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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? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Simply post a comment with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.

 

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I like for my purposes the Marantz Slim NR* series, if you want a straight forward AVR and have space/heat constraints. There are better of course if you want bells and whistles. That said I think any buying guide for an AVR should have a huge disclaimer warning people to wait for the next refresh which will all likely have HDMI 2.0. Buying an expensive one now would be a pretty big mistake as opposed to waiting 2-6 months.
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I updated to a Denon AVR-4520CI this year from a older Denon AVR-2809Ci I had been using for several years. The AVR-4520CI can be controlled by apps or network via web interface and offers a extensive feature set including the very popular Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 room equalization.

I like the fact that Denon retained 7.1 multichannel analog inputs in this model as other brands have removed that functionality which make their models less flexible. All in all a very neutral, outstanding clarity sounding receiver with ample power reserve to handle most speaker setups.
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Hopefully I can post about pre/pro's in your thread Scott. I've had my Marantz AV8801 for around 10 months now and it's flexibility and sound quality continue to impress me and although I'm running 5.2 it does do 11.2. It's nimble when it has to be and drops the hammer when need be.
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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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I don't know what my favourites are, I have not brought a lot of them to my house. Right now I have a Denon AVR-X3000 which I like a lot. It has 6 HDMI in at the back, and sends my video signal to my lumagen as it should, in 4.2.2. So I like it smile.gif
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I guess the Pioneer SC-LX90 (SC-09TX in US) still kicks the butt of all AV Receivers in the market, with a performance of a powerful measured 250watts per channel in 7 active channels. (200wtts announced)
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The best sounding receiver I've ever had was the Nad T 787 but it kept going into protect
mode when I pushed it for 1/2 hour or so(I pushed pretty hard) now I'm using a Pioneer
SC-61 for a preamp into a couple Emotive amps.I'm happy with the results.I've had a few
Pioneers over the years and always been happy with them.
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it's been awhile since i bought one, but i can tell you what features i will look for in my next purchase

-2 HDMI outputs. no more external splitter for plasma/projector in same room
-good auto eq
-upconversion/upscaler(upconversion being the more important unless it's a fantastic upscaler)
-the more HDMI inputs the better(but they need to be assignable to discrete inputs! my current pioneer has more inputs than sources and i'm forced to use 'next input' to get to one of them)
-i'm not fully caught up on all the extra channels, but i think an 11.2 capable receiver would do me well for many years.

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my yamaha 5.1 hd av reciever rx-v473. It's awesome.
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I love my Yamaha A2020. I used to have Harman Kardon.. what crap. Always died one me and HDMI never worked right. This Yamaha has two hdmi outs, and the is very powerful.. sounds amazging. NOt a single hiccup!
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My favorite receiver has to be pioneer the 821-k vsx. (entry level) 

but it was easy to use. 


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I've had my Denon AVR 4311ci in my rack ever since it appeared in the market late 20-10 and it's been a true pleasure trouble free all this time, and I still have no desire to upgrade which seems like I was doing ever 6 to 8 months before this capable receiver. Easy to use, great GUI, wonderful features that can be use in the real world, like Airplay, plenty of connections in/out, vast amount of one in the front, and 5HDMi in the rear 2 hdmi outs, etc. The amp are quite robust when I use them with my old B&W 802's with ease.

I think it was a great value then, I suppose it's even a better value today.


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Yamaha Aventage line. All 5 models.
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I'm totally new to this entire game but I just hooked up in my basement the 65 inch S64 Panasonic Plasma with the Onkyo HT-3500 . I am very pleased and pleasantly surprised . Again, its all cost relative and I feel for the initial output the setup is great.
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Anything Denon...............i just love the sound quality...........................hate GUI though.
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I personally love Onkyo.

The first to go with THX certification and years later MHL. And the companies price points are great.

I have owned two receivers from Onkyo and don't think I will purchase another brand until they stop producing quality products as they do.

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I love my Pioneer Elite SC-07 receiver, but plan to upgrade when Classe announces their new pre/pro.
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I updated to a Denon AVR-4520CI this year from a older Denon AVR-2809Ci I had been using for several years. The AVR-4520CI can be controlled by apps or network via web interface and offers a extensive feature set including the very popular Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 room equalization.

I like the fact that Denon retained 7.1 multichannel analog inputs in this model as other brands have removed that functionality which make their models less flexible. All in all a very neutral, outstanding clarity sounding receiver with ample power reserve to handle most speaker setups.

2809 owner here, can you compare the 4520 to your older 2809?

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Yamaha Aventage line. All 5 models.

