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  # 2362392 28-Nov-2019 18:20
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ShinyChrome

 

From what I can see, it looks like it is mostly the Sound United Family (Onkyo/Integra/Pioneer) that seem to support it amongst the usual suspects.

 

 

 

 

To clarify.

 

Sound United don't own Onkyo / Pioneer or Integra - they are owned by a separate private equity firm based in the Cayman Islands. Don't bet on them being around for long either, they haven't made money for half a decade now and have just announced plans to cull 30 percent of their workforce and 50 percent of their executives.

 

The chances are they will pull out of producing AV products for consumers and instead focus on the OEM car business and licensing their brands to whoever wants to put them on the front of their TV's / microwaves etc.

 

See the link here :https://www.strata-gee.com/onkyo-to-slash-overall-company-headcount-by-30-cutting-management-by-50/

 

What this means for their on-going tech support, updates and warranties... who knows, but basically at this part of the brands life I would think it's a case of 'you pays your money, you takes your chances'.

 

 

 

Onkyo / Pioneer / Integra work with Sonos, but you require a Sonos Connect, not a Sonos Connect amplifier.

 

Beware, because of the connection to the amplifier, there will be considerable latency in that zone due to the network to analogue signal path...

 

 

 

Sony also do the 'works with Sonos' thing. By all accounts when Sonos updated their app a while ago it broke the Pioneer / Onkyo / Integra iteration for roughly two weeks, but the Sony's kept on trucking.

 

 

 

 

 

Denon / Marantz / Classe / Polk / Definitive Technologies are owned by Sound United, they use the HEOS multi-room system instead.


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  # 2362423 28-Nov-2019 20:56
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Thanks for that info @dunnersfella, I hadn't heard anything further after the deal with Sound United fell through. I suppose that deal and the subsequent termination all makes sense now. And funnily enough I drew a blank on the name of the Onkyo / integra / pioneer parent company (aptly called the Onkyo Corporation) and the first result of google had Sound United's name on it from the deal. Doy! Since I couldn't fix it once I realised my mistake, I had hoped people would realise what I had been trying to say.

I would be inclined to agree at this point ongoing support meaning bupkis, doesn't sound like a healthy company at all. Although I would hope a reputable retailer wouldn't leave you completely high and dry, it might be worth sticking with the Marantz then @kiwifidget!

 
 
 
 




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  # 2362444 28-Nov-2019 22:08
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Is it just me or is Listening Post a bit more spendy than other places?





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  # 2362457 28-Nov-2019 23:05
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They all play on Price Spy and compete / lead / follow...

 

The difference is the brands they sell and the distributors they deal with.

 

 


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  # 2362695 29-Nov-2019 10:22
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Regarding the Yamaha receivers. Harvey Norman have the RXV685 ($1165), and the RXV1085 ($1830) which I assume is the successor to the RXV1080. Black Friday prices. The RXV685 looks like a good deal, and covers everything that I would need in a AV Receiver.

 

685

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/audio/blu-ray-and-home-theatre/av-receivers-and-audio-components/yamaha7.2-channel-wifi-av-receiver-en.html

 

1085

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/audio/blu-ray-and-home-theatre/home-theatre-systems/yamaha7.2-channel-wifi-av-receiver-en-2.html

 

 


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  # 2362701 29-Nov-2019 10:30
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Movieman:

 

Regarding the Yamaha receivers. Harvey Norman have the RXV685 ($1165), and the RXV1085 ($1830) which I assume is the successor to the RXV1080. Black Friday prices.

 

685

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/audio/blu-ray-and-home-theatre/av-receivers-and-audio-components/yamaha7.2-channel-wifi-av-receiver-en.html

 

1085

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/audio/blu-ray-and-home-theatre/home-theatre-systems/yamaha7.2-channel-wifi-av-receiver-en-2.html

 

 

You would be forgiven for thinking that, but as I found out they are two different line-ups: RXV is their run-of-the-mill line, RXA is the Adventage line, which has higher quality components.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2363860 1-Dec-2019 10:31
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I have sorted out the Bluray player, picked up the Panasonic UB820. By picked up, I mean went to HN but they had sold out and have ordered one to be delivered in the next week.

 

Himself thinks I've spent enough this month, so the AVR will have to wait :(

 

 





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  # 2369463 6-Dec-2019 10:02
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If you wouldn't mind, let me know how you get on with it. I have been tossing up whether the extra features and build quality of the UB820 is worth it over the Sony X700 (which is currently $297 at JBHiFi, so half the price).

 

Short of the UB450 or Sony X800m2 making an appearance on our shores it appears that is my picks.


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