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# 209073 11-Mar-2017 15:12
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Hi team.

Been a while since I have bought a receiver. Had my current pioneer for about 7 years+.

Looking to upgrade, mainly to get 2 HDMI out to simplify my TV/projector setup, as week as the extra bells and whistles that have become standard in the last 7 or so years.

There are two receivers I'm looking at with similar specs - an Onkyo and a Marantz.

The Marantz is 33% more expensive than the Onkyo, but I know Only had some issues with reliability in the past, although I wouldn't know their recent track record.

I am unable to demo either before buying.

Thoughts on Onkyo reliability these days or whether it's worth paying the price premium for the Marantz?


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  # 1734855 11-Mar-2017 16:09
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not got yamaha in the mix?

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  # 1734911 11-Mar-2017 17:38
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Can't find a Yamaha with 2 HDMI out for under $1000. Unless you know of a deal I don't know of!


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  # 1734920 11-Mar-2017 17:58
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My Onkyo (TX-NR708) was great value for money and does the job well enough.


But its been back for repair 3 times for HDMI issues and HDMI connectivity is still a bit dodgy.


I'll be looking at another brand when the time comes.

Life is too short to remove USB safely.

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  # 1734921 11-Mar-2017 18:01
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Thanks kiwifidget. That's what I was concerned about with Onkyo.

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  # 1734922 11-Mar-2017 18:05
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No one ever regretted buying quality! Go the big M.....

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  # 1734926 11-Mar-2017 18:11
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There have been plenty of reports of HDMI failures in Onkyo receivers but that's clearly not the only thing wrong since I had multiple failures with my stereo amp. I'm unlikely to buy another Onkyo product again.

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  # 1734981 11-Mar-2017 19:55
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Marantz = Denon ... Right? Looking for the exact Denon twin could save you some $

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  # 1735174 12-Mar-2017 12:07
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What's your budget?
Do you think you will want 4k pass through ?
How long life expectancy ? (will help justify costs)


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  # 1735270 12-Mar-2017 14:23
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Thanks everyone


Ended up pulling the trigger on a Marantz SR5010 for $999 delivered so I'm happy with that.  I know its a 2015 model but it should do everything I want and tidy up a few cables and extras tucked away behind my AV cabinet.


Could have got the Onkyo TX-NR656 for $749, but still put off a bit by the reliability issues over the years.  Thanks for the feedback from those that have owned Onkyo.


Just got to wait for it to get here now....


Cheers all.



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  # 1735299 12-Mar-2017 14:45
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My Onkyo which is about 5 years old works just fine, but I do have two fans dedicated to cooling it which may help.

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