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#194903 - 02/03/08 10:43 PM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: SirQuack]
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Hi all, if anyone is still monitoring this thread, I'm also in the Austin area and looking to audition. I'm about to send out a few PMs to people listed on the boards, but I thought I'd check this thread as well since it is relatively recent and it looks like there are a few of you not listed in the audition group that might be willing to host.

I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on the Epic 80 system I'm actually on the fence between the M60 v. M80 as well, so hearing the feedback here is interesting. I was generally of the opinion that bigger is better, but it's interesting to hear that the M60s were recommended over the M80s given the room size. My room is 13 x 19 x 9 and I'm planning on M60 or 80, 4 QS8s, the and the VP150. I already have a very nice sub that I'm going to make due with for now, though a future upgrade to 7.2 is definitely not out of the question. (for now though... the budget says 1 sub only) :-)

If anyone in the RR / Austin area would be willing to host an audition, please PM me.

Thanks in advance!

Jason
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#194904 - 02/03/08 11:09 PM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: myrison]
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Iowa
Welcome Jason,

What will be driving the system?
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#194913 - 02/04/08 08:16 AM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: SirQuack]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks for the reply. Right now I'm looking at the Onkyo TX-SR875, though it also is something that I have to buy new, so nothing is set in stone yet.

I've recently read about some audio dropout problems between this Onkyo and DirecTV's HD-DVR, which may cause me to seek out something else. Whatever I buy though will be beefy enough to drive a 4-ohm load. Suggestions are of course welcomed! \:\) (budget is about the same as the Onkyo, < ~$1300.

Jason
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#194924 - 02/04/08 11:12 AM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: myrison]
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Registered: 12/26/03
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
I would suggest the Denon 3808. Many of us here own one and it is a great receiver and Denon is one of the recommended receivers to drive the M80s, which it does with out any troubles; as loud as I can stand it any way.
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#194926 - 02/04/08 11:38 AM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: jakewash]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
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Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks Jason, good suggestion. That one is definitely in my top list of choices. The reason I'd ultimately chosen the Onkyo over this receiver was the better video upscaling in the Onkyo (Reon), and the fact that the Onkyo was a little cheaper, despite what seemed like superior video processing.

While I'm waiting to set up my audition in Austin, I'd be curious to know why you and others chose the Denon over the Onkyo.

Jason
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#194935 - 02/04/08 12:11 PM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: myrison]
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Axiom doesn't recommend Onkyo units driving the M80s.
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#194942 - 02/04/08 12:47 PM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: Wid]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Very interesting, I wonder why. Thanks for the update. I'll give them a call directly today to talk about it.
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#194953 - 02/04/08 01:48 PM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: myrison]
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10398
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
The previous power supplies are not strong enough in the older Onkyo's to drive the 4 ohm load of the m80s at loud volumes for any length of time. The newer ones you are looking at are supposed to have better power supplies to drive the lower resistance in the M80s. I have read a few reports of the Reon and lip sync issues with the Onkyo's but that was when they were first released and I would think it has been rectified by now.
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#195384 - 02/07/08 11:26 AM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: jakewash]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks again for the suggestions, the Denon 3808ci is definitely my new favorite after reading more about it. I would still like to have the better video scaling, but the ethernet port is a very nice trade off.

Back to my original topic.... one more plea for any Austinites on the board for an audition... Anyone out there?

Thanks.

Jason
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#195405 - 02/07/08 01:58 PM Re: Anyone in the Austin/Round Rock Tx area [Re: myrison]
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Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 436
Loc: Austin, TX
Where in Austin do you live/work? I can't promise anything since I had a car accident last Friday and I'm still sorting out the whole mess...

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