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Question Upgrading Receiver (going slim): Onkyo 809 vs Pioneer s520

Hello Everyone. I was an active member a long time ago, but now I'm back with a new username. Anywho, I've recently moved into a new place and upgrading everything. I have yet to pick the speakers to replace my old setup, but I've been eyeing a new receiver. The room is 14'x22' with the TV on the narrower end. Will I lose anything with the Pioneer s520 over the Onkyo 809 other than power and 2.1 channels I won't be using? I really like the slim design which makes it much easier to manage in slimmer consoles vs the massive receivers of old.

Other specs/details on my setup:
- On Blurays, the volume gets cranked to about 70, not sure what that equates to in RMS power
- This setup will be used primarily for movies/tv/games and some music
- 4k TV of some sort... OLED to replace my Samsung PN60E7000 eventually
- Speakers... going smaller. Ditching the towers for something more compact. Maybe some Energy Take 5 Classics or splurging for flat panel speakers on table stands for my LR
- 14'24' of drywall. One side is open (it's a loft).
- Speakers will likely only be a 5.1 setup. The s520 does not support Dolby Atmos... will a guy like me that appreciates good movie audio and loves movies notice?

Thanks in advance!
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Hello Everyone. I was an active member a long time ago, but now I'm back with a new username. Anywho, I've recently moved into a new place and upgrading everything. I have yet to pick the speakers to replace my old setup, but I've been eyeing a new receiver. The room is 14'x22' with the TV on the narrower end. Will I lose anything with the Pioneer s520 over the Onkyo 809 other than power and 2.1 channels I won't be using? I really like the slim design which makes it much easier to manage in slimmer consoles vs the massive receivers of old.

Other specs/details on my setup:
- On Blurays, the volume gets cranked to about 70, not sure what that equates to in RMS power
- This setup will be used primarily for movies/tv/games and some music
- 4k TV of some sort... OLED to replace my Samsung PN60E7000 eventually
- Speakers... going smaller. Ditching the towers for something more compact. Maybe some Energy Take 5 Classics or splurging for flat panel speakers on table stands for my LR
- 14'24' of drywall. One side is open (it's a loft).
- Speakers will likely only be a 5.1 setup. The s520 does not support Dolby Atmos... will a guy like me that appreciates good movie audio and loves movies notice?

Thanks in advance!
For what it's worth... the s520 is sexy.

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I'd rather have one of the Marantz slim receivers with binding posts instead of cheap spring clips, but the Pioneer looks pretty cool. also, Pioneer 1 year warranty, Marantz 3 year warranty.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/marantz-...?skuId=4876055

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also, Marantz nr1607 is on sale at Amazon. then you'll still have 7.2

https://www.amazon.com/Marantz-Chann...C3RXENWVRSRN36

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I was also considering Marantz... so thanks for the suggestion. I actually had an older receiver like the slimmer ones I tried out and liked the sound. Out of the box the one I tested sounded a bit warmer for music than my old HK and Pioneer receiver at the time (2010). Not sure if that's the case these days, but I'm sure I'll be able to tune whatever to my liking. =)
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Is the Marantz nr1607's 50/watt channel pretty strong? Just making sure it'll be plenty of power to drive any speaker I choose to pair with it.
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There's also this one to consider. Seems to get good reviews.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_022RXS...a-RX-S601.html
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onkyo nr 809 is an older model, if you're looking at onkyo look at their current rz series models, they support all the latest features.
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Upgrading Receiver (going slim): Onkyo 809 vs Pioneer s520

It's interesting that the Pio back is different than the Elite 2.1 one. I just purchased that one for my bedroom.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ponents/SX-S30

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It's interesting that the Pio back is different than the Elite 2.1 one. I just purchased that one for my bedroom.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ponents/SX-S30
Am I overlooking something? One is a 2.0 receiver and the other is a 5.1. It also appears that the slim AVR's from Marantz or Yamaha offer more for the money for the build quality alone. Really comes down to what OP needs/wants IMHO.
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Upgrading Receiver (going slim): Onkyo 809 vs Pioneer s520

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Am I overlooking something? One is a 2.0 receiver and the other is a 5.1. It also appears that the slim AVR's from Marantz or Yamaha offer more for the money for the build quality alone. Really comes down to what OP needs/wants IMHO.


Yes the 2.1 Elite has binding post the 5.1 Pio doesn't I chose the Elite because it served my needs and two weeks ago there was a great sale on Amazon. Plus a slim stereo receiver with 4 hdmi inputs!

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