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My TX-SR707 took a crap last night. It's got the No Audio issue that seems to plague this model. It's like the equivalent to the Xbox 360 over heat issue, except Microsoft offered a solution and extended warranty. My SR707 is a few months out of its 2 year warranty and to have it fixed, a service center wants almost $400 to have it repaired. Probably just break again in 2 years. I'll probably buy a replacment board and swap it out myself, but at the moment, I don't want to deal with it.

I'm looking for a 5.1 AV reciver with HDMI inputs to power my Polk M70's M40's CS2, and PSW505 Sub. Looking to spend $300, I could spend more, but I'm a little burned out and I'm having doubts in any company right now. It seems like everything today craps out after the warranty ends. Anyways, different story.

Would like to buy from Amazon (easy to return and I'm a prime member). Would like to avoid Onkyo brands. Denon, Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, or any other is fine. I Would like it to have a 2-3 year warranty but I'll be buying a extended warranty anyways. Black to match the rest of my entertainment center. Would like it to have good audio features. All the other features like W/LAN and iDevice hook up is no needed. I use this mostly for movies on my HTPC.

Thanks.
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Denon and Yamaha both have 2 year warranties, and the Yamaha Aventage series has a 3 year warranty.

Polks aren't the easiest to drive. I would suggest a beefier receiver although you would probably have to increase your budget to $500 for something like the Pioneer VSX-1121 ($499) which is a solid 30lb receiver.

Yamaha RX-V667 ($359), Pioneer VSX-1020 ($379) and Denon AVR-1612 ($349) are all in your price range, are all around 20lbs and should generate comparable amount of power.
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Denon and Yamaha both have 2 year warranties, and the Yamaha Aventage series has a 3 year warranty.
Polks aren't the easiest to drive. I would suggest a beefier receiver although you would probably have to increase your budget to $500 for something like the Pioneer VSX-1121 ($499) which is a solid 30lb receiver.
Yamaha RX-V667 ($359), Pioneer VSX-1020 ($379) and Denon AVR-1612 ($349) are all in your price range, are all around 20lbs and should generate comparable amount of power.

You'll have to forgive me, but why won't a cheap $200 receiver drive my Polk Audios? I do my research for weeks prior to buying but I'm out of the loop in the audio department.

Do I want high watts per channel?

What about this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH820-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B004QOA920/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331948171&sr=1-1
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Problems occur because the build in amps cant drive speakers when the Ohms dip down to the 4-2 ohm loads....granted most speakers do this but some more than others and if the speakers are not very sensitive they draw alot more power....which in turn overloads the amps and ruins them.

I would recommend going with a receiver that has pre-outs. There are alot of options out there for seperate amps and www.classDaudio.com has DIY Class D kits that are supposed to be really good. That way if they amps go out again or you just want to upgrade your system you can buy a couple from them...they make a 4 channel and 2 channel to my knowlege but CDA kit is only 170 or so....pretty reasonable.

I have a Yamaha rx-v863 that I am very happy with but I will tell you I like the sound better out of my father-in-laws Onkyo TX-NR809 better. I liked the DSP settings the yamaha has at first but now I find it to be quite annoying and wound up just keeping everything on "straight" anyways. I would suggest the Denon and Pioneer though, they are very good for the money. Dont get me wrong the yamaha is good but some features arent worth it.....

Granted this is way over your budget but this is a great receiver.....

http://anthemav.com/products/anthem/a-v-receiver/mrx-300

as is this if you can go without all the bells and whistles....

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=AVReceivers&SubCatId=0&ProductId=NR1402

and then MMRX 300 is $1000, it doesnt have all the bells and whistles either but its very good sonically
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You'll have to forgive me, but why won't a cheap $200 receiver drive my Polk Audios? I do my research for weeks prior to buying but I'm out of the loop in the audio department.
Do I want high watts per channel?
What about this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH820-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B004QOA920/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331948171&sr=1-1

Because a cheap $200 receiver doesn't have large enough of a transformer or cap size to sufficiently produce an electrical signal for speakers that present a difficult load, which Polks are known for.

A $200 receiver can certainly work, provided the system is for a small room and you aren't the type to turn it up. But if you want to go "full party mode" you'll likely find yourself starting an identical thread here in a few months.
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The Polk Monitors that the OP listed are not hard to power. I have M70's fronts, CS2 center and T15 surrounds. All Polk speakers and powered with a Denon 1911.

http://accessories4less.com/

Get something with pre-outs for all of your channels.wink.gif
    
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I recently bought the Pioneer VSX 1021-k, and I just moved it to living room and my larger Fluance 5.0speakers and a Dayton 10" Sub, and it sounds awesome to my ears in both movies and music. I only bring this up, because the Fluance speakers are more demanding, and the Pioneer seems to pass the test. I previously had it hooked up to my computer speaker setup, Energy Take 5 Classic + BIC F12, and it sounded great there too. When I bought it, it was on sale for $300, but the VSX-521K is currently on sale at Newegg for $150. It seems to be the same unit, minus GUI over HDMI. (And it's only 5.1)

If you are looking for something to hold you over, I can recommend the 1021 so I would imagine the 521 would work well. In fact I'm thinking about buying it to replace my old HK AVR 147 that can't play audio over HDMI.
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