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New receiver?

Okay so, Last Christmas I sprung for the LG 65EF9600 and love it. Now I think I'm ready for a receiver upgrade. I'm currently using a Denon AVR1910 and want to prepare for HDR support. I'm less than happy with the ease of use of the 1910 and hoping that Denon (or another brand) has an improved and easier user interface. Every time I want to change something on this receiver, it seems I have to relearn the whole UI. (I'm sure it's just me, but really hope my next receiver will be more user friendly)

I'm currently using Cambridge soundworks In-wall speakers (I think they are the Amibance 52's if memory serves me) for the front and rear channels with a Cambridge soundworks Newton series speaker below my EF9600 and a P1000 sub off to the side. I'm overall happy with the sound other than the fact I find it frustrating that when watching certain content, it's difficult to get voice to sound like it's coming from the center speaker and not the front in wall speakers which are mounted high and in the wall. I've played with audyssey and tried setting up the receiver so many times with no apparent change in results. Is it just me? I've just learned to live with this but want to avoid the situation on the next receiver if at all possible.

My budget is in the $5-600 range but not set in stone.

Have read a lot and searched for models that seam to fit my situation and getting more confused with everything I read. Really don't want to spend weeks researching units and am hoping you folks can suggest a good unit that's easy to use, won't be outdated in a year or two, and will allow me to pass through HDR content to the LG. I'm not interested in becoming an audio engineer. Just want a good product that does what I need it to.

Any and all opinions will be greatly appreciated.
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Denon X3200W would suit your needs fine and can be had for $600 right now. Helluva deal. Check Amazon, Crutchfield, etc.

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Thanks. Looks like a lot of receiver for $600. If anyone has this unit, can they comment on the UI? Does it have the same on screen menus as the 1910? (Which I really dislike.)
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Sure hope you meant the 65EF9500 (not 9600) or you won't be watching anything in HDR via HDMI.
Some of the newer AVRs (see sig) have better dialog control (I actually customized the PEQ on my center channel speaker for improved dialog), but you won't get it for < $1000. "In wall" speakers don't help, but your center channel isn't "in wall".

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Sorry, typo on my part. I have the flat EF9500.

$1000+ is out of my range. Anything signficant (other than power) that a $1000+ AVR will give me that the Denon will not?

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Sure hope you meant the 65EF9500 (not 9600) or you won't be watching anything in HDR via HDMI.
Some of the newer AVRs (see sig) have better dialog control (I actually customized the PEQ on my center channel speaker for improved dialog), but you won't get it for < $1000. "In wall" speakers don't help, but your center channel isn't "in wall".
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Thanks. Looks like a lot of receiver for $600. If anyone has this unit, can they comment on the UI? Does it have the same on screen menus as the 1910? (Which I really dislike.)
According to the reviews, both user and professional, it is supposedly a really simple and quick setup process; a breeze. I am eyeing this particular unit myself for my bedroom system in order to finish my 4K transition. I am also eyeing the Marantz 5010, but it is still $899 despite the 5011 being released so for me, I am going to snag the Denon X3200W. Cant beat the deals on it at the moment IMHO. Hope this helps.

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According to the reviews, both user and professional, it is supposedly a really simple and quick setup process; a breeze. I am eyeing this particular unit myself for my bedroom system in order to finish my 4K transition. I am also eyeing the Marantz 5010, but it is still $899 despite the 5011 being released so for me, I am going to snag the Denon X3200W. Cant beat the deals on it at the moment IMHO. Hope this helps.
You may want to instead consider the newer 2016 Denon X3300W which features the much better Audyssey MultEQ XT32 as well as Sub EQ HT (which would set the level/delay of each pair of your subs independently) formerly only found on the higher level Denon and Marantz models. Our first shipment is due in mid-week next week. Call AVS for pricing if interested.
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That's 1000 for that receiver and 600 for the X3200...extra 400 just for audyssey? Not worth it IMHO...


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That's 1000 for that receiver and 600 for the X3200...extra 400 just for audyssey? Not worth it IMHO...


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And not just XT32 but dual sub EQ as you have multiple subs. Not to mention, the new Audyssey app to be released later this fall will allow (for the first time at a price point of roughly $30) to actually tweak the Audyssey EQ curve, formerly only possible using the Audyssey Pro Kit @ $700.

Edit: Oops! See you have the AV8801 for your main setup and you did say this is for bedroom only so no need for XT32 as you have on the AV8801.

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New receiver?

Understood, but the OPs budget is 600 max, which is why I suggested the X3200W as it is a great bang for the buck at that price point.

Haha yes my main HT has the AV8801 that I will be upgrading next . Thanks jdsmoothie.


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According to the reviews, both user and professional, it is supposedly a really simple and quick setup process; a breeze. I am eyeing this particular unit myself for my bedroom system in order to finish my 4K transition. I am also eyeing the Marantz 5010, but it is still $899 despite the 5011 being released so for me, I am going to snag the Denon X3200W. Cant beat the deals on it at the moment IMHO. Hope this helps.
You're in Vegas which means you can get it for $499 at Fry's. It seems to come on sale once every 3 weeks or so.

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Yes I went and looked but they only sell onkyo for some reason...so I'd still have to order and pay shipping and tax which would essentially be a wash with say Crutchfield (free shipping and no tax). Looks like its back up to $999 on Frys.com anyway. Good looking out though bro.


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| Display: Samsung UN85HU8550 (85" 4K) TV w/ SEK-3500U
| Speakers: Revel F208s, C208, and M106s (11x Channels) | Subs: SVS PB-13 Ultra (x4)
| Amps: Parasound Halo A21, A51, and A23 (x2) | Preamp: Marantz AV8801
| Sources: HTPC, Dish Hopper, PS3, PS4, XB1, and Oppo BDP-93
| Power: PS Audio Power Plant Premier (x2)

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I've been on the fence about the 3200W for a bit. Was walking through BestBuy and they had the unit still priced at $899. Asked if they would price match Amazon's $599 price and after confirming it was sold and shipped by Amazon at that price, they said sure. Turned out they only had the display model left and offered it to me at $500. Figuring it still had a full warranty and I have a few weeks to return it if I find any issues with it, I decided to go for it. Has no box, but everything else that came with it was there.

Not a fan of buying floor models of electronics and am wondering if this was a good idea or not. I'm sure it's been on display for 6-9 months anyway. It's pretty spotless and appears new in every way.

Any opinions on whether I should keep or return it? It's only $100 savings.
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