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#365565 - 02/02/12 05:01 PM Reasonably priced networked AVR?
michael_d Offline
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I'm helping a buddy of mine put together a system. He lives in a small duplex, and the living room is not conducive for surround speaker placement - at all. It has vaulted ceilings and is open to the kitchen and a stareway that's right in the damn way. I can mount them on walls in the right 90'ish angle to the prime seating location, but they are quite distant and it would be quite a chore getting wires to them. So... for now, I plan to skip the surrounds and just run a 3.1 set up. The speakers are going to be the wall mount M22's and Center, as his living / TV area is too cramped for floor or book shelf speakers. Wall mount is really the only option.

He would like networking capability for streaming Pandora and Internet, plus a connection for his I-pod and laptop.

I briefly looked at the Dennon web sight and got frustrated. It seams as if they've changed it to be as helpful as their manuals... I have not looked at any other brands. Figured I'd ask you all for input before putting a bunch of time into this.

The other option is to sell him my 3808 and just get the 4311 I've been eye-balling, but the 3808 is kinda overkill for this set up, and I m leaning towards using my 3808 somewhere else in my house.

He has about $500 to spend on the AVR.

What you think, I know John has all the specs and manuals committed to memory.. this should be easy as pie.

The surrounds on the other hand....
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#365567 - 02/02/12 05:37 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
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I'd go with the Onkyos, probably the 609 or 709. The latter can be had from AC4L for less than $500.
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#365569 - 02/02/12 06:05 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
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I'd tell him to man-up and get a C6 Corvette with decent tires.
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#365574 - 02/02/12 07:23 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
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I'm with Ken on the Onkyos. They seem to be where it's at with features and price lately, and last I heard, their amplifier sections are better than they've been.

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#365579 - 02/02/12 07:48 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
michael_d Offline
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OK, I'll look at the Onk's. Thanks.

I can't even start the car without him jumping in fear of his life, so I don't think a vette is in his future Tom.
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#365584 - 02/02/12 08:58 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
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Mike, my first choice in that price area would in fact be the Onkyo 709 available as a factory refurb here from A4L for about $470. Keep in mind that you'd be passing up the pleasure of explaining the Denon manual to him, though.
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#365586 - 02/02/12 09:04 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
Ken.C Offline
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Hey John, you mind keeping an eye on that price for me? ;-)
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#365589 - 02/02/12 09:10 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: Ken.C]
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Sure, Ken; what's your buy point?
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#365591 - 02/02/12 09:18 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
Ken.C Offline
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Eh, call it $400. Actually, my buy point is after I've saved up some cash in a few months.
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#365596 - 02/02/12 10:26 PM Re: Reasonably priced networked AVR? [Re: michael_d]
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I'd go Onkyo but make sure you buy from a local dealer that is authorized b/c I heard of warranty issues.

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