinet (less than 17.1" deep)
- Wifi
- Auto-Sound Optimization device (like YPAO or Audyssey)
- App to turn my iphone/ipad into a remote
- 7.2 in case I want to add a second sub

Looks like all the receivers in my price range will generally have the same perks, and it looks like there are a number of great deals to be had right now from Yamaha, Pioneer, Onkyo, etc. I'd greatly appreciate some feedback on which of them is the BEST deal right now for my particular setup. Thanks in advance!
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I'd really appreciate some help in choosing a receiver for the home theater that I'll be finishing over the next two weeks. I have already purchased the Onkyo NR809, but it barely fits into my AV cabinet - without plugs, the front nob misses the door by 1/4", and all plugs will have to be with 90degree adapters. I'm not opposed to keeping the NR809, but would like to see if there are others that I should consider up to the $450 price that I paid for the NR809.

In the 7.1 theater, I have:
- Viewsonic PRO8200 projector and 92" screen
- 4x Snell OH-T7 in-ceiling speakers (88db sensitive)
- 2x Mordaunt Short Aw161 for the left and right front (91db)
- 1x Mordaunt Short Aw162 for the center front (93db)
- 1x Premier Acoustics PA-150 sub

Things that matter the most to me are:
- Fit into my A/V cabinet (less than 17.1" deep)
- Wifi
- Auto-Sound Optimization device (like YPAO or Audyssey)
- App to turn my iphone/ipad into a remote
- 7.2 in case I want to add a second sub

Looks like all the receivers in my price range will generally have the same perks, and it looks like there are a number of great deals to be had right now from Yamaha, Pioneer, Onkyo, etc. I'd greatly appreciate some feedback on which of them is the BEST deal right now for my particular setup. Thanks in advance!
the best deal period is the one at costco for 599 the pioneer 1522, its a 9 channel reciever, or the 1222 which is a hundred less at new egg but is only a 7 channel
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The Pioneer needs at least 19" depth if it is an enclosed cabinet. Otherwise, the case is about 18" deep but you need to factor in the rear panel plugs and front knobs. So, it really won't fit the cabinet.
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Any other suggestions? Looks like the both the Pioneer 1522 and 1222 are the same depth as my Onkyo NR809 (17.1").
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I'd look for a different cabinet instead:) Especially with your Onkyo which is notoriously known for over heating. An enclosed cabinet is death trap for it. Even though the Pioneer runs much cooler due to its digital amp, I will still not put it into an enclosed cabinet.

You can probably settle for one of those cheap HITB type receivers from Panasonic/Sony/Samsung which are small and don't have much heat because they have about 1/10 th of the power of these receivers.
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Great deal at Newegg for the Yamaha 673 right now. $379 and free shipping.

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I'd look for a different cabinet instead:) Especially with your Onkyo which is notoriously known for over heating. An enclosed cabinet is death trap for it. Even though the Pioneer runs much cooler due to its digital amp, I will still not put it into an enclosed cabinet.

You can probably settle for one of those cheap HITB type receivers from Panasonic/Sony/Samsung which are small and don't have much heat because they have about 1/10 th of the power of these receivers.

I did say cabinet but meant to say closet. It's actually a shallow closet where I am putting all the equipment. I also have a [URL=http://silent 25mm fan]silent 25mm fan[/URL] in the wall and a fan controller which will turn the fan on anytime it gets too hot in the closet. Nonetheless, I can't get a bigger closet to accomodate the Onkyo (though it will just barely work if I use 90 degree adapters on all plugs).

The Yamaha that was suggested is 14.3" deep, which would allow me 3" in the back to plug in without 90degree adapters.

Any others to look at?
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I had to get a new TV stand. I was lucky to find this one on sale for $220 shipped no tax to my house. I had the 1222, but returned it, and got the 1522 from Costco for $599.99. Fits perfect.

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Looks great Gus!

Does anyone else have any suggestions on which receiver to get for my setup? It would be great if someone could make a suggestion, along with "this is why you only need this one" or "go with this one because..." TIA
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Looks great Gus!

Does anyone else have any suggestions on which receiver to get for my setup? It would be great if someone could make a suggestion, along with "this is why you only need this one" or "go with this one because..." TIA

The reason why I went with the SC-1522-K:
1. Price
2. 9.2
3. Rated for 4, 6, and 8 ohms
4. Pretty powerful
5. IControl App for iPad and iPhone its awesome
6. 12v triggrers
7. 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs.

And more for $600 it's very hard to beat. I was thinking of getting a refurbished Denon 33xx series, and I am glad I went with this one at the end.

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673 because it meets all the requirements you posted and will save you money.

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Awesome - I went with the Yamaha. Thanks for the help!
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