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Help with selecting a receiver?

I've currently got a hand-me-down 7.1ch receiver which I am using with my 3.0 setup. My current receiver is the Pioneer VSX-53TX.

I am looking to replace my receiver to:
a) Get a smaller footprint
b) Have HDMI video pass-through

I don't know nearly enough about receivers to determine how to pick one that suits my needs. Seems like there are PLENTY in all different price points. I know I don't want/need something in the highest-end. But does that mean that something that is $300 is going to be perfect? What do you get for $200, $400?

Any specific recommendations?
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Using video passthrough consumes quite a bit of power.

What speakers do you have? Do you want the unit to have Audyssey, YPAO, MCACC?
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I was in your spot for a few months until i spotted this:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=047219

It was a one day sale for $399 yesterday and i ordered it for pick up at the store. Not sure if i'll get it (its been awhile since i purchased something from CC), but reading the owners thread here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/av-ampli ... ead-3.html

All of the issues have been sorted out through f/w updates. Something to consider as an option.
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Kaitlyn wrote:
Jun 16th, 2013 1:47 pm
I've currently got a hand-me-down 7.1ch receiver which I am using with my 3.0 setup. My current receiver is the Pioneer VSX-53TX.

I am looking to replace my receiver to:
a) Get a smaller footprint
b) Have HDMI video pass-through

I don't know nearly enough about receivers to determine how to pick one that suits my needs. Seems like there are PLENTY in all different price points. I know I don't want/need something in the highest-end. But does that mean that something that is $300 is going to be perfect? What do you get for $200, $400?

Any specific recommendations?
When you mean smaller footprint, do you mean primarily height and/or width?

If height is an issue, Marantz has a series of slime line receivers. Their entry level model is the NR1403.

Big Box retailers like Future Shop has started to carry Marantz branded products which was previously exclusively sold in specialty audio stores:

e.g.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... ageIndex=1

Compliation of reviews:

http://www.testfreaks.com/a-v-receivers/marantz-nr1403/


There are also step-up models [NR1603] from their slim line series available at a higher cost.

I think your Pioneer is an older Elite model, so its amps are probably more powerful and robust than the entry level Marantz example shown above, but unless your speakers are not very sensitive and you don't play your speakers to ear-splitting levels you probably won't notice a difference.
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Ironsmack wrote:
Jun 16th, 2013 3:57 pm
I was in your spot for a few months until i spotted this:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=047219

It was a one day sale for $399 yesterday and i ordered it for pick up at the store. Not sure if i'll get it (its been awhile since i purchased something from CC), but reading the owners thread here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/av-ampli ... ead-3.html

All of the issues have been sorted out through f/w updates. Something to consider as an option.
A cnet review of the current revision of the model ONKYO TX-NR626:

http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers/on ... 36573.html

In the review is that they have a pic of the ONKYO 626 beside the Marantz 1403 model I mentioned earlier:

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