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Best AVR with preouts under $1000 ?

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I currently have a Denon 2113ci powering my L/R speakers ( Arx A5s) but will be expanding to a 5.1 system within the year ( probably all Arx - I have the A1bs for surround duty and will be getting the A2c center channel when it becomes available).

I will probably see how my Denon responds to a full 5.1 system ( the .1 being a PSA XV-15), but am worried it may not be enough - thus my question.

Don't see another sub in the near future, so don't NEED .2 capability on the AVR ( or possibly Audyssey XT32).......would be nice to have, though.

Would probably use a Crown amp (or other Class D amp) for power.........
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I currently have a Denon 2113ci powering my L/R speakers ( Arx A5s) but will be expanding to a 5.1 system within the year ( probably all Arx - I have the A1bs for surround duty and will be getting the A2c center channel when it becomes available).

I will probably see how my Denon responds to a full 5.1 system ( the .1 being a PSA XV-15), but am worried it may not be enough - thus my question.

Don't see another sub in the near future, so don't NEED .2 capability on the AVR ( or possibly Audyssey XT32).......would be nice to have, though.

Would probably use a Crown amp (or other Class D amp) for power.........

If you add a larger amp, be sure to get one that is rated for 1,000 watts or more. Anything less won't be that much louder, it will only sound less than twice as loud. Then, if you actually use all that power, your existing speakers will probably not be able to take all that power. They are only rated for use with amps up to 300 watts. A 300 watt would only be about 4 dB louder, which is audible, but nothing to write home about.

But getting back to your question, the Onkyo av NR818 has full preamp outs: (FRONT L/R, CENTER, SURR L/R, SB/FH/FW*,
SUBWOOFER) About $800 new on Amazon new (recently onsale for 1 day @$649), or $649 any day as a refurb with warranty at accesories4less.com .
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On the Denon side, the lowest model with a full set of 7.2 pre-outs is the new X4000 while on the Marantz side the SR5008. The X4000 features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 + Sub EQ HT (dual subs) while the 5008 and 6008 both feature Audyssey MultEQ XT.
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Thanks, Arny and jd.....

Question: Would reasonable additional amplification( 150-300 wpc) to L/C/R speakers provide a "better sound" ( meaning lower distortion) at higher listening levels in this scenario, given that my Denon 2113ci probably can't hit ~100wpc for all 5 channels if driven simultaneously?
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