Originally Posted by fidycent
I just purchase my AVR-4306 two weeks ago after reading much positive feedback from this receiver. For me, this was a major expense, but since my previous receiver simply died, I decided to buy the receiver that was going to rock my world. Well, I guess by now you know what I'm going to say and yes it simply hasn't happen as of yet. One of the major problems has to do with output power, this unit is supposed to deliver 130 W per channel, but I don't think I'm experiencing 1/3 of that. Although, I can NOT claim to have a great set of speakers a least I should have a much better experience than with my previous receiver, since I went from a 110W per channel ($500.00) Pioneer receiver to a 130W per channel ($2000.00) DENON receiver. For example, I recalled that in my previous receiver I could NOT go pass 1/3 of the Max volume, while with the 4306 when watching/listening to DirectTV stations the volume must be set to 80 % of the MAX to achieve the same level of audio. Normally, for most of the DTV channels I need to set the volume to around -20db to -15db
and even in some tests I have gone all the way. Now, what I would like to know if this is a defective receiver or this is typical volume level that other user experience on their units. By the way, I've read many of the threads related to the receiver Auto Setup to see if I've done anything wrong and repeated the setup at least 5 times to no avail. Actually, I noticed an improvement in speaker distance accuracy after turning off the A/C of the house and other noise sources. Could anybody please help?
I had a AVR-4802 that I used for a couple of years and it worked fine as long
as it wasn't close to reference level. I added separate amplication and it
made a world of difference ( but note that I do have hard to drive 4 ohm
When I upgraded to the AVR-4306, I did so entirely for the processing. There
is not a single pre/pro or receiver that offers more features than the 4306.
But if I would have "upgraded" my AVR-4802 to a AVR-4306 to be used solely
as a receiver I would have been very dissappointed. The AVR-4306 may have
10 watts more per channel speced than the AVR-4802 but the amplifier
section of the 4306 cannot hold a candle to the 4802.
You can even see this if you look closely at the specs. Both show very low
THD over the entire audible frequency band when driving 8 ohms but into
6 ohms the 4306 is only speced at a single frequency, that is 1 KHz with
a magnitude more distortion whereas the 4802 has the same THD over the
same frequency band into both 8 ohm and 6 ohm loads. I would not even
want to think what the THD is on the 4306 into 4 ohms...
I would not recommend the AVR-4306 to drive anything but 8 ohm speakers if
you listen to anything close to reference level..
But with separate amplification, the AVR-4306 offers world class processing
at a fraction of the price..