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Sadly, my Integra pre/pro is a little outdated and can't support 3D. I do have a 3D projector (W1070), and want to play around with it for the kids.

I am looking for an affordable/budget AVR to serve as pre/pro, so it has to have the following criteria:

* Preouts, obviously
* 3D pass through
* Audessey MultiEq XT or better

So, what do you suggest? Denon, Onkyo, Marantz?

Manufacture refurbished is fine by me.

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This one meets what you want. Don't know the budget?

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MARSR5008/MARANTZ-SR5008-7.2-Network-Home-Theater-Receiver-with-AirPlay/1.html

Or check out the site to see other refurbs or even new.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/AVReceiver/Home-Audio/Home-Theater-Receivers/1.html
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Thanks, I browsed that site also. One of my favorites.

Looks like the Marantz are the only ones that have preouts.

I am shocked that none of the current Denon models have preouts, except for the X4000 which is listed for over $1k.
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Agreed on the Denon's. They do have the 4311 there though and it's a very good one. Call jdsmoothie first chance you get here at the AVS Store for a good price on that X4000. May be able to give you a great deal on it.
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That is indeed one of the differences between the mid level Marantz and Denon models ... however, note that stepping up to the X4000 also gets you the much better version of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 vs. just XT on the 5008 and 6008.

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Thanks, I'll contact jdsmoothie on the X4000.

It seems both the Marantz SR5007 and SR5008 meet my needs very well. Any significant differences between these 2?
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JD, sent you a PM
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And yes the Onkyo 818 is 3D ready. Saw your question on the 818 thread. It's stated in the websites video.

http://www.onkyousa.com/Products/model.php?m=TX-NR818&class=Receiver&source=prodClass
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Perfect. I think I've found my new AVR.

3D and XT32 at a decent price.

Any issues with the newer Onkyos? Heat, HDMI handshaking or board frying?

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Perfect. I think I've found my new AVR.

3D and XT32 at a decent price.

Any issues with the newer Onkyos? Heat, HDMI handshaking or board frying?

Thanks

i'm looking for the exact same thing you are. the onkyo 818 intrigued me, but too many negative reviews on amazon and newegg with quirky problems for me.

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It seems that Onkyo is still having HDMI board problems, however it seems that all brands are having problems of some sort or another. If you follow threads on some of the AVR's you are interested in you will see problems with every make and model. Yamaha seems to be the most trouble free but they have problems also. So it comes down to what you want in one and buy from someone with a good return policy and warranty.
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That's true. And sound advice on buying from a reputable seller.
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that makes sense. but if you look at the sheer % of negative reviews on the onkyo, it's higher than the Marantz models.

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that makes sense. but if you look at the sheer % of negative reviews on the onkyo, it's higher than the Marantz models.

That may be because Onkyo sells more AVR's than Marantz. The failure rates are too many for all brands IMO. Hardly any of them seem to make any that last as long as they should. As for reliability Yamaha seems to lead the bunch and have also read that they are the leading seller. Don't have anything to back it up just read it here on a thread IIRC. I feel that if Yamaha would put the different versions of Audyssey on their models they would be very hard to beat. But don't think that will happen. JMHO.
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