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    Default Looking for advice on buying a receiver

    I have spent numerous hours online and can't decide what to get. I don't have much other than Best Buy to demo anything where I live and it's not a Magnolia store. I'm trying to build a 5.1 system from scratch. Room size is 16x25 with the fronts being 16' from the rears. I will be using it 90% for TV/movies. My speakers will be Rti a5's for the front. Csi a6 center, Rti a3's for the rear and Polk DSW Pro 660wi 12" sub. I am trying to stay around $1200 for a receiver and would like to buy new. I have narrowed it down to the following 3, but am open to suggestions to others in my price range. TIA!!!

    Onkyo 929
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_580TXN9...-TX-NR929.html

    Denon X4000
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AVX4...AVR-X4000.html

    Pioneer SC-1523
    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...vers/SC-1523-K
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    Pioneer SC-1523

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    Any particular reason or should i just wait and see which receiver gets the first 10 votes and buy it. LOL

    I've been reading a lot about the Pioneer. For what it offers, it seems like a great deal, it's just missing the Audyssey but I've read many people like the MCACC. Thanks

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    Sorry, I just fixed the links in my original post.

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    If your considering a Pioneer I would choose a SC 72 over the 1523k it is heavier and a Elite AVR, between your choices I would Consider the X4000 only because of the Audyssey calibration you need to see if that Magnolia has either one to demo. The SC 72 would also be a worthy choice.

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    Even better than the 72. but a bit older. Look at the SC-55. More power, more channels, heavier than the 72 or 1523 and can be had new for same price as the 72. And yes I'm biased. I run a Pioneer. Never had a problem using MCACC. Liked it better than my Yamaha YPAO.

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    I drove 1.5 hours to the nearest Best Buy Magnolia store today and listened to the Denon x4000 and a Pioneer Elite 71, they didn't have the 72 to demo. They both sounded close to the same to me with the Denon having a slight edge. I also didn't care for the looks of the Elite. It looked dated to me with all of the amber. I called 2 other places that sold higher end equipment than Best Buy and they both recommended the x4000 when I told them my price range. They were dealers for Denon, but didn't have any to demo. These were very high end custom installer type places. If I had to choose right now, I don't think I could go wrong with any of them, but I think I would order the Denon. I'm planning to get everything from Crutchfield so I can always exchange it if I just hate it and I won't have to pay tax.

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    You've got an Anthem dealer right in Baton Rouge and 2 in Metairie. I think an MRX310 would fit the bill nicely and beat your other option in SQ. Never a bad idea to support local businesses either!


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    Hey Jason, Welcome to CP. I personally like the Onkyo the best of your choices. Its a shame you can't demo one nearby but I can tell you that it is a built like a brick $$ithouse and to me gives the most bang for the buck. I have listened to the Pioneer Elite series and they do sound good and get a lot of love on the forum. The audessy xt32 is a big step up too. As you say mostly movies the choices are plenty. I wish you good luck as you said you can return if you no likey. Just my .02 fwiw.
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    It's over. I just said to hell with it and placed my order. Denon x4000, 2 Polk Rti a5's for the fronts, Csi a6 center and a pair of Rti a3's for the rear. Also got the DSW PRO660wi 12" sub. Feels good! Can't wait to see those cherry Polk's in person. Says it'll be here in 3 days!! I'll be going from nothing but the built in speakers in my TV to this!

    Thanks so much for everyone's help! I'll be sure to post pics and an update on how I like everything!

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    Congrats on your purchase. Please let us know how you like it. Don't forget to use good quality speaker wire with the new Polks. Quality being the key word here.
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    Congrats!

    If I saw your post yesterday I would have said to check this out:

    http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/975.html

    I installed one for a client, very nice unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonb01 View Post
    It's over. I just said to hell with it and placed my order. Denon x4000, 2 Polk Rti a5's for the fronts, Csi a6 center and a pair of Rti a3's for the rear. Also got the DSW PRO660wi 12" sub. Feels good! Can't wait to see those cherry Polk's in person. Says it'll be here in 3 days!! I'll be going from nothing but the built in speakers in my TV to this!

    Thanks so much for everyone's help! I'll be sure to post pics and an update on how I like everything!
    Denon, good choice, was looking at the Denon 4520. Expensive, ouch

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    It may be too late but not sure if you knew about this:

    http://www.accessories4less.com/make...AirPlay/1.html

    That's a considerable savings over the one from Crutchfield.

    You may not be comfortable buying a refurbished product. I purchased one from them 2 years ago and it has worked flawlessly with daily use.
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    I saw it, and while I know I'm being silly, I just couldn't pull the trigger on the refurb.

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    FYI
    Most refurbs are open box or overstock not repaired units

    Jason we (audio guys) purchased used and swap gear all the time

    90% of the gear in my signature is used except my home theater but that's a different story. If I dont have to pay full price I won't
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