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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Time to Upgrade Home receiver, Suggestions?

Time to upgrade, the old Yamaha im running has passed its prime years ago. I was looking at this.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ers/VSX-1022-K



I looked up Onyx TX414 also but its looks and works kinda of bland. What other options are out there? I mainly want it for the hdmi functions and airplay. Id rather get a feel of all options before i drop the coin on it.

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If you are ever in the City, go see these guys:
http://www.saturdayaudio.com/

Pioneer is decent, but these guys can hook you up with a much better receiver for close to the same money. They have weird hours so make sure they are open if you plan on going. They have a lot of new, scratch and dent or small visual defect products which can save you a ton. Plus a lot of used gear.

I just bought this receiver for cheap to power my speakers for the TV. I was looking at getting a sound bar, but ended up getting basically a 3.1 speaker system from these guys and it sounds amazing.
http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pa...oductId=NR1403

If you insist on Pioneer or Onkyo go to Abt, see Abe if he's around. But anyone there can give you a pretty good discount at Abt. This little Marantz is amazingly clear and plenty powerful for what I need.

I helped a friend build a home theater and we used a very high end Pioneer amp. I was not impressed with the performance at all.

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Something either really heavy or you can bolt down so it doesn't grow legs.

Dollar for dollar, I have always like Onkyo.
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Hard to recommend something without knowing what your use will be, but Denon is my fave at just about any price point.

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I have a Onkyo from 20 years ago , but thought that component systems are dated ?

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Hard to recommend something without knowing what your use will be, but Denon is my fave at just about any price point.
I have a mid level denon reciever, had it for years, I've been happy.

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B&O but really, who even uses a receiver anymore? - I have not touched mine in MONTHS - Hey dude, the 90's are over - I know, I am just as upset as you....

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I've been pro-Pioneer for many years, they are quite good. I've had good luck with Sony too. What's available/good now I have no idea, so I'll be watching this thread.

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B&O but really, who even uses a receiver anymore? - I have not touched mine in MONTHS - Hey dude, the 90's are over - I know, I am just as upset as you....
I think you still need one if you have a surround sound system & want multiple HDMI devices hooked up to your 3D Smart HDTV. I just bought the Onkyo TXNR414 since I needed multiple HDMI inputs for my new TV. My old one doesn't have any HDMI ports and I have a million cables that make a huge, tangled mess. This will elimate about 90% of them.

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I think you still need one if you have a surround sound system & want multiple HDMI devices hooked up to your 3D Smart HDTV. I just bought the Onkyo TXNR414 since I needed multiple HDMI inputs for my new TV. My old one doesn't have any HDMI ports and I have a million cables that make a huge, tangled mess. This will elimate about 90% of them.
Correct. If you are going to run any decent surround sound or need a HDMI switch, these are still the way to go. Mine is a yamaha from 10 years ago...still works perfectly and does everything I, but I'm not using it as a HDMI switch. I use my TV for that. Run all my HDMI's to the TV and then digital optical audio out to my receiver.

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I have both a Denon AVR-2807 and a Pioneer Elite VSX-53eceiver. Both are great, but I give the nod to the Pioneer.

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I think you still need one if you have a surround sound system & want multiple HDMI devices hooked up to your 3D Smart HDTV. I just bought the Onkyo TXNR414 since I needed multiple HDMI inputs for my new TV. My old one doesn't have any HDMI ports and I have a million cables that make a huge, tangled mess. This will elimate about 90% of them.
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I have a Yamaha from old and it doesnt even have an HD component on back. Im lucky it even has an optical. Ive been reading on all these and Im sticking with the Pioneer, I found it at ABT for $292. For that price point you really cant go wrong.

Bug the 6 hdmi ports alone are a selling point. Right now im running 5 hdmi cables and 1 set of HD components to my tv and its a headache. Plus Im diggin the airplay option.

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That's a good thing to remember about the smart Tv's, you can use your receiver to switch HDMI's but you will still need an optical or other audio out from the TV back to the receiver to listen to the smart Tv functions through the receiver. I hooked everything up and then realized this. Most decent receivers come with a set up microphone to dial in the sound, I highly recommend this. Made a huge difference in Movie sound on the Marantz and Pioneer I have used.
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So yesterday I picked up the receiver.

So far, I love it. I've used 95% of all the options and connections on it so it def fit the bill for exactly what I needed. Only downside I had to replace my sub since the one I had was years old and did not have an amp built in. (The receiver has a pre out for it). Got it dialed in, auto tuned speakers. The sound and video looks great! Also I got it for $292 from ABT. For that price point nothing even came close to what this offers.

Airplay is def a nice feature to have. The only downside is that 2 of the HDMI ports almost render useless since they share the same terminal as the HD component and the RCA ports. (I still have a vcr and the wii is HDC). So technically its 4 hdmi ports. Unless Im missing something and there is a way to reassign them. Pandora I cant say i use since I use it through my wdtv. But overall I recommend this one if you guys are shopping around. Dollar to dollar you're getting your money's worth.

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HDMI's but you will still need an optical or other audio out from the TV back to the receiver to listen to the smart Tv functions through the receiver. I hooked everything up and then realized this. Most decent receivers come with a set up microphone to dial in the sound, I highly recommend this. Made a huge difference in Movie sound on the Marantz and Pioneer I have used.
This may only be partially true, depending on the receiver. If your receiver and TV have HDMI-ARC (audio return channel) then it will send sound from your TV apps back to the receiver through a single HDMI. I've got a Marantz receiver that is about a year old and I don't need any additional cables. My receiver automatically switches the sound from Directv box to TV when I switch to a TV app like Netflix...

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