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post #91 of 203 Old 11-26-2013, 08:54 AM
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While Im really enjoying the Denon 4520,It is so frustrating,not being able to pass digital to the other zones,I'm hoping that can be done through firmware in the future,but with my luck it's prob hardware.It seems like such a waste to watch my older Denon 5803 brute, just collecting dust,I have more wires now than with the 5803.Analogue,Digital,plus HDMI now,thanks to blocking digital signals to other zones,which still need analogue inputs.i believe the 5803 will eventually get some electrostatics for 2ch.with its massive amps

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Marantz SR7008!!

I thought my Onkyo TX-NR818 with an Onkyo M-282 amp for heights on a 9.1 system was the bomb until the 818 failed after only 14 months (HDMI board failure). I needed 9.1 and am running two Hsu ULS15s so bought the Marantz SR7008 out of spite.

The Onkyo failure was a blessing in disguise! The SR7008 makes that Onkyo sound fuzzy and weak. The sound of the Marantz is powerful and articulate.It brought clarity to my Paradigms that I hadn't experienced before. The 818 has Audessy XT32 correction but can't equalize my subs separately...I didn't think it was a big deal as they're positioned symetrically in the room. Wrong! The SR7008 corrects the subs independently and it sounds amazing!

The Marantz doesn't have every license under the sun (no THX etc...) but they clearly spent my money where it matters. The Marantz SR7008 rocks!!

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Take everyone on this thread and put them in rooms to do double blind tests and at normal volumes, I doubt anyone could reliably tell the difference. Mostly, we like what we like because of marketing and we will always justify our decision by backing up our purchase.

It being AV Science forums, I thought I'd throw an objective opinion out there. The bulk what's sold in this industry is snake oil and that doesn't just include wiring.
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Take everyone on this thread and put them in rooms to do double blind tests and at normal volumes, I doubt anyone could reliably tell the difference. Mostly, we like what we like because of marketing and we will always justify our decision by backing up our purchase.

It being AV Science forums, I thought I'd throw an objective opinion out there. The bulk what's sold in this industry is snake oil and that doesn't just include wiring.

The one fairly sure exception would seem to be the automated system optimization facilities - Audyssey, MCACC, YPAO, etc. At least we hope that Audyssey 2EQ sounds different than MultieqXT 32! ;-)

There may be some audible differences in the implementations of DPL, the various proprietary sound field options, etc.

But the DACs and power amps should be darn hard to hear any difference among, except for large differences in power output ratings.
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Denon or Onkyo, both give you real sweet sound for movies or music and the most bang for the buck!
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I still love my 3808ci and 4311ci
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Denon or Onkyo, both give you real sweet sound for movies or music and the most bang for the buck!

I have to agree, my Onkyo came with more features and power than any other receiver in the same price range. I also enjoyed the sound of the Onkyo better than my Yamaha. It gave a much more in you face sound which I enjoyed however; the Yamaha sounds great also. I just slightly preferred the sound of the Onkyo.

That being said I will never purchase another Onkyo again! I purchased an Onkyo 807 and was loving it until it lit on fire while watching a movie. Unfortunately it was one month past it's warranty, so we were out of luck. Only to find out that this was happening to a lot of people (maybe not the fire). I have changed speakers since then, which changed the sound way more than switching receivers, so anything lost was more than made up.

I now have a Yamaha 2000 from the original Aventage line and I love it!! When I was shopping for a replacement receiver I kept hearing the statement that when you buy a Yamaha it simply works! I am now a believer I bought my Yamaha as a open box from Best Buy, so I was nervous about it being the abused floor model, but I have had the Yamaha for a couple years now without a single problem and I couldn't ask for anything more.

Anyone shopping for a receiver I would say the Onkyos are probably the best bang for the buck receivers on the market but there have been issues with some of there models and I would not buy another one but if you get lucky you will have a great receiver for the money. However if you want a phenomenal receiver that will last and you will enjoy for years then I firmly suggest a Yamaha!! The Aventage line is getting new models every year and if I ever need another receiver that is the first place I will look.
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I second the Yamaha Aventage models

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Marantz SR7008, best receiver I ever had!!!

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Yes, I agree with you. My brother-in-law had an Onkyo receiver and it would get very hot and on a few occasions actually shut itself off. (I thought it was going to catch fire too but it never did.) That is the only serious concern I have with the Onkyo brand and have never had that problem with a Denon.
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This is kind of an open-ended thread since receivers vary greatly in price. It would be nice to have a "top picks by price range".

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Have had my Pioneer 1222k up and running for about a month now and love it. The sound is incredible and it can handle anything you throw at it and still stay pretty cool with the Class D amp. AND my sub hits like a tank, literally shakes my house!

