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Topic # 113806 28-Jan-2013 20:15
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Hi guys, first post for advice so please let me know if I'm a little light on detail.

I'm in the process of looking to upgrade my receiver for my home theatre and to be honest I usually have more dollars than sense, so tend to use as much money as possible to fix my problems without really seeking out all the options I have available or what is realistically appropriate.

Currently I'm running;

Receiver: Marantz NR1402
Fronts: Polk Audio TSi500's
Rears: Polk Audio TSi400's (yes I realise these are probably overkill, see above tendency)
Centre: Polk Audio CS20
Sub: Polk Audio PSW12
Cabling: AudioQuest Rocket 33 cables to TSi500, AudioQuest G-2 to TSi400 & CS20, AudioQuest Sub-A to sub.

Basically I'm looking for guidance for an appropriate receiver to power the above for maximum clarity - I don't tend to slam a lot of volume through these but feel the NR1402 isn't quite keeping up. And most of the sales people I deal with seem to see me a walking commission cheque. My budget is roughly $1,500 for this piece.?

Please let me know if anyone needs any more information

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  Reply # 752276 28-Jan-2013 20:44
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The Marantz isn't designed to handle the BIG speakers you currently have in your home. Really it's only aimed to run small satellite speakers / fit into a small space where a regular size receiver won't.
I put a post up a while ago where I listed my feeling on the current main stream receiver brands... but I can't find it right now, so here's a brief run down.

Marantz:
2012 / 2013 amps are easy to use, with a re-thought remote and a better GUI. Nice, powerful receivers... but the only one in your price range (new) is the SR5007.
Discrete amplification, solid 'hefty' sound that certainly brings a lot of dynamics and 'slam' to the sound track.

Denon:
See above... but you have two options, the AVR2113 and AVR2313.
Basically, Denon and Marantz come from the same stable (DMH - Denon Marantz Holdings).
You'll find the specs of the receivers goes...
AVR2113, SR5007, AVR2313 - prices run accordingly.
So don't be surprised to find the same remote / GUI and very similar specs.
However the Denon will typically cost you less and come with a longer warranty from the manufacturer. The Denon display is a lot easier to read than the Marantz.
http://www.whathifi.com/review/denon-avr-2113

Yamaha:
The RXV673 is an extremely well received... um... receiver.
Well appointed, even handed sound and a very good spec for the money.
The GUI is a piece of cake, the apps are very good, and the build quality is up there for the money.
The remote could do with a re-think in my opinion, but I'd jump straight into an iOS or Android app to control it personally.
Rated as the best in the price category by What HiFi.
http://www.whathifi.com/review/rx-v673


Onkyo:
These won't cost you much!
Onkyo international, the importer and the likes of JB Hifi are pushing these amps out for very little.
There has been a downside though, reliability of the receivers (HDMI's) and noticeably weaker reviews for the latest models... well, maybe not the most compelling option at this point.
I looked for a WhatHifi review (trying to find one on all eligible receivers from the same source) but could only find this...
http://www.whathifi.com/forum/av-receivers/onkyo-tx-nr-616


Pioneer:
Great for people who like to fiddle with the settings (as well as a great iOS app). However the amps below the LX series are sonically a little weak. The VSX922 or VSX1122 are well appointed, but they're just plain difficult to drive (the remote and GUI drive me bananas).
http://www.whathifi.com/review/pioneer-vsx-922-k

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  Reply # 752453 29-Jan-2013 10:29
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check out the Warehouse they are selling Yamaha recievers cheap for today only

http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/redalert/product/27108936369




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  Reply # 752503 29-Jan-2013 11:25
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Wow - that RXV2067 is oooooold.
I wonder what warehouse in Taiwan had that sitting around? The RXV2071 is still going to be in some stores who can't sell it, the RXV2073 is the current model (Airplay / iOS app + Android App / 4k2k support etc).
The RXV471 is last years amp, but doesn't offer discrete amplification. If they offered the RXV671 or (and I doubt many people would go there today) the RXV667 for a good price, you'd be getting a decent power supply...

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  Reply # 752521 29-Jan-2013 11:40
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Dunnersfella: 

Onkyo:
These won't cost you much!
Onkyo international, the importer and the likes of JB Hifi are pushing these amps out for very little.
There has been a downside though, reliability of the receivers (HDMI's) and noticeably weaker reviews for the latest models... well, maybe not the most compelling option at this point.
I looked for a WhatHifi review (trying to find one on all eligible receivers from the same source) but could only find this...
http://www.whathifi.com/forum/av-receivers/onkyo-tx-nr-616



I've got the TX-NR-515 and the latest firmware update has fixed the HDMI/blank screen issue, has been fine for a couple weeks now.

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  Reply # 752544 29-Jan-2013 12:02
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insane:
Dunnersfella: 

Onkyo:
These won't cost you much!
Onkyo international, the importer and the likes of JB Hifi are pushing these amps out for very little.
There has been a downside though, reliability of the receivers (HDMI's) and noticeably weaker reviews for the latest models... well, maybe not the most compelling option at this point.
I looked for a WhatHifi review (trying to find one on all eligible receivers from the same source) but could only find this...
http://www.whathifi.com/forum/av-receivers/onkyo-tx-nr-616



I've got the TX-NR-515 and the latest firmware update has fixed the HDMI/blank screen issue, has been fine for a couple weeks now.


The original Onkyo hdmi issues were mechanical/heat related, so a firmware isn't going to sort that out.  I know as I just spent a damn scary hour or so replacing the stuffed capacitors on my older 576 receiver.  Fixed completely though, for the grand sum of $5 in parts, of which I only used a few from the pack. Wink



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  Reply # 758707 9-Feb-2013 15:18
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Thanks for all your help guys, managed to get my hands on a brand new Marantz SR5007 for $950, so hopefully this will tide me over until my next upgrade. Thanks again!!!

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Reply # 758710 9-Feb-2013 15:43
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But does it fit in your new entertainment unit?



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  Reply # 758716 9-Feb-2013 16:11
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Now, that's a technical question... But it's not a problem that a file or router won't fix - router the woodworking tool not the one other more discussed piece of hardware, because that would just be a silly solution.

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  Reply # 759136 10-Feb-2013 19:16
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Good price - make sure you have plenty of space above and around the receiver so it can breathe.

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