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Best HT receiver for Elac in-wall setup?

Hello - I've got a new set of Elac in-wall speakers, and am looking for a HT receiver recommendation, in a reasonable price range, but looking for good quality/reliability as a top priority.

Here's my speaker setup:
L/R: Elac Debut IW-D61-W
C: Elac Debut IW-DC51-W
SL/SR: Elac Debut IC-DT61-W
SW: TBD...likely doesn't matter for this question, but "as big as I can fit" is my motto.

These all run at 6 ohms, which I've never dealt with...and want to make sure the receiver I use is up to the task. Power recommendations from Elac are "30-120" watts RMS.

The setup is in my basement where the space and layout are a bit compromised, hence the in-wall speakers. Soundstage is rather wide, but I'll be sitting around 10 feet from the screen.

Requirements:
1. Some sort of mic calibration due to the goofy shape/layout of the room
2. While I'll initially be running 5.1, looking for a 7.x receiver for flexibility if I decide to add Atmos in the future
3. HDMI Video output with some sort of upscaling that hopefully works well
4. Ideally in the $500 or less pricepoint, unless there's a compelling reason to spend more

My current receiver considerations are:
1. Marantz NR1608 (50w RMS)
2. Yamaha TSR-7850 (~95w RMS)

Thank you in advance for any direction or suggestions!

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1. The marantz is good but uses a pretty basic room correction software solution, while the yammy has dual hdmi out and uses a little more advanced ypao with rsc, iirc. Both receivers seem to be good based on reviews here.

2. all of these are 7 channel receivers (exceptions see #4 )

3. everything but the Onkyo has video upscaling (see #4 )

4. If you stepped up to the denon x3400 then you get full pre-outs and xt32, which is supposed to be one of the best solutions under $1k and it includes correction for dual subs. Check the deals thread, the newer x3500h goes on sale at Frys often and that avr now includes a phono input, should you have vinyl? The 7850 already has a phono input.

If you want more power and more channels than the 7850 or x3400 then the onkyo rz730/830 and Pio lx503 are all right around your max budget. They are all 9 channels but can expand to 11 with ext amp.


You just have to decide which features are the most important to you and go from there. Hope that helped?
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Thanks for the reply, that is helpful and gives me a few more options to look at.

Is there any actual concern with the 6 ohm speakers - brands that handle this better than others, etc?
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Nope all of those should handle 6 ohms just fine. All of those have preouts for the fronts too so if you need more power scotty then you can get an external amp, lol!

I forgot to add the sony str-dn1080 as well as the onkyo nr686. In this price range those too are often recommended. Neither have preouts and have ok room correction software but the Onkyo has a ton of features and is heavily discounted with the new 2019 models coming out soon.
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Cool Update!

Since these threads seem to rarely get updated, I wanted to post the update that I got the Costco Yamaha TSR-7850, and it seems to pair really nicely with the Elac in-wall Debut speakers right out of the box. They sound really really clean. I'm particularly fond of good bass, so I've just sprung for the SVS SB-3000, and I am in love.

As soon as the room is finished and presentable, I'll update the thread with pics, further impressions, etc., especially since the Elac in-wall speakers don't seem to have any actual reviews on here.

Thanks everyone for steering me in the right direction!
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@Jredlac you should post that in the tsr7850 forum that is great news!
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