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Hey gang, I'm in the process of looking for a receiver. I thought I had one lined up at first I was ready to get the Pioneer vsx-21txh till I found out somethings about it if you are curious here is my other posting http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/general-discussion/23146-power-consumption-av-receivers-new-post.html I would like to get advice form all of you to the following

1 Should I choose a different receiver and which one.
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2 Should I stick with the Pioneer

If possible I would like hear from owners of this Pioneer model or Pioneer owners in general as well.
Any advice that you guys can offer will be greatly appreciated.
 

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What is the maximum amount of money you feel comfortable spending on a receiver?
The VSX-21 is a pretty nice receiver. I do like the Ice Powered SC-25/SC-27 better.

Also, Magnolia/BB has been blowing out the previous generation SC-05 and SC-07. If they are still available in your area, it would be a no brainer to me. You should be able to pickup an SC-05 for close to what the VSX-21 is going for.

While I like and have owned many Pioneer receivers, Onkyo has really stepped up their offerings of late.
I am especially fond of the TX-SR875/876, which is available for around 800 Dollars B-Stock from Accessories4less.

This is a receiver that outputs tons of power, Reon Video Processing (truly one of the best), THX Ultra2,
Audyssey MultEQ XT (XT is a more powerful version than MultEQ, and much more. However, it really is the combination of a very powerful amplifier section with excellent video processing that makes it my favorite sub 2K receiver.
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Thanks Jack as far as budget $800-$1k.
 

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Here is a link for the TX-SR876:http://www.accessories4less.com/mak....1-channel-Home-Theater-Receiver-Black/1.html

Check out some of the reviews for the TX-SR876 and the predecessor TX-SR875. You will find that the reviews are all unbelievably positive. Go to ecoustics.com and you can check out all of the professional reviews of this model. On the Audyssey Website, they used to have the Widescreen Review of the TX-SR875. This review was amazingly through. I have it saved as a PDF from the site. I am not sure it is possible, but perhaps I can email it to you. But trust me when I say power and feature wise, it compares to receivers costing over twice as much. And you would be getting it for half off from an authorized dealer with a full warranty.
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That is a great price. well I can add that to the research list. Thanks Jack
 

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Thanks Jack you cut down my research time and the power output specs were very impressive. do you have a short list of other receivers you would also recommend just in case this model is not available to me, because when I decide to buy it will be in February with my tax refund. Thanks again.
 

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Hopefully, the TX-SR876 will still be available. The problem is the replacement TX-NR3007 retails for 2100 Dollars and will probably not be discounted to this extent.

While I completely understand needing to wait, this receiver is so good and so well priced that, if it was me, I would do everything possible to pick one up now. I know that is easy for me to say, but the TX-SR876 at retail represents unbelievable value. At 65% off, it is absolutely crazy value. So much so that it is worth making sacrifices to get one while still available.

February is not that far off so hopefully, it will still be available. It is just one of those no guarantee situations.
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Ah if was up to me I would pull the trigger,but the wife robs me blind most of the year.
 

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Such is life.
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Is there any other recommendations form anyone.
 

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Well, This Onkyo 706 would also work and its refurbished meaning in new condition and full guarantee. It has Pre outs as well so you can add an external amp down the road if you want a little extra power for the main channels.

EDIT: Or even better this Onkyo 806 as it has more power and just a better all around receiver.
 

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Haven't come across those 2 before, I was looking at the 707 and the 807.
 

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The x06 are last years models but preform just as well.
 

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Is there a lot of those models still available is my question, because I'll be buying a receiver in February.
 

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Hard to say, they pop up from time to time.
 

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While there are no guarantees, it would seem highly likely of their being a continued availability of B-stock earlier generation (xx5, xx6, xx7) and A-Stock Onkyo AVR's at discounted prices.

What will be difficult to source is the TX-SRxx5 Series (605, 705, 805, 875, 905) as they are already difficult to source. This is an issue primarily with the 800 Series Onkyo. The TX-SR805 was build wise and feature wise the best. The 805 featured the same DAC's as the Flagship TX-NR905 and TX-SR875 and the same amplification section of the TX-SR875. Furthermore, it shared the same top level Audyssey MultEQ XT Room Correction and true THX Ultra2 amplification. And all upper level xx5 Onkyo's were made in Japan as opposed to Malaysia.

The TX-SR806 was released weighing 37.5 pounds compared to the TX-SR805's 50.9 pounds. This weight reduction was all in the amplifier section. Furthermore, the 806 no longer featured Audyssey MultEQ XT using instead the less powerful MultEQ. In addition, no longer did the 806 feature top spec Burr Brown DAC's using the Crystal DAC's of the lower level Onkyo's. I think of it as the 805 being the least expensive house in a upscale neighborhood while the 806 is the most expensive house in a decent neighborhood.

Again, this only really applies to the TX-SR805. The only other advantage is the 05 Series being manufactured in Japan which is not a huge deal to many.
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Ok for arguments sake lets say none of the others are available, now which one would you consider of this year's models given my price range. I am trying to be difficult just want make sure I have a plan A.B.C etc. nothing is worse then going to order something and it's no longer available. Thanks guys.
 

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With a budget of up to one thousand Dollars, I would probably get the TX-NR1000. Again, the chances of only the current models being available is slim. Furthermore, there is a chance by then, that new current models will be available as B-Stock. This would give you the opportunity to purchase a receiver that is in a higher price range than your budget allows for. Perfect current example being the TX-SR876 being available for 850 Dollars as opposed to 1700 Dollars. The only issue with the new generation being that the prices of the comparable model (TX-NR3000) is over 2 thousand Dollars so the B-Stock purchase price might be correspondingly higher.
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The odd thing is with the 805 is that even used ones are still selling for more than $600 and an 806 can be had refurbished for usually less.
The chances of finding an 805 is slim but the 876 or like you say Jack the NR1000 will probably be found for a good price still in February another consideration is the 906 as well.
 
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