questionswho's got recommendations on receivers (not the…

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come on folks. are there no audiophiles in the deals.woot community?

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@missellienc: that's one of the receivers i was considering. do you have it? if so, what do you think? what made you choose it over others?

also, the coupon code is dead for that deal.

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Promo code is still good. You have to sign in to apply it. I have the RX-V765 (No 3D) and it has been great so far. I only have one cable (HDMI) running to my TV, the clutter is now gone!

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@missellienc: that's odd. i was signed in and tried to apply the code. it yelled at me about not stacking coupons. i didn't put in any other codes though. guess i'll just try later.

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Ok, you are asking for an audiophile. It's discounted at Audio Advisor, $100 off and barely gets into your price range. $499. I am glad that you are not looking purely for "power", since that number hardly means anything in the serious audiophile world. This Marantz is a solid performer with clean and detailed sound, plus a calibration with mic feature (which is very useful). This is no high-end audio, of course, you'd have to spend thousands more for that, but for the price, this is fantastic. It's also built like a tank, which is rare for this price range.

Brand also does not mean too much, since each component is designed differently to different specs. Unless you are talking about vacuum tube-based components, not many brand has "signature sound" these days. Hope this helps.

(I used to write for a major UK hifi magazine).

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/83ba6151-193d-4e98-b96b-bf78d706c769/marantz-nr-1601-slim-line-home-theater-receiver#0

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@lll0228: thanks for the info! i'll definitely check out that receiver.

how would this receiver compare against the rx-a1000? i'm a familiar with marantz's good reputation, but i don't have any experience with their products.

also, i've read some reviews where people say a certain receiver is better for watching movies and another is better for music. would you say anything like that for this marantz?

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nice. Thanks for the info!

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I bought a Pioneer 1019 last year to replace a lightning bolted Onkyo HTIB receiver. The increase in performance is significant. I got it for under $400. The newer 1020 and 1021 have newer features. Maybe even airplay?

I run all my devices through my receiver via HDMI then run an HDMI to my tv for video. It works pretty well except sometimes watching TV every hour or so the video goes blank for a second or two. I blame the Cox Box since it only happens watching cable, not movies or PS3 or Xbox.

Or you could look into NAD amplifiers. They are supposed to be very high quality audiophile equipment without spending 4 figures (but you can). They aren't as fancy looking as store brands but they do have removable modules so you can upgrade inputs without having to buy a new receiver (I think anyway).

Happy shopping, buying major electronics is fun.

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I have a Denon AVR-4310CI that I purchased a few years ago now and have had only two complaints about it (needs to be wired for firmware updates instead of wireless and PS3 sometimes has problems syncing with it but can easily be fixed). For your price range the Denon AVR-2112CI (http://bit.ly/oPLcbE) fits into it. Best price I could find is $524.99 at DigitalCraze (http://bit.ly/nOOlLH).

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@wootbretz: yeah, it's always fun. except i tend to over-research things to the point of dragging out a decision for months. when i was looking to buy a plasma a few years ago, my wife actually bothered me to just buy a tv.

but, on the other hand, i've never had buyer's remorse about any electronic component i've purchased. so, i guess OCD level research has helped.

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@carl669: Unless you can hear them side-by-side, no one could say such thing with words. A large part of it (to the general consumer) is subjective.

High-Fidelity means "hi accuracy". It has nothing to do with "pleasant" or not. If the source material is crappy, it should faithfully produce it as crappy. Movies aren't generally the best recorded source out there. So my guess is that those people who thought certain receivers are "better" at movies may have a warmer (faster roll-off, low odd harmonic distortion at high frequencies) tonality to them; but when you use it with music it sounds "lackluster". It's a guess.

Audiophiles look for fidelity, not pleasant-ness. So whether a machine can be "good for music but poor for movies" is just badly defined. I use tube amps, and they are low-powered, but highly accurate equipment (5-figure), and I both listen to music (from good source materials) and watch movies from it.

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@carl669: Btw, if you can't figure out between two pieces of equipment, buy both, and do an A-B comparison. I suggested Audio Advisor because they also have a good return policy; they serve a higher-end clientele and understand that audio is a very personal and subjective product.

Hope this helps!

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@lll0228: awesome. thanks for all the help!

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@carl669: That Yamaha is probably one of hte better ones you can find in that Price Range. If you can pull off the Denon AVR 2112 for under $500 it may be one of the better ones. http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1103307/

If you have devices that don't use HDMI The Yamaha AVR 867, Denon 2112 and even this Pioneer VSX-31 (which I just bought from walmart for $299 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-Elite-VSX-31-7.1-Channel-A-V-Receiver-with-110-Watts-Black/16874074) will all up convert. I know the Denon 2112 will overlay volume on your tv, I know the Yamaha 871 does but don't know if the older 867 does.

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@donatom3: thanks for the input! all my devices do use HDMI so no need to upconvert. but, i'll check out and compare the receivers you mentioned.

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One more, and the price was lowered today:

I used to work for Onkyo, and have a soft spot for them. The reason is simple, their design focuses on a clean and natural sound, and the signature can be heard (unlike the "big brands" like Sony etc, which does not focus on sound signature). Use a coupon code to drop it to below $500.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120180&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL092211&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL092211-_-EMC-092211-Index-_-Receivers-_-82120180-L017C