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I need a new A/V receiver

I need a new A/V receiver. Give me your recommendations and tell me why.

So far I'm looking at the Denon AVR-3311Ci and AVR-2311Ci, as well as the HK AVR-7550HD.

All of those are under $1,000 (real price)... I'd like to spend under like $800 but it depends on the features. Recommendations on these or any others?

Edit: Adding the Onkyo TX-NR708 and Pioneer Elite VSX-32 for consideration.
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Re: I need a new A/V receiver

Denon and HK are nice but are overpriced. Best bang for the buck IMO is Onkyo. You can pick up the 808, which compares very favorably with the models you listed, for $700.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR808.../dp/B003N197EI



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[quote author=halo0 link=topic=182388.msg3860154#msg3860154 date=1289865028]
Denon and HK are nice but are overpriced. Best bang for the buck IMO is Onkyo. You can pick up the 808, which compares very favorably with the models you listed, for $700.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR808.../dp/B003N197EI
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This...although I have a denon. onkyo and some yamahas are great as well. Amazon and crutchfield's outlet site ftw.


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Re: I need a new A/V receiver

I never gave Onkyo a second thought until my second Sony ES receiver shit the bed right after the warranty period expired and I needed to replace it pronto. I couldn't be happier with my Onkyo (well, unless it had more HDMI inputs, which the newer ones do in spades). The auto room calibration is assume.



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[quote author=halo0 link=topic=182388.msg3860200#msg3860200 date=1289867487]
I never gave Onkyo a second thought until my second Sony ES receiver shit the bed right after the warranty period expired and I needed to replace it pronto. I couldn't be happier with my Onkyo (well, unless it had more HDMI inputs, which the newer ones do in spades). The auto room calibration is assume.
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Auto calibration is a great feature. Definitely provides a great starting point for setting up your avr for a particular room.


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Re: I need a new A/V receiver

My Denon 3808CI is still chugging along faithfully and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Denon brand.

As to whether you should pay the price premium between an AVR 3311Ci or a 2311Ci depends on whether you need the features that the uplevel receiver provides you.

In my case at the time I wanted the 'net connectivity and the 3808CI was the first Denon model in the 08 series that had it.

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Re: I need a new A/V receiver

I love me some Pioneer. Got two VSX receivers that are more than adequate except for how outdated they are (in terms of not decoding DTS-MA @ Dolby TrueHD tracks).


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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=182388.msg3860381#msg3860381 date=1289877732]
I love me some Pioneer. Got two VSX receivers that are more than adequate except for how outdated they are (in terms of not decoding DTS-MA @ Dolby TrueHD tracks).
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If the bluray player has built in decoding and the avr has a direct mode you can save some $ and get a cheaper avr


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Re: I need a new A/V receiver

I think even if the signal is decoded, sending it over SPDIF requires a certain amount of loss, vs the lossless transfer via HDMI 1.3+

Anyway, my blu-ray player has built-in TrueHD decoding, but not DTS-MA. But even though the receiver does have a direct mode, I would have to switch the surround mode depending upon which audio encoding a given disc used, which is just a PITA.


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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=182388.msg3860411#msg3860411 date=1289879474]
I think even if the signal is decoded, sending it over SPDIF requires a certain amount of loss, vs the lossless transfer via HDMI 1.3+

Anyway, my blu-ray player has built-in TrueHD decoding, but not DTS-MA. But even though the receiver does have a direct mode, I would have to switch the surround mode depending upon which audio encoding a given disc used, which is just a PITA.
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exactly, that's why you should be using HDMI 1.3+

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