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Focal Chorus 714 V - AV Receiver Recommendation

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    Hi everyone,

    That's my first post here, so be gentle ;)

    I've received a gift of Focal Chorus 714 V floorstanding speakers, and now I would want to pair it with a nice receiver.

    I'm not going to lie, I would prefer it to be more on the budget side. So far I've identified two systems I could go for:

    Pioneer VSX-527 and Onkyo TX-NR414 (if I could still get an Onkyo at that price.

    I would love to have DLNA compatibility, but it's not a must, since my TV supports it.

    My setup at the moment is as follows:
    32inch Samsung TV
    Xbox 360
    Playstation 3 (plus PS4 at some point)
    Sky+

    Anyway, I wouldn't want to go above £300 with the receiver. Thanks in advance for any help ;)
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    Look at receivers manufactured by Yamaha, Denon or Marantz for use with the Focal speakers. The speakers are clinical in nature and are better suited to receivers with a warmer sound to them than the Onkyo and the Pioneer you've been considering.

    You can still get an Denon AVR1713 within your budget:
    https://www.forumhifivisual.co.uk/prod.asp?product_idx=4132

    or there's the Yamaha RXV673 for just over your budhet:
    http://exceptional-av.co.uk/product.php?fdProductId=1057&gclid=CKCt7cK-nrkCFbQetAodnVMACQ
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    Thanks for the reply. I was considering Yamaha RXV373, but I wasn't too sure about the power output (85w per channel), will that be enough?
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    Power wouldn't be an issue, but I'd not regard the Yamaha RXV373 as being your best option. It is a very basic AV receiver and lacks some of the features you'll find on alternatives such as the aforementioned Denon AVR1713. The Yamaha lacks DLNA and networking for instance.

    The speakers themselves really deserve better and you'd ordinarily be using a receiver priced in the region of £500 with that particular level of speakers. This isn't particularly anything to do with power, but simply because the higher priced AV receivers tend to use better components which results in better audio and less distortion.
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    I've just noticed your edited reply.

    The Denon AVR1713 you've found sounds perfect to be honest... Great price on that site as well, since it's £400 on amazon.
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    Yeah, I know, but it's been through Denon and has 12 month manufacturer warranty, which I prefer over Ex Dem model.
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    The same seller is selling a refurbished Denon AVR2113 for £270:
    [ame=http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141042770919?lpid=54&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=54]Denon AVR2113 3D Home Cinema AV Receiver Black AVR-2113 | eBay[/ame]
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    Not really, but it can fascilitate 7.1 as opposed to just the 5.1 of the AVR1713. It is basically the two additional channels of amplification that differentiates it from the model below it.

    You are aware that these are intended for use as surround sound amplifiers aren't you and that you'd need the additional speakers to take full advantage of this?
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    I'll be happy with the 5.1 version. I'll be using it as 2.0 setup at the moment, hopefully will get a subwoofer later if needed. I'm not a huge fan of having speakers all around me.

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