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post #1 of 7 Old 01-28-2014, 08:24 PM - Thread Starter
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I started looking for a $200-$300 entry level HTIB, but found myself bumping up to the "next better thing" until I found myself looking at a RX with Audyssey.  Being a newbie, I think I could really benefit from it.  For the time being, I have somewhat narrowed it down to the 1613 or E300.  These appear to be the entry level models that include Audyssey.

 

Via Denon.com's refurbished offerings

 

AVR-1613  $210

AVR-E300  $250

 

I also considered the 1713, but it is hard to find.

 

First, are these good prices?

Any other recommendations in the price range that includes Audyssey?

 

I do not see too many advantages (for me anyway) of the E300 over the 1613, but here is a thread that talks about the differences.

https://www.avsforum.com/t/1489266/difference-between-denon-avr-1613-and-avr-e300

 

Lastly, I am still considering the refurb version of the DHT-1513BA ($350) or DHT-1312BA ($300) (both w/Boston Acoustics but without Audyssey).  So any thoughts on the HTIB vs the E300 or 1613 is appreciated.

 

If I choose the 1613 or E300, I will need a recommendation on a starter 5.1 speaker package ($150-$250 range).

 

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You should consider calling an authorized D&M reseller and getting a quote. They're only allowed to publicly advertise MSRP, but will actually sell Denon equipment for much less, usually comparable to the advertised refurb prices. You'll get a longer warranty, too.

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Only you can really make the decision about the relative value of their features, but a significant improvement in the E300 over the 1613 is the arrangement of the speaker binding posts. Having them in a single row makes it much easier to connect speaker wires to them.

Speakers and your room's acoustics have the most effect on the quality of the sound you hear, although Audyssey can make a substantial improvement in their infelicities. You might want to consider purchasing a pair of higher quality speakers and expanding as your budget allows. The traditional rule of thumb is to spend twice as much on speakers as you spend on the electronics to drive them.

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At the very least, stick with the models with Audyssey for auto speaker/sub calibration ... well worth the additional cost for likely better audio quality results. Also for a low cost 5.1 setup consider the following ...

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=2
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Thank you for the speaker recommendation.  I am really looking forward to experiencing my first A/V setup.

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Now you're talking.  All ones that I will consider.

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