Originally Posted by MatthewWelsh
First time posting I am looking for some advice for my home theater for a new Receiver. I currently am running an Onkyo SR508 that just is not doing the job anymore for my new speakers. Front Speakers are Polk Monitor 70s, Rear Speakers are Polk Monitor 60s, Center Speaker is a Polk CS2 and the Sub is a Polk PSW505. I am very happy with the speakers but I feel like the Onkyo is just not working right anymore I have several HDMI ports that tend to flake in and out on the signal and I do not feel like it is producing the quality I need. I am looking at keeping the budget less than a $1000 if I can. I have been looking at the Denon X-4000 and 3000 series along with the Onkyo 818 or 828 and 929. I have read some other reviews that people say not to get a yamaha with the polk speakers but I am really looking for a great upgrade. Your thoughts are appreciated.
If you search around AVS you may find that complaints about the reliability of Onkyo HDMI ports are not uncommon so don't feel strange about having the problems you describe. It seems to be real, and the only relevant question for people who are buying new AVRs is whether or not Onkyo AVRs are in general better now.
If you search around AVS you may find people saying that Yamaha AVRs always sound bright. I've seen it many times. I have a Yamaha AVR and it must be the one Yamaha AVR that was ever built that wasn't bright! ;-) I suspect that the claims about all Yamaha AVRs always sounding bright is a myth.
About 6 months ago I replaced the low-end Yamaha with a mid-line Denon 1913. I like the Denon better but of course I should - it is not the bottom of the line! Doooh!
I'm not recommending Denon 1913s to everybody because I'm not the average audiophile - I have lot of acoustical and other audio measurement tools at my disposal and I'm so disposed.
People have been recommending Denon X 4000s, and if you have the budget I say go for it.
While all good amplifiers sound the same an AVR is much more than 7 amplifiers in a box these days. I like the Denon's cleaner looking front panel and remote - they aren't covered with buttons but this means that following on-screen menus is more important. I like Denon's use of Audyssey because it seems to have the most known about it. YPAO might be great but I can't find nearly as much about how it works and what it does, except for spiffy somewhat superficial PR blurbs.
Polk speakers are typically built nicely using middle-of-the road technology. Nothing wrong with that! I don't think you have to search out the one AVR that's going to sound best with what you have, because a lot of AVRs can sound splendid with them. What's going to please you is how well you tailor your room's acoustics to your speakers and how well your AVR is going to use features like Audyssey to optimize the rest of your system for the room.
Oh, and BTW AVS has an inside sales guy known as JDsmoothie who might be able to help you with the pricing thing. Then, there's always Acessories4less.com and their seemingly unending stream of quality factory refurbs for people like me who still count their change!