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AV receiver 808 57.84%
Integrated amp 19 1.36%
AV receiver and one or more separate power amps 283 20.26%
Pre/pro and one or more multichannel power amps 244 17.47%
Pre/pro and multiple monoblock power amps 27 1.93%
Pre/pro and self-powered speakers 16 1.15%
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Now that we know something about what types of displays and speaker systems AVS members have in their home theaters, it's time to find out about your AV electronics—specifically, the components that perform the source-switching, preamp, processing, and power-amp duties. (If you haven't voted in these polls yet, head over to "What is Your Main Video Display?" and "What is Your Main Speaker Configuration?" to add your voice.) An AV receiver or integrated amp combines all these functions in one unit, while many systems use a dedicated preamp/processor and one or more separate power amps. Some enthusiasts use an AVR's pre/pro functions with one or more outboard power amps.

 

Select the item above that most closely reflects your system, and then please leave a comment with the make(s) and model(s) of your AV electronics and why you chose them.

 

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I use a THX certified 7.2 TX-NR616 AVR from Onkyo.
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I use an Integra 80.3 and Bryston amps. I use a 4b-ST for front L\R and a 5b-ST for center and surrounds.

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In addition to my Denon 4311, I have a separate Marantz 5 channel amplifier (MM9000).
Not doing this for power-per-channel reasons, doing this in order to:

Have more flexibility and options: for adding MBMs, (and the possible future addition of both height and width channels)
And having a separate amp for my L-C-R, allows my 4311 to run cooler

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My Pioneer Elite SC-55 takes care of everything but the bass, which a Crown XTi-2002 handles (EQ and amplification). High-efficiency speakers up front make it easy for the receiver to reach reference levels with no strain.

I chose the Pioneer because it was on open box purchase at Best Buy for 550 bucks, that's about one-third of retail. I wanted powerfull receiver with analog preamp outputs (to use self-powered speakers) and dual HDMI outputs. The class-D amps never break a sweat.

The Crown XTi-2002 is a good value for the money. I bought it for approximately retail, I think it was $550. It's rock solid reliable, it has great built in DSP capabilities, its lightweight. Crucially, the fan stays off unless it's needed, which is rarely.
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Onkyo TX-NR929 (9 channel) & Onkyo M-5010 (2 channel)

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Denon AVR-X4000...plenty of power for my 5.1 setup.

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Marantz AV8801 pre-amp (great features and easy to setup)
B&K Reference 7270 Amp (excellent sound and lots of power)

These two work well together. Will get another B&K amp when I go from 7.2 to 9.2 or 11.2. I enjoy the flexibility of having separates. Perfect reason: I just upgraded to the Marantz unit from an Integra piece. I like the sound of the B&K so separates work for me.
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AV receiver in pre out mode with monoblocks for fronts... AV drives the center channel only

VPI Classic 2/Soundsmith Aida-Rega P5/Groovetracer/Denon DL-103R
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Now that we know something about what types of displays and speaker systems AVS members have in their home theaters, it's time to find out about your AV electronics—specifically, the components that perform the source-switching, preamp, processing, and power-amp duties. (If you haven't voted in these polls yet, head over to "What is Your Main Video Display?" and "What is Your Main Speaker Configuration?" to add your voice.) An AV receiver or integrated amp combines all these functions in one unit, while many systems use a dedicated preamp/processor and one or more separate power amps. Some enthusiasts use an AVR's pre/pro functions with one or more outboard power amps.

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Well Scott I have Pioneer SC-37 for receiver it's a tank with 5-1 set up and my room 25by28 with 8 foot ceiling and speakers BW"s 600 series S1 and why did chose them? they where affordable.
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And then there are cheep skates thrifty people like me who can't answer the poll because our answers would be: none, can't justify the costs to ourselves at this time. But that may change as we cheep skates thrifty people keep on reading here on AVSFORUM. :)

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I have a Denon AVR-4000 as my receiver and then I use my old Onkyo TXSR-806 as my amp for the height and zone 2 channels. Hmm... just remembered I meant to run the surround back channels through that too.
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Pre-Amp:
Marantz AV-8801

Power Amps:
QSC DCA 2422 (x4)
QSC DCA 1644
QSC PowerLight 3.0 (x2)
PowerSoft M28Q HDSP+ETH
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My Yamaha RX-V1800 is taking care of everything currently..

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My system uses a Marantz 8801 with 4 different Yamaha amps (red meters) driving my center channel and surrounds in my 7.1 system. My main speakers (Mirage OM5s) have built in powered subs.
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System #1 "mostly video" (5.1 Standard + 2x Front Presence speakers)

  • Yamaha RX-V667 AVR plus self powered Front Left|Center|Right (FL|FC|FR) speakers (3x Yamaha AST-S1 aka YST-S1)
  • Surround Left|Right (SL|SR) and Front Presence Left|Right (FPL|FPR aka TpFL|TpFR) speakers powered by AVR



System #2 "mostly music" (3.1 Standard + 2x Front Presence speakers)

  • Yamaha HTR-5860 AVR plus self powered Front Left|Right (FL|FR) speakers (2x Klipsch Icon XF-48)
  • Front Center (FC) and Front Presence Left|Right (FPL|FPR aka TpFL|TpFR) speakers powered by AVR



System #3 "mixed video|music" (5.1 Standard + 2x Front Presence speakers | 7.1 Standard speakers)

  • Yamaha RX-V667 AVR plus self powered Front Left|Center|Right (FL|FC|FR) speakers (3x Yamaha AST-S1 aka YST-S1)
  • Surround Left|Right (SL|SR), Back Left|Right (BL|BR) and Front Presence Left|Right (FPL|FPR aka TpFL|TpFR) speakers powered by AVR



My first surround processor was a Yamaha DSP-100U; I liked the elevated presence effects, so I've mostly used Yamaha AVRs since then. The Yamaha AST-S1 speakers did not do well in the US market, so I was able to purchase 4 pair at very discounted prices. Originally, the Klipsch Icon XF-48 floorstanders were chosen in part on the basis of appearance|utility for a 'clean' 2.0 system with just a preamp in an open living room . . . plans change!

