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Help Choosing receiver

Hello everyone! First post here, but I have a specific setup that I need some help choosing a receiver for.

So here is what I have:

2 Klipsch RF-82 II fronts outside


2 Klipsch RB-61 II inside in-between the towers and the center


1 Klipsch RC-62 II center


2 Klipsch RP-500SA atoms up-firing


2 Klipsch R-15M sides


2 Klipsch R-14M rear


2 BIC America H-100II 12-Inch sub-woofers


Yamaha A-S501BL which is powering the RF-82 II's and RB-61 II's


Yamaha RX-A780 AVENTAGE which I run my TV, turntable, a bluetooth receiver, and Playstation 4 though. This is powering everything else.


I have no use for any extra Zones and I already have a phono preamp so I'm not using the phono input on the receiver.

When I play music via bluetooth or the turntable only the front speakers fire...the subs will not output any sound at all. After talking to Yamaha support, I found out that this is a limitation of the receiver. Apparently when I use audio 4 or 5 all I get is the front speakers...and I listen to lots of bass heavy music so I want the subs working when I play music.

I want to have a good setup for movies for sure, hence the surround and atmos setup, but I want to make sure my music setup sounds good. I have decent sized room, not gigantic, but pretty big.

So I want to just upgrade my AV receiver and am thinking about either the Yamaha RX-A1080 or RX-A2080. I can get these for $800 and $1,100 respectively. Am I making the right move here or is there a better option at that price point?

Any help is appreciated!
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Denon x3500h is better than the a1080 and far less as it has dual sub control down to 10hz and a better room correction solution.

If you do not care about room corredtion, then here are some 2018 receivers on sale as the 2019 models are coming soon.

Denon x3500/4400/4500
onkyo rz630/730/830
Pioneer vsx-lx303/503

This is a great site for research and to narrow down your choices to a few favorites.

https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/avreceiver/home-audio/receivers-amps/home-theater-receivers/1.html?store_price[]=300-991

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Yamaha A-S501BL which is powering the RF-82 II's and RB-61 II's

How did you manage to connect the 501 to the AVR? It has no home theater loop or direct amp inputs.

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Denon x3500h is better than the a1080 and far less as it has dual sub control down to 10hz and a better room correction solution.
Would it be better than the a2080?

Maybe I should wait a month for the new models to come out and see if I can take advantage of some price drops.
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How did you manage to connect the 501 to the AVR? It has no home theater loop or direct amp inputs.
There is a front pre-out on the a780.
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This is a great site for research and to narrow down your choices to a few favorites.

I have always been weary of buying refurbished, but the prices do seem great there...
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There is a front pre-out on the a780.
The 780 also has a set of front preouts on the back. Where did you plug these into the 501? Plugging preouts into the line inputs in the 501 is not a great idea. In effect you now have dual volume and tone controls. And it may add noise.

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The 780 also has a set of front preouts on the back. Where did you plug these into the 501? Plugging preouts into the line inputs in the 501 is not a great idea. In effect you now have dual volume and tone controls. And it may add noise.
Yeah, good to know because I just plugged them into line 1...I have the 501 on pure direct and the volume set on noon. This has just been the past few days since I got the 780 and I have been trouble shooting the sub issue so I haven't really paid much attention.

What would be the correct way to do this? Am I going to have a better option if I were to get a 1080 or 2080?
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Yeah, good to know because I just plugged them into line 1...I have the 501 on pure direct and the volume set on noon. This has just been the past few days since I got the 780 and I have been trouble shooting the sub issue so I haven't really paid much attention.

What would be the correct way to do this? Am I going to have a better option if I were to get a 1080 or 2080?
If music is your main concern I'd keep the 780 and look for something like what I have, a Yamaha A-S1000 integrated, which is no longer made, or the newer A-S1100. If movies and TV are the main focus then keep the 780 and take the 501 out of the loop. Maybe set up a 2 channel only system in another room with it.

Your Klipsch speakers aren't very difficult to drive and the 780 should have no problem giving you all the volume your ears can handle.
Marantz also makes a nice integrated that can be used in this manner, the PM8005/6. The 8005 is no longer made but can be found used at Accessories4Less.com, the also have Yamaha integrated amps refurbished for decent prices. New will cost you double or more what refurbished cost. The Yamahas are very stout amps. The S2000 differs from the S1000 in having balanced inputs, IMO no big deal, others say it is. YMMV. The A-S1100 differs from the S1000 in having meters. Same amp as the 1000 & 2000.
It's too bad that integrated amp manufacturers don't supply the home theater/direct amp inputs on their lesser models. But it is what it is, and to integrate an integrated amp into your home theater setup properly you will need to find a model that has one of those inputs on the back panel. They are the same thing, differing only in what it's called. What it does is allow the integrated amp to serve as a stand-alone amp, just like any pure amp made.

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@JustinM ullinix no the Yammy a2080 is a total beast.



As @Knucklehead90 said, the a780 is an excellent receiver and has LR preouts so you can add power to the front speakers if need be.
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