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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
My Onkyo SR800 took a crap a few days ago due to a power surge caused when tree trimmers next door took out a power line. My insurance won't cover any of my losses, so I would like to try to find a reasonably priced replacement that would be compatible with my system. Just for reference, I'll provide the details of the rest of my components.

- 7.1 channel surround, Onkyo speaker system.
- PS3
- Comcast X1 Cable box
- Panasonic AR100 Projector

It doesn't necessarily have to be an Onkyo receiver, as I'm finding out that the HDMI boards seem to get fried quite often. I've tried looking for Onkyo, Denon, Harman Kardon, but everything is either too expensive or only available used. So any and all advice is appreciated.
post #2 of 18
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Any opinions on the SONY STR-DN840?
post #3 of 18
What is your budget range / max? What features are "must have"?
post #4 of 18
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Ideally, looking to spend about $300-$400 since I don't know how much I'm going to get from the tree trimmers. As for features, I'm not an audiophile or anything. So as long as it puts out good picture and good sound and has enough HDMI outlets for all my stuff, doesn't really matter. But, obviously, I'd still like to get the most bang for my buck. More features would be nice, but aren't musts.

Just don't want to get something that has a lot of known issues, or anything like that. Something reliable.
post #5 of 18
A few options:
- Pioneer VSX-823 (currently on sale at BestBuy.com for $299, shipped)
- Denon AVR-E300 (currently on sale at BB for $349, shipped)
- Marantz TX-NR1403 ($399, shipped, at BB)
post #6 of 18
If you live near a Fry's Electronics they currently have the Denon E300 for $199, sale ends Thursday.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6350114-denon-e-300-199-99-tax-frys
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

A few options:
- Pioneer VSX-823 (currently on sale at BestBuy.com for $299, shipped)
- Denon AVR-E300 (currently on sale at BB for $349, shipped)
- Marantz TX-NR1403 ($399, shipped, at BB)

Appreciate the recommendations, but those are all 5.1. I need 7.1.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

If you live near a Fry's Electronics they currently have the Denon E300 for $199, sale ends Thursday.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6350114-denon-e-300-199-99-tax-frys

Again, I appreciate the recommendation. But that one is also 5.1.
post #9 of 18
yeah, I see your desire for a 7.1 receiver now,. Sorry about that.

The e400 which is 7.1 comes on sale for $299 at Fry's. Just wait another week or so...

or if you don't mind refurb with 1/yr warranty you can get the AVR-1913 here for $299 shipped.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1913/DENON-AVR-1913-7.1ch-Home-Theater-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-ready/1.html
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Can you get the Denon online at Frys, or do you have to get it in store? Because that would seem to be a pretty sweet deal.

That goes on sale next week?
post #11 of 18
I have no idea exactly when it'll go on sale again. Don't have any inside info. It was just on sale 10-04 thru 10-10.
http://slickdeals.net/f/6321224-denon-avr-e400-7-1-channel-network-receiver-for-299-at-fry-s-no-longer-available-with-free-shipping

But when they put it on sale it is usually available by calling the Fry's toll free number and ordering it that way for the first few days. I think shipping is free too.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Oh, okay. So it goes on sale pretty regularly there then?

What do you think of the Denon compared to the Onkyo TX-NR626 or the Sony STR-DN840? Is having Wi-Fi that big of a deal for a receiver?
post #13 of 18
I own 3 Denon receivers so I'm biased. Never had a problem with any of them. They just work for me. I wouldn't get an Onkyo just based on all the HDMI board problems I read about.

No interest in the Sony

Wi-fi isn't important to me, I'd rather have a wired connection for stability.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm a little gun shy on the Onkyo myself now, just because of what happened to mine. I wouldn't bet on it happening again, because it's not like my house gets struck by lightning every day (which is basically the equivalent of what happened). But reading about all the problems others have had makes me wary.

I only ask about the Wi-Fi because I don't really even know what good it would do for a receiver. Unless that's more music related. I mean, I have Wi-Fi with my PS3, so I don't really see the point of having it on the receiver.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Eyeball Chambers View Post

Yeah, I'm a little gun shy on the Onkyo myself now, just because of what happened to mine. I wouldn't bet on it happening again, because it's not like my house gets struck by lightning every day (which is basically the equivalent of what happened). But reading about all the problems others have had makes me wary.

I only ask about the Wi-Fi because I don't really even know what good it would do for a receiver. Unless that's more music related. I mean, I have Wi-Fi with my PS3, so I don't really see the point of having it on the receiver.

It is probable that a whole-house surge protector would have protected your house from what happened. These have to be installed by an electrician, but they are the real thing.

In the way of options, for about the same money as you were going to spend with BB, you can get this one:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2313CI/DENON-AVR-2313CI-7.2-4K-3D-Pass-Through-Networking-Receiver/1.html#!specifications

Here are the detailed specs:

http://usa.denon.com/us/product/pages/productdetail.aspx?catid=avreceivers(denonna)&pid=avr2313ci(denonna)

One big plus I see is that it has Audyssey Multieq XT which trumps the Multieq on the E-series AVRs.

It is 7.1 (actually 7.2 with support for 1 or 2 subwoofers).
post #16 of 18
Internet radio stations, Pandora, etc might be convenient as you wouldn't have to turn on your PS3. Plus if you're an Apply guy you can use Airplay to connect your iPhone, iPad,etc if that's important.

But I use a wired connection because it is more stable. Don't have any Apple devices so no need for Airplay.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you both for all your feedback. I think I'll keep an eye out to see if the Denon goes on sale at Fry's.

arnyk, have you had good experiences with refurbished equipment? I'd be a little leery about something like that, but it may be perception more than the reality. How are the warranties on refurbished equipment?
post #18 of 18
You can check out the Sony 1040 (7.2 channel). It seems to get good reviews. Amazon has them for $500 and some change. You can even go with a "used like new" unit for a bit less. I always purchase the "like new" AVRs, and they are pretty much brand new looking. Never had one crap out on me yet.
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