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post #61 of 201
Denon AVR1713, so cheap, and so great.
post #62 of 201
Always had Pioneer, currently have the Pio Elite VXS-03. Just added a few mono blocks for the mains. I need an upgrade for 3D, but I will definitely look at Marantz and maybe the Pio 1120.. Nice seeing you in NY Scott, when's the next meet up?
post #63 of 201

OK, I read a lot during the last few days. With a lot of comparisons I found that Denon AVR-3313C is one of the best currently that can satisfy all my needs. Many connectivity features including airplay and the support of 3 different zones. Powered zone 2 and different Video to zone 2 and more. Its price is fair for the supported features, 799$. It's getting very good rating everywhere.

post #64 of 201
Love my Yamaha RX-V475. Great budget 5.1 receiver. HDMI passes 3d and 4K signals.
post #65 of 201
Bought a Yamaha Aventage and returned it. Sounded awful with my setup. No bass punch at all. Replaced with Integra 50.4 and sounds night and day better. Was really disappointed with Yamaha. Right now I am a big Integra/ Onkyo fan.
post #66 of 201
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Originally Posted by sippelmc View Post

I like for my purposes the Marantz Slim NR* series, if you want a straight forward AVR and have space/heat constraints. There are better of course if you want bells and whistles. That said I think any buying guide for an AVR should have a huge disclaimer warning people to wait for the next refresh which will all likely have HDMI 2.0. Buying an expensive one now would be a pretty big mistake as opposed to waiting 2-6 months.

I have the NR1602 and it does a decent job in my flat. The question of waiting on HDMI 2.0 brings up all sorts of thoughts.

Would AVR and other devices need to all be on HDMI 2.0 to have a successful system - maybe not. As an example, you might get a 4K TV and perhaps a new 4K capable player (perhaps an Oppo in the future). Many of the players are going with two outputs. Suppose you have a rather expensive AVR unit or separates that you want to keep. With a two output disc player, perhaps HDMI 2.0 out to the 4K TV direct would be in order while the other output goes to the audio system that only supports HDMI 1.3 or 4. Then again maybe HDMI 2.0 for video and non-HDMI output to AVR for audio only.

Your point is a good one and it seems more discussion would be needed to avoid unnecessary antiquating of present hardware. As some know, the selling point of 4K capable via HDMI 1.3 or 4 is a partial truth. It might handle higher resolution as advertised but there is a failure to mention the "frame rate" associated. Best I can figure, HDMI 1.3 or 4 can handle the higher resolution at 24p not at faster frame rates. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

I admit that presently, I am looking at the Anthem line of AVRs. Not so heavy on bells and whistles but enough power, clean and just the right amount options.


Marantz NR1602, Goldenear Triton 7 L/R new XL center, rear AON 3's. Oppo 103, TiVo 3, 2x QNAP NAS, 65VT50 Panasonic Plasma
post #67 of 201
I currently own a Denon 4311CI which replaced Denon 3805 both stellar receivers, I am a fan, would not buy any other receivers, customer service is incredible. the 4311CI is very easy to operate and loves all its features.
post #68 of 201
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Originally Posted by Robin howarth View Post

Anthem MRX700 Sounds great as well as fabulous room correction!

The whole Anthem MRXx00 series smile.gif
post #69 of 201
My current receiver is the Yamaha RX-V773WA which I picked up after being a fan of Onkyo for years. I needed a receiver with preouts for my external amp (Emotiva LPA-1). Two hdmi outputs and 5 inputs satisfy my other equipment, and the trigger is really nice too. I didn't want to spend a ton of money and this receiver offers a really good bang for the buck. It has multiple sound fields, and the remote can be programmed to lock in separate configurations for each input device. I can operate it through an app which I use on my Nexus 7, and access the settings via the web. I didn't use the wireless adapter because my router cables already run to my cabinet. It was fairly easy to set up, and does require some manual tweaking as most to arrive at your personal taste. All in all I believe it is a very solid receiver which will more than satisfy my needs. I also gave a really hard look at the Marantz SR5007.
post #70 of 201

I would rather listen to a 55w clean Yamaha amp than a 200w Walmart reviser any day of the week even if it was pushing klh speakers. When anyone mentions Pioneer I think Glass door cabnit, velvet poster and carpeted walls. But this is the great thing about all the choices out there,"everyone can find there fix"

post #71 of 201

I have been look at the Emotiva line...seems like a great buy and a welcome update to our In house getaway.

post #72 of 201
I have been happy with my Denon 3311. Any suggestions on an upgrade?

Lately its been choking on TrueHD content but works fine in multichannel mode.

I'd like something that has: a lower profile, Audyssey XT32, and pre-amp outputs (as I use an XPA-5).
post #73 of 201
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Originally Posted by CrazyNurse View Post

I have been happy with my Denon 3311. Any suggestions on an upgrade?

Lately its been choking on TrueHD content but works fine in multichannel mode.