(I voted ONLY ONCE for "AV receiver and one or more separate power amps" because that seems like the closest appropriate system architecture.)
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I use a THX certified 7.2 R990 which is very similar to the TX-NR616 AVR from Onkyo.

Projector: BenQ w1070 v1.06 + Painted N9 Grey 120" Screen
AVR: Onkyo TX-NR636 ATMOS + Darbee
Bluray Player: Panasonic DMP-BDT 321
Speakers: Polk Audio + ButtKicker LFE
Arrangement: 5.2.2
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Sony STR DN1040 7.2 channel 4K Upscaling/Passthru Network Receiver

 

I just bought it about 6 months ago.  Chose it for a combination of reasons in no particular order...

 

1) Price.  MSRP of $599.99, but there was a $100 instant rebate at the time, so I got it for $499.99.

2) Ratings.  It was rated Best in Class for 2013 by a number of critics, including CNET, and every rating I could find on it from both professional critics and users gave it at least 4 out of 5 stars.

3) Sound Quality.

4) Connections.  Other than analog multi-channel inputs and multi-channel preamp outputs (which aren't available on any AVR at this price range), it has everything I could possibly need.  8 HDMI inputs (1 of which is MHL compatible), 2 sets of component video inputs, composite video inputs, coaxial digital audio input, 2x optical digital audio inputs, 2x HDMI Monitor Outs, Component video out, Composite video out, Zone 2 stereo analog audio out, 2x subwoofer RCA pre-outs, 7 speaker outputs w/ assignable 6th & 7th channels (Rear surrounds/Front Heights/Speaker B/Bi-amp), USB w/ iPod/iPhone control.

5) Network options.  Ethernet, Wifi, Airplay, and Bluetooth all included (only AVR in its class to offer all four).  DLNA.

6) Decoding capabilities.  Everything except DTS NeoX (which would be useless on a 7.2 channel receiver).

7) Features.  3D passthru, analog input upscaling and upconversion to 1080p and HDMI, 4K upscaling and passthru up to 4K/60p 8-bit 4:2:0.  While not fully HDMI 2.0 compliant, it was the most future-proofed you could get in 2013.

7) Excellent GUI for setup, including "Watch, Listen, etc." scene selection.

8) Peace of Mind.  This was replacing my old Sony STR DE845 circa 2001 (before the days of HDMI or even component HD, when DVD was king).  That receiver had lasted close to 13 years without any problems.  Towards the end, one of the characters on the LED display went out.  Meanwhile my dad had gone thru two higher priced Onkyo's before opting to go with his current Yamaha RX-A3010.  Since my previous Sony had served me well and my 2nd choice in this price range was the Onkyo TX-NR626, it was pretty much a no brainer.  I would have had to spend at least $200 more to get a Yamaha with the same features (though that would have given me 7.1 preamp outputs as well) or considerably more for a Denon/Marantz/Pioneer.

 

In a way, I'm glad I needed to replace my receiver last year.  My choice was pretty easy then.  If I had to choose one this year, it would be much tougher to pick one, since there is no clear cut best in class.  The new Pioneer Elites are tempting due to the full 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 hardware, but they appear to lack the HDCP 2.2 that the Onkyo TX-NR636 has.  So, you're forced to guess which of the two is going to be more future-proof for the next 2 years.  Do you go with the full HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and hope that UHD content which actually uses this bandwidth won't be HDCP 2.2 copy protected?  Or, do you go with the HDCP 2.2 compliant receiver and settle for 8-bit 4:2:0?  It feels like I'm choosing whether to vote for Romney or Obama all over again...

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Denon 2113 ci here............
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Pioneer Elite SC-79 and Emotiva XPA-5 Gen2 for when I go 11.2 or whatever is next!!



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4311ci here but looking to upgrade to pro audio amps to take over LCR duties.

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Pioneer SC-1222K (identical to Elite-61) for processing and powering surrounds. An Emotiva XPA-2 Gen2 for FL/FR and an Emotiva UPA-1 for the center channel. Though I'm looking to make a move to the Onkyo 818 for processing because I despise what Pioneer does with subwoofers and 2-channel music.

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Pioneer VSX-1122-K powers everything (except my SVS's of course). I'd like to get something with some more juice at some point but for now this baby performs admirably, Really liking it now since I replaced my Tsi300's with RTi 6's and my CS10 with a CSi5. Not a huge fan of the MCACC however, I still trust my SPL meter for the levels more.

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I care about sufficient headroom,and lack of audible residual noise and audible distortion (and, of course, operating features).

In my small room, driving seven relatively efficient speakers, even a modest consumer AVR provides all of that. So I'm still using the Pioneer VSX-1021K I bought for $290 in 2011. When it no longer does what I need it to do I can replace it with no regrets.

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