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Hi Guys,

My friend has recommended this forum as he had recently purchased a Marrantz AVR with good inputs & references through you guys.

I have an onkyo HT-R370 HT package. Unfortunately 2 weeks ago I accidentally spilled some water while the AVR was ON. I had given to some local vendor to get it repaired as I was out of warranty, he told me that I would have to replace the main PCB & a transformer. For this he gave me a estimate of INR 15k.

Since I had bought the entire package in INR 20k 5 years back I though it would be best to replace the AVR component with a Latest one. I have reviewed Denon x500bt (30k) which fits my budget but I would have to replace my passive sub woofer to an active woofer(20k) or second option for me is to buy Denon HT packakge(45K)

It would be great if you guys can suggest what would be the best for me viz. to keep my old speakers & purchase a new AVR component which supports my passive speaker or buy new AVR Component & active woofer or buy a Home Theatre Package?

Also it would be great if you can suggest between brands like onkyo, denon, yamaha, marrantz.

Thanks in advance. I look forward to your response.
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You should state what your speakers and subs are. Many passive subs have built-in crossovers that deal with the sub itself and main speakers. Today, that crossover is inside the AVR, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can still use your speakers and subs.

There are no AVRs around that can directly power a passive sub, you at least need to use a separate power amp for the sub. The purchase choice becomes, AVR + power amp and keep your speakers and sub, AVR + powered sub, or AVR plus all new speakers and subs. The choice would be driven by cost and evaluation of age and quality of your existing speakers and sub. Let us know what the speakers and sub are, we might have a few thoughts.

I would also suggest the Denon AVR-S700W or X1100 for their addition of Audyssey room calibration. I recently put in an S300BT for a client, was not impressed by the calibration system. If you're using basic or low cost speakers, this becomes more important.

Also, you might check out posts asking for AVR suggestions. The title of this thread won't pull in new AVR opinions quite as well because it highlights the water spill rather than the replacement.
 
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