I'd like something that has: a lower profile, Audyssey XT32, and pre-amp outputs (as I use an XPA-5).

Get the Denon X - 4000 and call it a day.
post #74 of 201
Have to vote towards the Anthem MRX-500.
post #75 of 201
Just upgraded to an MRX300 from a Denon 2112CI,difference to my ears is huge.

Hearing things in recordings that I did not hear before with previous pieces.

Anthem MRX with ARC room correction-Simply amazing

Shawn
post #76 of 201
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Originally Posted by MGBMAN View Post

Just upgraded to an MRX300 from a Denon 2112CI,difference to my ears is huge.

Hearing things in recordings that I did not hear before with previous pieces.

Anthem MRX with ARC room correction-Simply amazing

Shawn

I don't want to start an argument over which is better but is ARC as easy to use as Audyssey?
post #77 of 201
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Originally Posted by CrazyNurse View Post

I don't want to start an argument over which is better but is ARC as easy to use as Audyssey?

I can't say for certain as I've never had an Anthem, but I've heard that ARC is excellent and at least as good as XT32 room correction software. All things being equal, from what I understand, it has the added bonus of being able to individually calibrate speakers, with on the fly adjustments. You can also print out your graphs for each individual speaker once you have it mapped out. The drawback of ARC is that it doesn't have the ability to EQ two subs at once, which SUBEQ does - ( included on the X 4000 and some higher end receivers with XT32 equipped ). In addition ARC is proprietary to ANTHEM receivers. Although this isn't necessarily a drawback as Anthem is a great company and makes great products, you don't have a range of receivers to choose from - true in the case of Audyssey. FWIW I was seriously looking at the new Anthem 510 and 710 receivers when they came out a couple of weeks ago - but unfortunately as 1. they don't have the aforementioned ability to eq dual subs and 2. even their top of the line ( and pricey ) MRX 710 doesn't have the ability to play back 9 channels of amplification, never mind 11 - I opted out ( I run 9.2 ). If you only had one sub and didn't plan on ever going beyond 7.1 I'd definitely be interested in the Anthems. The only way to tell which you liked better would be to do an in home demo.
post #78 of 201
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Originally Posted by CrazyNurse View Post

I don't want to start an argument over which is better but is ARC as easy to use as Audyssey?
In my opinion, ARC is harder to use because you need to have a Windows computer to run the run the calibration software and upload the equalization settings. With non-Audyssey Pro, everything is run from receiver itself.
post #79 of 201
Yamaha Aventage. Replaced my Yamaha RX-Z7 which replaced my Arcam 300. Can't tell them apart SQ-wise. I also now buy on feature set, ease of use, and reliability.
post #80 of 201
Anthem MRX series
post #81 of 201
My Anthem MRX-500 sounds great
post #82 of 201
Integra DTR-70.4
post #83 of 201
I have to pitch in a note for my workhorse. I am STILL running my Denon 3805 I bought new. When I bought it, it was the nicest piece of gear I owned by far. In the years since, I have upgraded everything around it one piece at a time, and now the Denon is my weakest link. It does not do ANY of the HD audio types. No HDMI. It does not have the low end punch I want. But, it does have pre outs so I could add my Emotiva XPA-2 amp to run my Focal mains. It also has never been in the shop a single day. Everything works perfectly, and even the original remote still functions perfectly. It has seen an insane number of hours of use in my main living room all these years.

Here tonight to begin the search for its replacement.
post #84 of 201
I use to own a Denon 3805, stellar receiver gave it to my son and he loves it, replaced with a 4311CI also a great receiver,
post #85 of 201
Anthem MRX 700:)!
post #86 of 201
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Originally Posted by HeffeMusic View Post

Anthem MRX 700:)!

+1
post #87 of 201
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Originally Posted by Sean Spamilton View Post

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Originally Posted by CrazyNurse View Post

I have been happy with my Denon 3311. Any suggestions on an upgrade?

Lately its been choking on TrueHD content but works fine in multichannel mode.

I'd like something that has: a lower profile, Audyssey XT32, and pre-amp outputs (as I use an XPA-5).

Get the Denon X - 4000 and call it a day.

That would be my choice if I won the lottery. Of course I know too much about probability and statistics to play, but... ;-)
post #88 of 201
I dont have any specifics but this is how I have recommended them to friends in the past.

Onkyo=Bang for buck
Anthem=quality and best room correction
Pioneer=muscle
post #89 of 201
Just bought a new Denon AVR-X2000. It's my first receiver and decided to go with Denon. Really, an X1000 would have been enough for me, but I got a good price on the X2000. The upscaling along with the ability to run a couple outdoor speakers if I wanted a few years from now was enough to convince me to step up a level.
post #90 of 201
Anthem MRX-500 has been by far my favorite receiver purchase so far - other receivers were: Denon 3802, 2807, 19xx?, Yamaha RXV659, Pioneer 516.
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