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Should I fix my Onkyo TX-NR515 or buy a new AV ? (1 Viewer)

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Hello.

I have a faulty Onkyo TX-NR515, and the repair will cost $350 (almost the price of a new SR494).
For this price, is it worth the repair or should I buy a new one?

Was the NR515 better than the entry-level ones from nowadays ?

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Yeah, I wouldn't spend that much getting a ten year old receiver fixed. Plus, it appears that model was plagued with failures.

I'm not sure how stable Onkyo is right now. They've been through some tumultuous times. If you're OK with certified refurbs, the best deal I found is for a Denon AVR-S960H for $499.
 

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Thanks for sharing your opinions.
That is also what I was thinking. Also, a new one comes with some new features and some years of warranty.
My only concern was if the old models, like the one I have, were more robust than nowadays. But apparently that's not the case, right?

The Denon AVR-S960H is an attractive upgrade, besides the fact I just use 5.1 speakers, and were even considering downgrading to a 5.2 AVR. But all 5.2 AVRs I could find lack a lot of sound formats and other features.
 

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Looking at their current offerings, you can get the 660 for $400 and the 760 for $420. I generally suggest staying away from the bottom of the line model, plus it doesn't make sense when you can step up for $20. Overall, the 960 is just the best value, as long as $500 is still in your price range. The X2600 is also $500. There are minor feature differences between the two. It's the top of their basic line with the 960 and a lower model of their high line with the 2600. It's actually kind of silly to have two such similar models.

I guess the 960 supports 8K and the 2600 doesn't.
 
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I do like that the retailer John linked to offers at least 3 years of warranty on their refurbished models. Most refurbs come with 90 days at best.
 

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