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Which of these 3 receivers ?

Price aside, which one would you recommend and why ?

It will be used in our family room, in a 2.1 system. Use is about 70% home theater, and 30% music.

We will soon be buying the Samsung 75" Q70, and Sony X700 UHD player.

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Oops ! I'd like to spend $300 max.

1) Onkyo TX-NR686

2) Denon AVR-1500H

3) Denon AVR-S640H
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Denon x1500H. 3 year warranty. Audyssey MultiEQ XT room calibration.

Unless you need dual HDMI out then get the Onkyo.

I see no reason at all to get the s640h

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Thanks. Is the Audyssey that important in a 2.1 system? Other than the Audyssey, how do the Onkyo and Denon 1500 compare ?

Are there any good receivers I'm missing under $300 ?
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Thanks. Is the Audyssey that important in a 2.1 system? Other than the Audyssey, how do the Onkyo and Denon 1500 compare ?



Are there any good receivers I'm missing under $300 ?
Id go with the Onkyo.
Had Technics, Sony, Onkyo 383??, Onkyo 646, Yamaha 681, Denon 4300H and I wasn't happy with the sound quality until I finally could return to Onkyo!! (RZ840, now but 686 will definitely do the job)
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Do you need an AV receiver for 2.1? Do you plan to go 5.1 later? Why not buy a good stereo receiver or go with an integrated if you don't need the tuner. Why pay the cost for additional processing if you won't use it. put the money into better amplification or speakers. To me, L/R speakers with good imaging sound just as good as a center speaker.
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The most we would ever do is 3.1, but I doubt it. I do want all the typical 4k goodies though(4k pass through, wi-fi, Bluetooth, etc).


Does anyone else have an opinion about the Onkyo 686 vs. Denon 1500 ?

Thanks.

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Sorry...NONE of the above
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The most we would ever do is 3.1, but I doubt it. I do want all the typical 4k goodies though(4k pass through, wi-fi, Bluetooth, etc).


Does anyone else have an opinion about the Onkyo 686 vs. Denon 1500 ?

Thanks.

Jim this is from a reddit thread I just saw.


Denon audyssey xt is better than Onkyo accueq for movies so that is what I am getting.


I am getting the Onkyo as it streams DSD via HDMI, has newer Bluetooth standard and has a bigger power supply.
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I like Onkyo's value proposition and menu setups. That said you won't go wrong with either the 686 or X1500H.
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I like Onkyo's value proposition and menu setups. That said you won't go wrong with either the 686 or X1500H.
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Thanks all. Is the Onkyo considered more "up to date" than the Denon, as far as 4k, etc. ?
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As far as 4K they're the same.

Both do 4K, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision

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Thanks. How important is it to have an ethernet connection on a receiver ? What are it's main uses ?
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Having owned many receivers, I would go with Denon in almost all cases. Denon X1500 of your choices.

To be honest with you, unless you up your budget to about $400-500, you may not be 100% pleased with any of your choices.

-Sony STR-DN1080 $448 (This is one I would recommend easily, but the auto setup is kind of lame. Yet bang for buck and audio quality is amazing)
-Onkyo TX-RZ820 $399 (slightly better and more expensive than your choices)
-Denon X3500 $550 (I own this one currently, HIGHLY recommend if you can swing it!)
-Pioneer VSX-LX503 $550 (9.2 channel, pre outs, decked out, and sounds amazing. Maybe the best one here for audio quality)

Check Accessories4less.com or Amazon. These prices are current Amazon prices.

I have found that most models under $500 are underwhelming, better to save another $100 or 200 and get a better quality receiver (more power, better room correction, more features, all around better).

As for Ethernet, Firmware updates, streaming, (usually Bluetooth), internet radio. Depends on the receiver how involved and feature-rich the network connection is.

I hope this helps.
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I was looking at the same ones and picked the Onkyo 686. The Sony is highly rated but also 2 years old at this point. The Onkyo at the current price point at BB and good reviews was too good to pass up.
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Thanks. Would you say the Onkyo is relatively easy to set up ? The receiver this is replacing doesn't even have HDMI.
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I set up a 686 last week and I found it quite easy. Note the room calibration will play loud noises so don’t do it while the family is asleep.
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I set up a 686 last week and I found it quite easy. Note the room calibration will play loud noises so don’t do it while the family is asleep.
That's easy for you to say. I'm overwhelmed after reading the setup instructions. It's still sitting there, while I decide if I'm going to return it.
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That's easy for you to say. I'm overwhelmed after reading the setup instructions. It's still sitting there, while I decide if I'm going to return it.
Honestly I plugged in all my devices with HDMI cables, wired in my 3.1 speakers, and was essentially done. I did run the room correction, but that was probably optional if you find it intimidating.
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What is confusing me is the assigning of inputs. I think I get most of the other stuff.
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What is confusing me is the assigning of inputs. I think I get most of the other stuff.
What devices do you have? I plugged my Blu-Ray player into DVD, my TiVo into Cbl/Sat, my AppleTV into Strmbox and that’s it.
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Just my TV, Sony X700 Blu-ray player, and Toshiba HD-DVD player. I still have a 1080p TV, so I need to run HDMI for video sources, and optical digital for sound.
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You don’t need to run optical for sound from the disc players, the Onkyo will automatically take the sound out of the HDMI connection and pass the video along. If you have any streaming apps or OTA broadcast on the TV itself you would need to get audio back to the Onkyo but that’s it.
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You don’t need to run optical for sound from the disc players, the Onkyo will automatically take the sound out of the HDMI connection and pass the video along. If you have any streaming apps or OTA broadcast on the TV itself you would need to get audio back to the Onkyo but that’s it.
I keep reading that I have to run optical from the players to receiver, then optical to the TV. That's only if I use the ARC on the TV ? I stream using my Blu-ray player.

I'm confused by your second sentence.
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