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I am looking for a budget 5.1 receiver with the following requirements:

- 4 HDMI input ports. (can be 3 but I do really want 4)
- Audio return channel capability

Bonus (not 100% required)

- Iphone/Ipad USB port playback
- On screen Display shown through HDMI.
- 7.1 instead of 5.1

Budget is around 200, 300 absolute maximum.
Willing to get user, closeout, or refurbished units.

====I found the following=====

Yamaha RX-V373B, Amazon 208 bucks
Denon AVR-1613 amazon 299 bucks
Denon AVR-1911 amazon 260 bucks or off craigslist for 220, but i think maybe i can ask to pay 200 or so.


I will update the list as I keep looking for receivers, I've been looking for the past 2 hours.
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Here are the following recievers in addition to the ones I listed that I'm looking at:

Yamaha-HTR-5063BL
Sony-STR-DH740
Sony-STRDH720
Sony-STRDH520
Yamaha-RX-V373B
Denon-AVR-1613

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-HTR-5063BL-630-Watt-Channel-Receiver/dp/B003CP0KGY/ref=sr_1_39?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1377838524&sr=1-39

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STR-DH740-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B00BHC7ZTE/ref=cm_rdp_product

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH720-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B004QOA92A/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH520-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B004NHCGJO/ref=sr_1_18?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1377837767&sr=1-18

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373B-Refurbished-5-1-Channel-Receiver/dp/B00BTLPVLW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-1613-Channel-Networking-Receiver/dp/B007R8U5QW/ref=sr_1_17?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1377823651&sr=1-17&keywords=dennon+AVR-
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The 373 and 1613 are 5.1 receivers so I guess you should drop them off your list.

I don't think the 1911 has the total GUI overlay from HDMI sources. The setup menu goes over HDMI but not sure everything else does. The 1912 and 1913 have it though.

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I don't HAVE to get 7.1....

I've been told that 7.1 is a gimmick and not to bother with it...

But I figure if I have a 5.1 setup i might want to add 2 more speakers and upgrade to 7.1 anyways? This is why i started looking at 7.1 systems.

I was actually just about to pull the trigger on the sony STRDH720 but I went back and did more research and saw that you (and others) really didn't like sony receivers because they were built cheaply. I am going crazy here. The choice for which speakers and which subwoofers to get was so simple, but the receiver has so many variables, so much more complicated!
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The 373 and 1613 are 5.1 receivers so I guess you should drop them off your list.

I don't think the 1911 has the total GUI overlay from HDMI sources. The setup menu goes over HDMI but not sure everything else does. The 1912 and 1913 have it though.

the 1912 and 1913 are way out of my price range.
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I found a seller on craigslist that will sell me the 1911 for only 160.

No remote, no setup microphone.

I was wondering, can i just rig up any old microphone or would i have to buy the original setup microphone? They sell them for $25 on ebay.
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That depends on what model old mic you currently have? ... if it's a tower type mic used with an older Denon, Marantz, or Onkyo model than likely yes, otherwise no, you would need to purchase the correct mic. For a remote, you would be better served purchasing a Harmony remote which would then be able to likely control all of your devices in addition to the Denon 1911.

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I found a seller on craigslist that will sell me the 1911 for only 160.

I just picked up a 1913 for about $100 more, everything included and a 1 year warranty. I don't know if you are getting what you are paying for. I'd negotiate or go elsewhere.
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No remote, no setup microphone.

I was wondering, can i just rig up any old microphone or would i have to buy the original setup microphone? They sell them for $25 on ebay.

Definitely recommend against using "any old microphone". AVR calibration mics are generally based on a Panasonic electret capsule that has very good performance but the various AVR manufacturers use various clones that have different amounts of sensitivity.. While the frequency response is pretty consistent, the sensitivity isn't. Having the AVR calibration facility working right can be a major sound quality advantage if not the sound quality advantage of getting a new AVR. I can't see sacrificing its reliability over a $25 purchase.
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I would stretch for the 1713 as it uses MultEQ XT.
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Originally Posted by blackjackel View Post

I found a seller on craigslist that will sell me the 1911 for only 160.

No remote, no setup microphone.

I was wondering, can i just rig up any old microphone or would i have to buy the original setup microphone? They sell them for $25 on ebay.

 

Audyssey mics use a calibration file embedded in the AVR so they are not randomly interchangeable. HST, there is some latitude. This Audyssey FAQ answer covers it:

 

d)4.   Do I have to use the mic that came with my AVR or PrePro?

 

Beware of buying a mic from eBay as there are many counterfeit mics floating around.

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I popped the top of my old AVR and found the file embedded over in the left corner. tongue.gif

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