AVR Recommendation for x < $500
I know it's a common question, but I do need advice on a replacement AVR:
My Onkyo NR-807 has been acting up and for a few days was powering on but not outputting any Audio. Video pass-through worked fine, but Audio would not play regardless of what the Input source was (HDMI, Optical, Tuner.. did not try anything else). Basic searches on the net led me to think it is likely the common Onkyo issue of the HDMI board crapping out or a broken connection somewhere. I did try the workaround of leaving the AVR on for a long time to hopefully warm up/melt the connection back to together but that didn't work. Yesterday, my wife let me know the baby got the receiver working -_- Naturally, I come home and the receiver is off and when turned on it doesn't work. My solution was to behave like the baby, so I set the Tuner to a station, pumped up the volume and then did what my baby would do: push the power button on/off on/off. Eventually, it actually worked. I am under no illusion that this is permanent.. a friend has offered to let me use his spray/cleaner for electronics because he thinks maybe a switch got dirty. I have to check if that will void warranty or not. I know that Onkyo has extended warranties to cover some issues (which may be the one I suffer from) but need to check my serial number when I get home.
I may need a new receiver if the repair is not covered or if the repair does not stick (multiple complaints on the web of people RMA-ing their receiver and having it fail again). Some people said Onkyo offered a credit toward a purchase, but not many people seem to want to go back to Onkyo.
- 1080P Panasonic plasma 3D tv
- Panasonic 3d BD player
- Xbox 360
- HD-DVD player (barely used anymore)
- 2x Infinity Primus P362 towers
- 2x Infinity Primus P163 bookshelf
- 1x Infinity Primus C350 center
- 1x Rythmik LV12R sub
- Onkyo NR807 receiver, supposedly 135 wpc
I would prefer something like the Marantz slim receivers but the power per channel seems lower than what I have, and the Marantz slims get pricey as you go up. I would prefer slim because the beast that I have runs hot, weighs 40lb and made me build a DIY flexi-rack to house everything. Something that is more accommodating to regular tv furniture would be great.
I would very much like to get a receiver that handles 3D. The Onkyo NR807 was purchased prior to the tv and bd player and cannot handle 3D, so i had to bypass HDMI audio and use Optical instead. 3D movies may be getting axed, but if possible I would like to have this option.
I would like to future-proof as much as possible when it comes to TVs and movies, but NOT to speakers. IE, I do not need to bulk up on power from the AVR in anticipation of more powerful speakers because at this point in my life the rabbit-hole has disappeared and it is more practical for me to upgrade the TV to 4K eventually than to get better, more expensive and/or more thirsty speakers. I don't know enough about the changing 4K standards to plan ahead for this.
I have already dropped my rear speakers because our apartment setup made it impossible for me to safely have them out with our baby, and baby comes first. I may ditch the towers (p362) and center (c350)and just use the rear speakers (P163) as fronts in conjunction with the sub (LV 12R) since 5.1, but would like to retain the ability to drive all the speakers (the subwoofer is self-powered).
Some AVRs I looked at were the Denon S510BT, Denon S720 and Marantz NR1506 and Marantz NR1606.
Finally, I may consider upgrading the speakers down the line, but doubt I will be able to justify a high expenditure.. it would probably be some flatpack DIY as suggested on this forum, or maybe something like the new Monoprice Air Motion Cinema 5. not anytime soon.