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Yamaha RX-V1400 or Onkyo TX-NR801 or OnkyoTX-NR900

 

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Username: Rahul

Post Number: 1
Registered: Sep-04
Need your suggestions replacing my 5 year old Sony STR-DE 485 receiver.
I have Five ( 5.1-channel) pair of Direct/Reflecting cube (small) speakers mounted on the wall and a powered Bose subwoofer.

All I am looking for is very clear natural and live sound to listen to DVD movies and HDTV programming. I am trying to pick between Yamaha RX-V1400, Onkyo TX-NR801 or Onkyo TX-NR900. What I read from lot of reviews is that Yamaha RX-V1400 has a laid back sound but it is packed with all the goodies while Onkyo-NR800/801 sound great but does not have component video out which is important to me having a HDTV to watch old VHS and Direct TV. OnkyoTX-NR900 has everything but the sound quality is not as good as Onkyo-NR800/801 or even Yamaha RX-V1400.
Would have bought Denon AVR- 3805 if I had that much to spend.

Any suggestions which one to get???
 

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Username: Rahul

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Registered: Sep-04
Forgot to mention Direct/Reflecting cube (small) speakers are Bose speakers.
 

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Username: Landroval

Post Number: 693
Registered: Feb-04
Well if you keep your Bose speakers it wont matter which one you buy. You wont hear the difference.
Why does the NR901 sound worse than the NR801?
 

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Username: Rahul

Post Number: 5
Registered: Sep-04
Can't afford to buy new speakers right now, the Bose costed me $1200 when I bought so can't get rid of it that easy.

I saw few professional reviews that says RX-V2400 sound better then NR900 and NR800 sound better then RX-V1400. RX-V1400 and RX-V2400 is basically same receivers except myltyroom capability...so that tells me NR800 sound better then NR900..
 

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Username: Landroval

Post Number: 694
Registered: Feb-04
Well that's BS. I can find you any kind of reviews where this and that are better/worse/same than that and this. Of course there are absolutely better and worse amps, but usually it's a question of personal preference and matching with other equipement.

Out of those I would get the Onkyo 801 or 901 if it's not much more expensive. They have good features and ok sound. Here's a review where 801 was selected overall winner over Denon 3805, Yamaha 1400 etc. You can translate it with Babelfish:
http://www.areadvd.de/hardware/avr_mastertest.shtml
 

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Username: Rahul

Post Number: 6
Registered: Sep-04
landroval,
Thank you for the link. I am really surprised that NR801 is so much more expensive then Denon AVR- 3805 in Europe, it is just other way around in US.
It seems like their decision is somewhat biased by price.
 

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Username: Landroval

Post Number: 695
Registered: Feb-04
Yes, so it seems. Reviews are indicative, but you should not make your decision based on them.

The lowest prices I could find for 801 and 900 are around 1100euro, while the AVR3805 is around the same.
 

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Username: Rahul

Post Number: 7
Registered: Sep-04
Here is a posting comparing Onkyo 900 and Yamaha 2300:

https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-audio/2805.html
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