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I am looking for a AVR to upgrade my living room setup. I want 5.1 (Fronts Biamped) + 2 channels to drive outdoor speakers via Sonos. For last few years I have been using entry level Onkyo AVRs. I am considering following three options. Which one would you guys recommend?

Denon - AVR-X4000 (7 x 125 watts)+ Sonos Connect Amp (55w x 2) - $1300 + $500
Yamaha RX-A2030/Pioneer Elite SC -75 (9 channels) + Sonos Connect - $1600 + $350

Also, Yamaha and Pioneer have very similar specs. I know both are considered very good brands. Any reason to go with one over the other?
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Nice choices. My recommendation is the Denon AVR-X4000. This is purely on the basis that it packs Audyssey MultEQ XT32; widely regarded to be the best auto set-up and "room correction" routine available in a consumer level AVR today. This will have by far the most influence on the sonic performance of the AVR. I wouldn't buy anything without it.

Doc, as an aside... forget about passive bi-amping. It makes no actual or discernible difference. Here is a great post by member arnyk that discusses passive bi-amping in some detail.
[Clever move having "Biamp" in the title though - you'll get heaps of traffic on this thread! biggrin.gif]
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Nice choices. My recommendation is the Denon AVR-X4000. This is purely on the basis that it packs Audyssey MultEQ XT32; widely regarded to be the best auto set-up and "room correction" routine available in a consumer level AVR today. This will have by far the most influence on the sonic performance of the AVR. I wouldn't buy anything without it.

Doc, as an aside... forget about passive bi-amping. It makes no actual or discernible difference. Here is a great post by member arnyk that discusses passive bi-amping in some detail.
[Clever move having "Biamp" in the title though - you'll get heaps of traffic on this thread! biggrin.gif]

Thanks mate. I will look more into biamping to see if its worth it.
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Just ordered an open box Yamaha RX-A2030 from an Authorized dealer for 300$ less. Let's see how it goes. Thanks for your input
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No worries and thanks for the update. Sounds like a great deal for a nine channel amp. There are a lot of people very happy with the big Yamahas and I'm sure you'll be no different. Their feature set is excellent and they have a reputation for being bulletproof. Well done!
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