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Receiver advise PLEASE to go with my Polk RTi8's

post #1 of 14
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Hi, thanks for reading. I'm looking for a new receiver for around $400. I tried the Onkyo HT-RC430 and I hated the sound, I didn't think it was any better than the Vizio's TV speakers. So here are the ones I'm currently considering. I would love to hear opinions on each, or if there are any other suggestions feel free! I know sound is subjective, but I'd still appreciate opinions. If anyone has any reliability issues with any listed would love to hear about that, too. If you have questions for me, ask away. It's too cold for me to go outside today so I'll be here all day!! I really appreciate it!! Sound quality and reliability are the most important factors for me. Wont be running surround immediately, so looking for 5.1. 7.1 is fine although I'd most likely never use that many speakers.

Onkyo TX-NR515

Yamaha RX-V473

Denon AVR-1613


---Dan
post #2 of 14
1 vote for Yamaha here.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kamikaze13 View Post

1 vote for Yamaha here.


I'm leaning toward that one...why do you suggest it??
post #4 of 14
If you didn't like the RC430, I don't see how the NR515 would sound any different. For $400 and specifically excluding Onkyo, I'd personally go with a Refurb Denon AVR-2112ci or AVR-891 from AC4L.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
If it makes a difference, I meant the Onkyo TX-NR616, transposed the wrong one
post #6 of 14
I got the 773 for 5. Wait for 40% coupons on egg.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by DanPopov View Post

I'm leaning toward that one...why do you suggest it??

You mentioned reliability and IMO in the low end receivers Yamaha should fit that. I also like how my RX-V2700 sounds with Polk speakers. It will probably sound the brightest of the 3 which some like and some don't.

I also have an Onkyo TX-NR3009 but would be leery of the low end Onkyo's due to their QC problems.

I tried a low end Denon and just didn't like it. Mostly personal preference I guess, but it felt the cheapest to me and I hated the menu system.
post #8 of 14
One of the main reasons for considering the Denon 2112ci I mentioned is it includes Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction... everything else in the price range is going to be 2EQ or proprietary. I would consider the 2112ci to be squarely in the middle of the Denon range (MSRP $650, $580 street, $400 refurb). Also, Denon refurbs from AC4L come with 1 year warranty instead of 90 days... buy with AMEX or MasterCard and that's doubled to 2-years through your card issuer.

I myself am an Onkyo fan, but wouldn't really strongly consider anything below the NR709 in the 2011 lineup... and I wouldn't even consider the NR717 in the current lineup... all because of their reliance on Audyssey 2EQ in their lower-middle units. I would consider a unit with MultEQ at the least and preferably MultEQ XT.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Stephen Hopkins View Post

I would consider a unit with MultEQ at the least and preferably MultEQ XT.

No argument here.

I also didn't have any problems with Yamaha's YPAO
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kamikaze13 View Post

No argument here.

I also didn't have any problems with Yamaha's YPAO

It's been awhile (I'm thinking RX-V1400) but I remember YPAO yielding an extremely thin-sounding center-channel for me... I even preferred the fairly limited 5-band version of Pioneer's Advanced MCACC over YPAO... but YMMV.
post #11 of 14
Could make a difference what speaker is being used. It's been a while but my Polk Csi 3 was underwhelming but no problems with my Paradigm's.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone, although I'm embarrassed that I wrote "advise" instead of "advice". One other thing...I'll be using just two floor speakers at first, Polk RTi8's.
post #13 of 14
None of them. On $400 range I strongly suggest Pioneer 1122 followed by Onkyo 616 and last Denon 1613 or 1713; depends on pricing. You said you dont like the sound from onkyo then put Denon as 2nd place and last Onkyo. This 616 is way better than the 515. 616 has 5 band eq plus another 4 bands eq for sub. Also has 3 stage inverted amps, 20w more per channel and THX. 515 does not has manual eq; or any of the other features I mentioned below. But between 616 and 1122; I prefer the 1122; for its outstanding audio quality; both are great receivers on this price range.
Edited by javygonx - 1/24/13 at 9:39am
post #14 of 14
Agreed on the 616. If you can swing go for that one. Much better.
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