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So I have a Panasonic S60 and a pair of Pioneer BS22 in my bedroom. I'm not looking to shake the ground or anything, but pretty much the best value for a small setup. This is strictly a 2.0 system and there really isn't much room for a sub woofer, but perhaps a possible future addition. I'm looking for ~4 HMDI ports or more. This setup is used mostly for movies and games with occasional music listening. I'm willing to get something refurbed from accessories4less. Honeslty anything will be better than the small 20 watt amp I'm using to temporarily power these speakers. With a budget of ~$200, what's the best sound quality I can get? I've mostly looked at Denon and Onkyo.

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Anyone have any expierence with an Onkyo TX-SR313? Seems like a bare bones AVR at a good price. Never tried Onkyo before, any opinions on sound quality? 

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The Sony DH130 is only $76 from Amazon. It is rated for 100 watts per channel.

If you want a better one, there are a couple of Onkyo units for under $200.
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Anyone have any expierence with an Onkyo TX-SR313? Seems like a bare bones AVR at a good price. Never tried Onkyo before, any opinions on sound quality? 

Sound quality will have more to do with your speakers than the receiver. Basic 2.0 setup, the $200 Denon's and Onkyo's you found will work fine.

Where are you located? Sometime Fry's will put Denon e300 on sale for $199.

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Anime513- I have a nice Yamaha RX-V663 that I just sent you a PM about. It has room correction, full 7.1 pre-outs, HDMI, and also decodes the new audio codecs such as DDTrueHD & DTS-MA.
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I'm in NC, which used to have a Fry's a couple years ago but closed down. Looking at accessories4less, these are the one's I'm interested in:

 

Onkyo TX-SR313 ($150)

Onkyo TX-NR414 ($199)

DENON AVR-1613 ($215 - a little over)

 

I've ordered them based on reviews. I'll probably be sticking to a 2.0 setup for 3-4 years. Until I move I can't really expand to a larger setup. So in this price range is best to go with the cheapest option? What benefits would I really see out of the other options? I could invest in the Denon for potential future upgrades, but in 3-4 years won't I be investing in a new AVR all together? Opinions?

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If all you want is 2 channels and 4 hdmi inputs, pretty much anything would work. Since you may want an upgrade in 4 years or so, I think you should buy the least expensive receiver you find that has 4 hdmi inputs and in 4 years, buy a new one. I'm sure in 4 years there will be a lot of new features that aren't available today.
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I just picked up a HK 1650 for 219 on newegg. Very easy setup and great sound. Not on sale now but the 1565 is I believe for $179. The 1650 even has 3d pass-through.

Worth checking out IMHO. It met and actually exceeded my needs for my upstairs living room.

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good pricing on the HK receivers.

This Pioneer is also a very good deal and has 6 HDMI inputs! Don't wait because these deals never last long.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=82-117-409

Amazon has it for the same price.
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-822-K-5-1-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007O5ATM8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380827314&sr=8-1&keywords=pioneer+vsx-822-k

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