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Question Pioneer VSX-LX102 or Onkyo TX-NR676?

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I need help deciding between a Pioneer VSX-LX102 or Onkyo TX-NR676 receiver for my modest 5.1.2 home theater setup - mid-side room. No 4K TV yet, but it is on the horizon. Looking for movie sound quality over other features (# of inputs, wireless, 2nd room output) as it will used for PS Vue/Netflix/HBO Now streaming and blu-ray movie watching on a Panasonic 65" plasma. If getting extra features would come along with better quality so be it.

I'm open to other suggestions in the similar price category.

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Hi there!

I need help deciding between a Pioneer VSX-LX102 or Onkyo TX-NR676 receiver for my modest 5.1.2 home theater setup - mid-side room. No 4K TV yet, but it is on the horizon. Looking for movie sound quality over other features (# of inputs, wireless, 2nd room output) as it will used for PS Vue/Netflix/HBO Now streaming and blu-ray movie watching on a Panasonic 65" plasma. If getting extra features would come along with better quality so be it.

I'm open to other suggestions in the similar price category.

Thanks in advance!
I would personally stay away from Onkyo and Pioneer receivers due to their very mixed reputation over the last few years where their receivers (especially Onkyo) have heatsink issues and weak HDMI boards. The best 7.1/7.2 receiver around the under $500 price would be the Denon AVR-S730H. Trust me, you'll be a bit happier with Denon than Onkyo and Pioneer respectively.
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I would personally stay away from Onkyo and Pioneer receivers due to their very mixed reputation over the last few years where their receivers (especially Onkyo) have heatsink issues and weak HDMI boards. The best 7.1/7.2 receiver around the under $500 price would be the Denon AVR-S730H. Trust me, you'll be a bit happier with Denon than Onkyo and Pioneer respectively.
Thanks for the recommendation.

Anyone else?
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Pioneer AVRs are now part of Onkyo so they may be similar configurations although the LX102 only has 4 HDMI inputs. I'd want more than that.

The LX302 is comparable to the NR676 as both have 6 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs.
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The best 7.1/7.2 receiver around the under $500 price would be the Denon AVR-S730H. Trust me, you'll be a bit happier with Denon than Onkyo and Pioneer respectively.
you can still get last years x2300 in your price range, that would be better than the s730H that was recommended earlier.

https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-X23...s=denon+x2300w

Even this years x1400h is under your budget and would be a step up over the s730 as it has higher version of Audyssey Mult EQ XT room calibration and 3 year warranty.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AVX...nd.html?tp=179
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Thanks again everyone! Appreciate the suggestions!
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Yamaha RX-V681 is a nice receiver too, but then again anything but Onkyo and Pioneer. The reason I said "stay away from Onkyo and Pioneer receivers" is because I went through 2 Onkyo receivers in under 6 years due to sound cutting in & out problems, I don't want you to make the same fatal mistake I did. Never again would I buy Onkyo.
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Thanks all! Just for the record, I've decided on the Denon avr-x2300w.
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Realize this is an older thread, but I had the same question.....have both OP AVRs in eBay cart.....just reading threads on here to determine which is right for me. Replacing an Onkyo 805 AND a Denon 4311 in living room that have both developed issues. Theater has Denon X4100 now, so I am familiar with Denon. Seems for the money (No price talk!) the other two offer a little more. I thought reliability issues with Pioneer and Onkyo were a few years back.....have they persisted? Thanks for any opinions.
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The LX102 and nr676 are big steps down from your nr805 and x4311. Maybe you didn't need all the features that those higher end receivers offered?

Like I said the earlier the nr676 compares more with the LX302, not the lower end LX102.

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The LX102 and nr676 are big steps down from your nr805 and x4311. Maybe you didn't need all the features that those higher end receivers offered?

Like I said the earlier the nr676 compares more with the LX302, not the lower end LX102.
True, but instead of taking the older units from the theater (where the AVR-X4100W resides now), finances dictate that this time around I go to the lower end for the living room, which is more for casual viewing.


By your information then, the NR676 is a much better value than the LX102, given very similar price?
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yes, based on the number of inputs/outputs, flexibility and features the Onkyo is the better deal if similarly priced. You may not use all these features or extra connectivity but it is there. Take a look at the back of the receivers.
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