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Zoom123's Avatar Zoom123 11:42 AM 07-11-2013
Which AV receiver is better, the Sony STR-DN1030 or the Pioneer VSX-1122-K?

The Receiver will have to drive the KEF KHT-2005.2 (5.1) speakers.

Both receivers have the features I need and I can find both at about the same price.

Zoom123's Avatar Zoom123 02:15 AM 07-13-2013
Any opinions on this?
commsysman's Avatar commsysman 07:27 AM 07-13-2013
IMO those are two receivers that are not worth buying, as there are much better ones available for the same price or less from Denon, Harman-Kardon, and Marantz.

If I was recommending something in that class to a friend, my first choice would probably be the Denon AVR-1913.

My second choice would be the Harman-Kardon AVR-1710.

Either of those will drive those speakers well with better sound quality IMO.

Don't get hung up on power ratings, because the differences are essentially meaningless and misleading.

For any REAL power output information, you need to look at the Home Theater magazine test results, which often are less than HALF of what the manufacturer tries to imply.
Zoom123's Avatar Zoom123 08:43 AM 07-13-2013
Thanks, but the low-end Denons do not seem to provide Analog to HDMI, a feature that I would prefer to have.
phantom52's Avatar phantom52 09:25 AM 07-13-2013
Test report from Sound and Vision on the Sony below. Seems to be a solid AVR for the price. Good luck.


http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/test-report-sony-str-dn1030-av-receiver

You may also want to consider one of Sony's ES models. Those models have 5 year warranties. Their 1800ES is not that much more than the DN1030.

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666485365#features
Zoom123's Avatar Zoom123 10:20 AM 07-13-2013
Thanks. So I guess the Sony is better than the Pioneer?

What exactly would I gain if I go with something like Denon x1000? Seems like the Sony/Pioneer, although older models, offer more features, and from the reviews it seems that the Sony at least can produce good sound.
afrogt's Avatar afrogt 10:25 AM 07-13-2013
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Thanks, but the low-end Denons do not seem to provide Analog to HDMI, a feature that I would prefer to have.

How much analog to HDMI conversion do you need? How many devices?
Zoom123's Avatar Zoom123 11:25 AM 07-13-2013
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

How much analog to HDMI conversion do you need? How many devices?

There will be no analog device permanently connected. This is just for occasional use (e.g. connecting my old VCR or video camera). AV Receivers have many features these days and probably I will never use several of them, so I figured that I might as well have a feature that I will need, even if very infrequently.

Then again, if I will gain something significant by choosing another receiver which doesn't have this feature (at the same price range) then I will of course consider it.
Zoom123's Avatar Zoom123 05:43 PM 07-14-2013
I found the Onkyo TX-NR717 at the same price as the Sony and the Pioneer.

I had looked at the Onkyo TX-NR616 before, which had ideal specs for my needs, but I rejected it due to the reliability issues. Seems that the TX-NR717 doesn't have the same problems.

Should I go for the TX-NR717 instead of the Sony or the Pioneer?
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