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12-30-2013, 07:24 PM
I'm a casual listener with an appreciation for DVD-A, and I enjoy watching movies in surround. My current system:
Onkyo TX SR607
Acoustic Research AR7 Speakers x 4
Acoustic Research AR4C center channel speaker
Acoustic Research S108PS Subwoofer
Panasonic DVD CP72
Acoustic Research 215PS book shelf speakers in zone 2
Samsung 58" Plasma hdtv

Problem: 1)the Onkyo will not send digitally sourced audio to zone 2 (ugh!!!). I can not live with this problem!
2)the Onkyo does not have a USB port for plugging in friend's ipods.

The Onkyo is only a few years old, but problems 1 and 2 seem insurmountable.

Any suggestions for a AV receiver under $500? I've noticed most have video upconversion. Is this really necessary or desirable? How do you feel about 'factory refurbished' electronics?

I'm new to this forum and not sure if I posted this in the correct forum category. Thanks for sharing your opinion with this casual listener.


12-30-2013, 10:55 PM
Go for the Onkyo TX NR626, it has every thing you are looking for.

ONKYO TX-NR626 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver | Accessories4less (

12-31-2013, 01:12 PM
raven's suggestion looks as good as any. That Onkyo has some nice features for the price.

01-13-2014, 06:47 PM
Thank you for your responses.