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post #1 of 6 Old 06-14-2013, 08:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello, this post is on behalf of my dad who wants to get his audio/home theater system up and running again. He has a pioneer DVD player for movies and CD’s. He has three front speakers (LCR B&W 601 s1 or s2). The speakers are 88 dB sensitive and rate at 8 ohms nominal (4 ohm minimum). He mentioned that before his last receiver blew, he only liked the sound when he turned up the volume to a good level but wasn’t so pleased when listening at lower levels. What he doesn’t have is any amplification or processing. I don’t think he is ready or interested in separates so I suggested he start with a receiver.

He wants to stay around $700 - $800, does not need all of the latest bells and whistles or connectivity options. I gave him the following suggestions: Denon AVR-2313; Marantz SR5007; Yamaha RX-A730. They seemed well regarded, decently powered with some good features. With the thought in mind that good stereo sound quality is his primary interest, what would you suggest.

Thanks, Garth
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-14-2013, 08:21 PM
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Not bad choices. A harman/kardon 3600 or 3650 if you can find one on clearance is another good idea. I take it he has no sub, which is fine if he is mostly listening to music not movies. Personally, I would be more happy only using 2 speakers in classic stereo mode.
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Check NewEgg. They've been selling the Yamaha A820 for $499. Should be plenty for his needs.
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Unless there is some additional feature the 2313CI offers, the 2113CI would also be a good choice as both feature Audyssey MultEQ XT. Both models are on clearance now as the newer "X" models have been released and replaced them. Review post #2 in each of the "2012 Denon AVR-XX13" and "2013 Denon AVR-E/X" Owner's threads linked in my sig to see a comparison of the various models in each series.

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Interesting, looked on newegg and didn't see that price for the A820. Maybe all sold out at that price (similar to amazon selling and pricing)
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Sale may have ended. Looks like they are still selling the Pioneer 1222-k for $499, another nice choice. I suggest subscribing to NewEgg's e-blast newsletter as they do run some incredibly good specials. A lot of their discount codes will only work if your email adress is registered with them.
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