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http://www.avsforum.com/products/marantz-sr5005-audio-video-receiver-black/reviews/4494

Thanks for reminding me that, while completely content with this receiver, there is a different model for which I yearn. wink.gif
post #32 of 118
Here's a link to the review of my Onkyo TX-NR818 that I just wrote. http://www.avsforum.com/products/onkyo-tx-nr818/reviews/4504

In short:

- best combination of power (125 WPC), HDMI, Audessy XT32 at a moderate price (got it for $699)
- sounds great
- used manual configuration to for all setup but Audessy
- only negatives are non-intuitive manual and lack of backlighting on remote

Overall I'm very very pleased with this unit
post #33 of 118
The perks of working a desk job:

Denon AVR-2112CI
Operation Man Cave: Operation Man Cave: The perfect balance between functionality, affordability and driving your wife crazy.

http://www.avsforum.com/products/denon-avr-2112ci-receiver/reviews/4505
Edited by MuaySteve - 10/29/13 at 7:35am
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Not a receiver but I feel it should be represented in this category due to it's receiver pricing, enjoy!

http://www.avsforum.com/products/emotiva-umc-200-7-1-home-theater-preamp-surround-processor/reviews/4507
post #37 of 118
I have a Yamaha RX-V3800 7.1 receiver hooked up to seven speakers and a sub-woofer, and the AVR has a single HDMI to my Pioneer Elite 60' TV. The HTPC feeds into an HDMI port and has blu ray play, movie play via Netflix and Hulu, and we have cable TV. Want to listen to music in 7-channel stereo, try Slacker radio (via the HTPC) and the Yamaha sounds wonderful. It's Internet Radio does too.

I haven't mentioned the DVD upconvert play but it's great!

The 140 watt AVR has been great for 4 years, What's next? Another Yamaha.
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

Why are people linking to Amazon or posting reviews in this thread? confused.gif
Well, I tried to write a review in the AVS reviews section, and before I got started, I was done. There was no place for the full review as specified in the rules. I tried, but I'm back here.
post #41 of 118
Yamaha RX-V520, my first and last receiver.
** (Two stars.)

Before c. 2001 I had never owned a receiver of any type in my entire life. My first stereo system was built around a Harman/Kardon 402 core, consisting of an A402 integrated amplifier and T402 tuner. It wasn't long before I replaced the A402's power amp section with a higher powered power amp, and after that it was all components. To this day my audio system is built with components, and I like it that way.

When I purchased my second TiVo box in 2001, I was suddenly faced with a problem: switching video without having to get up out of my chair. This wasn't the first time I've had more than one video source; my VTR compliment has included 3/4" U-matic and various 1/2" and other format tape decks, as well as optical disc players. But the DVR was different because I no longer had to make a move to change tapes or discs, it no longer made sense to get up to switch sources.

That's how I got a Yamaha RX-V520 A/V receiver, with switched S-video, Toslink and coaxial S/PDIF inputs. (This was before HDMI existed.) Since my Series 1 TiVo boxes had no component outputs, and I felt no need to use component video with my DVD player after trying it once, the 4 S-video inputs were all that I needed, and the adequate sonic quality was good enough for TV. I had / have no need for surround sound, so I've never used that part of the receiver.

This receiver went back into its box when I moved, and replaced my old CRT TV with my first HD TV, and purchased my first remote control HDMI switcher for my twin (now HD) TiVo boxes and my Blu-ray player. I was happy to be rid of it.

Although I've been completely content with using a stereo pair of loudspeakers while watching TV, I recently had some problems with incompatibility between my 2.0 stereo (no subwoofer needed because the speakers are full range as God intended) and the DTS, Dolby Digital, 5.1 and 7.1 program audio and my completely adequate stereo DAC. So back out came the RX-V520, if for no other reason because it was there, and solved the problem.

My video system has been complimented with other devices, such as streaming video boxes by Roku, digital video file players by Micca, some generic DVR boxes and, if needed, the occasional HD camcorder. Some of these boxes have no provision for outputting a plain stereo PCM signal, and my TV doesn't reliably convert what it gets via HDMI into the plain stereo signal that I want. The old Yamaha receiver does, and so it remains. I'd love to find an audio component that would do the job, but so far I've found no such device.

AFAIK, the receiver does no video processing, and since it's SD-only, I don't use it for video. I already own a perfectly competent video section (components, naturally), and I wouldn't dream of overcomplicating my life with all the bells and whistles that receiver makers are hellbent on making an inextricable part of their products.

