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post #11 of 16 Old 07-16-15, 11:30 AM
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Re: Looking for receiver recommendation

If you're in no hurry, woot.com also occasionally runs some AVR's. right now they have the NR 1010 and 3010 for a couple hundred less than amazon, but those are higher models outside your budget. they sometimes have mid-low line Onkyo's for cheap.

Since you don't need atmos, you could probably find a good deal getting yesteryear design now that the new models have come out.

For a 5.1 setup I like the pioneer VSX's. I've had good luck with them. However they lack network connection ands stereo preouts. If you can concede on the preouts, they might be an answer for you. carefully compare the current and previous models you might be able to find something that meets your criteria for less than $200.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-VS...eiver/24491097
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-17-15, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking for receiver recommendation

Thank you all for the advice. I actually ended up finding a good deal on a used unit a few years old. I went for a Pioneer Elite VSX-23, I was able to get it used for only $285 CAD in 9/10 condition. I couldn't see anything I was missing out on. The amp is rated down to 6-ohm and the impedance curve for the DIYs I am using does hit as low as 4-ohms at some point but spends most of the curve above 6 ohms. Regardless, if needed I can add a small power amp for the fronts if stability proves an issue.

It seems to do all the formats I need, has full pre-outs as well and the power seems ample.
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-17-15, 04:41 PM
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Thank you all for the advice. I actually ended up finding a good deal on a used unit a few years old. I went for a Pioneer Elite VSX-23, I was able to get it used for only $285 CAD in 9/10 condition. I couldn't see anything I was missing out on. The amp is rated down to 6-ohm and the impedance curve for the DIYs I am using does hit as low as 4-ohms at some point but spends most of the curve above 6 ohms. Regardless, if needed I can add a small power amp for the fronts if stability proves an issue. It seems to do all the formats I need, has full pre-outs as well and the power seems ample.
My AVR is a VSX-23.
I use it and enjoy it every day. There have been no issues with my unit.
I recommend studying the manual, information related to each other is strewn throughout.
You have to take the manual as a whole vs getting the full story in a single section or paragraph.
Or you can just run the MCACC and not worry about it....LOL
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-17-15, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking for receiver recommendation

Thanks for the input . I'm actually pretty comfortable configuring things with a lot of settings so I hope I won't run into too many difficulties. I'll be diving into the manual shortly.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-20-15, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking for receiver recommendation

Just an update/question:
I've had the VSX-23 for a while and it's running great. The MCACC really had some benefit in my room and cleared up some standing waves I had. I was running in a 4.0 configuration for a while and am now running with a sub as well. I intend to add a center channel soon too but I am still building it.

The front speakers have an impedance curve that is quite smooth and bottoms out at around 3.9 ohms, it is likely about 5 or 6 ohms overall on the curve. The back speakers are 8-ohm. I am in an apartment building so volume never gets out of hand (never more than 85 dB peaks at the listening position I'd estimate). The speakers are average-low efficiency (87/88 db/w/m) but are are only 8 feet from listening position.

Is it safe to assume that in this application I am likely not taxing the receiver too greatly with the lower impedance? The receiver gets warm but never approaches hot.

I have no problem adding a simple 4-ohm compatible power amp for the front channels if required. Was thinking about something such as a Dayton APA 100 or anything else that can be recommended. But if this is not necessary please let me know.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-20-15, 03:01 PM
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All things considered it is highly unlikely that you are putting stress on the AVR.
Since you are a DIYer it is obvious you like to tinker with stuff, if you want to get an amp just to play with it and tinker with the system then I revise my first sentence......All things considered you should get an amp.

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