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Old 12-14-2008, 08:15 AM   #1  
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Default Help! I feel like a one legged grass- hopper in a chicken yard.

Oh Boy! Have I been shopping! I believe I now understand what Pres. Regan meant when he said "as a boy I sholved all the horse poop in the stable every day because I just knew there had to be a pony there somewhere."
As I am in need of replacing my old but faithful Onkyo TX-DS484 to something more in keeping with today’s times. I have for the last 2 weeks have been reading everything I could find and driving 40 and 60 miles a day to listen and look. This is what I have found so far that seems to fit my needs and I was wondering if someone had any opinions on my choices so far.
Onkyo TX SR876
Dennon 2309 CI
Yamaha RXV 663
I will be driving a pair of Totem Hawks with a surround in a large listening area. I like my music and movies so it’s a 50/50 use.
New Samsung 52" DLP HD 1080p

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Old 12-14-2008, 09:32 AM   #2  
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I vote for the Onkyo as it will deliver the sound you are used to only with a new, added sense of authority. Be advised that the 875 is an older model that has been replaced by the 876.

Here is a place to get refurbished models at greatly reduced prices.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:14 AM   #3  
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Thanks Love2Watch! I guess the stores around me havent got that one in yet as I did not see it. Any diff between the 2? The only thing that concerns me is the reports that it runs hot as the open glass shelves under my TV are only 8" high so I thought I would have to put in a computer fan or something to move the air?
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I know L2W doesnt care for me much, cause I own Monster Cable, to each there own.
My question to you would be, are you happy with the sound from your setup now? Or do ofter wonder if it could be better?
If your happy then by all means stick with Onkyo.
But if you think it could be better, you might, from the same website L2W gave, step up to Marantz. Which excells in both music as well as home theater. Just my
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No, I believe it could be a whole lot better, as most of my rig is 8 to 10 years old and low middle of the road then. Thanks. I have looked at Marantz and nothing caught my eye, but maybeI didn't have my clean glasses on, any suggestions as budget is capped at 1geezer for this part?
Thanks again IdahoPhil63
P.S.Whats wrong with Monster? Besides the bloated price?

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hold them horses IdahoPhil63. Unlike others I do have to live withen my meens on this selection, and that Marantz is twice the price!
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I believe for the price I am leaning more toward the Denon.
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I believe for the price I am leaning more toward the Denon.
Denons are indeed nice receivers but that particular model doesn't decode the new HD audio formats. The Onkyo TX-SR706 is the comparative model with many more features and it does handle HD audio.

In any case and whichever brand you choose whether it be Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Yanaha, Harman Kardon or Pioneer which all make very good receivers, you would want to make sure that it would have at least 3 HDMI 1.3 repeater inputs (not pass thru) and plenty of other audio and video connections for legacy equipment (component, S-Video etc.) and multi-channel analog audio.

Good luck in your search and please do let us know what you decide on and how you like it once it is setup.
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Well I have always realy liked the Okyno's but after more vewing,listening,and shopping I believe I will settle for the DenonAVR 2809CI as it seems to have everything I want or need except I just wonder if the THX Ultra2 Certification is that needed?Also I do like to listen to the FM radio and I do not see HD radio, or Silicon Optx Relta Processing and scaling nor HDMI Vidio switching function?
Do I need these things? For what price?
Now I just have to sit back and watch prices till I find the best deal on it

Overview AVR-2809CI: 7.1 CH/5.1+2 CH

PRODUCT FEATURES

GENERAL
Availability August 2008

Finish Black

--> Power Output; Watts Per Channel 115

All Channels Rated @ 0.08 THD

Weight: In Pounds 28.2

Width (inches) 17.1

Height (inches) 6.7

Depth (inches) 16.9


SOUND MODES
Processor(s) – Bit Depth and Type 2 -21366 x 1 and 21367 x 1 32-bit Floating Point

Dolby Pro Logic IIx – with Cinema, Music, Game Modes
Dolby Digital Surround EX Decoding
dts ES Discrete 6.1 Decoding
dts ES Matrix 6.1 Decoding
dts Neo:6 Stereo-to-Surround Cinema and Music Modes
dts 96/24 5.1 for DVD-Video Processing
Audio Signal Delay (Sync. Audio with Video signal) – By source
Pure Direct/Direct/Stereo Modes on Digital/Analog inputs
Stereo/Direct Modes w/Pure Analog Path