So the useful part is the ability to play audio streams that don't include plain stereo, and the worthless part is the needless complexity, bells and whistles.

My setup is that all of my HDMI components go through my DVDO iScan Duo, and out to my TV. From there the audio goes via Toslink to the A/V receiver, and then to my TV speakers. Currently my stereo system is completely separate, with its own loudspeakers. Because I don't consider the ubiquitous use of heavy-handed sound effects to be beneficial, I use small loudspeakers and turn the bass knob all the way down to keep the sudden booms and crashes from bothering myself and everyone else in the house. Once again, I eschew bells and whistles...and booms and thumps...

The user interface is where my patience with this and every other A/V receiver that I've looked at runs out. The control input, the remote control, simultaneously makes doing just about anything a chore by multiplexing too many functions into too few buttons (and using nothing but buttons), while at the same time providing dozens of buttons that I'll never use because I don't have other Yamaha products. This sort of overcomplexity and brand lock-in is the norm, and I can't stand it. (BTW, the crude vacuum fluorescent display and its cryptic messages is also a pain to use.)

Packing hundreds of "features" into a single "busy box" just plain sucks. Having everything in a single box undoubtedly makes the interior designers happy, but the ergonomic price that's paid is too high. I would rather have full-sized production video switchers and have no professional experience with handling audio and video, I suggest watching "Sound City", the 2013 film documentary about the recording studio of the same name, and the Neve mixing console that was the beating heart of the facility.

Performance is another place where this receiver, as with most receivers, falls down. When used all by itself, the sound seems to be just fine. But when I use my TV viewing loudspeakers (NHT Classic Three) with my stereo system (currently Emotiva XDA-2 DAC / switcher / volume control & ART SLA-2 power amp), the difference in sonic quality is astounding! So different that I will always prefer to have two really good channels instead of 7.1 mediocre ones. 'Nuff said.

I'm well aware that "home theater" is really a hobby, a toy for the well-heeled and under-imaginative. And this is a hobby of "more", not "better". IME, much like video gaming, it's often more about collecting consumer goods than it is about actually doing the deed. That aspect of the hobby is something that I want nothing to do with. I'm accustomed to getting paid for doing work like that! Certainly not my idea of a leisure activity. That's the difference between those who produce the content and those who only consume it, I suppose.
post #42 of 118
Keep in mind, my rating is based off today's standards. Back in 2006, I would have given this AVR 5 stars, but for today's equipment, I think 3 stars is fitting.
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3BT1E0Z2N0R3K/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
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Just posted my review of the Yamaha RV-X665 AV Receiver. You can see it here.
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Originally Posted by Scott Wilkinson View Post

...post a link to your review in this thread.

 

 

Guys, keep in mind that reviews posted in this thread are not eligible. They must be in the reviews section of the site per the first post in this thread.

post #46 of 118
Not one of the reviewed units but a very noteworthy, entry level starter unit for the analog believers first entry into the digital audio world.
The Yamaha RX-V373 offers the performance equal to higher end units but without the bells and whistles. The user manual is complete in detailing each type of interconnection possible. Having grown up with Marantz, Sansui, Altec-Lansing, JVC, Pioneer and many others, the only lacking potential is a phono input. The ARC options have not reached a full compatible platform to allow the controls purported by mfgrs. HDMI handling is perfect for the audio but many interconnects don't allow pass thru video, not a drawback, it is an AUDO unit after all. The YPAO options are very handy to establish a baseline to refine the environment. Decoding formats cover the field and light up indicators of reception and decoding of formats used is very handy. Environment settings can replicate a number of chambers and settings. For well under US$200. an exceptional beginners digital component receiver.
post #47 of 118
Always happy to enter these. Here's a review for my Sony STR-DH520
http://www.avsforum.com/products/sony-strdh520-7-1-channel-3d-av-receiver/reviews/4514
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My review can be located here
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Hi
I have an old Denon AVR4300. It will not pass 3D but my Display does not support it.
It is protected by Monster Power HTS 3600 MKII so it does not feel any Hydro hit.
It has all the features I want, so no need to upgrade.
It is connected as a preamp only. I only use 3 inputs: Cable, Blu-Ray player and Ethernet cable as Media Server..
It is rather heavy and expels some heat but I have it sitting on the bottom shelf and the rear of the cabinet is open.
I rarely use the FM.....When I want to listen to music, I use it as a Media Server as it connects to my PC via wired Ethernet.
The one feature I don't like is having to through the menu every time I switch to Media server. Unlike the Yamaha 9300 upstairs who remembers the setting from one time to the next.
The Audyssey works fine.
Setting the Manual Speaker options is a breeze.
The HDMI options are somewhat confusing.
It has served me well for a few years and I hope it will stay put.
In event of failure, I will buy another Denon of the same category.

