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Advice on building my home theatre
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I've been ogling the M80's for a long time now and will be moving next month into a nice new spot, so I think it's time to build my dream home theatre...

Because the move will be a bit pricey (and I will likely be listening to music more often than watching movies), I am planning on getting the M80's and the EP500 to start, then upgrading in 6-12 months with a center and surrounds.

My question is what receiver I should get keeping in mind I plan on upgrading later. I was looking at some Yamahas and H/K receivers, but I figured I'd see if anyone had some advice. The Sherwood Newcastle for sale here is also a possibility.

I like the networking features and mobile apps for the Yamaha receivers, but like the price on the H/K's better. I'd like to spend $1000 or less, preferably, but I may spend more if something is really attractive (features, etc).

I also imagine getting an amplifier down the road as well, but won't be getting that for a while.

So what's your advice?

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Brad H #367894 02/25/12 06:37 AM
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I recently bought a Pioneer SC-55 for $1100. I run a pair of 80s with it. I really like it. Some of the guys like Denons and the other brands.

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Brad H #367895 02/25/12 06:46 AM
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For a receiver I planned on upgrading, I'd probably go with an Onkyo TX-NR709. It seems to hit the sweet spot for me. I'm using the previous year's equivalent model and I still haven't upgraded, though I still plan on getting one that can do both heights and wides simultaneously. One of these days... but probably after I buy some new speakers since Axiom has me saving for those now. Then I really need to work on saving for a new display. You know how these things go.

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Brad, welcome. My first suggestion is that since the budget for audio equipment won't allow for a full setup immediately, that besides the M80s you go with the QS8 surrounds at this time. The reason for this is that the M80s have quite good bass on their own and although the excellent EP500(which I use)should certainly be added later for movies especially, you can do quite well for nearly all music with the M80 bass. On the other hand, there's no substitute for the added realism which the QS8s bring to 2-channel music sources, using a mode such as DPLII. This extracts the surround ambience mixed into the front channels(there was no place else to put it)and sends it to the surrounds where it belongs, very significantly increasing the enjoyment of the music. I never listen to 2-channel source material on front speakers alone if surrounds are available.

As to the receiver, I'd suggest one of the full-featured Onkyo or Denon models with Audyssey MultEQ XT auto-calibration and room equalization. An outstanding buy at this time is the Onkyo 709 factory refurb(which should, from my study and personal experience, be at least as reliable as a brand-new unit)available for about $480 from A4L here .


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Brad H #367901 02/25/12 01:26 PM
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Damn, Charles, you're using a 708 and you still haven't upgraded? Cheapass.


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Brad H #367902 02/25/12 01:33 PM
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I've been using a Pioneer Elite and I know they are good units. I'd stick with those starting around $900 though.

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Brad H #367905 02/25/12 02:42 PM
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I just wish Pioneer would allow their Elite models to be sold online.


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I have an Integra 50.1 I really like.

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Brad H #367943 02/25/12 09:15 PM
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I am not sure exactly what you mean....authorized sellers maybe. I bought mine at Best Buy and they priced matched off the internet. I saved $500.


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Brad H #367961 02/26/12 03:50 AM
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Yeah, if you do find a place selling an Elite on the Internet, you get no warranty from Pioneer. There's no place within a 100 miles of me that sells Elite models.

It's funny (but nice) that Best Buy price matched that. The whole reason Pioneer doesn't let them be sold on the Internet is to keep direct competition down, and prices up.


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