Originally Posted by djtoodles
what do you all consider a good replacement then? the DENON 1613 doesnt have 6 HDMI ports. Seems like there really is no comparable options to the NR515's price points.
I'll share: I'm going through Analysis paralysis. I'm not a newb, but certainly a novice with only 1 AVR purchase under my belt (Onkyo 607). I initially wanted to buy the 616 or 515, but now really question it given the complaints.
- Good Multizone 2 support (e.g. Party mode as my basement bar adjoins the main listening area)
- good # old school Composite inputs (rules out some Denons)
- Nice to Have: Future proof, as I keep these things a while (I guess 4k upscaling, lots of inputs)
- Don't really care about Airplay as I'm on Sonos and probably would do an AppleTV as well
-Humble Basement Audio system in a large main room with open concept room around. Lots of Acoustical issues like a solid rock wall on one side.
-Pioneer FS51 series towers and center, monoprice ceiling back surrounds and zone 2 (yes - humble). A BIC F12, I guess, when I get there.
My Thoughts: (Onkyo 616 (~$400 vs Yamaha HTR-7065 $480@Costco vs. refurb Denon 2312CI ~$430)
Onkyo 616: I could just buy from Amazon and return it if it fails. That is IF I even uncover all the issues given this won't be my daily use setup.
-Concerned on not being able to upscale varied inputs
-Not sure it has equal Zone 2 capability to Yamaha 7065
-Good return policy at Costco
-lacks Pandora which sucks
-is this more of a mid-pro vs. a entry model (htr?)?
-Not really sure I want to buy refurb
-Pro: has Audyssy for Sub woofer
I'd GREATLY value any input here. Considering the Yamaha now, but realize that going up to 480 price point might suggest I look at others.