Regards
post #51 of 118
I have a 'Cheapy' Wintal amp out in the rumpus. It's just Stereo, not 5.1 It drives a set of Bose 601's that I have owned since the mid 80's - some old records like Neil Young & the classic stars have to be listened to in Stereo. I just need one with more power to really get those 601's rumbling!!!
The main lounge room has a new Bose 5.1 Surround System, & sounds great. I'm saving for the Oppo 105 to play into it.
Big Al.
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Hi all here is my review of my Denon 2808 i have had this since new paid NZ $3000 for it

I have really enjoyed this unit the sound has always in my opinion been exceptional. it is a good looking unit from an aesthetics point of view. Where it shows it's age now is in connectivity it only has 2 HDMI inputs , no internet connectivity. The plus side is very good legacy connectivity of which i have a few devices smile.gif

So all n all was a very good purchase.smile.gif
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I have to ask, does it matter if the A/V receiver is older?
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The Denon AVR-5700. Probably one of the best sub $3000 A/V receivers ever!

I still use a Denon AVR-5700, one of the first A/V components that combined Dobly Digital with Lucasfilm's TXH 5.1 surround technology. This receiver outputs up to 140 watts per channel in a 5.1+ THX-Ultra certified five channel power amp system. The receiver supports 2 separate surround channel speakers for location dependent side or back surround (selectable) depending on the source. It came packed with more features than most will use. One of the first A/V receivers to include all decoding for DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and THX-EX surround with THX post processing. And the signal remains digital throughout the decoding and enhancing process.

Also included is a large collection of DSP generated surround effects for stereo and mono sources like matrix surround, virtual dolby surround, as well as "5-channel stereo", stereo, direct, and mono modes. It also includes an excellent AM/FM receiver. Status is displayed on a fluorescent front panel dimmable display and LED selection indicators.

User settable delays and volumes on all 5 channels also makes custom room setups a snap. Source memory, basically remembering all the settings of each of the video or audio inputs makes use easy as well. No more needing to remember what surround mode, volume levels, or enhancements you selected each time you change the input.

While this is a 5.1 amp, it was designed with 7.1 in mind, featuring 8 channel inputs for the 7.1 format, and an 8 channel pre-amp output , allowing an upgrade path to 7.1 by the addition of an external amp.

Lacking HDMI inputs (given the date of release) this amp had more then enough audio and video inputs for its day to handle most any system, with component, composite and S-Video inputs. It provides component, composite, and S-Video switching, with on-screen menus routed to the currently active output. Separate display and monitor video out, and a separate controlled bus for independent recording output or dubbing between devices, separate from the main displayed content.

Not only does this receiver offer exceptional reproduction of 5.1 digital surround information, the use of high-end audio DACs means exceptional Dolby ProLogic decoding as well The use of 24-bit. 96-kHZ DACs on all six channels with "Denon's 24-bit Alpha processing" for the main left and right channels made for one of the best A/V receivers of the time. It still stands up or beats most A/V receivers even today. Even in today's HDMI world, coupled with a DVDO iScan VP50 for automatic HDMI and video switching, there are few A/V receivers that match its sound quality, feature set, THX certification, or video clarity for the price.

Dimensions Height-7.13 in, Width-17.09 in., Weight-47.4 lb.

Pros: Better sound for the dollar, multiple decode modes, input memory, multiple rear channel configurations

Cons: No HDMI
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Denon AVR 4311ci review (refurb) - here

AWESOME AVR!!!

Upgraded from a Denon 4802, huge difference with Audessey MultiEQ XT32, and 9.2 channels - running dual 15" Dayton Ultimax subs in 3 cu/ft. sealed enclosures using iNUKE 3000DSP.
Edited by schmidtwi - 10/29/13 at 5:08pm
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ONKYO TX NR1010 7.2 CHANNEL
Move up the price range and Onkyo's home cinema amps simply get more effortlessly powerful. There's scale and tension to string-laden soundtracks, masses of weight and power when the 'warp drive' kicks in and authority to voices. Keep turning the volume up and, well, you'll admit defeat before the 1010 does. It's unstopable.I love this receiver! It's nothing but the truth:To me,it is a waste of money buying the any thing less this machine has the power and the performance! This receiver is pure Beast! It got muscle,and big balls! It will last you a life time! Clean power is performance! connected and ever thing work s great! This receiver is truly top shelf. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by orrubin View Post

I have to ask, does it matter if the A/V receiver is older?

