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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

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.

 

Thanks

Matt

post #2 of 9
If you go with the nicer Yamaha Adventage models like the 10XX and 20XX you should be fine with the Polk speakers. In that price range you won't find anything will sound better than an Anthem MRX300. You'll have to go through a dealer for these though. If you're looking for something to buy online or in a store I'd consider a refurbished Marantz or Denon from Accessories4Less. Marantz SR7007 and Yamaha A-3010 both come in under $1K. Might outclass your speakers a little bit (I've owned the Monitors as well and they're great speakers for their price) but it'll be something you can build a system around for years to come.

I think you've experienced the problem with Onkyo's. Their HDMI board failure will keep me from trusting them for a long time. The problem may be fixed now but I still wouldn't give them my hard earned money. To each his own though.
post #3 of 9
I'd also hop on over to the Polk forums. Lot of very knowledgeable folks over there that have first hand experience with your speakers and how they work with different setups.
post #4 of 9
Hey Mattew,
I copied below two reply about your thread
My regards
JB

Hey,
About a year ago I've replaced an 706 Onkyo with old known hdmi bar crap, for an Yamaha 2020.
The first impression was about the speakers, Jamo Concert 607 for fronts and the same brand for the rest, in a 550 sq ft living room, which was very appropriate for the Onkyo, but a little bit small for the Yamaha.
In a bad comparison, I've changed a GM Equinox for a Lambo Urus.
Maybe I'll never have a chance to really test it.
I need to tell you that I have a lack of words to describe it.
The only thing that I'm confident to tell you is that I can listen to the diference between the records even more. Good mixing on CDs, DVDs and BDs are awesome, but if not that much, what was listening bearable becomes almost annoying.
Once that I can't release all the power without crash a window or having a neighbour ringing at my door, I suggest a visit to a distributor for your own impressions.
All the best
JB

Hi again,
I was confuse about the numbers. The 3010 is great but doesn't have 4k
On EBay the 2020 is,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/YAMAHA-AVENTAGE-RXA2020-140-watts-x-9-channel-HD-radio-AirPlay-3-zone-receiver-/130942239811?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item1e7cc40443

at Amazon,

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=yamaha%202020&sprefix=yamaha+2%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ayamaha%202020

There's another options on both sites for good Yamaha receivers near $ 1000,00

I hope it helps
JB
post #5 of 9
I really like the Anthem myself in this price range, but Denon and Yamaha (2xxx if possible) are certainly worth a look too.
post #6 of 9
I would get the Denon 4000. I think you may be able to get it under $1000 if you're patient.

I think it's the only non Onkyo that has audyssey xt32 around your price range. IMO, room correction software is the most important feature of receivers.

I would avoid Onkyo. Too many reliability issues.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by MatthewWelsh View Post

Hello,

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!
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice so far.  I have looked at the receivers you listed, am I correct that the Yamaha RX-A3010 does not do 4k?  If I purchase a receiver at this point I would really like to future proof the receiver to have 4k ability as I am currently running an Optoma HD131xe projector at 1080P with 3D with a 125" Screen.  If 4k comes down in price and is on more projectors in the future I would like to be able to support it by just upgrading my projector.  I notice that the Onkyo 929 has great reviews and is about 900 currently.  That seems like a steal to me, and overall I am pleased with my Onkyo I currently have (the HDMI is flaky but its only one port I still have 3 others) and that receiver has to be at least 5 years old and I paid less than 200 for it at the time so I feel like I got my moneys worth out of it.  I also notice that the Onkyo 818 which was the previous generation still with Aud XT32 but only 7.2 channels is around 700.  I currently am just running a 5.1 setup and do not know if I will ever need 9-11 channels. 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well I ended up ordering the Onkyo 818.  I was able to pick up a new unit for $699 and it seems like it fits my needs and the budget quite well.  I appreciate all of the feedback will update after I get it all setup.

 

Thanks

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