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#417969 - 03/21/16 09:19 AM Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR
michael_d Offline
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I need to buy a new AVR and BR player. These are for our workout room. Pretty simple setup. A sat box and a BR player. 32" 1080 TV. I use a pair of M3's for this room. I was using a cheap Onkyo, and it has decided it no longer wants to live. The BR player I was using was a first gen Oppo, that has also decided to give up on life.

I was surfing Amazon for one of each, and had no idea there were so many sub $200 BR players available, and so many sub $300 avr's.... It's mind numbing...

I've had great luck with Denon, so I'm inclined to stick with Denon on the AVR. Clueless what BR player to get... Don't need 3D or 4K, but looks like both are standard nowadays.

What would be cool, is if I could get an AVR that I could integrate Blue tooth into for wireless headphones. I see many AVR's offer Bluetooth, but I'm not sure if that just means you can sync a phone to it, or if you can also sync a headphone hub to it???
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#417976 - 03/21/16 12:30 PM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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I've been using a Sony BDR (around $100, 1 model from the top of the line) for 3 years. It has worked flawlessly & plays SACDs as well - stunningly good video out of it.

They are even cheaper now but the lowest model doesn't play SACDs...

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#417988 - 03/22/16 09:26 AM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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Thanks TAM. I'll look at the Sonys.
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#418003 - 03/22/16 06:51 PM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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I agree, Sony BRPs are cheap, can be had at Costco for under $100 with wifi.

I would stay away from Onkyo, although they have been my go-to choice for many generations because of their HDMI board failure issue on all their models. I had good luck with a Pioneer 11.2, superb sound quality with ESS Sabre32 DACs, but after 2 years, the video out HDMI function just failed. So ...

That leaves Denon and Yamaha. I'd look for a local used unit.
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#418006 - 03/23/16 09:13 AM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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The Onkyo I have been using, has worked fine...till it stopped. Sound output is dead, no matter what input I use. It may have blown a an amp fuse or capacitor. I'm not in the mood to mess with it. Too bad to hear you had troubles with a Pioneer. I was actually looking at one.. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0141JVEHS/ref=...=I17MXQL61ITU7C

This Denon is also one I was looking at... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017AECEJI/ref=psdc_3213035011_t1_B0141JVEHS

The refurb model is quite a bit less.
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#418008 - 03/23/16 09:39 AM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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I have a Sony like TAM's (BD-6200? I think?) and it works pretty darn well. Says it plays SACDs (haven't even pulled any out), but the network stuff is good, BDs load pretty fast, so I'm happy with it.
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#418013 - 03/23/16 11:00 AM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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Originally Posted By michael_d
The Onkyo I have been using, has worked fine...till it stopped. Sound output is dead, no matter what input I use. It may have blown a an amp fuse or capacitor. I'm not in the mood to mess with it.


Which Onkyo? They have a sound board issue that has a greatly extended warranty where it costs you nothing but a little more than 1 week worth of time without the Onkyo and they fix the issue.

Here is a link:
Onkyo Loss of Audio/Network Connection Customer Care Program

You just need that link and your serial number to see if you are eligible.
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#418014 - 03/23/16 11:37 AM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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Thanks Ken. It's amazing how inexpensive these players have become, when I reflect back to when they first came out.

Hey Nick I had no idea Onkyo was doing that. I have a NR509 model. Don't recall when I bought it. It was pretty cheap though. I will look into this warranty offer.
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#418016 - 03/23/16 12:57 PM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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That's pretty cool. I'll have to see if my 809 is eligible, although it's not having any problems (yet).
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#418018 - 03/23/16 01:55 PM Re: Looking for inexpensive BR player and AVR [Re: michael_d]
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We all seem to have the X09 series as I had a 709 and it was and is covered until 2018!
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