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Which manufactures have a "warmer" sound quality to them? I have an older Yamaha htr-5240 and would like to upgrade. It seems a little bright for my tastes. Any brands I should start my search with? Would like to stay in the $500 range. Thanks.
 

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Which manufactures have a "warmer" sound quality to them? I have an older Yamaha htr-5240 and would like to upgrade. It seems a little bright for my tastes. Any brands I should start my search with? Would like to stay in the $500 range. Thanks.

Shouldn't You look for "neutral" instead
 

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I guess I should look for neutral. I would like something warmer than my Yamaha though. Maybe the newer Yamahas are much better than what I have?
 

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Speakers are going to have much more of an effect in the sound of a system over the difference in receivers but if you're looking for a brand Harman Kardon is commonly referred to as having a warm sound.
 

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I guess I should look for neutral. I would like something warmer than my Yamaha though. Maybe the newer Yamahas are much better than what I have?

Fiddle with the eq and you can make it sound as warm as you want.


Honestly, I can't tell much difference in sound between comparably priced AVR's. Some may have more power than others, but they all sound pretty similar to me when used in direct/pure modes that disable any DSP.
 

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It's not your receiver that's bright. It's your speakers and/or your room. Try a little more sound absorption. Also, as someone said, turn down the treble a bit.
 

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I have heard good things about the HK sound quality. Thanks for the replies. I will be using Polk rti6's for the front and fxi3's for the rear. They are a little bright to begin with.
 

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Poineer's tend to sound natural. Also Marantz is a sweet sounding AR.
 

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It's not your receiver that's bright. It's your speakers and/or your room.

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My Yamaha is not just warm. It's HOT. You could burn your hand if you left it touching the receiver long enough.
 

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It's not your receiver that's bright. It's your speakers and/or your room. Try a little more sound absorption. Also, as someone said, turn down the treble a bit.

I have the Polk RTi 8s. The Polk RTi line is without a doubt bright!
 

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OK, its been determined that my speakers are bright. I've had Polks for years and can't seem to break away, so unfortunately this set isn't going to change anytime soon. I have a new Samsung 52A750 LCD and want to get a new HDMI compatible receiver to go with it. ($500-700 range) Jakeman says to try the Harmon Kardon line, Caspian says try Pioneer and Marantz, and I will. Thank you to both. Anyone suggest Onkyo? The 705 seems to be very popular in this price point. Does anyone have a Harmon Kardon AVR to comment about as far as brightness or should I say neutralness, if thats even a word?
 
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