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Old 12-21-2011, 06:54 PM   #1  
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Default Looking to buy first AV Receiver - Which one of these?

Newbie here to home theater. I am looking to purchase a entry level AV receiver and have narrowed my list to three. Of these three, which would you prefer and why? I am running a 46" plasma, HD DVR, Internet ready Blue-Ray w/ Skype, Nintendo Wii, and PS3.

I am looking for good control, above average sound, and most importantly, quality. Like I said, I am relatively new to this and am still learning all of the bells and whistles. Thanks for any advice!

Onkyo TX-SR309
Yamaha RX-V371
Denon AVR-1312
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:57 PM   #2  
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Here is one for a good price. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html
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hi M8 Id go for the Onkyo, i have their 606 amp and have fund it to be a good and solid, for most part,
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I agree 100% I've used Denon for almost 8 yrs without any problems Onkyo's are known to run HoT! and Yamaha has had it's problems with reliability.
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Not sure where you read that Yamaha has a reliability issue. I'm almost certain Onkyo has had more issues in the last 5 years with their AVRs. In fact, I would say Yamaha has a higher reliability rating than any on your list as far as MFGs go, but Denon sometimes have returns for not giving better manuals.

That being said, Onkyo is a good unit, so are the other two. I would choose the Onkyo out of this list, but I would definitely try to get a higher model refurb from A4L though.
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Not sure where you read that Yamaha has a reliability issue. I'm almost certain Onkyo has had more issues in the last 5 years with their AVRs. In fact, I would say Yamaha has a higher reliability rating than any on your list as far as MFGs go, but Denon sometimes have returns for not giving better manuals.

That being said, Onkyo is a good unit, so are the other two. I would choose the Onkyo out of this list, but I would definitely try to get a higher model refurb from A4L though.
I was basing the Yamaha info on previous yrs 3-4 yr back haven't heard much about them til recently past year or so. Most referbs are units returned because buyer couldn't figure out how to set them up. Especially Denon they have the worst Owners manual of them all leading to a lot of returns, Sony POS avr's are unfortunately the easiest to set up and get running..
First time owner want something nice/good but get easily overwhelmed trying to figure out how to set them up. Onkyo's biggest problem is the overheating factor.
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I'd go with the Denon, my favorite reciever.
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Stay away from the Onkyo 606!!! I'm replacing mine as it's only 2 years old and losing most of it's functionality. Huge waste of money AND my time! Do a search of this POS AVR on Google and you'll see why.
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Stay away from the Onkyo 606!!! I'm replacing mine as it's only 2 years old and losing most of it's functionality. Huge waste of money AND my time! Do a search of this POS AVR on Google and you'll see why.
Same here and it's been just over 3 years. Looking back in 2008 when I bought it I remember thinking that the price was too good to be true and now I know why.
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