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  Reply # 1950874 2-Feb-2018 19:20
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If you are not after Dolby Atmos then I recommend Anthem MRX 520. It’s a great price for $1800. Great features including quite arguably the best audio room correction hardware provided.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  Reply # 1951501 4-Feb-2018 17:19
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Well it looks like this thread will only make your life harder...


Pros and cons of different brands can be found elsewhere on this site + on other audio visual dedicated sites ( etc).


In NZ many buy on price as there's no easy way to A+B an AVR due to the room correction / number of speakers involved.




Basic guideline: -


Sony -


Denon - 


Marantz - 


Pioneer -


Onkyo -


Yamaha -




I'd summarise by saying: If you buy an AVR without getting driving instructions / playing with the remote / GUI / app, then be prepared for some frustration... go into a retailer or get a loan unit sent to you, then you'll KNOW what it's like to live with.



Missing off the list is what I have just bought. An Anthem MRx250. 5 Channel is all I want, I don't want DSP crap, any streaming ill do via other devices.. Ditched my Yamaha RXV2500. Anthems Room Correction (ARC) is way better than Yammies YPAO!


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  Reply # 1951560 4-Feb-2018 19:09
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I've used ARC on a few bits of kit and it's quite good, the app version seems problematic. But if you want proper room EQ built into an AVR, get yourself a new NAD or Arcam and play with Dirac Lite or Dirac Live (respectively). It makes ARC seem like a toy and puts everything else to shame. It's not a 5 minute setup whatsoever... it takes a long time and there's quite a bit of work to get it dialled, but it absolutely is the best software built into a receiver, when it comes to removing the room from the equation.


Modern 64-bit YPAO is a BIG step above the old version you had on your RXV2500 from 2004. Oddly enough, things have improved vastly.
Although, I will say debating room correction on-line is almost impossible as everyone has different rooms, speakers, amps, placement of mics etc etc. Some forums get users behaving in a manner far more heated than any rational human should...

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