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Sub $2000 AVR - Options?

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I have a HT setup (see signature link) with a Denon 5308CI.
I have built a HT room for a friend with a Marantz

A neighbor wants a HT.
I will leave selection of other components to other theads, but looking at a sub $2000 budget for an AVR.

What would you suggest?
(More importantly) Why?


A few I have though of based on my familiarity more than anything else:

Denon
- 4311CI - $2100 MSRP, $2000 AVS store - AVS Forum
- 3312 (NEW 2011) - $1100 MSRP
- 4311/3312 comparison - link

Marantz
- SR7005 - link - $1700 MSRP - AVS Forum


Room will likely be 5.1. Dedicated (light controlled) HT room.
We will use small speakers and a sub -- as yet undetermined.
Don't anticipate external amps.

Thanks.

Mike
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Short answer, buy the most expensive amp close to but under 2,000. FYI, you can get the 4311ci for much cheaper than what you suggest.
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Unless this is about spending as close to $2000 as possible take a look at Yamaha's top of the line A3000 - on sale on the egg today only - use promo code EMCYTZT776 and get an additional $650 off the price displayed.
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Originally Posted by Mike_WI View Post

I have a HT setup (see signature link) with a Denon 5308CI.
I have built a HT room for a friend with a Marantz

A neighbor wants a HT.
I will leave selection of other components to other theads, but looking at a sub $2000 budget for an AVR.

What would you suggest?
(More importantly) Why?


A few I have though of based on my familiarity more than anything else:

Denon
- 4311CI - $2100 MSRP, $2000 AVS store - AVS Forum
- 3312 (NEW 2011) - $1100 MSRP
- 4311/3312 comparison - link

Marantz
- SR7005 - link - $1700 MSRP - AVS Forum


Room will likely be 5.1. Dedicated (light controlled) HT room.
We will use small speakers and a sub -- as yet undetermined.
Don't anticipate external amps.

Thanks.

Mike

Hi Mike, drop me an email or call me Monday.
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Originally Posted by anonymouse99 View Post

Short answer, buy the most expensive amp close to but under 2,000. FYI, you can get the 4311ci for much cheaper than what you suggest.

He could spend more if needed.
The question is about diminishing returns.
He actually just wants something you plug in and it works and isn't about getting the latest and greatest.
I am in the position of trying to give him the best value.
I'm still thinking 4311CI, but other options may provide him what he needs.

I'll check on 4311CI pricing, just didn't want to post any non-MSRP prices.

Thanks,

Mike
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Originally Posted by mjg100 View Post

Hi Mike, drop me an email or call me Monday.

Mike G -

I just emailed you.
Looking at the above AVR options.
Also, my friend is ready to buy the JVC RS25 b-stock on Mon.


Mike
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Originally Posted by Knucklehead90 View Post

Unless this is about spending as close to $2000 as possible take a look at Yamaha's top of the line A3000 - on sale on the egg today only - use promo code EMCYTZT776 and get an additional $650 off the price displayed.

Thanks.
I have really never tracked the Yamaha's, so I'll take a look.
Great to have some diversity of options.

Mike

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I am used to the Audyssey calibration (I have a Pro kit), so the Denon/Marantz lineage is an easier learning curve for me...
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Originally Posted by Mike_WI View Post

Thanks.
I have really never tracked the Yamaha's, so I'll take a look.
Great to have some diversity of options.

Mike

YAMAHA RX-A3000
7.2-Channel AVENTAGE Network A/V Receiver App for iPhone or iPod Touch


I am used to the Audyssey calibration (I have a Pro kit), so the Denon/Marantz lineage is an easier learning curve for me...

NAD's upper models also use Audyssey. Give them a look. An excellent vendor for these is AudioAdvisor.com Still feel like the Denon 4311 is the best one out there for what you want. And it is selling for less than what you listed. Contact AVS store for a discounted price. Good luck and enjoy.
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NAD's upper models also use Audyssey. Give them a look. An excellent vendor for these is AudioAdvisor.com Still feel like the Denon 4311 is the best one out there for what you want. And it is selling for less than what you listed. Contact AVS store for a discounted price. Good luck and enjoy.

Thanks.

I haven't looked at NAD for a long time. Will do.
I contacted Mike at AVS for info on the AVRs above and RS25 projector.

Also on the list is Oppo BDP-93, Carada screen, etc.

Mike
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