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I am on the hunt for a basic 7.1 receiver under $400 with the ability to decode DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. So far things haven't been looking good. My main two considerations were the Denon AVR-1611 or the Pioneer VSX-1020-K but mainly the Pioneer since it has a bit more power and features. I also looked at Onkyo but heard they run very hot and their HDMI daughter boards fail. I have also read that the Pioneer fails after about one year. My current reciever is a two channel Yamaha R9 from the eighties that was given to me by my father. It has great sound quality and has stood the test of time. Alot of the current receivers don't seem to last very long. I just want a mid range reciever that will last! Can anyone help me out? Is Denon quality?
 

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I read that on another forum. It was for a specific model. Like the 608 or something. Idk. And I wasn't talking about just onkyo. I was saying alot of the receivers in this price range seem to have quality issues from what I have read from reviews and forums. So my question is, which receiver for 400 or less is the best quality?
 

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Honestly(and this will sound odd)...


A used receiver that has been in use for over a year. You don't need "new" to get lossless.


For $400 I'd take any of these...
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....ith-hqv-reon-v (yeah, I know...over budget...but when the time comes to sell it, it won't be worth much less than this...even in another 5 years)
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-7.2-channel-n (this won't last long at $450)
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-hd-dts-hd+ext (this is killer)
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-Home-Theater- (again, over budget...but geesh)
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-Channel-Multi (worth every extra penny)


Ebay finds...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Denon-AVR-1910-a...ht_1703wt_1396 (I doubt this makes it to $250)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Denon-AVR-789-7-...ht_2617wt_1396 (this is less than I paid for a 788 for my son)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Denon-AVR-2309CI...#ht_500wt_1156
http://cgi.ebay.com/Denon-AVR-2310CI...item3f0cb2a5e9
http://cgi.ebay.com/ONKYO-TX-SR608-7...ht_4585wt_1163
http://cgi.ebay.com/Onkyo-TX-SR606-7...#ht_500wt_1413
http://cgi.ebay.com/NIB-Onkyo-TX-SR6...#ht_500wt_1413
http://cgi.ebay.com/ONKYO-TX-SR608-7...ht_1154wt_1139
 

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Hmm the $335 denon is nice. Do any of those have hdmi 1.4?
All of the Denon AVRs listed above are HDMI 1.3 as only XX11/X91 and XX12 Denon AVRs are HDMI 1.4. Also, your best bet for a Denon would be getting one of last years XX11/X91 HDMI 1.4 models on clearance at Best Buy/Magnolia which you'll very likely get for similar pricing as those older used HDMI 1.3 models and will also get the full 2 year warranty.
 

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I am on the hunt for a basic 7.1 receiver under $400 with the ability to decode DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. So far things haven't been looking good. My main two considerations were the Denon AVR-1611 or the Pioneer VSX-1020-K but mainly the Pioneer since it has a bit more power and features. I also looked at Onkyo but heard they run very hot and their HDMI daughter boards fail. I have also read that the Pioneer fails after about one year. My current reciever is a two channel Yamaha R9 from the eighties that was given to me by my father. It has great sound quality and has stood the test of time. Alot of the current receivers don't seem to last very long. I just want a mid range reciever that will last! Can anyone help me out? Is Denon quality?

I have seen this year's model of the Pioneer, the 1021 on sale for $400.


I haven't read of the Pioneer failing, but it does have only a 1 year warranty.


If you are concerned about warranty, just buy the Pioneer with a credit card that adds an extra year of warranty.
 

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Hello,

Some Online places have the Pioneer SC-05 for around 600 Dollars and the thing retailed for close to 2000 Dollars. It has the B&O ICEPower Modules and was actually the first generation that offered it. It is a Refurbished Model, but still might be better than used.

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I'll likely be crucified for this, but you might want to take a look at the Sony STR DH720. It's around $300 and has everything you are looking for.


You can also find the Marantz NR1501 online for around $300. It's last years model, but it likely would have better sound than the Sony.
 

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Thanks for your help guys. I think I'm going to try to find one of last year's models on sale. Probably a Denon AVR-1611 or Yamaha RX-V667BL.

The Denon1611 can be had just under $300 from an authorized dealer. I would rather have that than the Sony receiver.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search


If you're a Costco member you may also want to look at the Pioneer Elite VSX-31.
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...rodid=11658163
 

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Hello,

In terms of sheer value, this is really tough to beat: http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html


It is almost identical to the TX-NR807 and retailed for $1049 Dollars. As it is within your budget, you can see the Savings are massive. Authorized Dealer, 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty, 30 Day Return Policy, and the folks there could not be nicer. It is HDMI 1.3, but I have not come across many who find 3D to be that huge of a deal. I would way rather have a stronger Amplifier Stage, Backit Remote Control, and all the other Features of a Middle Tier as opposed to Entry Level AVR. Also has Preamp Outputs for adding an Amplifier.

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Denon has my vote as they have receivers at this price point that use Audyssey MultEQ XT.
 

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I'm curious as to why no one has mentioned the Yamaha a800/rxv867's that have been in the $399/$428 price range lately. The $428 price ended yesterday (went back up to $480) but about once a month since May, they've been offered in that price range.


Is it just because no one thought to bring them up or is there some reason why they wouldn't fit the bill?


Edit: Oh, and if you're OK with a refurb, this one might work for you as well:

http://www.macmall.com/p/Denon-Home-...77~pdp.gidibcf
 
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