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Second dead Onkyo - need a new receiver, not Onkyo (never again)

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi Folks,

I replaced an Onkyo 876 with dead HDMI board after 3 years with an Onkyo 818. I felt pretty stupid replacing it with another Onkyo, but they do offer tremendous value (on paper). Now the 818 has died - picture, but no sound; others have experienced the same issue. I may get the Onkyo repaired under warranty, but I need a replacement (likely permanent, definitely while it's being repaired).

I am in Canada. Normally I order online to an address I have in the US, but I am likely in a hurry so would like to find something local (slightly limits my options).

I am looking at the Marantz SR-6007 and the Pioneer SC-63 (actually branded as a SC-1227-K in Canada). The Pioneer looks better on paper because it includes the QDeo video processor.

Any other recommendations in this price range?

Thanks in advance for helping a guy in a pinch.

Cheers,
Eamonn aka eggman
post #2 of 11
Coming from a denon, I just picked up the sc-63 on clearance and so far I love it. Its able to drive my 4 ohm speakers no problem. Never bought an onkyo for the very reason of your situation. It all depends on what your needs and wants are in making your decision. Shoot any questions if you need to.
post #3 of 11
Yamaha receivers are the most reliable IMO, but Denon isn't too far behind. I prefer Audyssey myself so would look at Denon and Marantz. Another option are to go with EMO separates.
post #4 of 11
Yeah, while audyssey is great, I don't miss it a bit.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
It seems like - on paper - that the Pioneer has better video processing (Marvell vs Analog devices) and the Denon / Marantz have better audio processing (Audyssey vs MCACC).

When I had my Onkyo 876 ISF calibrated the picture and sound was stunning (Marvell and Audyssey). Unfortunately Onkyo has earned an unacceptable reliability reputation with me.

Still a bit of a toss up fer me, but leaning to the Pioneer.

Thanks,
Eamonn aka eggman
post #6 of 11
FYI, the Pioneer SC-1527-K is currently $300 off at FutureShop ($999 - same as the 1227's regular price).

More info on that AVR is available in this thread: Official Pioneer Elite SC-65/SC-1527-K Owners Thread

-- Edit --
The SR6007 is pretty tempting, though. Mostly because it's very well-equipped, and it's $100 less than the Pioneer, and partly because I still have fond memories of my recently-departed* SR6003. smile.gif

(*I sold it last month when I upgraded to a Denon AVR-X4000.)
Edited by eljaycanuck - 10/9/13 at 8:04am
post #7 of 11
Me too, I had an 876 which was away for a month and a half being repaired, then got the 3008..the 3008 had a couple issues lately of picture with no sound, so I immediately bought a Denon x4000 to replace it with. I just have no confidence the Onkyo won't completely break down and can't stand the thought of being without my home theater for weeks and weeks (and it's 6 months out of warranty so I'd be paying for the repair...besides which it was actually working when I swapped it out, so a repair shop would charge me to tell me there's nothing they could find that was wrong...) I consider the Denon a step down receiver from the 3008, but if it's user friendly and actually works for more than a couple years, then fine. kf
post #8 of 11
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I consider the Denon a step down receiver from the 3008, but if it's user friendly and actually works for more than a couple years, then fine. kf

It's pretty hard to beat an X4000 these days for the price. Haven't had any that I've sold fail that I know of. It's a good receiver.
post #9 of 11
+1. I went with Denon x4000 after my Onkyo rc370 started failing. Huge step up in every way in my case. No more loud clicks and long delays when changing audio formats is a nice added benefit in addition to the improved sound and calibration technology.
post #10 of 11
My Onkyo TX-NR905 and TX-NR906 both bit the dust with HDMI issues... Bought a Pioneer SC-67 early this year. Happy camper. The only junk part about Pioneer are their really, really, really lame remotes...
post #11 of 11
When I say step down, I don't mean any disrespect to the x4000..it's that the Onkyo is a $2400. or so receiver that's twice the weight and THX Ultra, ISF etc and the Denon feels kinda like a lightweight toy by comparison. After Audyssey, I noticed that I have to turn the master volume up to +5 to get the same approx SPL as I did on the Onkyo set -10.. which is strange, as both units have the same level of Auydssey (X32) and I would hope the Denon would be easily able to drive my effecient speakers in a relatively small room. They probably can, and Audyssey set the trims to negative values...also, the bass seems subdued (using very cabable fronts with SVS sub, fronts set to 40 crossover by Auydssey, I raised xo to 60...). I'll probably just nudge the sub trim up 3-4 to compensate when I get some time to experiment. I will say the sq from the Denon in other regards is fine, though I'm still contemplating adding an external amp...hope it's not necessary though. kf
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