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post #1 of 7 Old 09-03-2014, 05:58 PM - Thread Starter
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Red face Entry level receiver help for a novice!

Hi Friends,

This is my first post at the AVS forum and a humble step into world of AV. I moved to United States couple of months back and still in process of setting up my home.

Contemplating on a budget 3.1 system in my living room (15 Feet X 12 Feet) with plans to expand to 5.1 system in the near future.

Never had I been so indecisive about a purchase all my life. Ironically vast information available on the forum has added to my confusion

Planned setup: Bookshelves+Sub woofer hooked to an AV receiver.

Would be using the setup to listen to the music and watch cable TV/Movies/Utube/Netflix at sane volumes. I have got hold of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers and SP-CP-22 center channel speakers to start with.Yet to buy a receiver and a sub woofer.

Bookshelves:http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ers/SP-BS22-LR
Center Channel:http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...peakers/SP-C22

Expectations from receiver
-Sound quality over fancy features
-Solid build quality and ease of use
-Long term reliability(Single most important factor for me!)
-Enough power to fill my medium sized apartment

Nice to have features
-Networking(May listen to Internet stations although I have never done that before)
-Bluetooth/WiFi/Airplay(To stream music from Laptop/Iphone/Andriod phone)
-Room Correction(Not sure how important it would be for my application/context)

Features I am not worried about
-4K support(I may not jump into 4K bandwagon anytime soon)
-Zone B/Zone 2(I may never use it!)

Looking at following options

>Entry level receivers with networking:Yamaha rxv 477,Yamaha rxv 577 and Denon AVR S700w
>Entry level receivers:Yamaha 377 or Denon S500BT along Roku player for networking capabilities
>Outgoing models: Denon AVR E300/ AVR X1000/ E400 or Yamaha RXV 375/475/575

a)Request you all to suggest the best option from the above listed receivers with long term reliability and sufficient power being the two most important aspects.
b)Would an entry level receiver like Yamaha RXV 377/Denon S500BT have enough juice to fill my space with rich sound?
c)Denon or Yamaha for Audio quality+Long term reliability?

Thanks for your help...

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Prithvi

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At the lower end they're all pretty much interchangeable so get the one that you like best or that has the best price or features you want.
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Yamaha and Denon both seem reliable. Sometimes Yamaha seems cheaper

Make sure you carefully look at the feature set. I tested a Yamaha RX-375 and it was better than I expected, but was missing some important features. For example, it did not upconvert component video and S/PDIF input to HDMI. That resulted in my friend's setup being more complex than it should have been. And it did not stream Pandora, which personally would be a no-go for me because I use that all the time on the bedroom receiver.

So look for deals, make sure your minimal requirements are met and you should be ok.

Personally, I have had good luck with Yamaha.

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Thanks for pitching in with valuable suggestions guys.Couple of my queries are still unanswered.

-Will Entry level receiver like Yamaha rxv 377/Denon S500BT have enough power to fill a medium sized living room with an attached Kitchen?
-Keeping features aside,do step up models like Yamaha rxv 477/577 or Denon S700W have better components,circuitry,amps compared to bare Entry level models(Yamaha rxv 377/Denon S500BT)?Will they last longer?
-I have been offered Yamaha RXV 577 and Denon S 700W at same price point.Which one should i choose?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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Should I go ahead with Yamaha rxv 577?

Bump!Any advice would be highly appreciated.

I have been offered Yamaha RXV 577 and Denon S 700W at the same price point.Which one should I opt for?Please advice!
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I would take a look at Onkyo, they have some great models for reasonable prices. I know it wasn't on your list and don't want to complicate, but they have a great reputation and I have owned a couple for several years and they are still holding their value.
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Thanks for the valuable suggestions.Got a good bargain on the Yamaha RXV 577.Looking for a sub woofer now.Would Dayton Sub 1000 provide enough bass for room measuring 16feet X 12feet?
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