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I found two Onkyo receivers I like alot. One is the SR706 and the other is the SR805 - both are within 20 bucks of each other. Which one is the better unit for home theater?


The room is large, 15' wide by 24' long. I am running all JBL Studio L series speakers (need to get two more 810's for the rear when I get one of the receivers) on an old Kenwood THX certified receiver. No HDMI switching, I am running fiber cable from the PS3 for sound (HDMI straight to the 57" Mitsi HDTV) and using the standard component for the 360 into the tv.


Which one would you guys recommend?


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805 vs 706 is kind of tough actually - mainly because of Audyssey. Clearly the amp of the 805 is better on paper than the 706.


706 = Audyssey MultiEQ + Dynamic EQ + Dynamic Volume

805 = Audyssey MultiEQ XT


In terms of straight MultiEQ, 805 is better because it has XT. (Check here: http://www.audyssey.com/technology/multEQ_products.html ). Sub filter resolution is the same on both but satellite filter resolution is better on the 805. 2EQ to MultiEQ is a huge upgrade, MultiEQ to MultiEQ XT is not as much of an upgrade, but a good one if you can afford the receivers that have it.


The difference here is Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. If you don't listen to movies at reference (0dB - I usually listen at -20dB to -15dB) Dynamic EQ is supposed to be fantastic. What it does is raise the gain on the satellites and sub as you turn the volume down so the fronts and surrounds stay at the same perceived volume. If you've ever noticed that the surrounds sound "barely there" in a movie you're watching, this is meant to fix it. The 706 (and most XX6 Onkyo receivers) has this, the 805 does not.


Dynamic Volume: http://www.audyssey.com/technology/dynamicvolume.html

Dynamic EQ: http://www.audyssey.com/technology/dynamicEQ.html

Receivers that have Audyssey of some sort: http://www.audyssey.com/products/index.html


I have an 805 and am upgrading to an 876 - one reason is for Dynamic EQ.
 

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So a 706 is actually better in terms of sound reproduction?


I found a 706B for 549.95 which includes free FedEx ground shipping.


Is this a good price and is this receiver worth it? I cannot justify spending a grand or more for an 876 - the IA (that's Irish Accountant) would kill me since I bought a new Corvette in June.
 

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I would go with the 805, No question about it.
 
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