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post #1 of 11 Old 04-02-2013, 06:14 AM - Thread Starter
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Currenly have a Yamaha HTR6030 AVR. Sources are a Blu-ray player, WDTV Live Hub media player, cable DVR and mp3 player. Speakers are (2) Hafler model 300 towers fronts and 92) JBL HLS-410 rears. No sub or center speaker. I really don't like the hyped up bass of powered subs. The Haflers will go down to 35hz but are flat to about 60hz. So currently I am running a 4.0 Quadrophonic setup. I am considering either keep it Quad or going old school stereo. Budget is around $200-300. top seereo contender is the harman/kardon Hk.3490 or 3390. Did see this new Sony which looks nice for an AVR: http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666538816 I wonder if it has discrete transistor outputs like the Denons have?
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Any thoughts at all? I really like the harman/kardon Hk3490 stereo receiver but fro an AVR I kind of like that new Sony, just not sure how good Sony is compared to Denon or Onkyo. The marantz slimline NR1403 looks good but at 50 wpc not sure if that would be enough.
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I would go whit the Marantz 1403 or 1402 and buy a used amp for the front chanels, since the Marantz have pre-out.
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How big is your listening space? The Hafler 300s are quite efficient so 50W should be enough unless you're in a cavern. The Marantz would also provide you with HDMI and Audyssey MultEQ.

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Living room is about 14' wide x 20' deep approx. What I am really looking for is an AVR with a good discrete high current amp section. 3 optical inputs would be fine if I get one without HDMI inputs. Dolby Digital and dts decoding are all I need.
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Thinking maybe Denon AVR-590 or 1612 would be good.
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The 590 is HDMI 1.3 (no 3D) while the 1612 is HDMI 1.4 (3D) so choose based on your requirements.

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Which one?
Yamaha rx-v471 refurb $199
Denon avr-1612 refurb $199
Pioneer vsx-822 new $229

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With no sub in the setup (as the Denon is the only one that can EQ the sub) your choice would more likely be based on which offers the features/inputs/outputs you need.

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