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Thinking about upgrading

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok i have recently been bitten by the upgrade bug biggrin.gif

I currently am running the following....

Pioneer VSX-918V
4 x Insignia bs-2111 fronts and back
The Speaker Company RC-1
2 x DIY Sound Splinter 12" subs with a Tapco 1400 watt amp

I just upgraded the fronts and backs to Polk Audio RT55 and the center channel is a AV123 X-CS center.

I am looking for a receiver that has dual HDMI output because i have an Epson HD705 projector that we use also and currently i have been just swapping HDMI cables. It would be a big plus. I use PS3 for blu-ray player and gaming as well as XBOX 360.

The receiver i have been looking at is the Onkyo TX-NR515. It has the dual HDMI outputs but i have read that it lacks the "better" Audyssey controls? Will i be missing the extra Audyssey features?

Now if those Audyssey features for the sub are really convienent then i would possibly go with another receiver that has it even if i have to give up dual HDMI outputs. I also do not need 7.1 or 7.2. I was looking on Accessories4less and trying to stay around $300 - $350 less the better. I have been real happy with the pioneer, just wondering if there is something else that would work better now? biggrin.gif

Thank you
post #2 of 10
It looks like it only has Audyssey eq. I'd look for something that has at least XT. Spend a little more money if you can.
post #3 of 10
i concur. try and get audyssey xt at minimum. denon has a lot more options for xt than onkyo that might fit your budget. perhaps the 1712 or 1713.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pukemon View Post

i concur. try and get audyssey xt at minimum. denon has a lot more options for xt than onkyo that might fit your budget. perhaps the 1712 or 1713.

Thanks for the info.

I looked at the Denon 1713 but it lacks component input/outputs. I need at least one for my Fios box.

How about the Onkyo TX-NR616 ? it has the dual HDMI outputs and Audyssey DSX.

The other would be DENON AVR-2311CI. It lacks dual HDMI though.

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Pioneer VSX-1022-K

The other thing i was looking for was a 12v trigger output because i have exhaust fans in my cabinent that i have connected to the Pioneer. Im not really sure it is worth upgrading at this price point?

Thank you
Edited by splatee - 8/11/12 at 1:06pm
post #5 of 10
I like being an old guy. Old guys just want a switch box to handle switching, a decent Amp section to power the speakers to a reasonable level and decent speaker connections to stick those fancy banana plugs into.

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The point, consider a Marantz SR 6006. Yes, it's a bunch more than your stated budget of $300-$350.00 but it has a set of 7.2 preouts, two 12v triggers, dual HDMI outs and MultiEQ XT pro calibration coupled to an Amp that will give you 110w, all channels driven. If your budget can handle the price, now that's an upgrade.

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Edited by BeeMan458 - 8/11/12 at 2:31pm
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by splatee View Post

Thanks for the info.
I looked at the Denon 1713 but it lacks component input/outputs. I need at least one for my Fios box.
How about the Onkyo TX-NR616 ? it has the dual HDMI outputs and Audyssey DSX.
The other would be DENON AVR-2311CI. It lacks dual HDMI though.
and
Pioneer VSX-1022-K
The other thing i was looking for was a 12v trigger output because i have exhaust fans in my cabinent that i have connected to the Pioneer. Im not really sure it is worth upgrading at this price point?
Thank you

Take a look at last year's Denon 1712 which uses Audyssey MultEQ XT and has (2) component inputs. Dual HDMI outputs can be replicated with a 1:2 HDMI switch and a 12v trigger can be easily replicated with a smart strip such as the LEG3.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by BeeMan458 View Post

and MultiEQ XT pro calibration coupled to an Amp that will give you 110w, all channels driven. If your budget can handle the price, now that's an upgrade.
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Just to clarify .. although the 6006 is "marketed" at 110W, based on a bench test of the 7005, the 6006 would most likely bench at 110W into 2 CH only with perhaps 80W into 5CH. Also although the 6006 is "Audyssey Pro ready", it's highly unlikely an owner of an Audyssey XT AVR would invest the additional $700 required to purchase the kit and license, when they've likely already just spent that same amount or less on the AVR. It makes much more sense to invest in an XT32 AVR before purchasing the Audyssey Pro kit.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by splatee View Post

Thanks for the info.
I looked at the Denon 1713 but it lacks component input/outputs. I need at least one for my Fios box.

FiOS boxes have HDMI.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
The Denon 1712 looks like it may meet my needs. Is the Audyssey MultEQ XT that much worth having over the Audyssey MultEQ ? I have never used Audyssey before. I guess i could always go with a HDMI splitter to send signal to the projector. The other reason for wanting component was i have a Fios box and i send hdmi straight to my tv and not throught the receiver. I have the component outputs going to my receiver and out to my projector so i can watch when using it.

I am going to check out the "official" denon 1712 thread.

Thank you
post #10 of 10
There's generally not much price difference between the 1712 and the 1612, so the bump to XT would be worth the $50.
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