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Between the Onkyo TX-NR5010, Yamaha RX-A3030, and the Pioneer Elite SC-79, which would be the best match for my Klipsch RF-7, RC-7, and RS-7? I have a 5.1 setup with a single SubMersive. My Klipsch speakers are the original models from back in 2002. I need an A/V receiver that can drive them to reference levels with ease and, of course, have excellent sound quality. By the way, I am also open to other suggestions for A/V receivers so please suggest any if you like. I would like to stay away from separates right now.
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I would avoid Onkyo. Too many reliability issues. Whether to choose a Pioneer or Yamaha boils down to which room correction software you like better. MCACC or YPAO. Personally for a 5.1 system, you can save money by getting a lower end unit as the higher end units main advantage is being able to process 11 channels. You won't notice much difference in amp power between say 150 watts and 120 watts.
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Chuck in Arcam, NAD, Anthem, Harmon Kardon too?

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Hard to beat the amps in the SC-79 and you mentioned you want to drive these at reference levels and with that being said there are deals right now because the new models are about to be released in the following months .
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Arcam, NAD, Cambridge Audio, Rotel (in no particular order)
Not sure if McIntosh makes a receiver or not.
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If you want XT32 why not also Denon and Marantz ?
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With a sensitivity rating of 101dB any receiver can drive your speakers to reference with ease. It will take all of 4W to exceed reference levels at 1M. At 4M you will need 16W. Even an entry level receiver can make your ears bleed at 4M. No need for a flagship level receiver just to drive your speakers. There may be reasons you will want a flagship receiver, but the power and ability to drive your speakers to reference levels is not one of them. What it boils down to is what features do you really want. Buy based on that and product reliability.
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With a sensitivity rating of 101dB any receiver can drive your speakers to reference with ease. It will take all of 4W to exceed reference levels at 1M. At 4M you will need 16W. Even an entry level receiver can make your ears bleed at 4M. No need for a flagship level receiver just to drive your speakers. There may be reasons you will want a flagship receiver, but the power and ability to drive your speakers to reference levels is not one of them. What it boils down to is what features do you really want. Buy based on that and product reliability.

I could not find a complete review to see how the impedance varies across the band or phase shift but on sensitivity alone an iPod would probably drive them .
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Anthem gets my vote.
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With those speakers and 5.1, I'd get the Anthem MRX-310. Not flagship, but no need for higher in the anthem lineup with your speakers/setup. Of the others you listed, and if you prefer more mainstream, I like the yamaha-3030, and I'd replace the Onkyo with the denon 4520ci as well.

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Now I'm thinking I should just go all balls-out. tongue.gif

I'll have to wait a few more months before I'll be able to purchase this but I'm thinking Parasound Halo A 51 + Onkyo PR-SC5509. Good combo? How is the PR-SC5509?
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The Halo stuff is top notch but I would look elsewhere for a pre-pro especially for reliability.
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The Halo stuff is top notch but I would look elsewhere for a pre-pro especially for reliability.
Personally the Flagships from Denon ,Marantz and Pioneer would give you what you want .
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How about the Parasound Halo A 51 + Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000?
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Any comments as to how the Pioneer Elite SC-79 and the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3030 compare? First priority is sound quality (high SPL, excellent dynamics, and a generally smooth/warm sound as I have "brighter" speakers). Am I correct in assuming that the Yamaha is better built?
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Any comments as to how the Pioneer Elite SC-79 and the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3030 compare? First priority is sound quality (high SPL, excellent dynamics, and a generally smooth/warm sound as I have "brighter" speakers). Am I correct in assuming that the Yamaha is better built?

If you are looking for "smooth/warm" I'd lean toward the Yamaha over the Pioneer. I have had a CX-A5000, RX-A3020, and a SC-75. While all are good units the SC-75 is the farthest away from that description when compared to the Yamaha you are looking at.
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Arcam AVR-750 especially if sound quality is a concern.

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Try and demo any piece of equipment with as close to if not the model of speakers you have then base your own opinion not mine or others .
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