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Anthem MRX, haven't heard a better AVR
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I still have my Onkyo 805. Even though I'd like an updated AVR with Audyssey XT32 & SubEQ, it's hard to part with this beast because they don't make them like this anymore. I've had it over 5 years now and it's still going strong.
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You simply cannot beat the price for all the options (135W/Ch, 8 HDMI Inputs and 2 Outputs, USB, Network, Audyssey MultEQ XT, etc) you get from Onkyo TX-NR809. How often you find an AVR at this price range that weigh nearly 40lbs. It looks great in my entertainment center, and it rocks my 7.2 (two big tower speakers, two 12" subwoofers, center and surround speakers) surround sound system. The sounds from floor standing and surround speakers are crisp and clear and the sounds from two 12" subwoofers are deep/tight and wall shaking. I feel like I'm in Kenny G concert and the shootout in some True Grit scenes. The 809 is a dynamite receiver, and Onkyo support is exceptional. They really stand behind their product. How often you find a company willing to repair an out of warranty receiver for free. My previous Onkyo died after 3 years, and Onkyo fixed it for free. My previous Denon died after two years, and Denon didn't fix it for me. It end up in the dumpster.  Since I cannot afford the high-end receiver, I'm getting the most bank for my buck with Onkyo receiver!

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Using an Arcam AVR400 here. I upgraded from a Marantz SR 7500 that I had for many years and loved the sound on. The Arcam has a similar character to the Marantz but with greater clarity and imaging. The best way to describe it is more Marantz than Marantz. smile.gif

In any case I love the thing. Lots of power, sweet warm sound and once you set the video processing to bypass it doesn't mess with the video from any component. Probably too expensive when compared on a feature by feature basis, but worth every penny based on my ears.
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Just bought a new Denon AVR-X2000. It's my first receiver and decided to go with Denon. Really, an X1000 would have been enough for me, but I got a good price on the X2000. The upscaling along with the ability to run a couple outdoor speakers if I wanted a few years from now was enough to convince me to step up a level.

I was in the same boat. Bought the X-2000. Very happy with it so far.

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I just bought a used Onkyo 805. I hear the amp is a monster!
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Integra DTR-50.4 - great connectivity, scaling (up to 4K) and room correction, duel hdmi outs

Watching a movie on a tv is like watching a movie on a tv, watching a movie on a projector is like being at the movies!
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I have had many avr's but mainly started out with Sony STR line even a 555 ES Sony, to a 1908 iirc Denon to finally my 4311ci. The 4311 is probably the first avr I am completely satisfied with handling movie watching, gaming and some music playback (cd, vinyl, MD, tape,).

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Yamaha RX V1300. It's been with me for 10 years with no issues. It still perform like the first day I switched it on.

It has no HDMI connections so I upgraded to NAD full separates.

Given the clean sound of NADs, I still listen to my Yamaha for its warmer sound (to my ears).
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Any receiver that features Audyssey XT32/Sub EQ HT.
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Yamaha Aventage for games and movies. Replaced my decade old Panasonic receiver a couple of years ago with an RX-A3000. It delivers clean sound at all volume levels. Decoding whatever is type of digital audio stream inn the movie or games is done magically and I enjoy not having to set it up for each activity. I never thought I would use all of the inputs but with the new computers, game consoles, etc. all requiring component or HDMI I find myself with most of the inputs in use. It handles video switching and converting with ease. I also like being able to control it from my phone/tablet. I happened to run across it on sale at Newegg and have been thrilled for 2+ years.
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I have always been a Yamaha man, starting with the DSP-A3090! Currently using an RX-861 that sounds nice and I have never had one issue. However, I am interested in XT32 with subEQ so I am looking at a Marantz SR7008.

If room EQ weren't a factor, I'd probably go with the Yamaha 3030.

Indecision may or may not be my problem.
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I’m still happy with my champagne Sony STR-DA50ES smile.gif
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Has anyone tried a THX Certified reciever? I had a 2.1 Logitech THX speaker system for my pc..it worked ok but was too loud.
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There is this new invention: volume control.
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Ive had a Onkyo 605, 875, 5508. Pioneer Elite receiver. Had a Denon 4520ci but returned it due to it cutting off by itself.

Settled on a Marantz 8801 and love it so far. Had it roughly 8 months.
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If you want no-frills and dirt cheap, or a nice spare room 5.2 surround AV receiver then I'm digging the Sony STR-DH540 5.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver. Around $200, 4 HDMI, banana plug speaker connections, auto calibration mic. Can't beat it's value for the features at that price.

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Thanks for the review, which I can't seem to comment on directly, it swung me towards the Sony. I need a new receiver for my Wii U as my 15yr. old Aiwa doesn't have HDMI. My tv has 5 HDMI in so I haven't needed a new receiver until I purchased the Wii U, the Aiwa has both coax and optical for my cable box and PS3. I wasn't going to spend a ton of money for a $300 Wii U. And its not like the Wii U even has games like GTA or Last of Us that require 5.1, but I want the surround sound, LCD tv speakers don't cut it anymore. And my wife wants Chromecast so that working is a plus a well. So thanks. 

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Thanks for the review, which I can't seem to comment on directly, it swung me towards the Sony. I need a new receiver for my Wii U as my 15yr. old Aiwa doesn't have HDMI. My tv has 5 HDMI in so I haven't needed a new receiver until I purchased the Wii U, the Aiwa has both coax and optical for my cable box and PS3. I wasn't going to spend a ton of money for a $300 Wii U. And its not like the Wii U even has games like GTA or Last of Us that require 5.1, but I want the surround sound, LCD tv speakers don't cut it anymore. And my wife wants Chromecast so that working is a plus a well. So thanks. 

I'm glad I could help.

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