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#265375 - 07/04/09 06:37 PM Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice
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I've decided to upgrade from my Onkyo HTIB to an Axiom 5.1 sound system. I've already decided on the speakers I want, but I'm have trouble deciding what I will use to power them. I'm hoping to get some advice from the forum members here.

Audio Setup:
2x - M80 v2 Floorstanding Speakers
2x - QS8 v2 Surround Speakers
1x - VP150 v2 Center Channel Speaker
1x- HSU VTF-2 MK3 Subwoofer

A friend of mine recommend Emotiva Audio's UMC-1 and XPA-5.

Emotiva Audio UMC-1 Audio/Video Processor
http://emotiva.com/umc1.shtm

Emotiva Auio XPA-5 Five Channel Audio Power Amplifier
http://emotiva.com/xpa5.shtm

I tried to run a forum search to see if there were any threads relating to Emotiva's products, but nothing came up. So, my question: Is the combination of the UMC-1 and XPA-5 going to be able to power the above mentioned speakers? Or should I look elsewhere?

My budget is between $1,000-$1,500, and I need something with the following specs:
5x - HDMI inputs
3x - Component inputs
Support for legacy video inputs to be scaled and output over HDMI at up to 1080p
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#265377 - 07/04/09 06:48 PM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: zero002021]
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Welcome to the forum.

I have no experience with Emotiva but one question that might open up more possibilities. Are you willing to use and HDMI switcher to get you to 5 inputs or do you want them all direct connections?
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#265378 - 07/04/09 06:57 PM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: grunt]
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I'm willing to use an HDMI switcher, but I would prefer to have all direct connections. I have a lot of gear in my setup, so I would like to avoid adding unnecessary equipment if possible.
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#265409 - 07/05/09 12:28 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: zero002021]
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My main concern is whether the receivers I'm looking at will be able to drive the Axiom M80's. Here are two others I'm considering:

Denon AVR-4310CI
http://www.usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/4844.asp

Denon AVR-3310CI
http://www.usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/4972.asp

I've also looked at Onkyo, Yamaha, Harmon Kardon, and Marantz. Based upon several threads here, it seems that pairing an Onkyo receiver with the M80's is a bad idea, and I didn't find anything that meets my requirements from Yamaha, Harmon Kardon, or Marantz.

*Sorry to double post, but I didn't have the option to edit my last post.


Edited by zero002021 (07/05/09 12:29 AM)
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#265410 - 07/05/09 12:37 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: zero002021]
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The Denons will drive the M80s with no problem. Harmon Kardon are also well regarding in the oomph department.
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#265412 - 07/05/09 12:43 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: zero002021]
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Z,welcome. Yes, the 5 HDMI input requirement does limit the choices. The two new Denon models that you link would be fine and the similarly priced Onkyo models would drive the M80s just as well, since their amplifier sections are quite powerful and have tested well at 4 ohms. I'd mention the 876 in particular, which is available for a little under $1000 now from Shop Onkyo. 4 HDMI inputs, however, and the new model isn't in yet.
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#265413 - 07/05/09 01:06 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: JohnK]
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Thank you for the quick responses.

Though it's over my price range, I think I'm going to spend a little extra and order the Denon AVR-4310CI. It has everything I'm looking for with 6 HDMI inputs (5 rear, 1 front), 3 component inputs, and support for legacy video inputs to be scaled and output over HDMI at up to 1080p.
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#265415 - 07/05/09 01:35 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: zero002021]
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If you get the AVR-4310CI please post your impressions of it. I’ve been eyeballing it as part of my BD player/projector/screen upgrade plan.
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#265422 - 07/05/09 02:41 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: grunt]
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I was reading the AVR-4310CI impressions at AVS Forums and the majority were positive, so I placed an order for one.

I got a great price from an authorized Denon reseller. Are we allowed to share pricing/hot deals? I know some forums don't allow it.
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#265424 - 07/05/09 02:59 AM Re: Upgrading to Axiom's - Need AVR Advice [Re: zero002021]
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There’s a prohibition against advertising and solicitation but I don’t think anyone has ever been slapped around for pointing out a deal. Unlike some forums you may be use to the denizens of this one are within limits relatively well behave so the forum is virtually un-moderated as far as I can tell.

So you could post your find here or there is even a Deals thread
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