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post #1 of 9
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Hello all my name is chris and i bought the samsung ue40es7000 for my bedroom.

Now im looking to upgrade my sound.
Ive researched for days now and i think my best option is an av receiver.
Il be using it for;
Sony Playstation3 (gaming/blurays/dvd's), Samsung M3 3.0 external HDD(movies/tv shows).
Apple Airplay(music)
Am i right in saying that i dont need a dvd/bluray player for surround sound when i have a ps3?

What i want to get out of the receiver;
5.1 channel
5+ HDMI inputs for future
Full HD audio (dolby hd and dts hd)
ARC audio return channel
Built-in Apple Airplay
DLNA
upscaling/upconverting.

Future proof is important

I also need a nice set of 5.1 speakers to go with this receiver.
I have looked and looked and nearly bought the Yamaha RXV673 but then my dad said i should be looking at Denon because they specailize in audio alone.
A freind recommended the yamaha RXV673 with Tannoy HTS101 speakers but i dont want to take plunge to learn i could have gotten better value for less money, or even greater value for slightly more money.

My budget is £800 for both av receiver and speakers.

How is one supposed to choose one receiver out of all the brands? Denon, pioneer, sony, onkyo, marantz, yamaha, cambridge.

Please help me my headis really starting to hurt now haha

And thanks a bunch in advance!
post #2 of 9
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Any ideas guys?
post #3 of 9
It looks from these reviews at 'what hifi' that your first choices were outstanding and just inside your budget.

http://www.whathifi.com/review/tannoy-hts101

http://www.whathifi.com/review/rx-v673

Both 5 star ratings and the Yamaha 'product of the year'.
post #4 of 9
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Ok cool thanks alot so yamaha is in fact the best then?
post #5 of 9
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Ok cool thanks alot so yamaha is in fact the best then?

There is no best brand. Each brand has their strengths and weaknesses, their supporters and detractors. That question is a question that cannot be answered.
post #6 of 9
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Ok cool thanks alot so yamaha is in fact the best then?

I didn't mean to infer that. I just googled the AVR and speakers that you mentioned and found those reviews. But, from those reviews they seem like good products and that they would fit in your budget. As Gary said above; there are no best brands.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi gary thanks for you help.

So what are the strengths and weakness of yamaha, denon and pioneer?
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by teehachcee View Post

Hi gary thanks for you help.

So what are the strengths and weakness of yamaha, denon and pioneer?

These are only my opinions. YMMV

Yamaha: Rugged and reliable
Denon: Good build quality and power output
Pioneer: Best bang for the buck
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok i think i have enough info to do a little of my own research and finally decide.
Its either going to be a Denon or the Yamaha RXV673

Thanks a lot i really do appreciate your time.
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