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#411109 - 03/25/15 07:33 PM Help me choose an AVR
Jordan Offline
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Greetings,

I'm getting to the end of my basement home theatre renovation and could use a little advice on AVRs. I've installed in-wall and in ceiling M3's, an in-wall VP100, and paired that with an SVS PB-2000 (12" / 500 watt rms) for a 5.1 set up. The room is roughly 14 feet by 15 feet with a small alcove at the back. The primary seating area will be along the back wall with a tv mounted on the opposite wall.

While I understand AVR basics I thought I would check with you fine folk to see if there are any stand out AVRs that I should be aware of. Looking to keep the cost to around $400 and would like to future proof as much as I can (4K, etc). I also need it to have an ARC and discrete cross-over adjustments but other than that, I'm pretty open (don't need a lot of streaming options since the system has a dedicated HTPC).

Many thanks in advance,

Jordan

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#411111 - 03/25/15 07:59 PM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
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Jordan - Accessories4less is a great place for refirb gear. I've used them for a couple of Denon amps plus a Boston & Canton sub with good success. The refirb option gives you an opportunity for an upper level AVR at a mid level price and they have some decent choices to fit your criteria.

http://www.accessories4less.com/
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#411115 - 03/25/15 08:39 PM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: FireGuy]
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Jordan - In addition to Fireguy's excellent suggestion to look at Accessories4less, One Call has a terrific deal on a Marantz 5009 ... It has Audyssey Silver (Which means XT processing, among other things), solid performing amps (measured at 68 WPC with 5 channels driven).

It has Bluetooth, airplay and pre outs for the 7 channels, and is about as future proof as you will find.

It's $570 delivered for a refurb unit, and considering this is the latest 2015 model, a soild deal:

http://onecall.com/marantz-sr5009-7-2-network-a-v-receiver-certified-refurbished


Edited by craigsub (03/25/15 08:48 PM)
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#411116 - 03/25/15 09:08 PM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
MatManhasgone Offline
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Another option that you can get great deals on but it's sort of a waiting game.

Big box stores like Futureshop generally carry two years worth of inventory. So as new stuff comes out, the old stuff gets cleared out at a reasonable price.

I picked up the SC1227k last year for around $499. The next year model was selling for $1400.

Another source is http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/
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#411122 - 03/26/15 07:34 AM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: MatManhasgone]
Jordan Offline
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Excellent suggestions guys. I'm assuming that the accessories for less route means a trip south of the border, correct?

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#411123 - 03/26/15 08:07 AM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
casey01 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jordan
Excellent suggestions guys. I'm assuming that the accessories for less route means a trip south of the border, correct?


Well, since they are an online only reseller, you would require a U.S. address to which to ship, if you don't you could be out of luck. I bought a piece from them 2 or 3 years ago, however, in recent years, when you scan down the face page, you will notice that with with more and more of their electronics they will no longer ship outside of the lower 48 states. Also, given the dollar differential nowadays along with the added shipping and duty, probably not worth it and better to buy locally.

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#411124 - 03/26/15 08:21 AM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
Serenity_then Offline
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Hdcp 2.2 and atmos arent doable for $400 quite yet. I'd get something from Canuckaudiomart with that budget. I would stay clear of onkyo.


Edited by Serenity_Now (03/26/15 08:22 AM)
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#411185 - 03/29/15 05:17 PM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
Jordan Offline
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Had a bad experience with Onkyo or just don't feel that they offer good value for dollar?

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#411186 - 03/29/15 07:05 PM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
Serenity_then Offline
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I'll be honest, I really just dont like the brand for several reasons. The huge HDMI board issue warranty recall that happened, poor reliability as experienced by members here, and a terrible marketing campaign about a year ago with the slogan "make your friends jealous." I also dont like that now they have absorbed pioneer and its brands future path is unknown. But for a while pioneer has been a poorly supported brand according to my old dealer anyway. They both are quickly becoming a throwaway commodity brand. Sold alongside vaccums at big box stores. My opinion FWIW.

That said, they do offer a great feature set at good prices, and there are members here that have had great experiences with their upper tier models.
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#411187 - 03/29/15 07:32 PM Re: Help me choose an AVR [Re: Jordan]
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I stuck with Onkyo even after my previous Onkyo failed, mainly because of the feature set, and I knew I would be getting a new receiver in a couple of years, anyway, after the new surround formats and Ultra HD are worked out in the consumer test bed. I bought a previous-generation model, however, since the current generation seems to really makes you pay if you want the option of decent EQ. Not that I'm married to Audyssey, since I haven't even turned it on since getting the LFR1100s. I did need pre outs, however, and the model I ended up with seemed like the sweet spot.

In any case, original poster, I think you're going to be hard-pressed to do any future-proofing at $400. The timing simply isn't ideal right now. I'd just try to find something that performs well with established formats.

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