Agree. I was a Onkyo fan for years and years and also dabbled with Pioneers off and on. The Aventage line won me over.
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I've had my Denon AVR 4311ci in my rack ever since it appeared in the market late 20-10 and it's been a true pleasure trouble free all this time, and I still have no desire to upgrade which seems like I was doing ever 6 to 8 months before this capable receiver. Easy to use, great GUI, wonderful features that can be use in the real world, like Airplay, plenty of connections in/out, vast amount of one in the front, and 5HDMi in the rear 2 hdmi outs, etc. The amp are quite robust when I use them with my old B&W 802's with ease.

I think it was a great value then, I suppose it's even a better value today.


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I echo your sentiments and throw my hat in for the Denon AVR 4311CI.
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Also have the NAD T787, although the best receiver out there ($4000) I was hoping they would have more module upgrades like for 11.1, XT32 and NEO:X. Unfortunately I had to step down to the Onkyo 3010 to get those features (which is the only receiver to feature all this at this price point) So hats off to mid grade receivers for racing to the price bottom while retaining the most features.

I'm sure I won't hear a sound quality difference anyways as proven over and over again by properly controlled blind test. Lesson learned for everyone thinking about high end gear. Buy for the features you need, reliability and aesthetics. Not for power or exotic parts and so called "architecture" that do nothing for SQ or reliabilty.

I have lots of gear to sell after finally waking up to this realization.
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I picked up a Marantz SR7008 and thus far they have my vote! My last receiver was an Onkyo TX NR809 and while it was a champ for the most part, the infamous HDMI board failure (although it was repaired under warranty) and wonky mobile app had me wary of buying another.
So far the Marantz has made me a happy camper. Easy 9.2 hookup, 2 HDMI outs, great mobile app and most importantly, excellent sound quality has made me a fan.
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Also have the NAD T787, although the best receiver out there ($4000) I was hoping they would have more module upgrades like for 11.1, XT32 and NEO:X. Unfortunately I had to step down to the Onkyo 3010 to get those features (which is the only receiver to feature all this at this price point) So hats off to mid grade receivers for racing to the price bottom while retaining the most features.

I'm sure I won't hear a sound quality difference anyways as proven over and over again by properly controlled blind test. Lesson learned for everyone thinking about high end gear. Buy for the features you need, reliability and aesthetics. Not for power or exotic parts and so called "architecture" that do nothing for SQ or reliabilty.

I have lots of gear to sell after finally waking up to this realization.


That's usually the case with these so call upgradeble AVR's, they tend to never follow through, it's pretty much marketing as far as I'm concern.
From a manufacture stand point that business model just does not make much sense, nor dollars wink.gif Onkyo/Integra tried it and they let their buyers down.
Now something like Denon, who never promise anything have surprised folks with upgrade path of their older AVR's and SSP and relatively inexpensive

Either it sounds like you had a rude awakening, and hopefully these companies are watching with carefull eyes, as more and more folks aren't being fooled as easily as before.


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I think Denon is about to replace their AVR-4520....let's hope something better than the AVC-A1HD comes, because until now they haven't done anything as good as AVP/POA or AVC-A1HD.

Hopefully Denon is coming with Higher models...

Also heard Pioneer is preparing a "Bomb" to replace the Susano SC-LX90, but should come out only in 2014/2015....
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I own the Pioneer SC55, SC25, VSX91th (not in use), Marantz SR6005, and Yamaha RXV2700. As you can see I am partial to Pioneer. I like their features and sound. My favorite is the SC55 especially because of the Air Play feature.  

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That's usually the case with these so call upgradeble AVR's, they tend to never follow through, it's pretty much marketing as far as I'm concern.
From a manufacture stand point that business model just does not make much sense, nor dollars wink.gif Onkyo/Integra tried it and they let their buyers down.
Now something like Denon, who never promise anything have surprised folks with upgrade path of their older AVR's and SSP and relatively inexpensive

Either it sounds like you had a rude awakening, and hopefully these companies are watching with carefull eyes, as more and more folks aren't being fooled as easily as before.


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I do think NAD kinda got it right, they just leave us in the dark regarding new modules and may take a few years to come out which is great for someone who doesn't want the latest features shortly after they are released but I think the majority of us would like them released sooner. In hindsite, I'd rather just toss out a cheap $1600 Onkyo every few years.

That's not my major greif though, it's the fact that there is no sound quality difference between the brands and prices. A 10 watt Krell will sound worse than a 100 watt radio shack amp when driven beyond its capablities. And it's proven by multiple professional tests even those with custom switchboxes on this forum who got together and could not tell one amp from another in a partially controlled test that is level matched and driven within their limits. So it's just funny hearing everyone describe their amp as having great sound quality. I compared my separates to my receiver and couldn't even hear a difference myself. That's I bought a cheapie with the features I wanted. And the sound quality will be even better with all the new room correction and processing features. I bought into the snake oil and marketing gimmicks.
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For me? The Marantz SR5008. Its combination of power, pre-outs for expandability in the future, plenty of HDMI inputs/outputs, thoughtful features for the audio-conscious.

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