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    Default Audio Noob in need of receiver help!

    Hello all! New member here, in need of assistance!

    I recently purchased at Samsung LN46D630 and decided to complete the package with a new HT setup.

    I also recently purchased some speakers, and will be using the following setup:
    Fronts: Monitor 70's series II
    Surround / Rear: Monitor 50's series II
    Center: CS2 series II
    Sub: Paradigm ps-1000

    I was just going to put together a $500 system, but kept going over because of a deal I found here or there.

    My question is this: Can I run those speakers with a receiver such as this Sony STRDH520? Or will I need something more along the lines of the STRDH820?
    Although I'll only be using a 5.1 setup I'd like the room to add speakers later.
    I was looking at a Pioneer VSX-921-K and a Yamaha RX-V571BL, but honestly I didn't want to spend more than a couple hundred bucks. If the difference will be night and day I don't mind spending a little more.

    I'll mostly be using this for movies, then gaming, followed by music the least..
    Any help or suggestions would be great! TIA!

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    Update:
    Between these models:

    Denon AVR1712
    Pioneer VSX-40
    Pioneer VSX-921-k
    Yamaha RXV571BL

    Any thoughts?

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    Out of those choices i would get the Pioneer vsx-921-k. I used to have a pionee avr and was very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    Out of those choices i would get the Pioneer vsx-921-k. I used to have a pionee avr and was very happy with it.
    Cool! That's what my brother says as well. But he's what you'd call a 'fanboy' of Pioneer, not that it's bad. I've had a few of their products and been pleased.

    But are you basing that decision off of power output alone? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tac339 View Post
    Update:
    Between these models:

    Denon AVR1712
    Pioneer VSX-40
    Pioneer VSX-921-k
    Yamaha RXV571BL

    Any thoughts?
    Actually I would recommend you try and listen to the Denon versus the Pioneer (hopefully with Polk speakers similar to your 70's). Without the benefit of real test bench reviews, the power appears close on both but I don't think that's the issue.

    The "sound" characteristics of the two are quite different. The Pioneer is brighter, the Denon more laid back. I have no idea which sound you prefer, just saying there is a difference and I believe you will hear it right away.
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    Just my .02...but if you don't want to spend more than a couple hundies then don't expect a couple hundies worth of SQ.

    Go used...you'll get twice the bang for your buck in a receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tac339 View Post
    Cool! That's what my brother says as well. But he's what you'd call a 'fanboy' of Pioneer, not that it's bad. I've had a few of their products and been pleased.

    But are you basing that decision off of power output alone? Just curious.
    I am just basing my decision based on my experience with Pioneer AVR's. I have found them much easier to set up than other avr's. They are dynamic when used for H/T, which you state is your intended primary use. I am not personally fond of the Denon sound but as stated by others, sound is subjective and thats a decision only you can make. Either choice would be fine, you should get your ears on them and make a decision based on what sound you prefer.

    good luck
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    I would try to get a listen of them beforehand. The sound of Denon vs Pioneer is quite different to my ears. I prefer the Pioneer sound myself but only for HT.
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    I just bought the Pioneer VSX-921-K. What ultimately sold me was the MCACC feature. Among some similar features across the board on most of those models, it just seemed like a good thing to have with a novice such as myself.

    My speakers arrive today!!! but because of GF obligations I don't get to setup anything until tomorrow

    Thanks for all the input and comments. Much appreciated!!
    I'll post again when I get everything setup and running.

    Tac

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    Yep.
    So I got everything hooked up and realized that this receiver is very complicated to set up properly. Definitely struggling a bit, but it is a great learning experience. I'm sure I'll now be on Pioneer forums asking questions there.

    Speakers sound amazing! But I'll be RMA'ing one of the Monitor 70's because there was some shipping damage :(
    I guess Newegg will send me a new one before I have to send the damaged one back, so at least I'll still be able to listen to them.

    Watched the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan on Omaha Beach in DTS. Just, wow. Best purchase ever.

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