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divingmedic
02-11-2011, 16:04
Needing ( really wanting) to do a upgrade on my system. There are my choices.
DENON US | AVR-2311CI (http://usa.denon.com/US/Product/Pages/Product-Detail.aspx?Catid=3d9614d1-8000-4106-ab91-8192242cab83&SubId=40b5820d-83c2-4e93-9909-60aae60e0bdd&ProductId=5662dda6-8fab-49c0-835f-7803af2aa1a3)
DENON US | AVR-891 (http://usa.denon.com/US/Product/Pages/Product-Detail.aspx?Catid=3d9614d1-8000-4106-ab91-8192242cab83&SubId=40b5820d-83c2-4e93-9909-60aae60e0bdd&ProductId=918bf41f-ebd9-4c07-a404-f1021c86ad02)
Onkyo TX-NR708 - 7.2-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver | Model Information | Onkyo USA Home Theater Products (http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=TX-NR708&class=Receiver&p=i)
Onkyo TX-NR708 - 7.2-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver | Model Information | Onkyo USA Home Theater Products (http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=TX-NR708&class=Receiver&p=i)

Straegen
02-11-2011, 18:58
Is your budget the sub 1k range or can you go higher?

bigman241
02-11-2011, 19:26
DONT GO TO WALMART LOL, besides that you lost me at audiophiles

divingmedic
02-14-2011, 08:01
Is your budget the sub 1k range or can you go higher?

I am trying really hard to stick with below 1k range.

Straegen
02-14-2011, 09:21
What speakers do you currently have? How many TVs or rather outputs will this run?

I used to be an installer and tell people to get one of three receivers in the sub 1k range. Pioneer, Denon and Marantz. Pioneer for the features, Denon for the power and Marantz for the simplicity and sound. I have never seen anyone unhappy with one of those three starter models. Matching the power output is primary for an amp. Most quality amps contribute very little to overall sound quality. That is usually determined by speaker and placement.

I have played with/heard the 2311CI and it is a solid receiver. I have not heard/played with the others.

divingmedic
02-14-2011, 09:42
I am running Polk Speakers. CSI 5 Center, PW10 sub wolfer, RTI 8 and 4. I keep going back to the Onkyo because it seems to have the features I am looking for.

Straegen
02-14-2011, 10:29
It likely will not matter which one of the above you choose as their power handling is well above what most sub 1k quality receivers can produce. Pick based on features and brand quality given your setup. Onkyo has a good name but I have never done any installs or support with their line so don't know how good they really are.

I personally recommend most people to spend the smallest portion of their budget on a receiver. It does not make a significant difference in sound quality usually and a good receiver is one that doesn't get in the way. I currently run all my video inputs through my TV and out of my TV into my receiver via a single HDMI cable so my receiver never switches. 10 years ago that would be unthinkable and the next upgrade for me will be wireless receivers.

divingmedic
02-14-2011, 13:42
It likely will not matter which one of the above you choose as their power handling is well above what most sub 1k quality receivers can produce. Pick based on features and brand quality given your setup. Onkyo has a good name but I have never done any installs or support with their line so don't know how good they really are.

I personally recommend most people to spend the smallest portion of their budget on a receiver. It does not make a significant difference in sound quality usually and a good receiver is one that doesn't get in the way. I currently run all my video inputs through my TV and out of my TV into my receiver via a single HDMI cable so my receiver never switches. 10 years ago that would be unthinkable and the next upgrade for me will be wireless receivers.
Thanks for the input. My TV a 61 inch Samsung DLP with a LED light engine, only has two HDMI ports on it. I will be running a cable/sat. box, PS3 and a Blu-Ray player. I know a bit redundent but the wife will use only one remote and you must have a blue tooth remote for the PS3. I am currently using a Yamaha RXV 1600. I bought this before I bought the TV. It will do 480i.

Straegen
02-14-2011, 13:55
Yep in that case the receiver is very much needed and any of the above will more than do the job well. I think you are at the which regulator to buy an Atomic, Zeagle, etc. They all have their minor pros and cons but they will all get the job done very well.

stldiver1
02-15-2011, 12:20
I have a TX-SR308 (http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=TX-SR308&class=Receiver&p=i), but only a 5.1. The Onkyo's offer alot of bang for the buck. Got mine at B & H Photo in NYC who I consider the Scubatoys of the electronic world. Very good pricing and service.

Jack Hammer
02-15-2011, 20:28
Take a look at audioholics forums, this site won't let me post a link, just search for the name. There are great reviews there and the forums are full of solid advice without all the mysticism often associated with audio equipment.

divingmedic
02-18-2011, 22:53
Thanks I am going to go with Onkyo 708. It has an ethernet port. I have an adapter from my PS2 that plugs into the ethernet port to make it wireless. But as of now Best Buy here has it on backorder. The rest of the places in town want 100 to 200 bucks more for it.

stldiver1
02-19-2011, 08:26
B and H has it for $579 and Newegg for $599. The two best online retailers for electronics in my opinion.

Straegen
02-19-2011, 11:07
Take a look at audioholics forums, this site won't let me post a link, just search for the name. There are great reviews there and the forums are full of solid advice without all the mysticism often associated with audio equipment.

There isn't any voodoo in receiver/amp picks IMO, but speakers and video are an entirely different story.

divingmedic
03-05-2011, 15:37
[QUOTE=stldiver1;440594]B and H has it for $579 and Newegg for $599. The two best online retailers for electronics in my opinion.[/QUOTE
The reason I was going to buy it at Best Buy was that I am a cheap SOB. They have interest free financing. I was gonna use the free money. Pay it off in four months and not have to shell out money all at one time.

divingmedic
03-06-2011, 12:29
Ok I am going to search the area high and low for this receiever.
Products (http://www.integrahometheater.com/model.cfm?class=Receiver&m=DTR-40.2&p=i)

I have read several web sites that have given it good reviews.