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I can't make the decision between these 2 receivers on which to buy. I am doing DIY Alpha-8 Minion for L/R and waiting on the MTM version for the center, also once I build the Alpha-8's I will decide whether I will build 4 more for surround duty or go with something a bit smaller for 7.1. I will have 2 subs and from what I have read that would be better to have the X4000, but they will be powered by an iNuke 6000DSP. Does that mean the receiver would not be doing any of the sub function and the inuke would be, or should i still go for the x4000?
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The X4000 can set different distance and sound level trims for its two subwoofer outputs. The NR929 can't.

Edited to add: the DSP has "dual mono" mode, which processes each speaker channel completely separately from the other, so you can take full advantage of the X4000's dual subwoofer outputs.

Audyssey and external DSPs can work fine together. You just have to decide if you want to use the DSP to process the audio before or after Audyssey does.

If you calibrate the DSP before Audyssey, the DSP can be used to minimize obnoxious peaks so that Audyssey otherwise would struggle with. If you calibrate the DSP after Audyssey, it might be able to fill in the peaks and valleys that Audyssey leaves behind.

Of course, you'll need an external spectrum analyzer to find out which procedure works best in your acoustic environment, perhaps either OmniMic or REW. See http://www.avsforum.com/t/1449924/simplified-rew-setup-and-use-usb-mic-hdmi-connection-including-measurement-techniques-and-how-to-interpret-graphs

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I would avoid Onkyo... They have not been very reliable over long term... There's a lot of issues with them failing... HDMI boards being the primary cause.

If it's not a BIG screen, it's not a theater...
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I would avoid Onkyo... They have not been very reliable over long term... There's a lot of issues with them failing... HDMI boards being the primary cause.
Thats what I hear people say, but I've had an Onkyo NR807 in my living room for about 4 years without a single problem. Regardless I went ahead and ordered the X4000 anyways.
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Be sure to review posts #3-6 in the 2013 Denon E/X Owner's thread for helpful information on your new AVR.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1465528/the-official-2013-denon-e-series-x-series-avr-model-owners-thread-faq/0_100#post_23134210
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Thats what I hear people say, but I've had an Onkyo NR807 in my living room for about 4 years without a single problem. Regardless I went ahead and ordered the X4000 anyways.

I had three Onkyos, two 905s and a 906... All three failed...

If it's not a BIG screen, it's not a theater...
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I would avoid Onkyo... They have not been very reliable over long term... There's a lot of issues with them failing... HDMI boards being the primary cause.

I would avoid making generalizations here. The TX-NR929 has not experienced the HDMI board issues as far as I have heard and it seems to run substantially cooler than its predecessors.

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True, but they are having some issues with no video and only sound... Also some amplifier failures.

If it's not a BIG screen, it's not a theater...
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I owned an 818 for about 18 months and currently have a 929 for about 8 months now and never had an issue with either one.

I also owned a couple of Denons before those and they were great AVR's but seemed over priced to me.

1 Mitsubishi WD-82642 82" TV
1 Onkyo TX-NR929 11.4 setup
2 Emotiva XPA-5's
1 Emotiva XPA-100
1 Definitive Technology CLR 3000 (Center)
2 Definitive Technology BP2004TL's (Mains)
2 Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000's (Heights)
6 Definitive Technology BPX's (Rears Wides Sides)
4 CHT VS-18.1 Subs
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