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Hey Everyone --

I'll get to to the point,

Input Devices: XBOX 360, HTPC (HDMI), FIOS TV, _______ ?

What I want: I want a quality receiver that will last me 5+ years; I want to have crystal clear sound; I want to really enjoy and experience true surround sound (my rear speakers on my HTIB never work properly--I can't ever notice sound from them). Will need to purchase entire setup, but I'm aiming for 3.1 to start off with, then graduate to 5.1 and then 7.1.

Limitations/things to note: I live in an apartment with "thin" walls... I haven't purchased any equipment yet, but I'm planning on purchasing a small sub-woofer to account for this. I don't plan on blasting this thing at super high volume. My HTPC is fairly high end and does everything I need it to do. High end graphics card, 3.2ghz dual core, 4gb ram, 2tb.

Budget: Ideally, $300 -- If there is a reason why I should spend more/less, please make your argument, I plan on keeping this for a while.

My worries: Read a lot of bad reviews about how the Onkyo receivers in this price range have failed and not lasted as long as older generation receivers... seems like they have been using cheaper components in the cheaper units.

Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 23
Onkyo has been cutting back. I completely agree. In fact their NR509 THD (total harmonic distortion) rating are spec'd lower than the previous TX-SR508 model. However, I do not know if this necessarily equates to their reliability.

I really have no big recommendations, as I believe most receivers within this price range performs very similarly. I would take a look at a few of Denon's offerings. The 891 at 400 dollars is a very competent contender for best receiver in that price bracket.

Also don't be afraid to buy refurbished. Accessories4less has factory reconditioned receivers with a 1 year warranty at a much lower cost.
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I'm not afraid to... but right now, I need advice on receivers and what to look for. What really defines a good/bad receiver? More importantly, what should I watch out for and avoid?
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I have owned 3 Onkyos starting in the x05 and up to the 260 (608). My brother has had a 606 since release. Never had an issue with any, just get the upgrade itch. Then again I dont keep them for very long...
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post #5 of 23
The heaviest receiver you can find will have the biggest amplifier section.
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Denon AVR 591 is highly recommended ( I have one myself ).

The best bang for your buck imo.
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$300 for a 7.1 receiver and 3.1 speakers? Looks to me like you're going to have to up the budget a little...
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Denon has some nice new receivers. I just learned today Onkyo's been dying so I'd stay away for now. Denon, Marantz, or Yamaha. Harman Kardon isn't in my favor.
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Yamaha 467

It's inexpensive, has AMAZING sound (I use it for bluray and video games). 4 HDMI out's, I optical, component, composit, SPDIF or whatever it's called.

I got it for 250 which is a steal. I put the thing to a test with movies and cranked the hell out of it and it really holds itself true.
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by the_beast View Post
$300 for a 7.1 receiver and 3.1 speakers? Looks to me like you're going to have to up the budget a little...
Nah man, I'm looking for just a receiver in this thread. I have to buy the speakers next...

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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Denon has some nice new receivers. I just learned today Onkyo's been dying so I'd stay away for now. Denon, Marantz, or Yamaha. Harman Kardon isn't in my favor.
Marantz is good? I've seen them on accessories4less...

I guess it just comes down to finding a good price with all the features I need from one of these brands... I don't see a way to predict longevity.
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