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Help Me Choose Receiver

looks like my AVR-X4000 went kaput!

Please help me choose the best quality budget receiver in the market in terms of sound quality in the under $2000 range. We do movies 60% of time and music 40%. Running a 7.2 system I have an all polk systems (CSiA6, 2x RTiA5, 2x RTiA3, 2x FXiA6, 2x PSW110)

Looks like the following are the players:

Denon
AVR-X5200W
AVR-4100W

Marantz
SR6009

Onkyo
TX-NR1030
TX-RZ900
TXRZ800

Sony
STR-ZA3000ES

Yamaha
RX-A3040
RXA2050BL
RXA1050BL
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looks like my AVR-X4000 went kaput!

Please help me choose the best quality budget receiver in the market in terms of sound quality in the under $2000 range. We do movies 60% of time and music 40%. Running a 7.2 system I have an all polk systems (CSiA6, 2x RTiA5, 2x RTiA3, 2x FXiA6, 2x PSW110)

Looks like the following are the players:

Denon
AVR-X5200W
AVR-4100W

Marantz
SR6009

Onkyo
TX-NR1030
TX-RZ900
TXRZ800

Sony
STR-ZA3000ES

Yamaha
RX-A3040
RXA2050BL
RXA1050BL
I'm currently battling my Onkyo TX-NR809. Because of this battle I'm looking at getting a new receiver (Onkyo not included), my choices are in the same category price range. I've read everything I can on just about all those models, and Denon appears to have more praise than anything else. I will say however that my previous Yamaha HTR-6180 ran me 3 years of great service, and has been working for my boss for another 3 or so years. I'm sure the RX line would be even more superior which is why they're on the short list, I just don't know about their new auto-audio configuration. I've really liked Audyssy in the Onkyo, just wished it performed better.

One brand to read into, and apparently will be refreshed in Nov is Anthem. They're down on features (network stuff), but higher in audio quality. I'm mostly interested in the ARC audio configuration tool (Requires a PC). The new 520/720 sound like they're even better than current models.

My big toss up right now is the Denon X5200w and the Anthem 710/720 depending on availability.

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Receivers at that end of the market all have the same features and specs. There are next to no comparisons that are ever done so you're going to have a hard time getting a definite answer that's based on reality. I've heard people posting about studies that have shown Yamaha to be the most reliable but I haven't seen them.
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Some of those are 2015 models and some are 2014. Either go 4k video and atmos surround with
2015 models only or if you don't need those features check out the marantz sr7008 for $900 new.
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Would it be easier to rank by manufacturer only or are they pretty much all close to identical.


Who manufacture is best in the $1000 to $1999 range? Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Sony, Yamaha?


Don't need ATMOS or 4K and don't plan on going to 4K tv or a while. Running a Panasonic Plasma which I love and plan on keeping.
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Receivers at that end of the market all have the same features and specs. There are next to no comparisons that are ever done so you're going to have a hard time getting a definite answer that's based on reality. I've heard people posting about studies that have shown Yamaha to be the most reliable but I haven't seen them.
I've got 3 Yamaha receivers 2 from the 1970's era that have always worked fine, the volume knobs might have some dust in them but were talking extremely old electronics and they only make a scratchy sound turning up or down the music. and A 2001 5.1 receiver i'm using right now. they all work. 2 years ago we replaced my kids broken onkyo with a Yamaha it got hit by a lightning storm and repaired under warranty ( It Pays to know people), my older brother has 1 cr620 like the 2 I have from the 1970's his is working fine. I'd say they are pretty reliable wouldn't you?

I think the RX-A3040
RXA2050BL are both 9.2 receivers and you'll find the Advantage line has more features then receivers at the same price point. however I haven't read anything on any of the other models you mentioned. in fact i'm looking for reviews on the RXA1050BL 7.2 because my current receiver don't have HDMI built into it. I'm using Toss link. And that is about as old as my 32 year old kid. what I do like is controlling the receiver via my droid cell phone or I-pad or nexus 7 tablet. with only downloading a free app. I believe the BL models have dolby Atmos built into them.

Let us know what you got and how it sounds?
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