Video Game Mode

Wide Screen 7.1 Mode

Mono Movie Surround Mode

Rock Arena Surround Mode

Matrix Surround Mode

Jazz Club Surround Mode

Virtual Surround Mode – For 2 Speakers/Headphones

Multi-Channel Stereo Mode 5/6/7

DSP Effect Modes 7

Auto Surround Mode (Analog or Digital Input Type)

Active Center Channel In All Surround Modes

Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit - Digital HD Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit - Digital HD

Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital+

dts-HD Master Audio

Neural Surround Mode XMHD

CONNECTIVITY
True 24-bit/96-kHz Digital Input Capability
Assignable Digital Inputs
Digital Inputs: Coaxial 3
Digital Inputs: Optical 3
Digital Outputs: Optical 2
Digital to Analog REC Out
Analog Audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner 10
Phono Input
Source Function Renaming
Analog Record Outputs 2
Video Conversion –Composite to S-Video to Component
Video Conversion – Composite to S-Video to Composite
Video Conversion – Analog to HDMI
Audio *1080p HDMI –
HDMI Video Outputs *1080p *
Composite Video Inputs 7
Composite Video Outputs 3
S-Video Inputs 7
S-Video Outputs 3
Component Video Inputs x Bandwidth - *Assignable *3 x 100 MHz
Component Video Outputs
8-Ch. External Analog Input
Banana Plug Speaker Terminals, All Channels
Cinema EQ
56 Station Auto-Preset Memory Tuning
Direct Function (Tone Bypass)
Volume Control Un-muting
Selectable Muting Levels (Full/-40/-20)
Video Select Control
RS-232 Port – Third Party Remote Controllers
PC Setup and Control Capability via RS-232C
IR Serial Remote In/Out terminals
Multi-Source/Multi-Zone (*Uses REC OUT) 3S/3Z
Pre-amp Outputs for Multi-Zone
High Pass Filter for Multi-Zone Outputs
Multi-Zone Pre-Amp Outputs – Selectable Output Levels
Discrete Multi-Zone Composite Video Output - *S-Video also
Discrete Remote Power On/Off, Source Selection and Volume for Main and Second/Third* Zones
Assignable Amplifier Configuration of Surround Back Channels
Speaker Time-Delay and Level Controls: L/R, Sub, C, Surr. L/R, Surround Back
Pre-Amp Outputs All (8)
iPod Dock Control Port (Using optional ASD-1R Denon iDock)
pre Labled Assignable Digital Inputs
Digital to Analog Conversion Multi Zone Outputs
Input Delete Function
Front Panel AV Inputs Inside Panel Composite & S-video * with Optical in
s-Video Down Conversion 2nd Zone
Video Conversion Analog to HDMI Scaling 480p 720p 1080i 1080p
Faroudja DCDi Video Processing and Scaling FLI2310
HDMI 1.3a Inputs 4
HDMI 1.3a Outputs 1
HDMI Audio/Video Repeater Function
HDMI Deep Color Support-36Bit
HDMI xvYCC Color Space Support
HDMI SACD Support

COMPONENT TECHNOLOGY
Equal Power Amplifiers
Low Impedance Drive Capability
High-Current/Discrete Amplifiers
Independent Power Supplies
Dolby Digital, dts and DSP Modes – Analog Devices, HammerHead SHARC
AL24 Processing - All Channels AL24+ FL/FR
24-bit/192-kHz DACs-Burr-Brown PCM-1791
Analog-to-Digital Conversion - Bit Depth/Sampling Rate 24-bit/96-kHz Burr-Brown PCM-1803
Variable High/Low Pass Crossover Points (12/24dB) 40/60/80/100/120/150/200/250
Built In Time Based Correction
Automatic Lip Sync

CONVENIENCE FEATURES
Front Panel A/B Speaker Selector
Auto Setup Calibration
Auto/Manual Room Equalization
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Auto Setup Microphone Included/Type Y/Mold DM-A409
Icon-Based On-Screen Display
Front Panel System Setup Control
Personal Memory Plus
System Setup/Surround Parameters Lockout
Relay-Controlled Protection Circuits
Microprocessor User Re-set Y/pg. 60
Detachable Power Cord
Pre-programmed/Learning EL Remote with Backlighting and Punch Through Commands

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