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I've been on here recently discussing the problem with my Onkyo TX-SR805 and was inclined to not spend a penny more than $150 to repair it with the reliability questions on this receiver. So my buddies shop is looking at the receiver. His employee called me the other day and said the front left channel was completely out. It'd be about $275 for repairs. I talked to my buddy today who owns the shop who said he'd do it for $190.
I'm inclined for $190 to fix it. Don't you think? My guess is I'm mostly paying for parts and very little labor here. I kind of wavered on it, and my buddy said I'd be VERY hard pressed to come up with a receiver with the same sonic abilities that approached my 805 for less than $1,400 today. Granted, it may have some features that I don't really care much about (network audio, etc). The only thing I WISH it did was 3D pass through.
I considered just selling the 805 as it would work great as a pre-pro or keeping it and buying an amp to connect to it, or even going with something like this and buying an extended warranty:
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR891/DENON-AVR-891-7.1-Channel-105W-A/V-1.4-3D-Ready-Receiver/1.html
or
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2311CI/DENON-AVR-2311CI-7.2-3D-Home-Theater-Receiver/1.html
realizing full well the AMP sections on those two receivers are inferior to the Onkyo.
For $190 I'm inclined to fix it.
 

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Before I'd pay $190 on that...I'd budget the $275 and hope for the best...(These go for $250-$300)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hafler-Trans-Nova-SR2300-600-Watt-Stereo-Amplifier-w-Owners-Manual-/140794986315?pt=US_Home_Audio_Amplifiers_Preamps&hash=item20c808ff4b
Another to throw a bid on...hope for the best...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAD-Monitor-Series-Stereo-Amplifier-2700-THX-Near-Mint-/221065145018?pt=US_Home_Audio_Amplifiers_Preamps&hash=item3378826aba
 

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I'd get one of the Denon receivers with the extended warranty. You posted previously (I think:confused: ) that you don't really need that much power anyway and unless you had very good speakers and an ideal listening environment you wouldn't notice any of the sonic differences the 805 may have. A good stereo amp (on the cheap) is another alternative but repairing an older piece of electronics is a real gamble. Imagine paying for the repair, even at your buddy's discounted price, and then shortly later the right channel goes out. Not a pretty thought.
I recently bought a Marantz 5005 from ac4l ($399) which is on par with the cheaper 2311/2312 (I paid a little extra for the "Marantz" name :rolleyes: ) and its a very capable receiver.
Having said that, I bought a well used 805 off CL a few years ago just to see what all the fuss was about and I was really impressed with it. Sold it a couple of weeks later for what I paid for it. Had 12-13 emails on it in two days. It had to be one of the best values in a receiver of all time. Right there with the old Pioneer 1014. But at this point, I think it's time for you to move on.
 

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If I were in the market...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Onkyo-7-1-Channel-300-Watt-Receiver-TX-SR805-/221066822704?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item33789c0430
You should watch that to gauge how much yours might go for. There are three BIN ranging(with shipping) from $450-$550. If yours is silver I bet you could still get $400 for it. $300 is probably a good price for somebody that wants it for pre-pro.
What is keeping the price of the 805 from being higher is the 875/PRSC being barely $600...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ONKYO-INTEGRA-PR-SC885-AUDIO-VIDEO-PREAMP-PROCESSOR-RECEIVER-Original-Owner-/120941265940?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item1c28a94414
 

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This is true. I recently bought an Integra 9.8 for $550 locally and there's a 40.1 pre-amp on Audiogon for $385. Prices are really coming down for non-3D stuff.
 

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The saddest part about "must need 1.4"...
Just because it is HDMI 1.2 and 1.3 does not automatically preclude it from passing 3D. I know a quite a few 1.2 that do pass the 3D signal. Does it work in "every" set-up? No.
I swear there are some companies(Cough...Sony...Cough) that make it where their receiver just "can't" because "cough, cough" they want to act like "cough Apple cough"...
 

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Check secondhand (working Onk 805 prices before repairing, you may be throwing good money after bad - what if it fails again in the near future?
 

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I looked into that already, you can come even remotely close to purchasing a used 805 that ISN'T fully functional for $190. It's worth a bunch more than that just as a pre/pro.
 

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Have you priced another amp on audiogoN, Craigslist(Where I am is a goldmine) or Ebay?
I'm currently in the search of my 4th Kenwood M2A.
 

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