AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

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AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby ddias_de » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:09 pm

After the revelation from a fellow CU user (thanks!) that I can use HT bypass mode and keep my existing stereo system while adding a 5.1 system for movies/TV, I'd be grateful for any advice on an AV receiver and subwoofer. I have Vienna Acoustics BBGs as fronts, Haydn Grands as rears and I'm about to order the the Teatro Grand as a centre channel speaker.

This is in my price range: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/denon-avr-x3500h

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby Joe » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:14 pm

I've always preferred the Japanese brands. I'm a Yamaha user myself. My advice is whatever brand you choose, buy last years model. They update these things every year but rarely add anything significant.
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby ddias_de » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:32 pm

Thanks! One thing I noted from a little light reading is that my front speakers are rated at 4ohm.

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby Joe » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:53 pm

Here's an option:
https://petertyson.co.uk/manufacturer-r ... 1y068647uw

If you're in no rush, wait until early summer when new models come out and you can get last years cheaper.
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby callen24 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:40 pm

do you feel you need to spend that much?
And get a long guarantee, they do a lot, so a lot to go wrong
does this fit the bill?

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby Davenice » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:48 pm

When I was shopping for a receiver, I found it useful to first put together a list of the features I needed. That way I was able to easily eliminate receivers that does not fit the bill. I needed features like 6 HDMI in(minimum), pre-outs and 7.2 multi-channel input. I didn't need atmos, 11.2 channels, 3 zones etc.

For example, the Sony STRDN1080 linked to above does not have pre-outs. You will struggle to do HT bypass with it.

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby callen24 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:09 pm

Davenice wrote:When I was shopping for a receiver, I found it useful to first put together a list of the features I needed. That way I was able to easily eliminate receivers that does not fit the bill. I needed features like 6 HDMI in(minimum), pre-outs and 7.2 multi-channel input. I didn't need atmos, 11.2 channels, 3 zones etc.

For example, the Sony STRDN1080 linked to above does not have pre-outs. You will struggle to do HT bypass with it.

you are right, doesn’t fit his spec
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby zippy » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:59 am

I'm very happy with my Marantz even though it's a fairly basic model.
Having previously had an expensive Arcam which was unimpressive, I'd definitely not buy Arcam again and wouldn't spend £1000.
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby Joe » Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:24 pm

I agree that you shouldn't pay for features you don't need but remember that cheaper receivers tend to have less power output. Home Cinema needs a bit of muscle as it's supposed to have one volume setting - loud!

What are you driving the BBG with for stereo?
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby madaboutlawns » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:05 pm

Onkyo TXNR676e - around £500 mark.

These are great, a lot more than you can want in an av receiver.
Plenty of power, plenty of comparability and features.

I have mine set up in a dolby atmos configuration.
This model is plenty, but your budget would let you upgrade to a higher model, no real reason too unless you want to make Atmos with 4 more speakers.

You can't go wrong with one of these.

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby ddias_de » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:00 pm

Joe wrote:I agree that you shouldn't pay for features you don't need but remember that cheaper receivers tend to have less power output. Home Cinema needs a bit of muscle as it's supposed to have one volume setting - loud!

What are you driving the BBG with for stereo?


I'm driving my BBGs with a pair of Cyrus Mono X. I'm wondering what impact on AV amp power usage that using them via HT bypass for the fronts will have.

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby hifinutt » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:43 pm

would i be right in thinking that the AV amp will be under less strain if only driving 3 speakers i.e centre and rear
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby ddias_de » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:27 pm

hifinutt wrote:would i be right in thinking that the AV amp will be under less strain if only driving 3 speakers i.e centre and rear


That's what I'm hoping someone will be able to shed some light on for me... Remember that the speakers are rated at 4ohm...

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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby callen24 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:28 pm

the award winning denon at 899 has amazon alexa etc, if you want to spend that much
but i’ve just noticed you mention a sub, very important for films, so i might keep spending on an av low to maximise funds for a sub
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Re: AV receiver recommendations sub-£1000 ?

Postby RichardLowe » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:52 pm

ddias_de wrote:
hifinutt wrote:would i be right in thinking that the AV amp will be under less strain if only driving 3 speakers i.e centre and rear


That's what I'm hoping someone will be able to shed some light on for me... Remember that the speakers are rated at 4ohm...


It depends on the receiver. If it uses a common power supply for all channels then yes, driving less channels will reduce the load. Especially if you remove the FL and FR channels which use the most power.
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