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Old 12-23-2008, 07:59 PM   #61  
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So to come into the middle of this "discussion".

If I want a receiver that has 3 HDMI inputs,1 s-video and 1 of the old vcr style, will upconvert to 1080p, will output all the different types of 5.1 sound, that I might encounter, multiple room sound not needed, what will a Onkyo, a Denon, a Yamaha, etc cost? And I assume each brand will have a low, middle and higher end, but they must met all the criteria.

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Old 12-24-2008, 04:51 AM   #62  
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So to come into the middle of this "discussion".

If I want a receiver that has 3 HDMI inputs,1 s-video and 1 of the old vcr style, will upconvert to 1080p, will output all the different types of 5.1 sound, that I might encounter, multiple room sound not needed, what will a Onkyo, a Denon, a Yamaha, etc cost? And I assume each brand will have a low, middle and higher end, but they must met all the criteria.

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I'd love to answer this but our newly crowned professional (Jim_Bob) would only crap on any suggestion I make. He will be along shortly to advise you.
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:17 AM   #63  
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I'd love to answer this but our newly crowned professional (Jim_Bob) would only crap on any suggestion I make. He will be along shortly to advise you.
Thanks for the intro, Stew. However, you give me way too much credit. To the poster, my suggestion is to do some research and listen. There are far too many variables, including merchants, to definitively answer your question.
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I only gave you the credit you earned...

That said, the advice you gave is excellent. Hopefully he will offer such things as price range he is wanting to stay within, perhaps we could point him in a direction.

My advice would be to visit as many audio shops as possible and take the time to listen. Take his favorite DVDs/BDs/Cds with him and compare. I did that with my main HT room equipment and settled on a great Denon receiver.

Nearly all CEMs (consumer electronics manufacturers) out there have the full range, from the cheap low end to the high end with many combinations of capablilities.
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So to come into the middle of this "discussion".

If I want a receiver that has 3 HDMI inputs,1 s-video and 1 of the old vcr style, will upconvert to 1080p, will output all the different types of 5.1 sound, that I might encounter, multiple room sound not needed, what will a Onkyo, a Denon, a Yamaha, etc cost? And I assume each brand will have a low, middle and higher end, but they must met all the criteria.

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Onkyo low end TX-SR606 around $300 - review link - http://hometheatermag.com/receivers/808onk/ , top end TX-NR905 about $1500. Integra (Onkyo premier brand) DTR-8.8 about $2400 - review link http://www.hometheatermag.com/receivers/408integra/ My personal favorite and it really performs no matter what volume, material or speakers I choose to use.

Denon low end AVR-1909 around $550, top end AVR-5308ACI about $5400 review link - http://hometheatermag.com/receivers/808denr/.

Yamaha low end RXV-863 around $800, top end RX-Z11 about $4700.

See how that works for you.

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Addendum. I am sure you must be joking when you suggest the flagship models of Onkyo will rank with the flagship models of Denon and Yamaha (and presumably Marantz). At that level, the sonic superiority of the latter is even more pronounced. I know because I have listened. Suggest you do likewise before attempting to convince people to spend a small fortune on Onkyo. And this (and the other posts) is from someone who likes and owns Onkyo from Integra on down to entry level despite what some of your uninitiated acolytes may think. For me, it's all about the sound. Anything else is merely icing on the cake.
I'm glad you are living in a fantasy world. Good luck with that.
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:23 PM   #67  
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Poster here, and this site was a place I was using for research. I was hoping for a apples to apples type compare from a group of people who have obviously listened/watched a bunch of different A/V receivers, and if they could meet criteria for what I think I want, so much the better.

Thanks L2W, that is sort of what I was looking for.

I'll probably need to budget the receiver in 600 - 1000 range. So for me the issue is correct number and kind of inputs, the ability to play whatever type of audio type may come on a disk, and upconvert to 1080p. "Good" sound is mandatory, but "great" sound is a bonus.

