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Help needed updating old receiver!

Hello guys!

I would like some suggestions on replacing our Onkyo RC-160 receiver with something more modern. We recently purchased a LG OLED T.V. and our old receiver does not support ARC so switching sources requires manually selecting a source on the Onkyo.

As of now, we only have the cable box and an Xbox One connected to the receiver.

We are also updating our 5.1 book shelf speaker system to a 3.1 tower speaker set-up as the room has been rearranged and will not work with a 5.1 system.

Picture and sound quality, as well as ease of use are priorities.

Thank you!
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Denon 4500 or the new 3600
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Hello guys!



I would like some suggestions on replacing our Onkyo RC-160 receiver with something more modern. We recently purchased a LG OLED T.V. and our old receiver does not support ARC so switching sources requires manually selecting a source on the Onkyo.



As of now, we only have the cable box and an Xbox One connected to the receiver.



We are also updating our 5.1 book shelf speaker system to a 3.1 tower speaker set-up as the room has been rearranged and will not work with a 5.1 system.



Picture and sound quality, as well as ease of use are priorities.



Thank you!
So you will only be running a subwoofer and 3 channels, left , center and right?

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Denon 4500 or the new 3600

Wow, I should have listed my budget!

No doubt that is a fine receiver but not in the budget. I am afraid that would be wasted in a living room setting and not a home theater room.

Looking for less than $500.
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So you will only be running a subwoofer and 3 channels, left , center and right?

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Correct, towers L/R and a center and subwoofer.

It is a large living room (22'x22'x14').
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Hello guys!



I would like some suggestions on replacing our Onkyo RC-160 receiver with something more modern. We recently purchased a LG OLED T.V. and our old receiver does not support ARC so switching sources requires manually selecting a source on the Onkyo.



As of now, we only have the cable box and an Xbox One connected to the receiver.



We are also updating our 5.1 book shelf speaker system to a 3.1 tower speaker set-up as the room has been rearranged and will not work with a 5.1 system.



Picture and sound quality, as well as ease of use are priorities.



Thank you!
The room correction and the ability to biamp the front speakers makes this a great choice. If you don't have biampable speakers you could set up 5.1 with all speakers upfront and use the receiver Virtual Surround technology.

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...iABEgId8_D_BwE

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-t...5-av-receiver/

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I was exactly in the same position as you.
When I bought my C8 Oled I also had to replace the AVR and with this I replaced my speakers and SUB.
I end up selling my old AVR and speaker set and first bought new speakers + sub in shop campaign. I end up without funds to buy the AVR so you can imagine the stress of having great new set of speakers but not be able to enjoy them.
I decided to raise some money to buy a decent AVR to last at least 10 years which means it would have to be a good one. I do not regret the wait and was the best I did.
I recommend you to wait a bit longer (it hurts a lot I know), put some money aside, sell some old stuff online to help with this and but a good AVR.
$500 is a low budget and soon you will be faced with limitations.
This is off course my personal opinion
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Not under $500 but not much more...
https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-X35.../dp/B07FMRD1RV
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Not under $500 but not much more...
https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-X35.../dp/B07FMRD1RV
There have been 2 suggestions, one a $250 Yamaha and a $550 Denon. I am fortunate that I can spend the extra money on the Denon but do I need to? I honestly don't know enough about receivers to understand the difference. If my family and I set down to watch a movie will I/we notice a picture/sound quality difference between the two?
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There have been 2 suggestions, one a $250 Yamaha and a $550 Denon. I am fortunate that I can spend the extra money on the Denon but do I need to? I honestly don't know enough about receivers to understand the difference. If my family and I set down to watch a movie will I/we notice a picture/sound quality difference between the two?
The short answer is yes. The MSRP of the Denon was originally $999. It is not a budget receiver. The Yamaha is a great entry level AVR but not in the same class as the Denon. The question really is with only running 3.1 if it is worth the extra money buying a 7 channel AVR.

https://www.zkelectronics.com/compar...a-rx-v385/usa/

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You mention ARC compatibility. Are you using apps on the TV, and hope to use the TV as the hub, or are you OK using the new AVR as the hub?

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Hello guys!

I would like some suggestions on replacing our Onkyo RC-160 receiver with something more modern. We recently purchased a LG OLED T.V. and our old receiver does not support ARC so switching sources requires manually selecting a source on the Onkyo.

As of now, we only have the cable box and an Xbox One connected to the receiver.

We are also updating our 5.1 book shelf speaker system to a 3.1 tower speaker set-up as the room has been rearranged and will not work with a 5.1 system.

Picture and sound quality, as well as ease of use are priorities.

Thank you!
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Yamaha Rx 680
Pioneer Elite LX 104

Best Buy also has $100 the regular line of Yamaha.

Notice my list doesn't have Denon in it.
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Not under $500 but not much more...
https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-X35.../dp/B07FMRD1RV
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This seems like a good option for less than $350;

https://www.zkelectronics.com/receiv...a-rx-v683/usa/

What do you guys think?
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This seems like a good option for less than $350;



https://www.zkelectronics.com/receiv...a-rx-v683/usa/



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Can't go wrong with Yamaha . I tend to think they have brighter midrange and high frequencies so I would not want to pair them with speakers that accentuate those frequencies as well. What speakers will you be driving?

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@Blazer1 .....Excellent resource if on a budget. I am partial to Denon (X4400H), but they are all here. Great reviews here from numerous members. Some new, some refurbished. All come with some type of warranty....... https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ml?brand=Denon
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Can't go wrong with Yamaha . I tend to think they have brighter midrange and high frequencies so I would not want to pair them with speakers that accentuate those frequencies as well. What speakers will you be driving?

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I am also upgrading my TSC bookshelf speakers to towers and a new center. I have a few choices on my short list but I am undecided.
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