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Old 11-05-2013, 11:46 AM
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I am truly pleased with my Sony STR-DH830. the 7.1 sounds were jaw dropping from the
WOW disc, a room full of sound and not any one speaker at a time.
this was hard to believe since there was a mixture of new and old speakers.

note I bought this for HT room only. I know there are many other options for much more money but it does what I needed it to do.

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Yamaha Aventage series.

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I am truly pleased with my Sony STR-DH830. the 7.1 sounds were jaw dropping from the
WOW disc, a room full of sound and not any one speaker at a time.
this was hard to believe since there was a mixture of new and old speakers.

note I bought this for HT room only. I know there are many other options for much more money but it does what I needed it to do.

This looks like a straight copy and paste from CNET reviews from a user of the same name.
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This looks like a straight copy and paste from CNET reviews from a user of the same name.
might be me too. but did not copy paste. what surprised me was the sound was much better than a fellows HT
with whom we had a meet at his house. he had the Anthem 500 and some $1500+ worth of speakers connected
to it. my system surpassed his to my ears. my friend has since upgraded his speakers by another $3000 in value and a new AVR at what ever cost.

I will admit so have spent about only $1000 for my whole sound system, though some of it was getting the new AVR for $299 but I had some $175 in best buy's gift cards. used front mains (thrift store find), 2 new rears and front center about $105 each (BIC Formula FH6-LCR) and scavenged front high from a 20 year old JVC combo unit (free). and a $200 BIC V-1220.
http://www.avsforum.com/g/a/2262591/ht-room/
the HT cabinet was about $1400 a gift from my companion, floor model clearance.

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I am temporarily in possession of a Marantz SR6008. I am very impressed with this piece. I use an Oppo BPD-105 to an Anthem PVA7 power amp and I really like the addition of room correction in the Marantz. I feel like the Oppo does sound better musically, but for the low cost of this Marantz SR6008 + Pioneer Andrew Jones system that I've pieced together for a buddy, I am beyond thrilled with its capability. I'll be removing the Pioneer speakers and putting my Swan Diva 6.2F, Swan M1, and Vienna Acoustics Maestro Grand center channel back in soon to see how that works out with the SR6008.
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Yamaha Aventage series all the way.

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I'm an Onkyo fan, but wouldn't touch anything earlier than a 2012/3 model due ot the HDMI board problems. I had just that with their top-end NR5007. I am currently getting that fixed under warranty.

I now have an NR717, NR3010 and an NR5010 in the house. Coupled with the iPad ap, ORemote (better than the actual IR remote that ships with the receivers), iRule and JRemote (app for JRiver Media Center), I love all that these receivers are capable of. I also agree: buy for the features, not perceived sound quality - which should be the same provided sufficient power.

If I were to buy another it would be the NR929, which is also 11.x capable, but cheaper than the NR3010.
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Pre HDMI Pioneer Elite VSX-59TXi 130 watts per Rms x7,2 I Link connections 1 RF for laserdisc players, still shakes the house.

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I have my eye on the Denon AVR-X4000 for an upgrade if I can swing it this year. The fact that it can offer all that it does for such an attractive price point is pretty impressive -- XT32 with SubEQ, mmmm. Obviously the 4520 is great too, especially since it's the only Denon AVR still produced in Japan. I'd also take a Marantz SR7008. And the Sony STR-DA5800ES looks interesting but I know their room correction isn't very good.

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might be me too. but did not copy paste. what surprised me was the sound was much better than a fellows HT
with whom we had a meet at his house. he had the Anthem 500 and some $1500+ worth of speakers connected
to it. my system surpassed his to my ears. my friend has since upgraded his speakers by another $3000 in value and a new AVR at what ever cost.

I will admit so have spent about only $1000 for my whole sound system, though some of it was getting the new AVR for $299 but I had some $175 in best buy's gift cards. used front mains (thrift store find), 2 new rears and front center about $105 each (BIC Formula FH6-LCR) and scavenged front high from a 20 year old JVC combo unit (free). and a $200 BIC V-1220.
http://www.avsforum.com/g/a/2262591/ht-room/
the HT cabinet was about $1400 a gift from my companion, floor model clearance.

