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post #1 of 3 Old 10-07-2013, 10:16 AM - Thread Starter
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I wasn't sure which forum to post this in but my brother is looking for either a new Surround Receiver or a HTIB. Here's his current system:

1. Kenwood AVR - 12 years old
2. Front stereo speakers he used to use for music (large)
3. Inexpensive sub he bought maybe 5 years ago
4. Center speaker and two surrounds not sure if these were bought in a set or not

I don't think he wants to spend anymore than $400 and lower the better. I recommended the Onkyo S5400 HTIB for his two sons and they are more than happy with it and he probably would be to.

Do you think he would be better served by going with an HTIB, or do you think something like the Denon AVR-1912 could power his speakers and create a convincing surround sound experience?


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IMO, since he's already got speakers - and assuming they sound decent - he's better off buying a good AVR that has the features he wants and putting it to work; and then, if/when he finds them lacking, upgrading his speakers and sub.
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Thanks for the reply I'm hoping I get a few more responses to see if everyone is in agreement. Here are some wants:

1. Good beefy power (80-100 watts) to drive his speakers not knowing how efficient his front speakers are.
2. Audyssey for auto speaker setup
3. 4 or more HDMI inputs
More Wants but not a deal breaker
4. Digital Audio input
5. Component Input
6. Up converting component to HDMI
7. Networking

How about some suggestions on specific brands/models whether they be older models, newer, or Refurbished I can watch for price discounts between now and Xmas?
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