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Friends, 

I am in shopping for my First HT set up (Except my current Bose Cinemate).

I have finalized my speaker selection. (Def Tech BP-8060st, CS-8040HD center and 8040HD surround.......). I have confusion for reciever considering my very shallow knowledge on this stuff. 

I saw a deal on BB last week , onkyo HT-R2295 (7.1 Ch, 910 W, 1% THD) at 250 (originally 500). 

Another point of interest is Denon AVR-E300 (5.1 ch, 875W).

 

Can you guys help me to choose between these two... or suggest any other good AVR under 500. 

 

Also If you have any reviews on Def tech system I am choosing, would be much appreciated.

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Onkyo has a fairly widespread and firm reputation for poor reliability so I would recommend virtually anything else.
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thanks FMW, 

Do you have any feedback on Yamaha or pioneers? I know reviews can alter on model basis, but overall company wide how are these boys stand compared to denon. 

These all are fairly new to me so you can expect these kind of stupid questions from myself.. :)

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Yamaha has an excellent reputation for reliability. Pioneer probably a little less. I say that with the understanding that I have no fewer than three Pioneer receivers/integrateds in the house and all have performed flawlessly for years. But Yamaha gets the nod for reliability. I've bought Pioneer for years and prefer them to the other brands but it is just preference. I wouldn't say they are better than Yamaha or Denon. The only caution is about Onkyo. I wouldn't buy one personally only because of other peoples' experience with them. My own experience with Onkyo is just one stereo receiver about 20 years ago. It worked flawlessly so I have had no personal issues with the brand.
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Hmmm .. .. with that Best Buy deal you're going to save $1000 on that $3000 set of speakers. I would suggest putting that savings into a better quality AVR, eg. Denon X2000, X3000, or better yet X4000.
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I have confusion for reciever considering my very shallow knowledge on this stuff. 
Can you guys help me to choose between these two... or suggest any other good AVR under 500. 

Hello

I very much like Onkyo's power and feature-set per dollar spent, but unfortunately the last 3 Onkyo devices that I've purchased each had issues and needed servicing while still under the included warranty. For that reason, I've switched to Denon products. Hopefully, my two Denon products will get well past their warranty periods and then some without anything going wrong. Still, if Onkyo's build quality should improve in the future, I'd be willing to try them yet again.

Let us know what you decide to go with and how it works out for you.

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thanks Ozar, 

Pretty sure after some research I am leaning toward Denon and Pioneer Elite (big jump...) much ,, will update once I get AVR.... excited to set up my first HT ... sure wifey will get my but kicked for this set up... 

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Do you have know any good deals on AVR X2000? 

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I checked Accessories4Less and found none of them offered as refurbs. I think people snap them up instantly. Here is Amazon's offering.
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AVR 2000 is in stock on A4L. I have bought a number of things from them without issue including my Denon 4311 which is soon to be 2 years old. It's a great way to end up with more receiver for the $, I wouldn't get hung up on 4k pass through since none of their receivers are HDMI 2.0. Instead I would focus on room correction and then whatever else is is a priority.
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That was fast!!
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Finally Picked up my gear from BB.... 

AVR: Pioneer Elite VSX 70 (Will be available today to pick up... local BB had it on sale for 500 new and 450 OB,, got new )

Front: DEf Tech BP-8060st

Center: Def Tech CS-8040HD

Rear: Def Tech SR-8040HD

 

This all cost me 2500 plus tax...... didnt purchased Extended warrenty as my Amex is covering extended warrenty fro another 3 years after mfg warrenty expires..... 

 

Going to be a pseudo 5.2 system ,,,, ( Each tower has built in 10" woofer) , will add supecube in future if needed..... 

 

Will post more review over weekend once set up completed and I will watch my Favorite Avengers....... Lol

what do you think for these set up in attached image,,, its my basement layout ,, this is what i am planning for placement,,,,, please suggest for rear surround,, should I go with green placement or red placement 

 

Thanks for all your help and suggestions friends.... 

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I bought the same set of speakers from BB (and saved $1k)! I bought a Denon AVE X2000 from Electromix for $499.

 

http://www.electromixusa.com/servlet/the-2/NEW-DENON-AVRX2000/Detail#.UqvZH41ElBo

 

I am newbie as well to HT systems, learning stuff from my friends.

 

One question I have is - will X2000 be enough to drive BP-8060ST or will I be better off with a X3000?

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Electromixusa.com does not seem to be on the list of authorized dealers. Hopefully you won't have any problems with your Denon.

http://usa.denon.com/US/WhereToBuy/Pages/OnlineETailers.aspx

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Electromixusa.com does not seem to be on the list of authorized dealers. Hopefully you won't have any problems with your Denon.

http://usa.denon.com/US/WhereToBuy/Pages/OnlineETailers.aspx

I hope so too.

Any insights into this - will X2000 be enough to drive BP-8060ST or will I be better off with a X3000?
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Heard the demo on magnolia with X2000 and BP8060st .... They are really loud ......also check out pioneer elite VSX 70 .... BB have it on sale at 499 (new) too .... Not online though .... It sounds really good too ......
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