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Onkyo owners: Is TX NR 1010 better than 818?

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I went in to enquire about onkyo av receiver TX NR 818 but they told me they have run out of stock and won't be getting any more supplies of 818 as it is being replaced by a newer model in the same series. The closest they have to 818 is NR 1010. My question is whether NR 1010 better than (or in the worst case comparable to) 818 and is it worth buying? I know onkyo also sells NR 3010 and 5010 but they are too steep in price.
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I went in to enquire about onkyo av receiver TX NR 818 but they told me they have run out of stock and won't be getting any more supplies of 818 as it is being replaced by a newer model in the same series. The closest they have to 818 is NR 1010. My question is whether NR 1010 better than (or in the worst case comparable to) 818 and is it worth buying? I know onkyo also sells NR 3010 and 5010 but they are too steep in price.

the 1010 is definitely better than the 818. Better amp section as the weight difference suggests, 40.3 lbs vs. 50.7 lbs. THD is better .05 vs .08 . Whether you can hear the difference is debatable. The one big thing the 1010 has over the 818 is it has SubEQ HT, which is good if you have a dual sub system.
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I went in to enquire about onkyo av receiver TX NR 818 but they told me they have run out of stock and won't be getting any more supplies of 818 as it is being replaced by a newer model in the same series. The closest they have to 818 is NR 1010. My question is whether NR 1010 better than (or in the worst case comparable to) 818 and is it worth buying? I know onkyo also sells NR 3010 and 5010 but they are too steep in price.

I owned both and there is no question about it the 1010 which calibrates both subs separately is the better receiver. You will hear the difference.
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Your information about the TX-NR818 replacement is a little skewed. At first it appeared that it's replacement would be the 828 but in Onkyo's infinite wisdom the 828 is actually a lesser model. The TX-NR929 should be considered it's replacement. When I was contemplating replacing my Integra DTC 9.8 pre-pro I was looking at the 1010 and the 3010. I'm very glad I went with the 929 even though it doesn't have Audyssey Sub EQ HD. I only have one sub and Audyssey XT32 covers it nicely. Being newer than the 1010 and 3010 it has several features and channels they don't have. I'm doing 9.1 now and contemplating 11.2 in the future with an identical second sub.

I see Onkyo skipping 2013 versions of the xx10 models and waiting to add HDMI 2.0 and other goodies. The newer Integras are also only at the level of the 929. I think this is their best bang for the buck.

Oh, and as I mentioned on other threads, my 929 with it's 9 channels of amplification is running 35 degrees cooler than my 9.8 pre-pro. I'm not so sure if the older 1010 and 3010 have had their HDMI boards updated.
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Would the NR 929 be a better buy than 1010? I see the 929 is newer and supports features like 4k passthrough, wi fi and BT, onkyo remote app etc. However , inspite of having more features, the 929 is a few hundred bucks cheaper than 1010. I hope that doesn't mean the 929 is compromising a little in the sound processing department. It does seem more future proof than 1010 but how about the sound compared to 1010?
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When I bought my Integra DTC9.8, it was considered at the top of their food chain. The newer Onkyo TX-NR1010 is at the bottom of their top level while my TX-NR929 is at the top of their mid range. Their close but the 1010 is heavier because of it's heftier power supply. While their rated watts per channel is about the same, I'll guess the 1010 has a little more head room.

With that said, sound wise I can only directly compare it with my 9.8. That comparison was made with my 9.8 still in my system for a few days. This wasn't a lab level comparison but mostly to listen for an improvement with my newly added speakers for heights and wides. I did turn those off for some comparisons and then it was close although I slightly favored the 929. And then it could be attributed to the Audyssey XT32's better handling of the bass as opposed to the 9.8's XT.

If you have two different subs that alone could sway you toward the 1010 with it's Audyssey Sub EQ HD.
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