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post #11 of 17 Old 11-07-13, 06:01 PM
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I would go with the Marantz SR7008 personally. This is only because they look great and they do cater a bit more to the audiophile side of things with much better analog sections in their AVR than even their counterpart Denon. Did I mention they look great! Honestly I don't think you could go wrong with Tony's suggestion of the Integra DTR 80.3 either. The Denon AVR 4520ci would be another sound choice. IMO all of these receivers would be great. Of course you could get separates and spend twice as much but I feel it isn't all that beneficial for speakers that are running internal amplifiers to power the low end already. However it seems to be common knowledge that electrostats are power hungry so maybe you need 200w per channel just to drive the mids and highs? At any rate all of the mentioned receivers have Pre outs so you can get a nice amp later on if need be. You may find for HT an external amp isn't necessary but if you get real involved into 2 channel music listening then you may consider it.
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Matthew, are there any specific features or functions that you really want to have? If I were looking right now for a new setup, I think 2 key aspects would be 11.2 pre-outs and Audyssey XT 32 with Sub EQ (for 2 discrete subs). That SIGNIFICANTLY narrows the list of candidates... it might actually only be Denon, maybe Integra. If you're not worried about future formats, 4k upscaling, expandig beyond your current speaker setup, etc., then there is a lot to choose from. I'd second the thought to check out Integra for the processor. And maybe to bring up something different, I always thought Rotel made really nice stuff, you could check out the RSP-1572 or the RSX-1562 receiver. They aren't loaded with all the cutting edge stuff, but should sound great.

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Matthew, are there any specific features or functions that you really want to have? If I were looking right now for a new setup, I think 2 key aspects would be 11.2 pre-outs and Audyssey XT 32 with Sub EQ (for 2 discrete subs). That SIGNIFICANTLY narrows the list of candidates... it might actually only be Denon, maybe Integra. If you're not worried about future formats, 4k upscaling, expandig beyond your current speaker setup, etc., then there is a lot to choose from. I'd second the thought to check out Integra for the processor. And maybe to bring up something different, I always thought Rotel made really nice stuff, you could check out the RSP-1572 or the RSX-1562 receiver. They aren't loaded with all the cutting edge stuff, but should sound great.
The Marantz SR7008 is 9.2 channel but has 11.2 pre-outs. It also runs audyssey xt32 with sub eq ht. So all three recievers mentioned so far fit the bill for what you have described
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I would go with the Marantz SR7008 personally. This is only because they look great and they do cater a bit more to the audiophile side of things with much better analog sections in their AVR than even their counterpart Denon. Did I mention they look great! Honestly I don't think you could go wrong with Tony's suggestion of the Integra DTR 80.3 either. The Denon AVR 4520ci would be another sound choice. IMO all of these receivers would be great. Of course you could get separates and spend twice as much but I feel it isn't all that beneficial for speakers that are running internal amplifiers to power the low end already. However it seems to be common knowledge that electrostats are power hungry so maybe you need 200w per channel just to drive the mids and highs? At any rate all of the mentioned receivers have Pre outs so you can get a nice amp later on if need be. You may find for HT an external amp isn't necessary but if you get real involved into 2 channel music listening then you may consider it.
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My vidmeister is trying to push me towards the Onkyo TXNR5010. I am familiar with it's brother, the Integra DTR 80.3 but not this one...Two names, one company, are they really the same?

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Re: Receivers versus Amp/Preamp

They are basically identical just sold at different venders.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
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They are basically identical just sold at different venders.
Tony,

That's what I thought. Hrumph! Maybe I should just kick it up old school and warm up my long forgotten tube system...

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Tony,

That's what I thought. Hrumph! Maybe I should just kick it up old school and warm up my long forgotten tube system...

~Matthew
Lol, in all reality if your going to use it for only music you would probably love the sound but for movies a tube system just won't cut it.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
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