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Denon 3312 CI vs Onkyo TX-NR809?

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:14 PM   #1  
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Default Denon 3312 CI vs Onkyo TX-NR809?

I've narrowed down my avr choices to 2: Denon 3312 CI or Onkyo TX-NR809. I'm going to purchase Paradigm SE's or RSL's. These will be for a dedicated HT. Any opinions on the receiver?
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #2  
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I've narrowed down my avr choices to 2: Denon 3312 CI or Onkyo TX-NR809. I'm going to purchase Paradigm SE's or RSL's. These will be for a dedicated HT. Any opinions on the receiver?
In most circles the Denon will get preference but there is nothing wrong with the 809. Glad to see you are considering the paradigms as suggested in the other thread. I spent a couple of weeks driving around several cities and listened to Paradigm, Focal, Martin Logan, Bowers and Wilkins, Definitive Technology, Vienna, Boston, Klipsch and maybe a couple others and the two I came down to were Bowers and Wilkins and Paradigm they both sounded so sweet but Paradigms were about 1/3 the price. After nearly 3 years I am still amazed at how well they sound every time I listen. I have them Paired with an Onkyo 905 (that years flagship onkyo) and HSU VTF-2 subwoofer and they sound awesome. Some would say that onkyo receivers are a little too bright but the pairing for me is just right. My brother -in-law has a denon4308 set-up with his B+W speakers and I took a couple of my atom monitors over htere one time to hear the sound on 2 channel with his def tech supercube2 sub and it was also spectacular - really no way to go wrong with either of those but IIRC the 809 has DUAL HDMI out in case you ever want to add an additional display like a projector.
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Thanks! AirPlay might be the deciding factor between the two. I don't know that I need two HDMI outputs.

When is a dedicated amplifier necessary for HT and is it something I should consider?
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A dedicated amp or external amp is needed when your AVR has insufficient power to drive the speakers to the desired SPL without distortion or clipping. In order to provide a signal to the external amp, your AVR needs to have preamp outputs which both the Denon and Onkyo have, so in the future, if you feel the need or desire, an external amp or amps can be added and the AVR retained as the preamp/sound processor.

Both the Denon and Onkyo are excellent units IMHO. They both have Audyssey Mult EQ XT. The EQ XT program corrects for reflective sound distortion (http://www.audyssey.com/audio-technology/multeq) while DSX-enabled AVRs can deliver content to 7, 9 or 11 speakers (http://www.audyssey.com/audio-technology/audyssey-dsx). Are you going to have just a basic 5.1 or are you going to have 7, 9 or 11 speakers?
Just a side note: The Onkyo outweighs the Denon 40 lbs to 26. I always have considered the weight of an amp to be equated with the build quality of the unit. The output stages of the amp are the heavy parts. The heavier the amplifier section, the more robust the unit again IMHO
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