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  1. Chad Sunderland

    Chad Sunderland Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi, I'm looking into getting a new reciever to replace my Yamaha HTR-5460. A few of the reasons that I'm looking to upgrade is, I don't have enough digital audio inputs, and I'd like to have Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Neo:6 for watching VHS and satellite.

    The 4 recievers I am looking at are the Denon AVR-2802, the Yamaha HTR-5490, the Onkyo TX-SR700, and the Harmon Kardon AVR 320.

    I am also going to be upgrading my speakers to Axiom M22ti's for the front, a VP150 for the center, and QS-4's for the rear. Any ideas on which receiver would match these speakers best.

    I'd appreciate any help you could give me, I realize these are all pretty nice recievers, but I'm having a lot of trouble making a choice. I'm still pretty new to this, so I need the help! Thanks

    Chad
     
  2. Paul Clarke

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    Well it appears you already like Yammy...and the 5490 has more digital inputs than the space shuttle. I own H/K but the 5490 was in the running for me before I purchased. Actually the 5490 is getting a little long in the tooth so getting one on a closeout should be a great buy.

    When you get like you are and need to make a decision between equivalent quality pieces you really need to hear them. Sound characteristics vary between manufacturers as I'm sure you know.
     
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    the downside i see to the 5490 is the lack of pre-outs. hopefully its replacement will have em.
     
  4. Tony Lai

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    This is just my opinion and prejudices and neuroses.

    Out of these four, I take the Onkyo.

    Here's my reasoning...

    The Denon is getting old and about to be replaced. It lacks EX, lacks enough digital inputs for me and the remote is horrid.

    I don't like Yamaha. Never have and like the non RX-V series even less.

    The H/K lacks the power for what I need. And overpriced here because it is American (yet made in China, go figure).

    The Onkyo is newest, all formats catered for. Has dual 6 channel inputs, full preouts, decent power, decent remote, decent BM (although the 80Hz isn't good) and component switching.

    This is a game of catchup and the others are catching up to Onkyo IMO.

    T.
     
  5. Chad Sunderland

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    I've just seen the Yamaha RX-V1300 online. Anyone see this unit in person yet? Looks like it has every feature the HTR-5490 has, plus preouts and a few other small features. And...it can be found for less than $600. Anyone have any hands-on experience with this unit? Thanks!
     
  6. Yogi

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    I'd wait a few months and go for a closeout deal on a new 3802. IMHO it will beat the rest of the pack in terms of features and processing and have nice musical sound.
     
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    I've been looking at these and other receivers as well. You noted that you'd like to have DTS Neo6. Isn't the Yamaha the only one capable of this? The H/K has Logic7, which is similar and even superior to some people. If features don't specifically list DTS-ES discrete or DTS Neo:6, I'm assuming they aren't supported. It seems to me the receivers listed here don't support either. BTW, I've heard that there will be no HTR-5490 replacement (here on this forum), so you'll be stuck with the RX-V1300 as the cheapest Yamaha option. It also adds official Dolby Digital EX. I've seen the RX-V1200 on clearance at some local stores, but supplies are dwindling. Good luck.
     
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    3802 has both DPL II and DTS Neo:6.
     
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    the SR700 has DPL2 and DTS Neo as well.


    -Greer
     
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    I have used Axioms with a few receivers. Always had excellent results.
     
  11. Richard Harvey

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    I would seriously consider the 2802 or 3802. Saying they are "getting old" is a misnomer -- the 2802 supports DD (including "EX" 6.1 matrix), DPL2, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS NEO:6, 5/6 channel stereo, etc. 3 digital optical in/1 digital coax. Full pre-outs. Full wide bandwidth (100 kHz) 5.1 inputs for DVD-Audio. Dual component vid inputs (wide bandwidth, up to 720p/1080i). The 3802 is the bigger brother, and even more powerful.

    The fact that they are about to be replaced in the product line is a bonus IMHO -- it means you can probably get these at a much better street price, so more value for your $$$. Yes, the remote is horrid, but I certainly wouldn't base my purchase decision on that! If anything, buy the 2802 at discount and put your savings into a good HT remote and get rid of ALL of your remotes (I'm a happy Marantz MkII remote owner myself).

    I'm certainly not putting down the others (I like the Onkyo and H/K too, though I bought a 2802 for myself). Not a big fan of Yammy, but can't give you any good reasons.
     

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