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post #1 of 21 Old 07-04-2014, 08:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Stereo Receiver Recommendations, 2 or 5.1 channel (Marantz or Yamaha)

Hi, I am new to the forums and I am looking for low to mid level stereo receiver recommendations. I'm not a hi fi buff or anything just middle of the road and try to research before a purchase. I have current Samsung tvs, no 3d, Directv w/Genie, cable internet, Apple airport extreme and Panasonic bluray players. I have an old JVC AV receiver, 20 ys. app and old Mitsubishi speakers, 35 yrs. app.
My thinking today is that HDTV is a great thing. However, I feel that the technology is already built into the hdtv and blu player. With that thought my idea is on the sound basis as tv sound is not so great. What I would like to do is purchase an am/fm stereo receiver and pipe tv sound through it as well as fm radio, music cds and dvd blu ray sound albeit by rca jacks. So I'm eliminating the V in AV. And work on new speakers too.
I hope you can follow my thinking. Of course the unit would need the appropriate jacks. I have been checking into Yamaha, Marantz and Harmon Kardon. Denon? Want to stay away from Onkoyo and Pioneer. New, refurb and clearance are ok. I've been checking A4L website too. Thanks for your thoughts and help.

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Choose whichever has the features you want and will use.
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I have been researching receivers in the same category and the Yamaha R-S300 and R-S500 seem to be good buys. Might want to give those a look.

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I got a good deal on the Yamaha R-S700, it sounds great and I really recommend just using pure direct but that's just me.
I only paid a bit over $300 but it was sold by amazon warehouse which basically just means they're selling returns at discount prices. There was no scratches or anything and it works great!
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Have you thought about a multi channel avr? It would give you the ability to expand should you decide to delve into home theater. It will still do 2 channel just fine and also give you the ability to add a center speaker, subwoofer, or surround speakers.
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Yes crn I thought about 5.1 too, can't decide on the two though. So I'm open to both. ty
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If you go with 5.1 you still need to think about your front speakers as they are the most important!
I would probably go with a pre/pro just because I never feel an avr cares about it's pre and it's amps aren't that great either.

I would wait for dolby atmos as my room is big but I have a large couch so a proper 7 channel isn't possible but 5 channel is and I'm going with a 5.2.4 setup so it's gonna be cool how that works.
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If he goes pre pro he's going to spending well over $1000. And you still have to buy an amp too.

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What I am really looking at right now is a Marantz NR1403, any thoughts or recommendations on this??? I don't want networking or streaming just a basic good unit. Good sound is important to me, video will be handled by tv or blu ray player. Years ago I had a set of Marantz speakers, nice.

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HK AVR 700???? 3390??? Yamaha 375??
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Hi, I am new to the forums and I am looking for low to mid level stereo receiver recommendations. I'm not a hi fi buff or anything just middle of the road and try to research before a purchase. I have current Samsung tvs, no 3d, Directv w/Genie, cable internet, Apple airport extreme and Panasonic bluray players. I have an old JVC AV receiver, 20 ys. app and old Mitsubishi speakers, 35 yrs. app.
As far as no 3D goes, congratulations on not investing in that fad. ;-)

It would seem that your AV system may need updating in the audio department - namely speakers, amps, and room acoustics.

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My thinking today is that HDTV is a great thing. However, I feel that the technology is already built into the hdtv and blu player. With that thought my idea is on the sound basis as tv sound is not so great. What I would like to do is purchase an am/fm stereo receiver and pipe tv sound through it as well as fm radio, music cds and dvd blu ray sound albeit by rca jacks. So I'm eliminating the V in AV. And work on new speakers too.
I agree with you to the extent that your stereo receiver and speakers may need updating. The rest of your system - the video components seems to be OK for the time being.

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I hope you can follow my thinking. Of course the unit would need the appropriate jacks. I have been checking into Yamaha, Marantz and Harmon Kardon. Denon? Want to stay away from Onkoyo and Pioneer. New, refurb and clearance are ok. I've been checking A4L website too. Thanks for your thoughts and help.

My current A/V system is centerpieced by a Denon AVR 1913 AVR that I purchased as a refurb. It is no longer on the market even as a refurb. I am basically of the 2 channel persuasion but for decades that has included a center channel speaker. I currently use 3 Infinity Primus PC 351 3-way speakers for LCR along with 2 older 12" subwoofers, one Cambridge Soundworks 12" and the other a Paradigm 12".

Something like this might work for you, or not. My choices were contingent on costs and physical setup.
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ty arnyk. Years ago I had a Denon cassette deck that was great, then it took a dump. Maybe I'm still gun shy on Denon products. I plan on a refurb AV from A4L. When I was a teenager I and my buddies had Marantz, so I have a warm spot for Marantz. But I've looked at Yamaha, HK and a little Denon. ty again.
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ty arnyk. Years ago I had a Denon cassette deck that was great, then it took a dump. Maybe I'm still gun shy on Denon products. I plan on a refurb AV from A4L. When I was a teenager I and my buddies had Marantz, so I have a warm spot for Marantz. But I've looked at Yamaha, HK and a little Denon. ty again.

FYI Denon and Marantz are now the same company and share production lines and engineering staff.
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If you have no interest in video sources, I'd get a regular stereo integrated amplifier. But if you want to connect DVD player, consoles, and play DD/DTS, and need bass mangament get a AVR.

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As has already been mentioned - find one that offers the features and connectivity you want. If you have/want to add sub(s) in the future look for bass management be it from a two channel or multi channel receiver. There won't be differences in the way they sound but there are different bass management technologies you may want to consider.

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This is the cheapest Yamaha they have. For best audio connect all inputs to the receiver not the tv. Audio from the tv sucks.
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