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I have just started building my HT again....the divorce did away with most of it...I kept my front stage and bought everything else in the last 3 weeks. What I have is as follows:

Emerson 42" LCD
Onkyo TX-SR803
DIY Front stage (Peerless, Morel) 2) 8" 1)4" 1)Dome per
NHT VC-3 x1
NHT Super One x4
Epik Empire Sub
Vizio Blu Ray

So the question at hand is what is my next purchase that can give me the most improvement?
No room for a projector yet.....still looking for a house
 

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I would say your next upgrade would be to get a new receiver with the high def audio codecs available from Blu-ray like DTS-HD and TrueHD.
 

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I just checked out your current receiver and it doesn't include any automatic EQ like Audyssey. Get a receiver with at least Audyssey MultEQ XT and your audio should improve greatly just from that addition. I am not sure what you budget is for a receiver but the more expensive receivers include Audyssey XT32 which is even better.

I just picked this up about a month ago: http://www.buy.com/prod/onkyo-tx-nr...-9-2-channel-dolby-digital-dts/217138820.html

I actually bought my 3008 at http://www.accessories4less.com/ for about 1,000 for a refurb but they don't have any currently in stock. This receiver does include XT32 and all the bells and whistles.
 

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I like Denon, Onkyo and Marantz. Right now the Onkyo is my personally preference, Denon my second choice then Marantz as I have owned all these brands within the last year and stayed with the Onkyo.

It's all personal preference and what sounds right in your system. I picked the Onkyo over the other 2 as it had more dynamics for movies, the marantz was probably the best with music but dull for movies compared to the Onkyo. The Denon is a good all around performer but the Onkyo edged it out for movies in my system.
 

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You can even go less and get a lot of receiver, especially used.

Here is a Onkyo 809 which has MultEQ XT which I recommend as the lowest form of Audyssey:

http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...eiver/1.html?gclid=CJHHoty7kq0CFcoaQgodWD5jkw

They also have lower priced receivers there like the 709 which also has XT and is only about $500:

http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...Channel-3-D-Ready-Network-A/V-Receiver/1.html

Here is a list of Audyssey equipped receivers with MultEQ XT and XT32, I would skip any receiver that only had normal MultEQ and 2EQ as they do not do as good a job at EQ-ing the subwoofer channel if at all.

http://www.audyssey.com/products?fi...lteq_flavor_value[]=MultEQ+XT&pid=All&ptype=5
 

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One other thing I wanted to mention regarding Accessories4less.com. There extended warranties are reasonably priced and you can get 3 years for about $45. I have only had a problem with 1 Onkyo product which is my 5508 pre-amp and luckily it is still under warranty but for $45 it is not bad for a little piece of mind.
 

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Yamaha uses there own EQ system and I don't know if it equals Audyssey which is available on Denon, Marantz, Onkyo and some others and is considered the top EQ as far as receivers are concerned.
 

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Hello,
I am with Mike on this one. Yamaha makes an excellent AVR, but YPAO does not do nearly as well as Audyssey in my experience. This is especially true for the Subwoofer/LFE Channel as YPAO does not EQ all the way down to 20hz whereas Audyssey places a premium on the LFE.
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Thinking about an Onkyo 709 or 809....seems to be a nice route at a decent price point...I plan on buying a 7 channel amp later as well
For the price there hard to beat. I have never tried either but have the 3008 which is the big brother and it works great. The best thing is they both include Audyssey XT.
 

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So far I am pretty impressed with the 3008 and the refurb price at accessories 4 less made it a no brainer. I had a Denon 4311 which is a good performer as well but the Onkyo just has an extra gear when it comes to movies.
 

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One more thing I should add concerning the difference between the 4311 and 3008 is that Audyssey did a better job on my subs with the 3008 than the 4311 even though they both have XT32. I still use a Velodyne SMS-1 to add the needed boost to my sealed DIY subs. I am able to check how Audyssey has done on my subs with the SMS-1 and the 4311 still needed some tweaking but the 3008 had a really smooth frequency response.
 

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I adore my 3008. Audyssey XT32/SubEQ HT are utterly amazing and my HT has never sounded better.
 

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Scott,
The 3008 is a beast. It even meets THX Ultra2 Plus Certification which is what the original THX Certification used to be before they introduced Select which is far easier to achieve. As an Ultra AVR must be stable down to 3.4 Ohms into all channels, I honestly think it would do quite well.
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JJ
 
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