As long as your happy. Like 12 years ago I purchased $25 radio shack book shelf speakers (sale price) they had some like ribbon tweeters in it or something. I was blown away.
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Recently bought a Denon X4000 from AVScience, looking forward to putting it through its paces this weekend. The price is great for what it does. I guess you could say I voted with my dollars. smile.gif

It was between the X4000 and the Onkyo 929, but I'm leery of Onkyo's long term reliability, at least until they go a couple years without wide reports of video board problems.
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I love my Denon X 4000. I did oodles of research before I purchased it, and in my opinion it's the runaway best buy this year from all the receiver manufacturers. Much like last year's Onkyo 818, the Denon has the top of the line XT32 room calibration system, but unlike the Onkyo, the Denon includes SubEQ as well, allowing you to measure and eq dual subs. It's got an absolute slew of other new features - including, what I think is the first feature of it's kind on an AVR - and my personal favorite - the ability to watch one source while listening to another source on the same input. So for instance, I can listen to an LP through it's phono input, and surf the web at the same time. You could also watch the game, and blast music etc ... it's great. The X 4000 also includes the ability to expand to 9 channels of amplification with an external amp. It's 7.2 natively, but throw in an amp and you can enjoy Heights or Wides with the included Auddessey DSX processing - Stick with PLiiX -or try out the new DTS NEO X .. up to you. It's got a great on screen gui that at the push of a button will show on your TV the speaker layout, including the source and output. So if you're listening to 2 channels it'll show an image with the input channels, and beside it your speaker layout with your active output channels, so you can see what speakers you've got engaged when using processing. It's also priced quite fairly - cheaper then the competition Onkyo 929 and trumps it on features. It looks great, is backed by a three year warranty - just awesome. Anyone looking for a receiver in the 1000 - 1100 dollar range would be nuts to not jump all over it. In any case - that's my two cents! hope it helps. Cheers.
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I've been a Denon person for several years. My last Denon was a 3312ci that I paid $1100. I love the features set, the design, the speaker calibration, and the HDMI ports and the outer construction (banana plugs, etc.). But it went down after less than two years, still under warranty. (My previous Denon punked out in less than two years, also.) Today, after many attempts to get the 3312ci repaired (almost 3 months in the shop), I was notified that Denon is shipping me a new 3312ci or a newer model if they don't have the 3312ci in stock.

Right now I'm using a Yamaha RX-V673 that I bought for half of what I paid for the 3312ci. It doesn't have as many features but it gets the job done, runs very cool to the touch (I've never owned a cool or even warm Denon), and has been flawlessly reliable.

The truth, though: I'm still a Denon guy.
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I have a Denon 4311 which replaced an Onkyo TX-SR606. I have no complaints about either unit. I almost bought an Anthem 500 for no other reason than it lacked features. I figured a unit with fewer bells and whistles--many of which (i.e. Napster) quickly fade to obscurity--would be less likely to break.

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I'd vote Yamaha Aventage as well.

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I bought the denon x4000. I think the room correction in the higher end anthem might be better from reports I've read and I would buy that one next time personally; x4000 is glitchy and leaves me questioning its build quality.
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Had an Onkyo which died on me after a few years. Now have a Denon 2112CI that I've had for awhile and it works beautifully. Wouldn't trade it!

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I love my Denon X 4000. I did oodles of research before I purchased it, and in my opinion it's the runaway best buy this year from all the receiver manufacturers. Much like last year's Onkyo 818, the Denon has the top of the line XT32 room calibration system, but unlike the Onkyo, the Denon includes SubEQ as well, allowing you to measure and eq dual subs. It's got an absolute slew of other new features - including, what I think is the first feature of it's kind on an AVR - and my personal favorite - the ability to watch one source while listening to another source on the same input. So for instance, I can listen to an LP through it's phono input, and surf the web at the same time. You could also watch the game, and blast music etc ... it's great. The X 4000 also includes the ability to expand to 9 channels of amplification with an external amp. It's 7.2 natively, but throw in an amp and you can enjoy Heights or Wides with the included Auddessey DSX processing - Stick with PLiiX -or try out the new DTS NEO X .. up to you. It's got a great on screen gui that at the push of a button will show on your TV the speaker layout, including the source and output. So if you're listening to 2 channels it'll show an image with the input channels, and beside it your speaker layout with your active output channels, so you can see what speakers you've got engaged when using processing. It's also priced quite fairly - cheaper then the competition Onkyo 929 and trumps it on features. It looks great, is backed by a three year warranty - just awesome. Anyone looking for a receiver in the 1000 - 1100 dollar range would be nuts to not jump all over it. In any case - that's my two cents! hope it helps. Cheers.


