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post #1 of 13
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I have a set of rx8s with the center and 4 surround rx2s I am looking for a receiver around 1000 dollars to power them i thoight about the pioneer elites i need opinions
post #2 of 13
I just bought a pair of RX8's today. I will be matching them to a Denon 3312ci. But it will get a little help from Emotiva!
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am only going to have a single surround receiver with no help from anything else for a while. The denon is a nice receiver. Anyone esle have any suggestions
post #4 of 13
You can get a Denon 4311 for around $1300 shipped, if that's too far over budget I'd second the 3312, they street for around $800 right now. The 4311 has MultEq XT32 (which is a pretty nice feature) and a very nice amp section for a receiver.

Here is a deals thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1388717
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by bropop View Post

I have a set of rx8s with the center and 4 surround rx2s I am looking for a receiver around 1000 dollars to power them i thoight about the pioneer elites i need opinions

Wow, would love to hear those. I believe your gonna have to up your budget to make those babies sing, since your not going to add an amp anytime too soon.

I agree with the rest, a Denon 4311 maybe your min receiver to get for that set without an amp.
post #6 of 13
You have an amazing setup with 6 of your speakers having the ability to hold their own as mains in any decent sized room (RX8/RX2). With that said the RX8's & 2's will perform best, especially at higher listening levels if you can power them properly. Unfortunately there aren't many, if any, sub $1000 receivers that can come close to 175W power rating that the RX8's are rated for.

The recommended Denon's above are a good route if you're dead set on the $1000 cap and only owning an a/v receiver.

If it were me, which it has been as I also own a MA setup, I would buy a high powered amp and an decent budget a/v receiver WITH Preouts and the features I want. Here is how I would go about doing it:

AMP-Emotiva XPA-3 (200W x 3) $699 shipped. This would power the front 3.

RECEIVER-Pioneer VSX-1121 $399 shipped. This price expires TODAY from newegg.com. After that it goes back to $499. The VSX1121 is the same receiver as the Pioneer Elite VSX-52 minus a few cosmetic differences.

Since they're the same receiver you can use the review of the 52 to see how well it performs:
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...eiver?page=0,3

Subtotal- $1098
post #7 of 13
My top two choices would be the Onkyo TX-NR809 and the Denon AVR-3311.

You can't go wrong with either one and they are both around $800.

They both have 125 watts per channel and tons of great features, but check the features in detail because there are a few differences.

With those excellent speakers you should have a great system; enjoy!




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Originally Posted by bropop View Post

I have a set of rx8s with the center and 4 surround rx2s I am looking for a receiver around 1000 dollars to power them i thoight about the pioneer elites i need opinions
post #8 of 13
If a speaker is rated for 175 watts, that is the power level at which you have to be concerned about the speaker overheating and failing.

You certainly do not need an amplifier or receiver with more than 80 watts per channel with those very sensitive speakers. A bit more wouldn't hurt, but it is unlikely to be needed. The difference between 80 watts and 160 watts is only a 3db difference, so amplifier power levels are not really as different as some may think anyway.

If I put tires on my car that are rated for 130 MPH, that doesn't mean that the car must be capable of that speed, or I intend to ever go that speed.

If speakers are rated for a certain power, one is wise to never get anywhere near that power level when operating them, since that is their MAXIMUM LIMIT.






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Originally Posted by ecross View Post

You have an amazing setup with 6 of your speakers having the ability to hold their own as mains in any decent sized room (RX8/RX2). With that said the RX8's & 2's will perform best, especially at higher listening levels if you can power them properly. Unfortunately there aren't many, if any, sub $1000 receivers that can come close to 175W power rating that the RX8's are rated for.

Subtotal- $1098
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

My top two choices would be the Onkyo TX-NR809 and the Denon AVR-3311.

You can't go wrong with either one and they are both around $800.

They both have 125 watts per channel and tons of great features, but check the features in detail because there are a few differences.

With those excellent speakers you should have a great system; enjoy!

I would do more research (commsysman hates this word ), there are subtle differences between the 3311 and 3312. Check out this thread. If the differences are unimportant save a bit and get the 3311.

I agree with others, if you can swing it the 4311 (at approx $1300) would be the best fit.
post #10 of 13
Shucks, I don't hate that word.

I just hate it when people quote any old nonsense and claim it is must be correct because it is based on "research".

I research things constantly, but you need to sort out the truffles from the toadstools or you can end up with a bad taste in your mouth....lol.

Yeah, it's a job looking up the lists of features and specs on each receiver and comparing them carefully, and if you don't do that research you could be sorry later. An hour or two of research there is time well spent, if you want your money to be well spent.

Many's the time I have been looking at buying some piece of equipment and suddenly found something in the specs or fine print that changed my mind completely.




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Originally Posted by Nethawk View Post

I would do more research (commsysman hates this word ), there are subtle differences between the 3311 and 3312. Check out this thread. If the differences are unimportant save a bit and get the 3311.

I agree with others, if you can swing it the 4311 (at approx $1300) would be the best fit.
post #11 of 13
I'm very happy with my Denon 4311/Monitor Audio RS setup.
post #12 of 13
I've had a 3311 and currently 4311 on my rx6's in my living room and they sounded great on both.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

My top two choices would be the Onkyo TX-NR809 and the Denon AVR-3311.

You can't go wrong with either one and they are both around $800.

They both have 125 watts per channel and tons of great features, but check the features in detail because there are a few differences.

With those excellent speakers you should have a great system; enjoy!

Could do either of these and then add this little amp for the time being! http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-M-282-2-...2096016&sr=1-7
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