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Question Final AVR decision - is there better for the price or comparable for cheaper?

So I've finally decided on the Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 however I'm still processing spending $500 for this piece of my setup. Obviously there are more expensive and way better one - but for me $500 is a lot. So before I pull the trigger I want to make sure there isn't a better unit I can get (regardless of brand) for the same price OR if there would be another unit just as good but cheaper (preferable). The biggest things I like about this unit is the amount of HDMI In's and that it has multipoint YPAO calibration. So before I buy, any final suggestions?
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If you can still find one, the 2014 Denon X2100W on clearance pricing with multi point Audyssey MultEQ XT calibration would also be an excellent choice under your budget.
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If you can still find one, the 2014 Denon X2100W on clearance pricing with multi point Audyssey MultEQ XT calibration would also be an excellent choice under your budget.
Hmmm.... That does seem to be a popular recommendation around AVS. My only hesitancy is a few comments I've read around AVS about Denon not being as reliable as Yamaha. That's what got me looking at the Yamaha. I realize this is one of those YMMV situations - this is just my very first AVR (upgrading from sound bar) so I want to have a good experience. What are your thoughts about YPAO vs Audyssey? I guess anything would sound better than a sound bar LOL
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Hmmm.... That does seem to be a popular recommendation around AVS. My only hesitancy is a few comments I've read around AVS about Denon not being as reliable as Yamaha. That's what got me looking at the Yamaha. I realize this is one of those YMMV situations - this is just my very first AVR (upgrading from sound bar) so I want to have a good experience. What are your thoughts about YPAO vs Audyssey? I guess anything would sound better than a sound bar LOL
Although Yamaha may be #1 in reliability, this doesn't mean that Denon and Marantz are not reliable. In fact, we just had to exchange a DOA Yamaha "flagship" A3050 for a customer. The A840 uses a "global" crossover setting for all speakers while the X2100W allows for independent crossover settings for each speaker. Ratings on Amazon for both models is very positive so either model would be an excellent choice. Select the one that best meets your feature/input/output requirements.
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If you can still find one, the 2014 Denon X2100W on clearance pricing with multi point Audyssey MultEQ XT calibration would also be an excellent choice under your budget.
Accessories4Less has the Denon for $299 refurb. Any thoughts on buying refurb models?
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Final AVR decision - is there better for the price or comparable for cheaper?

Last year I bought a refurb 2014 model Denon S900W and it's been great. Looked brand new & full warranty. Many here at AVS buy from there


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Accessories4Less has the Denon for $299 refurb. Any thoughts on buying refurb models?
Refurbs only come with a 1 year warranty vice 3 years on a "new" X2100W. Also, although in most cases there are no issues with a refurb, in some cases, the unit may be dinged up or the repair facility may not have been able to recreate the issue for which it was sent in for repair, so it may have problems again. Also, just as is the case with new units, a small percentage of refurbs can also be DOA.
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