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Onkyo TX-NR 797 - Alternatives?

My Pioneer SC-1526 crapped out so I'm looking for a replacement.
I was thinking of a TX-NR797. Someone recommended the TX-RZ models due to expandability for Atmos, but the room's right below the living room, so I'd have to soundproof etc.
I could get by with the TX-NR787 , but I like the built-in Chromecast & that different video can be played between the HDMI outs. My theatre's 7.2 so I'd set up the extra channels & HDMI 2 out as zone 2 for the TV behind the bar.
In the meantime, I'm using my Harman Kardon AVR-325. One thing I like about it is I can set the crossovers separately for speaker pairs. Another is that if I adjust, say, the centre channel level, it resets to the preset next time the unit's turned on.
My speakers are Paradigm Monitor 9s Series 7, a Center 3, Surround 3s & Energy CR10s for the back surrounds.
Are there any alternatives? I'm kind of loathe to spend a lot of money. Now that the better weather's here & there are no sports on TV, I'm going to try to wait it out until black Friday or boxing day, but I'm keeping an eye out for sales.
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I posted a similar response yesterday and it got removed by the Man behind the curtain so I won't send you a link, I will just say you can get the rz730 for a steal right now if you look online. It has better internal parts, its own dedicated support line, can do 7.1.4 with external 2 channel amp and has full preouts.
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Atmos is non-starter for me. In addition to having to soundproofing, there's a soffit running the length of the room so the ceiling speakers would be spaced too narrowly.
I'm in Canada & deals don't seem that plentiful. When I first started looking, the MRSP of the 797 was $300 lower than it is now. I can get the 797 for $100 of the original MRSP. The RX740 is about 1.5x the cost of the 797. I don't know if it's worth it.
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I looked at the local shop & here are the choices:
A refurb NR797 for a good price.
For $120 more, a new NR797.
For another $50, a refurb Denon X3600H
For another $350 ($520 more than the refurb 797), an Onkyo TX-RZ840.
The 840 is more than I'd like to spend & I'm iffy on the refurbs. Also, the store's return policy is you get a store credit.
Thoughts?
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refurbed x3600 looks good, has full preouts and semi-independent dual sub control.
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If you're really planning to wait until Black Friday, I'd recommend just waiting until closer to then. Lots of time for new features to become standard, new models be released, etc.
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@Topher I like kd5mdk idea of waiting for the new avr's to come out and maybe get a better deal on a 2018/19 model? Or if you need something now, get the cheapest one to hold you over until the end of the year. Due to the china virus there will probably be delays into 2021, unless those new receivers have already been assembled and are sitting in a warehouse ready to ship. highly unlikely!
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I have the 797 and absolutely love it. Its doesnt get enough love i got an open box one at best buy for really cheap
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Depending on where you are in Canada, I would check out a place called Gibby's.

I bought my 787 there at a great price for B-Stock. I run a 7.2.2 ATMOS system. My only regret is that the amp doesn't have preouts for another 2 height channels. This wouldn't matter for you, and the price premium over what I paid for the 787 would not be worth it for me.

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Yeah, it's Gibby's I'm talking about. I didn't know if we were allowed to name names.
The 787 would suit me, but I like the being able to have a different feed on the second HDMI out with the 797.
I think I'm going to see if my friend still has the HDMI switch I gave him. If I hook up my Chromecast, I can wait it out till later.
Thanks for the help, it's much appreciated. Good to know that Gibby's B-stock can be trusted.
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Yeah, it's Gibby's I'm talking about. I didn't know if we were allowed to name names.
The 787 would suit me, but I like the being able to have a different feed on the second HDMI out with the 797.
I think I'm going to see if my friend still has the HDMI switch I gave him. If I hook up my Chromecast, I can wait it out till later.
Thanks for the help, it's much appreciated. Good to know that Gibby's B-stock can be trusted.
They are an authorized seller and have an excellent reputation.

The 787 was my first purchase from them based on years of hearing great experiences. I had no intention of upgrading my 7.1 system until I saw the ridiculous deal they had on B-stock. I thought ATMOS/DTS X was a gimmick.

My experience with Gibby's, ONKYO and ATMOS/DTS X has been awesome.

OPTOMA UHD51A 4K projector + Elite Screens 100" 16X9 screen
ONKYO TX-NR787 ATMOS/DTS X in a 7.2.2 configuration
PARADIGM Monitor 7s L+R, CC350 Center, Monitor 3 X4, Mini Monitor X2
PARADIGM PS1000 X 2 + ENERGY CS12 (near field)
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Main difference between RZ series and NR series is the length of warrentee... I believe the RZ has 3 years, NR has 2.
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I am enjoying the nr797 receiver. Some internal pictures posted here for comparison: https://toms64.blogspot.com/
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Yeah, it's Gibby's I'm talking about. I didn't know if we were allowed to name names.
The 787 would suit me, but I like the being able to have a different feed on the second HDMI out with the 797.
I think I'm going to see if my friend still has the HDMI switch I gave him. If I hook up my Chromecast, I can wait it out till later.
Thanks for the help, it's much appreciated. Good to know that Gibby's B-stock can be trusted.
I got a refurb from skadi.ca in Toronto. Almost new condition. Apparently they handle the returns for BestBuy.
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Main difference between RZ series and NR series is the length of warrentee... I believe the RZ has 3 years, NR has 2.
Is "warrentee" a liberal nickname?

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why are you looking to not buy the 797? Just curious since I just ordered one. Right now they're cheap at BB. Just google.
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If you're concerned about the quality/reliability of the refurbs, you might consider a 3rd party warranty to make sure it can be fixed or replaced (or even refunded) after the refurb warranty expires.

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I looked at the local shop & here are the choices:
A refurb NR797 for a good price.
For $120 more, a new NR797.
For another $50, a refurb Denon X3600H
For another $350 ($520 more than the refurb 797), an Onkyo TX-RZ840.
The 840 is more than I'd like to spend & I'm iffy on the refurbs. Also, the store's return policy is you get a store credit.
Thoughts?
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