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  1. #1
    AR Newbie Registered Member
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    Dec 2013

    Angry Receiver upgrade under $500 - Suggestions anyone?

    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.


  2. #2
    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    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
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

  3. #3
    Charm Thai™
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Cleveland, Ohio
    raven's suggestion looks as good as any. That Onkyo has some nice features for the price.

  4. #4
    AR Newbie Registered Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Thank you for your responses.

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