AV Receiver Recommendation

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bbapps, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Looking at getting a new AV Receiver. The models I'm considering at the moment are the Denon AVR-1712, Denon AVR-2112ci, and the Pioneer VSX-1021-K.

    I do have an AppleTV-2, so I'm thinking the Denon AVR-1712 (e.g. non-Networked) might save me some money. It doesn't support the Denon IOS App, but I think I could get along without it. Will I regret that choice? Any other recommendations?

    Main use is ATV2/AirPlay (e.g. videos, music, internet radio), DVD/blueray, and TV (e.g. ATT U-Verse).
     
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    I am in for the replies. My current and last receivers were pioneers. I have the vsx-1016-k model now. With I had one that worked with iDevices.
     
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    I have the pioneer vsx1020-k and am real happy with it. Saw the 1021 on sale for 300 today on skickdeals I think. Def a great buy
     
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    Denon All the Way

    I have had Yamaha, Pioneer, and Sony in the past. The Denon is by far my favorite reciever. I think the Audyssey software is better than that offered by Pioneer. If you want some more opinions, go over to avsforum.com and do a search. Lots of knowledgeable people.
     
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    I just pick up a Denon AVR 1912 on black Friday and love it. I was reachering different Recivers for the past few months and couldn't be happier. I agree that you should go to avsforum that's where I read a lot of helpful information
     
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    Nice to see all those HDMI ports in the back of those. Mine only has 2 in and 1 out. That's been an annoying factor for years.
     
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    I've decided on a refurbished NAD T747...it was that or the Denon 2112, and since I intend to use this as my main audio system, I went with the unit known for that quality. I'm definitely giving up some cool features on the Denon, though.
     
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    One thing I noticed about the Denon AVR-1712, as opposed to the other two receivers you listed, is that it didn't natively support AirPlay.

    If you can afford the extra cost, this would be a feature that would be very nice to have. Being able to stream music from your iPad or iPhone to your receiver without having to turn the AppleTV on first would rank pretty high on my list of capabilities. Its not a "deal breaker" (my A/V setup doesn't permit this) - but I think its something you might end up regretting down the road.
     
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    I never heard of NAD. Since they are Canadian, maybe they aren't so popular south of the Canadian border?
     
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    Uofmtiger

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    I agree. I have an Airplay capable Denon and you just need to select the app you want to play music from on the iOS device, then choose Denon from the Airplay list, and it will turn on the receiver and start playing audio.

    With an AppleTV setup, you would need to turn your receiver on and make sure it is on the right input first.

    I really like having a networked receiver. The ability to control the receiver from anywhere in the house using the app (or web address on a computer) is very convenient.
     
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    I've got the Pioneer VSX-1021 and I love it. The iPad and iPhone app is great, Airplay is super easy, and it's got plenty of power and inputs. And if you can find it for $300, it's a steal.
     
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    Right now my receiver has no HDMI ports (e.g. really time for an upgrade). I have all my HDMI connections going through the TV and then TV audio out to the receiver (e.g. TV acting as a receiver, receiver just there as an amplifier) which is not fun. TV does not support HDMI 1.4 (e.g. Audio Return), but will want that capability in the future.

    So I guess, my immediate need is to clean that mess up. But, I'm thinking you guys are right, really going to regret it latter if I don't get one of the network receivers; thus just turn on the receiver for music. Leaning towards the Denon given it supports Pandora while the Pioneer does not.

    I have been lurking in avsforums too, my take is everyone leans towards the Denon in terms of a slight sound quality edge and leans towards the Pioneer in terms of GUI and the possibility of a better deal (e.g. like the one bgro mentions). Decisions, Decisions

    I might put the Denon AVR-1912 back into the mix, main reason in considering the 2112ci was for Audyssey MultEQ "XT".
     
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    Uofmtiger

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    The MultEQ XT is worth the money in my experience.

    I have no experience with Pioneer to confirm or deny this statement, but if it is true, I would think about whether you spend more time messing with menus or listening to your receiver.
     
