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Pre/Pro or AV Receiver under $850 suggestions

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I'm a 'middle-brow' audio enthusiast (translation: I'd like to be higher brow, but I have no money). I recently bought the new Oppo BDP-83 player and started thinking about a new Preamp/Processor or Receiver with HDMI. ( I currently use an Denon AVR - 1800 receiver, but preamp the Center, left and right channels out to an Outlaw 750 amp.) It's important to have left and right channel preamp outputs, because the front speakers are Magneplanar 1.6 QRs, which need a lot of power and a 4-ohm rated amp).
(For vanilla audio CDs I have a Cambridge D500 which connects directly to a Morrison E.L.A.D. preamp).

$850 or under: Something that can handle 4+ HDMI inputs and decode Dolby True HD and DTS HD. I could care less about the tuner section, I rarely listen to radio. HD radio doesn't interest me.

There seem to be a lot more receivers than preamps. (Isn't that always the case?) I don't want to pay for an amplifier section I'll never use, but If there is a receiver that is an exceptional value that has a preamp out for the the left, right and center channels, I'm interested.

The Emotiva UMC-1 looks to be the best deal right now. My only concern is that I'm not familiar with their products. The 40% discount on future processors is a great hook. The Outlaw 997 looks like a nice unit, but that's a little more than I want to spend. Of course it would be nice if I could actually buy the UMC-1 or 997 today, but I'm willing to wait a couple of months.

Someone is selling the Sherwood Newcastle R-872 Receiver for $699 on Ebay, which seems like a pretty good deal. The features look excellent for the money, but there are very few reviews to be found, which makes me nervous.

So what should it be? The Emotive, the Outlaw, the SW R-872, something used on eBay, or something else? Should I wait and upgrade later? Feedback appreciated.

Thanks!

System:
Cambridge Audio D500 CD Player
Sony DVP-NC85H SDVD player
Oppo BDP-83 Blu Ray player
Western Digital Media Player
Denon AVR 1800 Receiver
Morrison E.L.A.D. Pre Amp #252
Outlaw 750 Amplifier
Sennheiser HD580 Headphones
Magneplanar 1.6 QR front (and stereo) speakers
Sound Dynamics Center and Rear Channel Speakers
Panasonic PC-P50G10 Plasma TV
post #2 of 7
Denon 2809


Use it as a pre pro and never look back. Contact JR.com sales desk and ask for their best price.

If you want higher end Pre/pro quality I have a NAD T-175 that I will sell just over your budget range. Its an incredible pre/pro if you can get past the clicking sound with switching between formats.


I actually have a Denon 2809 and the NAD T-175 just sitting around doing nothing Im currently using the Onkyo 885 instead.
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Check out the pre/pros at Audiogon and you are sure to find something you like in your price range. Some will even be demos with full warranties. In your price range I see a Krell Showcase, Proceed AVP, Lexicon MC-4 (recommended), Parasound C-2, and a Cary Cinema 11, among others. Harman Kardon receivers also make good HT pre/pros and their fully warranted (2 yrs) refurbs are great values - buy direct at harmanaudio.com (specials) or the H/K eBay store. Newer models will include HDMI switching and/or video processing. Just be sure to make sure it has full preouts, which all do but the lowest base model.
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Try Shop Onkyo for the 886. They have refurbs (some are even new from what I hear).
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ShopOnkyo has the SC886 on sale through today for $999 with 10% off. Join their 'club' and receive an additional 10$ off. That gets the price to around $890 give or take. Not a bad deal in my book.

If you can wait - the Emo UMC-1 may be to your liking. Trouble is its still vapor ware although its anticipated to be released soon - perhaps before the end of the year.

Thats also what they said last year about this time.
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Originally Posted by dsmith901 View Post

Check out the pre/pros at Audiogon and you are sure to find something you like in your price range. Some will even be demos with full warranties. In your price range I see a Krell Showcase, Proceed AVP, Lexicon MC-4 (recommended), Parasound C-2, and a Cary Cinema 11, among others. Harman Kardon receivers also make good HT pre/pros and their fully warranted (2 yrs) refurbs are great values - buy direct at harmanaudio.com (specials) or the H/K eBay store. Newer models will include HDMI switching and/or video processing. Just be sure to make sure it has full preouts, which all do but the lowest base model.

I disagree with the use "high end" processors, MeDotOrg as pointd out if you want a processor you can look at the onkyo 886/885 or the integra 9.8/9.9, these processors offer video processing as well as room correction.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you one and all for your suggestions...I didn't know about the Onkyo club, they had a couple of good deals there. Still have pulled the trigger on anything yet, but I will post when I do.

Thanks again....

BTW, after spending a couple of weeks with the Oppo BDP-83, I'm impressed. It's the Swiss army knife of digital media, and seems to do most tasks very well...
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