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#400688 - 02/05/14 07:04 PM One More Time
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I have asked this before - a couple of years back - but this time, due to a larger than expected bonus, I have an actual budget. My receiver (a less expensive Yamaha RX-V663) is chronically plagued by a surround channel that does not play. Rarely, one of the mains will drop out as well. When I sit down to a good action movie, I find myself sticking my ear to the guilty surround to verify if it is working. Drives my wife crazy. Once the receiver warms up, the channel will begin working - but I shouldn't have to contend with that - Right? :nudge: RIGHT?? SO....what is the current thinking around here on a good AVR? I welcome all your informed / biased opinions.
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#400692 - 02/05/14 07:39 PM Re: One More Time [Re: Argon]
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I can't condone the hell you've been going through.

Seems like everybody has a favorite. I've had good luck with my Onkyo, and found the Audyssey MultiEQ XT was "helpful". I'm still scarred by previous bouts with Denon manuals, but most normal people seem to be able to work through them. If you're an iPad user, you might like to have AirPlay and/or WiFi. If you don't have a music streaming solution you like, you might be interested in comparing the various network music UI's.

I'll probably be tempted to look for a 9.2 capable model because it exists. I've had good luck with manufacturer refurbs.

I liked it better when - years ago, of course - I could buy new audio toys for $300 instead of $1,000.
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#400695 - 02/05/14 08:12 PM Re: One More Time [Re: Argon]
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Depends on the budget I suppose. I upgraded from my Denon 3808 to 4520. Love it. Loved 3808, but 4520 has better everything, pretty much.
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#400696 - 02/05/14 08:29 PM Re: One More Time [Re: Argon]
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Originally Posted By: Argon
I have asked this before - a couple of years back - but this time, due to a larger than expected bonus, I have an actual budget. My receiver (a less expensive Yamaha RX-V663) is chronically plagued by a surround channel that does not play. Rarely, one of the mains will drop out as well. When I sit down to a good action movie, I find myself sticking my ear to the guilty surround to verify if it is working. Drives my wife crazy. Once the receiver warms up, the channel will begin working - but I shouldn't have to contend with that - Right? :nudge: RIGHT?? SO....what is the current thinking around here on a good AVR? I welcome all your informed / biased opinions.


We got your back grin What kinda dough we workin with here. Sherbourn is selling their recievers extremely cheap ,not sure if they are a option for you. I have a denon 3311 and a Yamaha RX-A1000 and I think they are both great. Not to hijack this thread but I will be selling my Denon since I have my eyes on a pre/Pro from Yamaha. For me I would go Yammy all the way.
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#400701 - 02/05/14 08:47 PM Re: One More Time [Re: Socketman]
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Originally Posted By: Socketman


We got your back grin What kinda dough we workin with here. Sherbourn is selling their recievers extremely cheap ,not sure if they are a option for you. I have a denon 3311 and a Yamaha RX-A1000 and I think they are both great. Not to hijack this thread but I will be selling my Denon since I have my eyes on a pre/Pro from Yamaha. For me I would go Yammy all the way.


Is this you, Socketman or your new prototype, Socketman1?

A few added points.... My current receiver has 4 HDMI inputs - not enough. Second, I am not opposed to Refurbs - John did a good job of convincing me last time on refurbs. In the meantime, one of my daughters bought a refurbed Nikon DSLR which has performed flawlessly. Third, I would like to keep it under $1000. Fourth, I am not married to any particular brand. Fifth, I will stick with an AVR as opposed to separates. Lastly, Thanks for watching my back.
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#400702 - 02/05/14 08:48 PM Re: One More Time [Re: tomtuttle]
Argon Offline
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Registered: 07/24/04
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Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
I can't condone the hell you've been going through.

Seems like everybody has a favorite. I've had good luck with my Onkyo, and found the Audyssey MultiEQ XT was "helpful". I'm still scarred by previous bouts with Denon manuals, but most normal people seem to be able to work through them. If you're an iPad user, you might like to have AirPlay and/or WiFi. If you don't have a music streaming solution you like, you might be interested in comparing the various network music UI's.

I'll probably be tempted to look for a 9.2 capable model because it exists. I've had good luck with manufacturer refurbs.

I liked it better when - years ago, of course - I could buy new audio toys for $300 instead of $1,000.


Tom, I don't have an iPad yet but I do plug in my Ipod. Don't need 9.2 or 7.1 so no worries there, Not familiar with network UI's (willing to learn) and WIFI, I would take it if it was available. AND.....I am old enough to remember the $300 days.


Edited by Argon (02/05/14 08:51 PM)
Edit Reason: hit send too soon.
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#400705 - 02/05/14 09:31 PM Re: One More Time [Re: Argon]
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RIGHT, Rob! I'd suggest a Denon or Onkyo model with the top MultEQ XT32. The best buy in my view at the moment is the Onkyo 818(XT32, 8 HDMI inputs among other features)from OneCall for $699 shipped. Accessories4less shows a factory refurb 818 for $599, but it's "Sold Out", and I wouldn't want to bet that it'll come back in stock.
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#400713 - 02/06/14 07:27 AM Re: One More Time [Re: JohnK]
Argon Offline
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Thanks, John. I'll take a look. What was the name of that refurb store we discussed a couple of years back? Was it Onecall? I can take the time to look back tonight if you don't recall right off.
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#400715 - 02/06/14 08:45 AM Re: One More Time [Re: Argon]
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Registered: 07/24/04
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Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
So, John, Onecall is not a refurb? I am not familiar with that particular outfit but they seem to have all the right credentials. Have you (or anyone else) dealt with them before?
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#400716 - 02/06/14 08:55 AM Re: One More Time [Re: Argon]
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I have. They look pretty sketchy, but I've not had any problems with them. I've gotten a camera and a receiver.
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