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Here is one great receiver at the top end of your budget:

Denon 2809CI

MSRP is $1199 but should be able to get cheaper.. compare the specs on this with a comparably priced Yamaha, Onkyo and others.
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Poster here, and this site was a place I was using for research. I was hoping for a apples to apples type compare from a group of people who have obviously listened/watched a bunch of different A/V receivers, and if they could meet criteria for what I think I want, so much the better.

Thanks L2W, that is sort of what I was looking for.

I'll probably need to budget the receiver in 600 - 1000 range. So for me the issue is correct number and kind of inputs, the ability to play whatever type of audio type may come on a disk, and upconvert to 1080p. "Good" sound is mandatory, but "great" sound is a bonus.

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I would suggest that you go to a store and listen to the various brands of receivers and choose what sounds best to you as these are only recommendations. You will do fine if you stay with the following brands; Denon, Harman Kardon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer, and Yamaha.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:34 AM   #70  
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Hello all, and happy holidays!

I've heard a lot of talk about a lot of receiver brands...Marantz being one of them. I have not heard many specifics. I found what seems to be a good deal on a Marantz reciever: Marantz SR4002. Does it have the updated audio codecs, etc. that I would need? Here's what it says:

Surround Modes Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital, DTS NEO:6, DTS ES Matrix 6.1, DTS ES Discrete 6.1, DTS ES, DTS, Circle Surround II

Again, if it does not, what WOULD it say so I don't have to keep asking the same question

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Hello all, and happy holidays!

I've heard a lot of talk about a lot of receiver brands...Marantz being one of them. I have not heard many specifics. I found what seems to be a good deal on a Marantz reciever: Marantz SR4002. Does it have the updated audio codecs, etc. that I would need? Here's what it says:

Surround Modes Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital, DTS NEO:6, DTS ES Matrix 6.1, DTS ES Discrete 6.1, DTS ES, DTS, Circle Surround II

Again, if it does not, what WOULD it say so I don't have to keep asking the same question

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Based on what you posted above - it would not decode the new stuff.

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Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master. Those are the two key codecs that should ALSO be listed with all the others mentioned. If they aren't listed - no way does it decode them.
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Hello all, and happy holidays!

I've heard a lot of talk about a lot of receiver brands...Marantz being one of them. I have not heard many specifics. I found what seems to be a good deal on a Marantz reciever: Marantz SR4002. Does it have the updated audio codecs, etc. that I would need? Here's what it says:

Surround Modes Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital, DTS NEO:6, DTS ES Matrix 6.1, DTS ES Discrete 6.1, DTS ES, DTS, Circle Surround II

Again, if it does not, what WOULD it say so I don't have to keep asking the same question

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Pycroft
When I was looking at new receivers, this Denon is one that was hot on my list. I really wanted it, but it has fewer HDMI inputs. IN the end - that may not matter to a lot of people. If all you ever intend to hook into your receiver is a HD cable box and, say, a blu-ray player. They 2 is plenty (2 in and then 1 out to TV). I think it is one hell of a receiver and a very, very good price. Take a look.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
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I'm glad you are living in a fantasy world. Good luck with that.
Come on Loves2watch. Cut the bull. Go do some serious listening. I own an Onkyo Integra piece. Does not match the sound quality of comparable units from Denon, Marantz and Yamaha. You have got to take off the blinders my man.
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Here is one great receiver at the top end of your budget:

Denon 2809CI

MSRP is $1199 but should be able to get cheaper.. compare the specs on this with a comparably priced Yamaha, Onkyo and others.
Stew, that is first rate advice. Way to go.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:17 PM   #75  
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Hello all:

FYI, I decided to order the Onkyo TXSR 606. I listened to a number of Denon systems as well as the Onkyo. It fit my budget the best. I am looking forward to it arriving (Maybe sometime next week from Accessories4less.com). The only thing I regret is that they charged me shipping. I figure for a 300 dollar purchase the shipping would be free...oh well Thanks for everybodies advice and I'll let you know when it comes and how it sounds setup!

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