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$1600 receivers, hard choice

I'm finally going to retire my trusty Onkyo 805 to music only duty and get a new theater room AVR. It will be used for movies, TV and some music. My requirements are 5.1.4 capability (prefer no external amp) and HDCP 2.2 with HDR and 4k passthrough.

Right now I'm torn between these two:

Yamaha RX-a2050
Pioneer Elite SC-95

Both are roughly the same price for new or refurb/like new used so that's not a deciding factor.

From their respective owners forums I've gathered plenty of info, but still having a hard time deciding. Anyone have an opinion on this specific choice or possibly another option? I've only ever owned Onkyo and Sony, so no personal experience.

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Personally, I've gotten off the Pioneer band wagon since having issues with the HDMI board on my SC-1522-K.
I really like my RX-A3040 that I have now, I wouldn't get rid of it if I could get DTS-X, the one thing I will say about the Yamaha, while the other DSP modes seem gimmicky, I've found myself using them on more than one occasion for music and sports, while you wouldn't have to use them, they're there if you want them at no extra cost.

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If you wait till after the superbowl, there are going to be some pretty good sales on avrs at best buy. Pioneer sc95 will prbably be on sale for around $1099. Those class D ams are pretty good. Low power consumption while running pretty cool. Also, if you have 4ohm speakers, pioneer sc line will drive them while 3050 not so much


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Thanks for the replies.

All of my speakers are 6ohm so hopefully both amps would push them without too much issue.

Waiting till after the superbowl sales is a fantastic idea, I also have some BB gift cards just sitting around so that sounds like a good move. Will wait and see.

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I would get the Yamaha. They're more reliable. Pioneer is now owned by Onkyo.
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I would get the Yamaha. They're more reliable. Pioneer is now owned by Onkyo.
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Yamaha has proven time and again to be very reliable. If they'd come up with something close to Audyssey's SubEQ HT I'd have a Yamaha in my main setup instead of a Marantz. I have a Yamaha 773 AVR in the bedroom 2 channel. My third Yamaha AVR. I sold the prior two to family - both are going strong - one after four years with a nephew thrashing it daily. He drives a 5.1 Klipsch RF52 setup and it works and sounds great - not one problem with it.
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Why not a Denon 6200. You can find one for $1600 or less(refrub). It has XT32 with sub eq. I have a 5.2.4 setup with no external amps.

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Just because pioneer home division is now controlled by onkyo is hardly a reason to dismiss them. Besides, 2015 elite sc series were designed before onkyo even finalized the merger.




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Also, if you have 4ohm speakers, pioneer sc line will drive them while 3050 not so much
not so "not so much"
The Yamaha Aventage line, including 2050 and 3050, can drive 4 ohms no problem.
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A refurbished Marantz SR7010 for $1699 with 3 years warranty would be my choice.

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not so "not so much"
The Yamaha Aventage line, including 2050 and 3050, can drive 4 ohms no problem.

Surely it will drive them, any avr for that matter will, but to a level and ease that those class d amps will. Denons and yamahas, and other mainstream AB avrs, will choke driving 4 ohms loud for a period of time. There is another thread here where a guy with x7200 has issues driving 4 ohms loudly. And thats DM's flagship.


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