WOW,that's a necessity in a Spanish family's household...We like the TV, and the stereo blurring while 5 or more are having a conversation biggrin.gif

And the other outline feature is really interesting as well, hope all those little features are kept in the next Denon AVR's.
What I really want is the Amp section to be completly OFF from the processing section, maybe down the lroad I'll replace my 4311, but the features will need to be intutive, and not just fluff.


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No one in this forum likes Harman Kardon receivers, I'm about to purchase HK ARV 1710.

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No one in this forum likes Harman Kardon receivers, I'm about to purchase HK ARV 1710.

I've never owned one, but I think they're not as innovative to. I always seen them as a Me Too company like Philips making AVRS just for the heck of it just a little higher level. May be wrong about my assement, but that's how I've view them for some time.

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I would say the Denon AVR-X4000. I recently replaced my Denon AVR-4310ci which had Audyssy XT and the difference with the XT32 is amazing!

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AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.

 

So, what are your favorite AV receivers?

In general, Yamaha RX series.

 

Specifically, like the RX-A730.

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For me I like Denon 4520ci,Pioneer SC-37,57,68,77,79 and Interga 80-3 receiver's.
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My current one is great although flawed. Onky TX-NR5009. If I were to buy one today it would probably be the Marantz SR7008 or wait for HDMI 2.0 receivers.
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I've owned a harman kardon avr 2700 since march. Love it. Much better sound quality than my previous pioneer vsx-1120 and yamaha rx-v663. Dolby volume is excellent. Very easy to set up. Logic 7 is the king for TV. For music quality is like a fine 2 channel amp. Actually sounds better with room correction switched off. A pio or yam would sound like crap. Even surround (channel separation) is so much better than the yam or pio.
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Denon X4000

The best AVR I have ever owned.
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I think Denon is working on a new AVR to replace their flagship AVR-4520.
Hope they make something to perform High End now. A 2008 Pioneer SC-90 until now kicks the but of every Denon AVR to date.

The Yamaha Avantage Pre/Pro is good, but when Pioneer for example can provide 200w per channel with 7 channel driven at the same time, Yamaha and other brands only assure 180 or 190w per channel in one channel at the time.
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I think Denon is working on a new AVR to replace their flagship AVR-4520.
Hope they make something to perform High End now. A 2008 Pioneer SC-90 until now kicks the but of every Denon AVR to date.

The Yamaha Avantage Pre/Pro is good, but when Pioneer for example can provide 200w per channel with 7 channel driven at the same time, Yamaha and other brands only assure 180 or 190w per channel in one channel at the time.

I googled the specs on that receiver - it looks pretty powerful. That being said the difference between 170 and 200 wpc is negligible, and I couldn't find anywhere where it said " all channels driven ". In addition, I could only find the UK listing for that receiver - maybe the specs for the US listing are different, but it's listed at 5000 pounds, which equals 8000 USD - about 4 times as much as the flagship denon. I for one wouldn't want to spend an extra 6000 dollars for 30 watts.
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If you can still find this deal at CostCo Pioneer SC-1522-K for $599.99. Also the Pioneer SC-1222-K can be found at times on sale for $429.99 to $499.99. I switched from Onkyo's receiver after having a 805 / 809 HDMI boards died. Denon, NAD, Anthem and Sherbourn were others I was looking at. I know of a lot of Onkyo's 818 owners who are happy with it as well. I've seen this one on sale for $799.99.biggrin.gif
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