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Yet another "Help me pick a receiver" question

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Hi everyone,

I am so far behind the learning curve. I haven't even looked at receivers in a decade and researching is going very slowly. I'm hoping you folks can help me speed this up a bit with a few specific model recommendations.

I've got a number of reasons for wanting to upgrade my old Yamaha R-V1105. The deal breaker is that the subwoofer output seems to have died. I would also really like to move into the world of HDMI switching and Airplay/DLNA for music (ideally with FLAC support).

I only need 5.1 (and that's probably all I will ever need in this room). The speakers are fairly new: the Pioneer SP-PK21BS package (BS21 for front and rear; C21 center; SW-8 powered sub). They sound very good in the room (till the sub died anyway) so modest power requirements.

We mostly use it for movies/TV/XBox but that's partly because using an iPod with the Yamaha is so darn inconvenient. The point is that music is a consideration; so Airplay for sure. The master music collection is all FLAC files. Being able to play those would be fabulous. I could convert to Apple's lossless format (ALAC or whatever they call it) if necessary so FLAC isn't a must but it would be nice even if I have to put it all on a USB drive or something.

I'd like to keep the cost down around $400 and would be fine buying a factory refurb or last year's model. I do not have any particular brand loyalties but I would like to get something solid and reliable and avoid no-name junk brands.

I've been looking at some Denon models and see that they have removed AM radio tuners in 2013. That's a noteworthy minus IMO especially since out here in the sticks streaming radio over the Internet is an iffy proposition (don't get me started).

I've been reading about the various versions of Audyssey - is that still such a big deal with 5.1? I'm sure there are other whiz-bang features that I don't even know about. Would love to have those too! :-)

So, what's your favorite good quality AV receiver for $400 that has 5.1 (I know, I'll probably end up with 7.1 just because that's what's available), Airplay, FLAC, and AM/FM radio?

Thanks in advance

- Bill
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Accessories4Less.com sells refurbished Denon Onkyo and Marantz. Scroll down to the first under-400 receiver and start from there. The Marantz 1602 has everything you are looking for and gets pretty fair reviews. Personally I'd pick a Denon over the other two - seems to be more reliable. Denon and Marantz are both made by the same company - D&M. All but the very cheapest of those AVRs have some flavor of Audyssey room correction. It works very well. That 2112 with Audyssey XT would be an excellent buy.
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Originally Posted by Knucklehead90 View Post

Accessories4Less.com sells refurbished Denon Onkyo and Marantz.

Oh wow! I hadn't thought to limit my search by finding a vendor that specializes in refurbs and choosing from those. I was just awash in dozens of models from different mfgs, all of which seemed to fit the limited requirements I have. Now I'm sort of tempted by the Onkyo TX-NR709 just based on the discount from list price. :-)

Thanks for link.

- Bill
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Thanks again Knucklehead90. I just ordered the last AVR-2112CI from accessories4less (It's showing sold out now). It had everything I wanted, and more. The Onkyo didn't have Airplay. I could probably have gotten by with a 5.1 system but they either didn't save much over the 1912 (which is what I was really looking at hard) or were missing features like Airplay. I almost ordered the 1912 but the 2112 also hit my price point and eventually I decided that for $50 I might as well get the better MultEQ and the convenience of the better web browser integration for setup.
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