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Old 10-16-2007, 10:31 AM
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Default Need help deciding on HDMI 1.3 receiver

I am looking to upgrade my receiver to a HDMI 1.3 TrueHD machine.

Here is what I am thinking so far:

Denon AVR-2808CI - MSRP $1199

Denon AVR-988 - MSRP $1199

Pioneer VSX-91TXH - MSRP $1000

Onkyo TX-SR805 - MSRP $1099 but on sale at Circuit City for $899

What is the difference between the two Denons? They are both priced the same but I would imagine that the 2808 would be a better receiver.

All of the above seem to have the same features and I think they all decode TrueHD/DTS-HD bitstreams.

I usually buy Pioneer receivers but the Denon and Onkyo seems like a better value of late. Plus, Onkyo is supporting HD DVD and is nicely priced.

Any input, recos, etc?

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Old 10-16-2007, 10:33 AM
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don't we all need help choosing a new hdmi 1.3 receiver! :-#:-#
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:04 PM
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Both of the Denon's should be the same in terms of internal components. Denon uses 3 digit model numbers to sell to stores like Circuit City and the 4 digit model numbers to sell in higher end retailers.

The CI on the end is a reference for custom installers or something like that and gives additional setup options for those individuals that set this stuff up for a living.

As for recommendation, I personally like Denon and would suggest the 2808.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:47 AM
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The Denon 988 is sold in Best Buy/Future Shop, as well. They're made exclusively for certain stores, whereas the 2808 is part of their 'real' line. If you're gonna choose between the two, get the 2808.

I have the Onkyo 805 and I love it, so you I recommend that one.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:13 AM
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I just picked up the Onkyo 705 yesterday from Circuit City.
I havn't had very much time with it yet but I'm loving it so far.

I'm sure you would be very happy with any of those receivers. The 705 was plenty for me.

Also if you do go with the 805 from Circuit City, if you or someone you know has AAA you can get a 10% off coupon. (If you have to you can also buy the coupon on ebay for about $1)

http://aaa.com/circuitcity
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:19 AM
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I'm also looking for a new reciever. Right now I'm considering the Onkyo 705.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:52 AM
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Ok...with everyones input and some research on the net I have narrowed it down to either the 2808 or the 805.

I like the Denon display better than the Onkyo but I think the Onkyo is as good as the Denon sound quality-wise and feature-wise. They only differ by $100 but the Onkyo is on sale for $899.

Oh well...more research....now to find out what the differences are between the two.

I think the Onkyo is THX Ultra 2 certified and the Denon is not. Although, the Denon may sound just at good even though it is not certified but that THX logo sure is nifty!
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:05 PM
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You should check on AVS forum, they have about 200 page thread on the 805, seriously! I'm probably getting the 805 too soon
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:25 PM
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Like you, I have always had Pioneer Elite recievers. But yesterday I ordered the Onkyo 875 from Onecall. The Onkyos run a tad hot, so make sure it's in a area that's not closed in or a shelf or piece of equiptment on top of it. Onecall has the 805 for $898.00, no tax and I think $50.00 for 3 day shipping, but you can get the shipping cheaper if you ask. And sometimes you can get the reciever cheaper too....just ask. Also, use Onecalls credit card for 12 months, no intrest.BTW..I'm not employeed by, nor do I know anyone from Onecall. Just a VERY satisfied customer.

Here are a few links to 805 reviews. And like another poster said, go to AVSforums.com

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...06-part-1.html

http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers...tag=prod.txt.1

http://www.avrev.com/equip/onkyo_txsr805_receiver/

Good luck in your search. And do check out AVS forums....lots of info.


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Ok...with everyones input and some research on the net I have narrowed it down to either the 2808 or the 805.

I like the Denon display better than the Onkyo but I think the Onkyo is as good as the Denon sound quality-wise and feature-wise. They only differ by $100 but the Onkyo is on sale for $899.

Oh well...more research....now to find out what the differences are between the two.

I think the Onkyo is THX Ultra 2 certified and the Denon is not. Although, the Denon may sound just at good even though it is not certified but that THX logo sure is nifty!
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