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post #1 of 8 Old 08-02-2013, 08:08 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi All,
Wife purchased a lovely (expensive) new entertainment center to replace our old one that was falling apart. I checked dimensions over 15 times from the specs online and it seemed all of my equipment would barely fit. Now that we have have it in house I see that the doors are four inches thick. While my HTPC will fit if I tilt one side up on the diagonal, my Denon 2112C isn't even close - diagonal, nobs off and all. I do have the option to cut a large hole the size of the receiver in the back of the new entertainment center to allow the butt of the receiver to stick out. Before doing that wanted to explore the option of a smaller form receiver. I know another option would be to locate the receiver elsewhere which unfortunately won't work since all of my AV hookups come out in this one spot. The other option is to get a new entertainment center which is not much of an option for a myriad of reasons not worth going into.

So, interested in thoughts on what options might exist that meet or get close to the following requirements:
  • Small form factor. Height and width not as much of an issue but depth can be no more than 12" - less is preferable. I could go about 12" high as well if it were to stand up and I placed it perpendicular to the viewing area.
  • At least two HDMI in, one out
  • 3.1 speaker setup at least (two fronts, a center and a subwoofer for my main media center)
  • Ability to support my outdoor speaker in addition to what is listed above

Thank you much for your thoughts.
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I've read the specs on lots of receivers and have never seen one that is only 12" deep. The smallest that I know of is the Denon 1402/1602 (and other iterations) and those are almost 15" deep. Your needs call for an AVR of at least 5.1 channels. And FWIW stuffing any receiver into an enclosed space like your new entertainment center is likely to have negative effects. Things get hot - then they break. Ventilation will be necessary if you want your new gear to live a long and happy life.

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Thanks for the reply and I was afraid that the center might be too small for the receiver I would like. Good news is that it's very well ventilated since it's made of slats separated at least an inch between each one. Lots of open air on all sides.

The inability to put a receiver in has me thinking about other, more minimal options. Although at times it would be missed, I might just sell my entire audio setup. Maybe going back to the 80s and only using my Walkman would make me appreciate the simple things in life....

Welcome any other thoughts.
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The Denon 1613 specs say its is 13 3/8" deep but it is less than that. It's 12.2" from the front knob to the back of the chassis. You would still need to cut a hole in the back for the connections and speaker wires though.

I suspect the new e300 and e400 are the same depth.

Fry's has the e300 for $199 this week.

Actually, look at new Harman Kardon 1710 receiver. It's only 11 13/16" deep. Less than 5" tall too.
http://www.harmankardon.com/estore/hk/us/products/AVR-1710/AVR%201710_HK_US

Its got 6 HDMI inputs, networking, Airplay, internet streaming, etc.

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Thanks for the reply and I was afraid that the center might be too small for the receiver I would like. Good news is that it's very well ventilated since it's made of slats separated at least an inch between each one. Lots of open air on all sides.

The inability to put a receiver in has me thinking about other, more minimal options. Although at times it would be missed, I might just sell my entire audio setup. Maybe going back to the 80s and only using my Walkman would make me appreciate the simple things in life....

Welcome any other thoughts.

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/19758549?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem
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You may give the Sherbourn SR8100 a look. On sale now.
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The Sherbourn is 16.5" deep. Quite a bit longer than he was looking for....

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The Denon 1613 specs say its is 13 3/8" deep but it is less than that. It's 12.2" from the front knob to the back of the chassis. You would still need to cut a hole in the back for the connections and speaker wires though.

I suspect the new e300 and e400 are the same depth.

Fry's has the e300 for $199 this week.

Actually, look at new Harman Kardon 1710 receiver. It's only 11 13/16" deep. Less than 5" tall too.
http://www.harmankardon.com/estore/hk/us/products/AVR-1710/AVR%201710_HK_US

Its got 6 HDMI inputs, networking, Airplay, internet streaming, etc.
+1

These are good suggestions.
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