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    I am way over my head right now when it's coming to choosing a receiver to power my new system I will be putting in my basement. Right now I have four rc85i's for surrounds, I am purchasing 2 Rti a5s for my fronts and the csi a4 for my center (haven't settled on which sub I want yet). I have no clue what type of receiver to get! I have read so many articles and forum posts my head is spinning. I would like to spend $1000 or under. Can someone suggest some good models for this set-up? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my first go-round with a home theater system.

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    Are you not getting the answers you want in your other thread?

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    Haha I just didn't know if I should post a pure rec question in the speaker section

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    I got some really good responses that led me to the Rti a5s and also some good sub choices..not much receiver help though...I'm truley clueless in that aspect.

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    Does anyone know about the pioneer elite sc 63?

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    If you can get it in your budget range then you should consider this one.

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    You can't really go wrong with the SC models at any of their price points. That being said, Pioneer at one point in time only had a couple models and the choice was easy. The last couple years they've introduced many more models in the lineup and IMO it has watered down that SC Line, or at least made it more confusing. So while I'm confident the SC models are still great, I don't know which one to recommend.
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    Bedroom System
    Polk Blackstone TL3, Polk PSWi225 Wireless Sub, HK 3490 Integrated, Oppo BDP-103, Sharp Aquos 32" TV, Apple TV

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    I'd pick up a used older model SC like the 0X, 2X or 3X lines for half that price and use the rest of the money towards a really nice sub. Just my opinion, i'd also check out accessories4less as they always have good deals on avrs.
    Theater Room: Pioneer Elite SC-35, RTi12's, Csi5, Fxi5's, Fxi3's, ED A5-350 sub, Optoma HD20, 92'' Elite Screen, Xbox One, APC H15, MIT Exp 2 SC's, Pepster PC's

    Living Room: Martin Logan EM ESL's, Peachtree Audio iNova, MIT AVT2 SC's & IC's, Pepster PC, Sharp Aquos 60'', Sony BDP S-790, Airport Express

    Bedroom: Panasonic AX200U projector, 110" screen

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    There are so many to chose from. So we understand the overwhelmed feeling.
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    2ch-SDA2b-ADCOM GFA-555-565-600-555-YaQinCd2-Pioneer PL-630-AKAI GX210d
    Pioneer-SA9800-SG9800-CTF650-TXD1000-RT-909-Monitor11-Peerless
    Marantz-2252b-5025b-6300-YaQinCd1-TeacA4010s-Monitor7
    Yamaha-CR2040-Advent2-TeacA4010s-Monitor7

    Yamaha-CA810-CT810----- No Speakers Yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackOfBlades View Post
    Does anyone know about the pioneer elite sc 63?
    Buy it, don't look back.
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    I'll second the accessories4less recommendation. I bought my Marantz receiver there and love it. They have great prices on refurbed Denons that I would probably look into if I were in the market. Just take the advice of everyone on here and get one with preouts. I was in love with the sound of my AVR for quite a while and now I only use it for powering the surrounds.
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    Amps: Rotel RB-990bx | Marantz MA-500 | Speakers: Totem Mite : Totem Mite-C : RC60i | Sub: HSU VTF-2 MKIV

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    I agree. The SC-63 has most of what you need. It was the third or fourth model from the TOTL Elite so a little less power, but all the features and processing you need and latest version of ICE amplification.

    This will do you. Unless you wish to move higher up the food chain: SC 67 or SC 68?

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    Thanks for the feedback guys!

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    Make a list of what features you want out of an AVR. 100amps should be good enough to handle the speakers you have. Also make sure you can hook an amp up to it for more power if you so wish.
    Polkaudio Fronts: RTi A7's Vr3 Fortress Edition / Wyred 4 Sound mAMP's
    Polkaudio Center: CSi A6 Vr3 Fortress Edition
    Polkaudio Surrounds: FXi A6's
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    I spoke with a couple of buddies that know a lot more than I do and they said the sc 63 would be good for so that's what I ended up purchasing...pretty pumped to get everything set up...now I just need to decide between the a5s or spend 200 more for the a7s. I listened to them both today and I think I'm going to go with the a7s

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    I would go A7's
    AVR: Onkyo Tx-NR808
    Amplifier: Carver A-753x 250 watts x 3
    Fronts: Polk RTI A7 (modded by Trey VR3)
    Center: CSI A4 (modded by Trey VR3)
    Rear: FXI A4
    Sub: Polk DSW Pro 660wi
    TV: LG Infinia 50PX950 3D
    Speaker Cable: AudioQuest Type 8
    IC: AudioQuest Black Mamba II

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    Congrats on the 63 it's a nice avr, and +1 on the A7's you'll be glad you did it.
    Theater Room: Pioneer Elite SC-35, RTi12's, Csi5, Fxi5's, Fxi3's, ED A5-350 sub, Optoma HD20, 92'' Elite Screen, Xbox One, APC H15, MIT Exp 2 SC's, Pepster PC's

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    A7's
    Kenwood KR-V8070
    Kenwood DR-V5070
    Polk RTi A9- Mains
    CSI A6- Center
    Energy 10 Sub
    Panamax M4300-PM Power Conditioner

    Working on updating my set up

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    Congrats on the receiver, you won't regret it. That said, once you have it in hand, read the manual cover to cover, twice. Modern receivers take a bit of setup to get right and most complaints over sound is usually a setup issue.

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    Will do thanks Tony

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    @Jackofblades -Any updates on your setup? Do you feel you made the right choice?
    Front- RTI A7,(powered by ADCOM GFA 5500)
    Center- CSI5,
    Surrounds- RTI 6 and Rear Surrounds- TS 15.
    TV-Panasonic P55ST50
    SUB-SVS PB10-NSD and PSW505
    Receiver- Yamaha Aventage RX-A2000

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    The Pioneer has a "monitor" out ( may be the hdmi out), use it. It will let you set up the unit like a computer bios. The pioneer comes with a auto tune mic called "mcacc", use it to setup your systems after you have installed all the speakers.
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    I'm looking for a newer AVR and will the Pioneer Elite SC-63 power a LSiC and LSiFX surrounds? I currently am using an external amp to power the the towers.

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