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Old 04-15-2010, 04:44 AM
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Around year brings up another bunch of receivers. Each year, it seems like more and more features creep lower and lower in the line-up of receivers.

This year sees 3D-Ready, more HDMI ports, fewer composite and s-vide connections, and named-technology analog upscaling, including Anchor Bay, in units starting at $399. Pretty good stuff.

Also, there's now two very small HiDef decoding receivers. Last year's Marantz NR1501 and the new Sherwood R-904N. If you have limited space, these may be godsends to replacing that HTiB. The Sherwood is a 7.1 digital amp receiver, too. Digital can sound very harsh, or if you have the right speakers they can be completely divine.

3D Ready... HDMI 1.4? Looks like some of these receivers are claiming HDMI 1.4 and Blu-ray 3D readiness. Yamaha's need a Firmware update. Hubbub is, some of them may not be full bandwidth 3D over HDMI and may only support dual 1080i resolutions.

Two additional Yamaha receivers (676, 767) are expected in the short run as well as a Sherwood (R-7505). I expect new Denon, HK, and Marantz as well soon enough.

Onkyo (2 year warranty) All units HDMI 1.4a 3D-Ready
TX-SR308 5.1 (3in/1out) $299 (Street $230)

TX-SR508 7.1 (4in/1out) $399 (Street $299)
- Audyssey sound level calibration

TX-SR608 7.1 (6in/1out) $599 (Street $499)
- analog video upscaling with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
- Audyssey sound level calibration
Pioneer (1 yr warranty) All units HDMI 1.4 3D Ready
VSX-520-K 5.1 (3in/1out) $229

VSX-820-K 5.1 (4in/1out) $299
- MCACC sound level calibration
- 5 channel post-style speaker terminals

VSX-920-K 7.1 (4in/1out) $399
- analog video upscaling with Anchor Bay / PureCinema
- MCACC sound level calibration
- 7 channel post-style speaker terminals

VSX-1020-K 7.1 (6in/1out) $549
- analog video upscaling with Anchor Bay / PureCinema
- MCACC sound level calibration
- 7 channel post-style speaker terminals
Samsung (1 year warranty) HDMI 1.4 / 3-D Ready
SAMSUNG HW-C700 7.2 (4in/1out)$400
- auto calibration via mic
- 7 channel post-style speaker terminals
Sherwood
R-904N 7.1 (3in/1out) Street $550
- Smallest, shallowest AV receiver available
- Digital amp
- 7 channel post-style speaker terminals
Sony (2 year warranty)
Sony STRDH510 5.1 (3in/1out) $229 (Street $199)
- No Hidef decoding. LPCM only

Sony STRDH710 7.1 (3in/1out) $299 (Street $230)
- Auto calibration via mic

Sony STRDH810 7.1 (4in/1out) $399 (Street $330)
- Auto calibration via mic
- analog video upscaling to HDMI
- all post-style speaker terminals
Yamaha (2 yr warranty) All HDMI 1.4 (Support for 3D with firmware update)
RX-V367 5.1 (4in/1out) $249
- No Hidef decoding. LPCM only

RX-V467 5.1 (4in/1out) $379
-YPAO sound level calibration
- 5 channel post-style speaker terminals

RX-V567 7.1 (4in/1out) $479
- analog video upscaling
- YPAO sound level calibration
- 7 channel post-style speaker terminals
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I'll take the Onkyo TX-SR608 personally (from Accessories4Less, it's cheaper there).
...No preouts though!

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I'll take the Onkyo TX-SR608 personally (from Accessories4Less, it's cheaper there).
...No preouts though!

* That's ME and ME ONLY!
I see the 606 and 607 there, but not the brand new 608, yet. Still, 608 seems like an excellent choice if you can score it for $400 or so. I am no an Onkyo fan, though. I prefer Pioneer and Yamaha over them.
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I'm in the market for a receiver to go with the new TV I have being delivered this evening (Sammy 8500). I'm currently leaning toward the Pioneer 1020 because of all the things I've read about it.

However, I'll look at the Onkyo 608 too to see what it has to offer. I have an Onkyo 805 setup in another room and it's a pretty solid receiver.
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I have been extremely happy with my Onkyo 606 and I wouldn't trade it for anything except maybe a new 807 or 906.
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Wow, gonna be some great deals there!
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HDMI 1.4 = frame packed dual 1080x24P images in a configuration of 1920x2205 (3DBD) and frame packed dual 720x60P images in a configuration of 1280x1470 (3D Gaming??)

HDMI 1.4a = addition of Side-by-Side 1920x1080i and Top/Bottom 1920x1080i (3D CBL and 3D SAT). T/B has not been used yet.

If a CEM wants to label their receiver a HDMI 1.4 3D capable receiver, they have to meet the specs of 1.4. 1.4a requires less bandwidth than 1.4. It is just a question of updating the EDID in the RX and TX HDMI chips so they recognize the additional 3D formats.

Frame Packed 1080x24P:



Side-by-Side 1080i:




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Pioneer, without question (but I would consider another Onkyo ).
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Pioneer, without question (but I would consider another Onkyo ).
Me too. I've been recklessly eyeballing the VSX-1020-K for the past few weeks. Looks like a nice replacement for my Yammy 663.
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My Onkyo 605 still serves me well. A better AVR would be nice I suppose, but frankly I just don't feel the need for it. I think better surround speakers and a better subwoofer will do me better. Here's hoping someone decides to pick them off my wedding registry for me
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