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View Poll Results: Which AV receiver to buy to go with B&W 686 S2?
Denon AVR-X1000 1 12.50%
Denon AVR-X2000 3 37.50%
Marantz NR1504 2 25.00%
HARMAN KARDON AVR 165 or 151 (write in comments) 0 0%
ONKYO TX-NR525 0 0%
ONKYO TX-SR313 0 0%
Pioneer VSX-527-S 1 12.50%
Sony STR-DH810 0 0%
Yamaha RX-V475 1 12.50%
Some other, write in comments Please 0 0%
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post #1 of 6 Old 07-04-2014, 02:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Question Which AV receiver to buy with B&W 686 S2 speakers?

Hi all!

My friend is buying B&W 686 S2 speakers.

And he wants to buy some AV receiver for them, any recommendations for around 500-700$?

As for example, he can right now buy some of these:

- Denon AVR-X1000
- Denon AVR-X2000
- Marantz NR1504
- HARMAN KARDON AVR 165 or 151
- ONKYO TX-NR525
- ONKYO TX-SR313
- Pioneer VSX-527-S
- Sony STR-DH810
- Yamaha RX-V475

Or would you recommend something else in that price range?

Also, what cables and what stand arrangement would you suggest for small room 6x4m?

And would you recommend him to buy B&W stands for 686S2 speakers or? And does he needs a foam under the speakers or that's not needed?

And would you rather recommend him to buy 685 S2 with some cheaper AV receiver as for example Denon AVR-X500?

As I always say, what makes a good sound is a quality made receiver, not awesome and expensive speakers.

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Your friend needs to first determine what features/inputs/outputs he wants in an AVR and decide if those models are in his budget or not. These are bookshelf speakers so yes, they will need to be placed on stands to get them at seated ear level. Always better to buy better quality speakers with lower level AVR then other way around; however, at a minimum the AVR should have Audyssey speaker EQ which the X500 does not have so X1000 would be lowest Denon model to consider.

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Your friend needs to first determine what features/inputs/outputs he wants in an AVR and decide if those models are in his budget or not. These are bookshelf speakers so yes, they will need to be placed on stands to get them at seated ear level. Always better to buy better quality speakers with lower level AVR then other way around; however, at a minimum the AVR should have Audyssey speaker EQ which the X500 does not have so X1000 would be lowest Denon model to consider.
I saw right now that we also have an option to buy Dali Zensor 3 here for alot cheaper then 686 S2... Would that be a better option?
He wants to connect his laptop (3.5mm audio and VGA directly into TV - will be using it for GuitarPro), PC (HDMI), WiiU (HDMI), IPTV (HDMI), ofcourse AirPlay through iPad 2 and iPhone 4S and maybe he'd like to connect if that's possible an old really old Trubadur gramophone from RIZ.

Also, any specific reason to go for Denon and not Marantz for example?

He also got a recommendation from our audio shop to have a look at this combination: Dali Zensor 3 + Yamaha RX-V477, would that be better then B&W combination above?

Thanks!
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for the B&W 686 speakers I would recommend one strand of 22 gauge solid core wire. (one positive and one negative ) Solid core wire is one strand of wire originally brought to the USA by a company called DNM (music hall) They originally sold an interconnect using one strand of solid core 26gauge wire for interconnect, one strand for positive, one strand for the negative negative. It provides several sonic improvements over conventional stranded wire. I once gave an audio demonstration to a local audio dealer who said if he liked what he heard, he would install a $1500 stereo system into my 1970 thunderbird for free. He liked it and I got my free dash mounted receiver and speakers. That was the beginning of my search for the perfect audio cable. Later on I was given an audio cable patent based upon wire that was too small to be seen with the naked eye. (using 50ga and 56ga-= 1,283,000 feet to the pound.

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Also, any specific reason to go for Denon and not Marantz for example?

The Marantz NR1504 goes for $499

Denon x2000 is $399

Denon x1000 is $279. X1000 and NR1504 have similar features and Denon has better version of Audyssey.

I'd still opt for x2000 because it has better feature set and still cheaper than NR1504.

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