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I've had my heart set on the Onkyo 809 for a while now, but the price continues to climb, it is $675 on Amazon now. More than I want to spend. Was hoping it would come down in price but it hasn't. Was wondering what other receivers there are that are comparable to the 809. My current setup will be 7.1 surround, a HTPC, Panasonic ae8000. Will need a comparable speaker calibration system as well. Budget is $600.

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I've had my heart set on the Onkyo 809 for a while now, but the price continues to climb, it is $675 on Amazon now. More than I want to spend. Was hoping it would come down in price but it hasn't. Was wondering what other receivers there are that are comparable to the 809. My current setup will be 7.1 surround, a HTPC, Panasonic ae8000. Will need a comparable speaker calibration system as well. Budget is $600.

Thank you.

$599 for a factory refurbed TX-NR809 - almost sold out...
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKTXNR809/Onkyo-TX-NR809-7.2-Channel-Network-A/V-Receiver/1.html
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How about a Denon? Another option is the Sherbourn 8100 on sale for $599.
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I've had my heart set on the Onkyo 809 for a while now, but the price continues to climb, it is $675 on Amazon now. More than I want to spend. Was hoping it would come down in price but it hasn't. Was wondering what other receivers there are that are comparable to the 809. My current setup will be 7.1 surround, a HTPC, Panasonic ae8000. Will need a comparable speaker calibration system as well. Budget is $600.

Thank you.

http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_033AVRE400/Denon-AVR-E400.html?cc=02&tp=13508

This is just one thought.
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I've had my heart set on the Onkyo 809 for a while now, but the price continues to climb, it is $675 on Amazon now. More than I want to spend. Was hoping it would come down in price but it hasn't. Was wondering what other receivers there are that are comparable to the 809. My current setup will be 7.1 surround, a HTPC, Panasonic ae8000. Will need a comparable speaker calibration system as well. Budget is $600.

Thank you.

As far as audio calibration is concerned, the 809 features Audssey MultEQ XT which is also featured on the Denon 2012 CI models (2113CI, 2313CI and the 3313CI) as well as the new "X" series. Give Craig a "call" on Monday and he should be able to get the X2000 for under your budget. However, the 809 is more comparable to the 3313CI in features so depends on what features you require as to what model is your best choice.


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As far as audio calibration is concerned, the 809 features Audssey MultEQ XT which is also featured on the Denon 2012 CI models (2113CI, 2313CI and the 3313CI) as well as the new "X" series. Give Craig a "call" on Monday and he should be able to get the X2000 for under your budget. However, the 809 is more comparable to the 3313CI in features so depends on what features you require as to what model is your best choice.


The 809 is also one of the few receivers that still has some legacy connectivity with s-video inputs.
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http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_033AVRE400/Denon-AVR-E400.html?cc=02&tp=13508

This is just one thought.

The Denon E400 is limited as far as plugging more stuff into it in the future. Also, I'm not too keen on those speaker connectors. Banana plugs are not an option.

Denon E400


Onkyo 809
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Thanks for all your replies. I looked at those Denon models and honestly wasn't too impressed for the price. The connectivity on the models in my budget was not up to par. What about the Yamaha or Peioneer's? I was looking at some Yamaha's but didn't see that they were THX certified and didn't feature Audyssey but another audio calibration method called Multi-point YPAO, is this comparable?. Haven't had a chance to look in to the Pioneer's yet.

Also, been looking at the Onkyo 717, it doesn't have the same Audyssey calibration of the 809(MultEQ®XT) as it has the 2EQ. But it seems to have eveyrthing else the same or close to it. Doesn't have an IR out and only 1 12v trigger out.

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If you can find the Pioneer 1522 on sale and I believe Costco ran them for 599 which msrp of 1500 was a heck of a deal.
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Thanks for all your replies. I looked at those Denon models and honestly wasn't too impressed for the price. The connectivity on the models in my budget was not up to par.
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My current setup will be 7.1 surround, a HTPC, Panasonic ae8000

What connectivity options do you need? Please be specific because if all you have is a home theater PC then any receiver can do that.

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I need a receiver that can play FLAC files AND be able to stream MVK files from my HTPC.

I also need an HDMI out

Good DLNA/network capabilities

And I just like the idea of being able to hook just about every device I own, like an old or new camera or laptop, up to my AVR no problem and have it play files.

Is there an ability in newer AVR's to pause a movie and access the main menu or even access the main menu while the movie is playing?

What are the IR out and 12v Triggers used for?

Also, how big of a deal is it to have an AVR that is THX certified? My room is 1200 cubic feet.

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Anyone?

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I'm deciding between:
Onkyo 809(only if it drops in price)
Onkyo 717
Pioneer 1222k
Pioneer 1123k
Pioneer 1522(only if i can catch a sale on it, if i can then it trumps all the others.)

Out of the top 3 what would be the best?

Is not having those two Pioneer's THX Select Certified a big deal?

Is there an ability in newer AVR's to pause a movie and access the main menu or even access the main menu while the movie is playing?

What are the IR out and 12v Triggers used for?

I originally was set on the 809 but after reading HDMI board failures it has me somewhat skeptical, also the price has not dropped in my budget.

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Check out your local BB store, I got lucky and they were swapping out the demo units with newer models and scored a Yamaha RX-A1020 for $550.00.
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That's a heck of a deal for that. Will keep that in the back of my mind thanks.

Still looking for some advice at post #12 please.

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THX certification would not matter to me at all.

I'd get the Pioneers over the Onkyo due to too many HDMI board failures on the Onkyo.

I'd go for ...

1. 1522
2. 1222
3. 1123

I think the SC-1522 and SC-1222 are available at Costco for $479 and $599 respectively.

12V trigger is for signalling an external amp to turn on.

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I go to Costco's website and I cannot find any Pioneer products or is it local retail only?

Just out of curiosity is there any reason why you'd rank the 1222 higher than the 1123?

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because its a better built and more powerful receiver. Better amp section. You've got two threads running at the same time. I answered the other one.

The Pioneers are sold in the Costco warehouse only, not the website. Amazon does have the SC-1222 around $565.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SC-1222-K-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B0083C8B30/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1374819899&sr=1-1&keywords=pioneer+sc-1222

http://slickdeals.net/f/6164874-Pioneer-SC-1222-K-7-2-Networked-Receiver-469-99-Costco-YMMV

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That same BB had the Pioneer 1123 for 450.00 and the SC-63 for 640.00. Both open boxes, the 1123 said it had a dent but I couldn't see it anywhere.
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Fantastic. Will be heading to my local Costco and BB tomorrow and see what I can find. Thanks.

I seem to find the 1123 to be more expensive for some reason...

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