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    They are popular, but in the high end audiophile world. They are/were generally considered to be one of the best options to equipment costing many thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. The receiver I mentioned listed at about $1400, but refurbed is only $550...definitely doesn't have all the bells and whistles though. One thing they are known for is under representing their power output and providing incredibly clean power far in excess of their rating, if that's important to you.
     
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    Good thing I am not an audiophile. I'd be broke.


     
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    What is your budget? What are the main features you are looking for? What type of setup will it be going into -- speakers, sources, etc.?

    Depending on budget, I would say Anthem, Onkyo, and Denon in that order. I have never been a huge fan of Sony or Pioneer AV gear. These are based on room correction and options primarily.

    My top three suggestions (without knowing budget are:

    Anthem MX300 ($1000 MSRP) - Offers ARC, which may be the best room correction on the market. This line brings many of the features and technologies available in the $7000 top of the line D2v processor from Anthem.

    Anthem MX500 ($1500 MSRP) - Everything the MX300 has plus adds an Ethernet port for streaming and USB audio support.

    Onkyo 3008/3009 ($2100 MSRP) - features Audyssey MultEQ XT32, which is the best Audyssey room correction on the market. This is also jam packed with tons of features that you may never ever use, but will glad they are there if you ever do need them. ;)

    If it matters, I own the Onkyo Pro 5508 ($2200 MSRP), which is the very big brother of the Onkyo 3008, but I was looking at the Anthem 50v ($4500 MSRP) but it came down to price in the end.

    And yes, eric, being an audiophile does hurt the bank account more often than not... :p :cool:
     
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    I would spend some time here--great info on everything audio and visual.

    http://www.avsforum.com/

    As for me, I decided on a Marantz 6005 receiver.
     
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    Hammie

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    Marantz and Denon are the same company, D&M Holdings. Features and sound will be similar.
     
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    Actually, I was looking at the Marantz 1602. I really like the Marantz slimline, just a tad bit out of my price-range, wanted to stay around the 500+- (+100, -500) range. Seems to me more classes of slim-downed receivers is needed in the market.

    Which answers, Hammies question, nice, nice, nice, but just can't do it (e.g. unless I wanted to add a divorce into the package).
     
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    +1 Denon AVR-2112ci

    Makes sense. But, I was thinking with these network receivers (e.g. things like Pandora, itunes, ....), you might actually be using those menus more. At least I assume that, need to look at the manuals more closely on actually controlling a networked source.

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    That is a nice thread, led me to the 2112ci over the 1912. Really starting to think networked which leaves the 1712 behind.
     
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    Concerning these network receivers and ATV2. The network receivers have a ethernet port (e.g. no built-in WiFi), can the receiver join the network by connecting the receiver to the ethernet port on the ATV2?

    Update: just did a quick search on apple support site, the answer was "NO". Sure would be nice, guess I'll have an Airport Express and an ATV2 sitting beside each other.
     
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    Uofmtiger

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    Not sure about all Denons, but mine has a button on the remote that takes you right to the Internet audio menu. To play Pandora, you hit one button, choose Pandora from the menu, then choose your station. When people complain about the GUI, they are probably referring to seldom changed features that are buried in folders. Once you use it a while, finding features in the menus gets a lot easier.
     
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    Well for the price then I would go with the Denon. As Hammie pointed out, Denon and Marantz are owned by the same company. Some suggest the Marantz sound is a bit warmer but I just liked the looks of the Marantz and went for it. I think you would be happy with the Denon. Denon and Onkyo (as well as Marantz) use Audyssey for room set-up--and I find it does an excellent job and something that also factored into my decision.

    This is my setup:

    http://www.blu-ray.com/community/gallery.php?member=spiritfox
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    The Pioneer is a great receiver, and has an absolutely awesome ipad interface, which lets you easily control everything, as well as see all of the MCAC room correction graphs and information, as well as tweak it.

    Basically, you pretty much can't go wrong with the Pioneer or Denon. But, I think Pioneer significantly wins on price and interface, and is very comparable in sound quality. You may also wish to look at some Onkyo receivers, as those are also some outstanding bang for the buck receivers.

    I own the Pioneer VSX-1120.
     

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