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Hello! I'm new to the Home Theater world and I'm gonna pear up a reciever with my Jamo 5.1 system. I want to have a THX certified reciever under $700. I'm looking at some models right now, the Onkyo NR709 and the NR717. What should I get among these two? And are there any better models out there?


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thats very subjective...imo reciever power is reciever power, there is not going to be a huge difference, the speakers are what make the difference. however yamaha is probably the most rock solid avr company. 3yr warranty vs the pioneer 1yr. the 1522 is a 9.2 vs the a820 7.2. i would base my purchase on warranty, reliability, and features. 100watts vs 130watts is not going to make any difference. i do like how yamaha has the built in 7band peq so you can adjust the sound to you liking.
 

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The Pioneer SC-1522-K is a THX Select 2+ Receiver. Looking at the stats at Yamaha's website and Amazon I cannot find anything indicating that the Yamaha has an THX certification. I have the SC-1522-K and really like it. I don't have as much experience as many here though so take that with a grain of salt. If you have a Costco near you it is a smoking deal at $599 for a receiver with a retail price of over $1200. I suspect it's being closed out as new versions are coming out so that price likely won't last long. Get it while it's hot or wait for the new version that will likely be in the $1200+ price range. The Costco lifetime satisfaction warranty gives you great peace of mind that you won't have to worry if you have any issues even years down the road. It comes with a Pioneer 1 year warranty.
 

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I'd stay far away from both of your choices.


The 709 was still having the notorious Onkyo HDMI board failures;

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR709-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/product-reviews/B004V8KWQO/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0


The 717 has only the most rudimentary version of Audyssey room correction (2EQ) which is virtually useless as it doesn't correct anything in the subwoofer channel and very little in the satellites.

http://www.audyssey.com/audio-technology/multeq#multeq-solutions


I own the NR818 which has performed flawlessly, for me, since June-2012. Runs cool, no reports of HDMI problems on it, has the flagship Audyssey MultEQ XT32 version and is THX SELECT certified. It can be found at a very reasonable price point now as it soon will be replaced with the next generation.

http://www.nextag.com/Onkyo-TX-NR818-home-949219217/prices-html

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1412714/onkyo-tx-nr818-official-owners-thread-discussion
 

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Originally Posted by Patrick Murphy  /t/1470939/best-thx-reciever-in-the-400-to-600-range#post_23270091


I'd stay far away from both of your choices.


The 709 was still having the notorious Onkyo HDMI board failures;

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR709-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/product-reviews/B004V8KWQO/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0


The 717 has only the most rudimentary version of Audyssey room correction (2EQ) which is virtually useless as it doesn't correct anything in the subwoofer channel and very little in the satellites.

http://www.audyssey.com/audio-technology/multeq#multeq-solutions


I own the NR818 which has performed flawlessly, for me, since June-2012. Runs cool, no reports of HDMI problems on it, has the flagship Audyssey MultEQ XT32 version and is THX SELECT certified. It can be found at a very reasonable price point now as it soon will be replaced with the next generation.

http://www.nextag.com/Onkyo-TX-NR818-home-949219217/prices-html

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1412714/onkyo-tx-nr818-official-owners-thread-discussion

yea but the 818 does not have sub eq ht and audyssey is not the greatest thing since sliced bread imo...I read about more and more folks seeking external dsp correction because audyssey does not get the job done. also you can not manually tweak the settings, so your stuck with what audyssey wants. I will say the 818 is a far better option then the op's first two options.
 

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Sorry. I just wanted THX Loudness Plus so I don't need to crank up my volume to 0db to get all the details. If the 1522-K gets out of stock and I can't buy it, does the yamaha rx-a820 have comparable performance?
 
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