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Which receiver do you like best as far as power, sound quality, and dsp modes go? I will be purchasing a 7.1 receiver this year in the $1000 range. I may wait until DPL IIx comes out but we'll see. I like music to be bright but not overly bright. My setup is this: Center-Polk Csi40, Fronts-Polk RTi70s, Sides and Rears - Polk RTi28s, Sub Polk PSW505 soon to add an extra sub.
 

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I really like the Pioneer Elite models (I've got a 45TX), but the higher-up Onkyo models are also quite nice (I've spent some time with the older 898 and I liked it very much). IMHO, MCACC should be a deciding factor (53TX and 55TXi have automatic setup/eq and it IS slick!).


MY speakers, Def Tech, are not bright per se, but do have a very detailed sound, IMHO, when driven by my Elite. I would say the Elite has a neutral sound, and any brightness is more due to room/speaker interaction than amp/speaker interaction...


Hope this helps,


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Pioneer Elite 53tx or 45. This reciever is on the bright side where the Onkyo is not known to be as much.

The Elite pairs well with Def Techs and I agree that it nuetralizes the brightness. However, there is no PLIIx nor a means to upgrade either reciever (53TX or 45TX). Not to sure about the Onkyo.
 

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Milenkod, actually the 45tx has the RS-232C for upgrades like the 55txi. But pioneer doesn't seem forthcoming with upgrades anyway. The only companies I've known in the $1000 price range to offer upgrades are Onkyo, Yamaha, and Marantz.
 
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