I'm looking for a suggestion for a 7.1 Receiver, I have a media room that is 22 feet long, 14 feet wide. It is wired for 7.1. I'm looking to spend about $1100 on the receiver. Also recomendations on side and rear speakers. I've been looking at Denon and Onkyo, but the board appears to love Marantz.
I would keep the Polks and add new Polk center/surrounds to them. For a receiver in your budget I would look at the Elite vsx-56 which can be had for under $1000, the Marantz 7500 and the H/K 635. All work very well with Polks.
Well, I had Polk RTi8's with a Denon 701 Reciever and an H/K 625. The Polks are a tad warm and sounded muddy with the h/K. Too much warmth?
They certainly sounded better with the Onkyo. The Onkyo brought out a little more detail and got rid of of some the midrange bloat that was present with the h/k and Polk Combo. The H/K sounded great with Klipsch, so I'm not bashing H/K.
I currently have a Denon 3805 with Axiom's. I find that I hear a lot more detail with the 3805 than any of the other receivers.
I would go with either the Denon or the Marantz espcially since both have auto setup and auto room equalization.
Looks like I'm the only Denon fan here.
Elite - congrats on your gold status!
I have the NAD T773 7.1 receiver and I think that over all 7.1 receiver is not usefull at all: first, all movies today they coded 5.1 Dolby digital, dts... and you will not find any movie 7.1. Second, for music, 5.1 is more than enough, as for clean music, 2 channels stereo some will say is the best, but even with DTS or SACD, 5.1 is the max for music. My opinion, save the money for better speakers, and have max 6.1 receiver.
Good luck, Daniel
i'm also looking at the marantz 7500. one question: can i listen to music in 2 channel stereo without the subwoofer and can i listen to home theater in 5.1 with the subwoofer? can i set the receiver to know my preferences?
The 7500 will not output to the sub in stereo. Neither will Yamaha or H/K. Denon and NAD will output to the sub in stereo mode. I don't know about the Pioneer Elite.
If you're doing mainly HT, the Onkyo is definitely the best bang for the buck...you can get a 602 for just a little over $300 from JandR.com
The denon 3805 is an excellent reciever, no way around it. But it really seems to be somewhat picky about what speakers you use with it. I was running some Paradigm 9SEmk3's with it and it was so freaking dark i couldnt handle it. I gave em to a buddy of mine who hooked em up to his Yamaha and they sounded really good. So i went out and picked up a pair of JM Lab Chorus 707s's to go with my 3805, and damn that is a fine sounding combo. the 3805 also seems to do pretty nice with KEF speakers and B&W as well.
I have Sony SA-VE367 7.1 Speaker System. I would like to buy a 7.1 Receiver for this. I had a chance to take a look at Sony 7.1 receivers, but seems they doesnt have optical inputs from DVD. My budget is limited(not more than $500). Please suggest optimal receiver. Thanks in advance.