Help selecting a good AVR

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I pretty much selected the speaker I like, worked out the general room layout the next piece of this puzzle is searching out a receiver that will meet my needs without over spending.
Budget $500-600 street price
From reading here Denon, Onkyo and Yamaha seam to be popular brands.
I'm setting up a 5.1 HT system 70% TV & movies 30% music.
No gaming, 3D not required.
Deftec
1 - cs-8040 HD
2 - SM 45 199
2 - PM 800 rear 145
HSU sub VTF-3 MK4
In addition to the HT room
4 other rooms with TV using a 2X4 matrix switch, cat6 wiring
4 other rooms with music (speakers)
I can pre-wire all runs of wires. (new build)
tks
 

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Nice deal on a basic Integra.
Here's another good deal on a used avr http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pioneer-VSX-1121-K-7-1-Channel-A-V-Receiver-/200842283471?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item2ec32209cf someone should grab that one too.
If you want new http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-1122-K-7-Channel-Receiver-Network/dp/B007O5ATGO/ref=sr_1_4?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1352170359&sr=1-4
Harman Kardon anyone? http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B002IKKFU0/ref=sr_1_6?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1352171101&sr=1-6
Or the refurbished Denon 2312-3312 from ac4l.com http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/denon/results/1.html
Marantz receivers are easy to setup and operate but a bit short on features. http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MARSR5006/Marantz-SR5006-AV-Receiver-with-Networking-and-AirPlay/1.html
5 year extended warranties are $50 under $500. 3 years for $35.
If you can narrow it down to 2-3 then download the manual and product /brochure /spec sheets and give them a quick going over.
 

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Is Pioneers resale value really that bad???
I'm tempted to snag that Integra if it has no bids in 4 days. I'd make sure it works and mothball it in a closet for $200.
 

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Mine?
The deal. Even if you BIN and pay shipping, you are still under $300 for an AVR that had a "street" of $750 barely over a year ago.
It will SPANK any new AVR you are considering.
 

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lipets said:
Why are you choosing those?
I only want to get new.
You "only want new" and "don't care about 3D" are opposite considerations.
I assumed it opened you up to AVR from when HDMI 1.3 debuted 6 years ago.
 

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schan1269, thanks for your input, but I would like to get opinions from others.
 

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I can understand your not wanting to buy used. But that 30.2 is a fine receiver for $200-$250. Don't agree that it will "spank" anything new for $750. Isn't it just an Onkyo 609 or so with a little better build quality?
The factory refurbished 2112/2312 with an extended warranty is a great value. So is the 3312 for $569 + shipping.
The 1122 new for $399 shipped is too. I had an Elite vsx-32 and currently have an Elite vsx-23. Both were/are 2-4 years older but are comparable models to the 1122. Very nice receivers, especially for HT.
Looking for value, get the 1122. Want the best performance for $600 then get the refurbed 3312. The 2112/2312 refurbs are a good compromise of both.
 

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Year old receivers can be a great value. Once a new feature comes out, the previous models drop in value. I picked up a new Pioneer Elite for $399, marked down from $899 a few months after a new model came out with built in wireless
 

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Save for a slow handshake Ive been really impressed with my sherwood r972, trinnov room correction is unbelievable and from what ive heard the 972 delivers true 100 wpc with all channels driven. $600 brand new from a4l with a 3 year warranty
 

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gene c said:
I can understand your not wanting to buy used. But that 30.2 is a fine receiver for $200-$250. Don't agree that it will "spank" anything new for $750. Isn't it just an Onkyo 609 or so with a little better build quality?
Nope. .
The Zone 2 pre-out is variable and fixed(not just fixed)
And I think it chews another .7 amp off the wall.
12V triggers are more useful.
Other than the "other Integra stuff"...
Soft feel remote...
Multi-color GUI.
 

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Ya, but it still uses Audyssey 2EQ. Even the $350 1613 has MultEQ. That's reason enough for me not to get too excited about the 609 or the 30.2. But I really like Integra's higher end receivers. I sold my 70.2 last weekend and except for a few minor complaints I'm missing it already. 3 DSP chips really does make a difference.
 

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