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Old 11-20-2017, 10:39 AM   #1
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I've been using an Onkyo SR606 since around 2009. It's served me well with heavy daily use for the last 8 years or so. I did have to send it out to beef up the capacitors a couple of years ago, but now I think I'm having a problem with the amp or maybe amps (not sure) where it's popping my sub and crackling my speakers when we first turn it on. I've checked the connections and they're all good, so I think this receiver is just ready for receiver heaven. It's had a good run I'd say.

Anyway, these new receivers are so foreign to me. I'm a pretty basic user so I'll tell you what I'm looking for and maybe you can point me in the right direction.

With my current receiver there some different sound modes like mono, all ch, theater dimension, dolby, etc. I normally use theater dimension for watching TV and movies, and all ch for music. However, whenever watching TV or a movie, the default center channel volume seems to be -11. I always raise it up to zero which is where I like it. It never stays though, so every time the receiver is shut off I have to change the center channel volume again. I'm hoping that on a new receiver, I can set it how I like it and it saves it somehow. Is that a thing?

Why would I need my receiver plugged into the internet? I have a Smart TV that's already hooked up to the internet, as well as an Amazon fire TV stick, and a Playstation. What's the benefit to hooking up a receiver to the internet besides being able to take software/firmware updates, etc?

Lastly, I have another receiver hooked up mainly for the kids in the basement which I also use to watch football sometimes. This one is a Pioneer that a friend gave me. It's newer than the Onkyo. I don't care for the menu, but one feature that I really do like is that I can turn on my devices and use the TV speakers without turning on the receiver. My Onkyo doesn't seem to have this. Do all new receivers have this capability these days? If so, anyone know what it's called?
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:54 AM   #2
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The reason for int Dr net connectivity can be vaaried but typically involve firmware updates, internet radio capabilities and network recognition if you use a media server.
You are also talking about passive signal pass through. My Onkyo 905 did not have it either but my pioneer elite receiver does. If uou gave a budget I could make recommendations. Oh yeah you can certainly save speaker level profiles on any modeern receiver.
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I think I'm going to hold out for Black Friday deals, but I'm willing to spend up to about $500. My Onkyo was a refurb and lasted all this time so I may go that route again.
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So looks like Onkyo and Sony have been having reliability issues. The Pioneer Elite seems to be the best, but how are the Denon and Yamaha Receivers? Some are considerably cheaper. I'm running a 5.1 setup, don't need multiple zones, etc.
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So looks like Onkyo and Sony have been having reliability issues. The Pioneer Elite seems to be the best, but how are the Denon and Yamaha Receivers? Some are considerably cheaper. I'm running a 5.1 setup, don't need multiple zones, etc.
Sony receivers have never been premium receivers (with very few exceptions) Pioneer ELites are very nice (I currently use one) and Denon's are FANTASTIC top of the line receivers. YAmahas run the gambit from entry level to very high end models.
Look at accessories3less.com and you will find some great deals on Denon's as well as others
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After doing some research, I ended up going with the Denon AVR-S920W. I think it's comparable to my Onkyo606 which has served me well and I saved a little money over the Pioneer.
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After doing some research, I ended up going with the Denon AVR-S920W. I think it's comparable to my Onkyo606 which has served me well and I saved a little money over the Pioneer.
Excellent choice and, if your a music lover the Denon has a warmer tone excellent for musical reproduction. Good Luck
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