Not at all.
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Onkyo NR-717; I love it, get 'em while they last!
http://www.avsforum.com/products/onkyo-tx-nr717


I will abbreviate the name to "717." Features: This is a 7.2 receiver which has both zone 2 and 3 capability. The spec sheet states that it sends 125 watts per channel to each channel that is driven. The "point two" refers to the two outputs which sends the same signal to two subwoofers directly from the 717. Speakers can also be directly wired for "wide" and "height" speakers. I bought the 717 so I could bi-amp my front speakers, which reduces the system to a 5.2 setup. I never planned to run 7.2, so this is exactly what I was looking for.

SETUP: The first thing the 717 will do when plugged in is automatically setup your speakers using Audyssey 2EQ, but there is some information the user must provide. The first menu will ask if the speakers are "standard" or "bi-amp." It will also ask if the speakers are 4 ohm or 6 ohm. If any of the speakers are 4 ohm, then that is the setting for all the speakers. The Audyssey 2EQ will then ask if you want a quick setup or standard. The quick setup takes sound measurements from one listening position, the full setup takes the same measurements, but from three listening positions. This takes about 5 minutes for the full setup, and is easy to do. An omi microphone is included and plugs into a dedicated eighth inch jack in the front of the 717.

SPEAKER SETTINGS: The Audyssey 2EQ then sends a sound signal to each of the potential speakers to see what you have. If you don't have a Wide speaker, then Audyssey figures that out. If you have one speaker such as a surround that has one of the wires not connected, it will stop and allow you to correct the problem, then continue. Audyssey 2EQ will calibrate a sub. All the speakers are then set according to how far from the seating each speaker is, and will set a crossover point for each speaker. Typically a small speaker will not handle lower of sub-sonic frequencies, so Audyssey does not ask it to process those signals, sending each speaker the signals which are optimal. On my setup it set the mains to 60, the center to 40, and the surrounds to 100 Mhz. I can overide those settings if I want later, for instance setting my main speakers to "full." This would allow me to have the full bass signals sent to the sub, and have the option to use the "double-bass" feature which would also send full bass signals to the mains. It is personal preference which ever sound the user likes best, but it is nice to have the choice.

LISTENING MODES: This is probably the most important part of this review, because these setting dramatically change how the sound is sent to the speakers using the electronics of the 717. If you want a fuller description, the manual is listed on-line in a PDF, and has a lot of useful descriptions of the various listening modes. Briefly, you can electronically listen to: the two front speakers only, in stereo; the center speaker only (for older movies where sound was mono, and you want sound to come out directly beneath the TV); 5.1 or 7.2 speakers only; the front 3 speakers only; all speakers mono, and all speakers stereo.

The ALL SPEAKERS STEREO mode is very enjoyable, and really adds punch to music, and plays LOUD if you want. There is a PURE AUDIO mode which I think is the most accurate. The other two modes I use is Dobly Pro Logic II which takes a two channel signal, such as a TV and creates a very enjoyable 7.2 signal, and NEO 6 does the same thing, but I think it has better bass with NEO 6, and centers voice directly out of the center channel, sending music to the mains and surrounds.

REMOTE: I use this remote to control my other devices, a TV and a Sony Blu-ray player. It is logically laid out and easy to use, even though I am all thumbs. I personally like using a bunch of remotes, but my wife doesn't, and the 717 is the only remote she uses for TV/AVR use.

OTHER FEATURES: I am already overly wordy, so I'll keep this short. I don't use the tuner or internet radio features, so I have no comment. I had one problem syncing my Sony BD BDX-BP510 with the 717, but turning OFF the "deep color" feature on the 717 solved that problem. Other than that, I have had this unit for 11 months and have had no problems. I have never needed to contact customer support, but they do have an Onkyo support forum which I thought was useful. I recommend the use of banana plugs for speaker wiring because is it quick and easy, but this unit will handle any kind wiring you want to use.

This reviewer is a 55 year-old male, tech savvy. I use the 717 with a 5.1 setup, and have used both bi-amp and regular mode. I don't use the 3D, tuner, internet, or 4k upscaling features. I have used the 717 with my PC, Sony BD player (which does do internet, such as Netflix, Youtube), and have run the video out from the TV to the AVR. There have been no HDMI issues.
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