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What to do with a 10 year old system?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I currently have the following:
Onkyo TX-SR600
Polk RTi70 front towers
Polk CSi40 center
Polk RTi38 surrounds
Velodyne CHT 10 sub
Sony DVP- NC616 DVD player
Sony BDP-S590 3D blu ray player

I just purchased a LG 55LM7600 LED TV and want to connect it to my 5.1system but HDMI was not around 10 years ago.
My wife would like me to get rid of the speakers and replace with small speakers or a sound bar. I would like to keep the
speakers & sub and just replace the receiver to maybe a Denon 1613 as I think small speakers or a sound bar would not
sound as good. I like to listen to concerts and movies and enjoy feeling the explosions when they happen. I also work on my cars in my garage and have smaller Polk bookshelfs set up there.
If I replace the whole system I could spend under $1,000 and if I replace just the receiver I would want to stay under $500. The system is in a family room that is about 18 x 18 and open on one side to a kitchen thats about 23 x 18.

So do todays systems given my budget sound better than the 10 year old Polk's or do I get more bang for the buck just
replacing the receiver?
post #2 of 9
Yes, just find a HDMI switching receiver with the features you'd like, and call it a day.

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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I have a choice of either a new Denon 1713 or a display model 1912 that may be missing the setup mic for $30 less. Which would be the better buy?
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Originally Posted by IBEME View Post

I have a choice of either a new Denon 1713 or a display model 1912 that may be missing the setup mic for $30 less. Which would be the better buy?

You're going to need a setup mic.

Also, the 1912 is a 7.1 channel model and the 1713 is 5.1
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by IBEME View Post

I have a choice of either a new Denon 1713 or a display model 1912 that may be missing the setup mic for $30 less. Which would be the better buy?

Well, the Denon 1912 has analog to HDMI video which will come in handy for your Sony NC616 DVD player. But do you really need the Sony DVD player since you have a Blu Ray player now?


The Denon 1713 offers Audyssey MultEQ XT which is a step above Audyssey MultEQ on the 1913. The 1713 is only 5.1 though if that matters.

You definitely will need the setup mic for the 1912. If they can't find it you'll need to buy one for $30.
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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
I ordered a Denon 2113 from A4less based on the review in the Denon forum. It should be here tomorrow. biggrin.gif
post #7 of 9
Keep the big speakers. Enjoy your Denon. I am sick of wife's trying to get husbands to get rid of big speakers just because they no longer go with the home decor etc.
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Originally Posted by IBEME View Post

I ordered a Denon 2113 from A4less based on the review in the Denon forum. It should be here tomorrow. biggrin.gif

Be sure to review posts 1-6 in the Denon AVR-XX13 Owner's thread linked in my sig while waiting on your 2113CI to arrive. Also post in that thread should you have any setup/troubleshooting questions. Also, although a refurb only comes with a 1 year warranty, unless you purchased an extended warranty from AC4L, check with your credit card provider as they may add a free 2nd year of warranty (Amex will do this for sure).
post #9 of 9
If you have any problems go right to Denon support. If you don't like what the first person tells you, hang up and call back. I got hugely different levels of service from two different operator/techs. The first person I talked to was a major jerk, the second one passed me on to a supervisor immediately when he realized my problem was major and needed someone with more knowledge or power to solve it than he had.

I had 3 refurb Denon 3312s sent to me and all three were defective in different ways. Denon eventually made me happy, but don't assume that just resetting the microprocessor will fix everything.
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