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Hey everyone,

About 10 years ago I bought my first home theater receiver... A Pioneer Elite VSX-35tx... This has been an amazing receiver for me and currently have it set up at 5.1. However, I'm now considering upgrading receivers to catch up with the current technology and wanted some input. I am interested in getting a Yamaha RX-V575. The main question I have is will there be a considerable increase in the quality of surround sound over my old receiver? Also I would be setting up the new receiver in 7.1. Can any of you guys compare my old receiver and the one I'm considering to help me make a decision on this. Thanks everyone. Kirk
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I think your Elite VSX-35 is a much higher end receiver than the Yamaha RX-V575. Sure it doesn't have HDMI, TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding but it is a better quality receiver than the entry level 575.

Look at the one of the receivers that are priced in the same range as your older receiver. The MSRP of the VSX-35 was $1100. You can get the SC-1222 from Newegg for $499 (MSRP $1200) or SC-1522 for $599 from Costco (MSRP- $1600).

If you want a Yamaha look at one of the Aventage models. RX-A820, RX-A830 or even a higher model).

The Pioneer SC-1222 isn't on sale today but it will be in the next week or two.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117412

Pioneer SC-1522
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/SC-1522-K


What is your max budget for a receiver?

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I was hoping to stay under $500. But could go up a little if meant a big step up in receiver quality.
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I agree with afrogt if your going to upgrade get something better than what you own now bells and whistles aside the 1522 when on sale is a fantastic deal for the money.
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I'm not really concerned about bells and whistles. I really just want to make sure that by upgrading to a receiver such as the 1522 I will be able to recognize a considerable improvement to my home theater experience. Will that be the case?
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I'm not really concerned about bells and whistles. I really just want to make sure that by upgrading to a receiver such as the 1522 I will be able to recognize a considerable improvement to my home theater experience. Will that be the case?
It should be but only your ears in your room will know the answer regardless of whats on paper.
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Well I just called all the local Costco's and none are carrying the 1522. In your opinion what would be a another model in the same price range with similar performance?
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Well I just called all the local Costco's and none are carrying the 1522. In your opinion what would be a another model in the same price range with similar performance?
Unfortunately there are none that was a deal that could not be beat and probably do to 1523 is out now so the supply of 1522's are probably gone.
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Since I'm out of luck on the 1522 would the 1222 be a decent upgrade?
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http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers Here is a comparison chart but to answer your question yes.
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I'm torn on whether to upgrade to the 1222 or not. I've had my elite vsx-35tx for about 12 years now. Will the 1222 be somewhat future proof enough for me to get 10 years or so of continued high quality out it?
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I'm torn on whether to upgrade to the 1222 or not. I've had my elite vsx-35tx for about 12 years now. Will the 1222 be somewhat future proof enough for me to get 10 years or so of continued high quality out it?
At the rate things are moving I would not bet anything bought today would still be future proof 5 years from now.
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I have been using a pioneer elite 23txh for a couple years, but needed 3d. I just picked up a marantz sr5007 last week and love it. They are cheaper now because the new models are coming out. The main reason i didn't go with pioneer this time is because i needed mutil channel inputs and preouts,and didn't want to have to spend $1200+. I was expecting lower sound quality with the marantz ,boy was i surprised.
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Ok now I have few questions about my home theater system. As I said early I've been using the pioneer elite vsx-35tx receiver. I have also been using boston speakers. I have the crc center speaker, 2 cr75 speakers for fronts, 4 cr55 speakers for all rears, and the pv400 sub. After looking around and pricing things out I think I'm leaning toward the Onkyo TX-NR818 receiver. I'm just wondering if my speakers are going to be adequate or are they in dyer need of upgrading too. Also if anyone has alternate better options for my receiver choice please let me know. I want to stay under $800 for the receiver. I bumped up my budget to get a higher quality one but still would like to get the best bang for my buck I can. We really only use the system for movies and tv if that has any bearing. Thanks!!!
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Also thought I would add that my room is approximately 13x18 with 7.5 ft ceilings. Average viewing distance of 12-15ft.
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I would look at Marantz if you are not getting a Pioneer equivalent but be forewarned your AVR was of great quality and as was said it retailed for 1100 .
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The onkyo was retailed at 1200. Which is why I thought it would be a good one. I'll look into the marantz.
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I would look at Marantz if you are not getting a Pioneer equivalent but be forewarned your AVR was of great quality and as was said it retailed for 1100 .
Just curious if you had any input on my current speakers. I'm now looking into the Marantz sr5007, sr6007, denon x4000, and the pioneer elite sc-71 receivers. Which of these would you most recommend?
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All four of those receivers will be just fine with your Boston Acoustics speakers. Just pick the receiver that has the features YOU want.

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All four of those receivers will be just fine with your Boston Acoustics speakers. Just pick the receiver that has the features YOU want.
I'm not really a feature guy. I just want great surround sound for my movies. The marantz 5007 is the least expensive but will it be powerful enough in a 7.1 setup?
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13 x 18 isn't a big room. The 5007 will be just fine especially since you have a powered sub too.

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Thanks for the help. That will save me a few hundred bucks too.
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Right, so the 818 is all about bells and whistles. I did something similar as you upgrade wise (but my system was an old home theater in a box system) but I went with the Onkyo 616 and then also went through the extraordinary process of installing whole house audio as well where it never existed. There are many reason's I went Onkyo given my budget is basically unlimited but my HT experience is very limited I figured I'd walk before I run. I expected to spend a lot more money to get these features but I really like the number of streaming services, 8 HDMI inputs, 2 hdmi outputs and a load of other features plus three zones and it is also a 7.2. It is almost too good to be true. So far I'm pretty happy with all of it. 818 has the better audyssey among other improvements which I had to swallow the second lowest with the 616. The coolest thing hands down about every new receiver is the wifi control via any tablet or phone. That alone is worth the upgrade.
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I share a similar scenario and would like some input. I have a pioneer elite vsx-35tx and yes its 12 years old but that means nothing to me. It is truly an amazing reciever. THX, 7.1, multi-room, dts, optical outs .. a feature set that is still impressive. Still sounds great  and I love everything about it, however it doesn't support HD or 3D and I am curious how important this is? Is there that noticeable of a difference between dts vs. HD or 3D formats?  Is it really worth upgrading? 

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