HELP! - £350 - £400ish AV recommendations please

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  1. michael ex

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    updating from my marantz sr5300 but i,m juggling my options into a black hole!
    i can purchase either an onkyo TXNR609 or stick with marantz with an SR5006 both ex display at £350. an extra £50 brings the onkyo TXNR515 or and not really within budget but appealing yamaha RXA810 AT £470.
    i have a dedicated music room so most of my music listening will be done upstairs, the new unit is primarily for films (although all networking bells and whistles intrigue) which is where 2 hdmi outputs would be useful (515 / 810) but i believe i could just buy a splitter to also output to the pj as the receiver will be fairly inaccessable re accessing the wiring/ interconnects.
    basically good people just need some recommendations to give me that final push in the right direction.
     
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    well the cheaper options are no longer available which indicates that the £400-£500 price point is going to have to come into play. not having experienced any onkyo equipment i,m a little suspect that the 515 with all it,s additional bells and whistles can really be that wonderful at £399 i really would liked to be swayed because it just about falls into a budget i,m happy with. if i absolutely have to go to £500 having owned a marantz i,m pretty sure the sr5006 or a heavily discounted at £499 sr6006 will be fine recievers and of course a yamaha rxa810 at £470 is respected. experiences? or should my eyes wander towards a denon or pioneer?
     
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    The Onkyo TXNR515 is a step down from where you currently are. The Yamaha RXA810 is the one to go for and is an upgrade with a discount price. Buy one of this years amps and you'll be paying a premium price for nothing more than the amp being "new". The comparable Onkyo to your current amp would be the TXNR616 and not the 515. You'd have to buy the Onkyo TXNR717 in order for it to be considered an upgrade. The Marantz SR6006 would be of a similar level to the Yamaha RXV776 and slightly below the RXA810.
     
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    Is there a Richer Sounds close to you?

    I know they do a 14-day exchange on any AVR - so if you do not like the sound you can try a different AVR.

    While they might sound fantastic in the shops sound rooms the real test would be at home and the shape of your room.
     
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    Thank you for the advice thus far. I have always enjoyed my sr5300 but a friend wants a musical based av amp for his new set up where as i have a separate room dedicated to listening to music which contains slightly higher end components (meridian, tag mclaren).so it purely will be used for cinema.
    Removing the marantz last night I thought what a nicely made / weighty bit of kit and although now being 8 years old and lacking most of the latest codes ( trueHD master dts) it does have the seemingly currant neo6 and dts es.
    And although I mostly listen to 2 channel stereo it also has multi channel analog inputs for if I ever did want to listen to sacd in all it,s five channel glory.
    In the end I guess my friend would make more use of the musical aspect of the amp, and I,m getting more than a fair price for it. I just assumed that with 10 years of home cinema advancement I would be able to improve on the sound within my budget. Seemingly not. Looks like a discounted 800 pound is a starting point. Ouch!
     
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    I do have a richer sounds about 100 yards from me. I do find the selection a little limited usually they have one component that you may be interested in but lacking In suitable alternatives For replacement.
    In fact they are the reason I am selling my amp. I own a very modest record shop and a couple of weeks a customer of mine walked into rs with a manual for a mid 90,s Sony Music centre, the type that at a push you would get thirty pounds off ebay with a prevailing. Wind, and they sold him 600 pounds of mordant short( fronts and centres) / cambridge audios (rears) to hang off his music centre rather than sell him a suitable replacement set up for his rather undemanding ears. So it,s basically a salvage job. He does want 5.1 so the selling of my amp is a casualty of their miss-selling and his hi-fi ignorance.
     
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    Maybe something like the Marantz NR1402 would be adequate. You can pick one of these up for about £250.

    Onkyo-Now.co.uk : : Specialists in Onkyo's award winning Hifi and home theatre systems
     
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    £800 brings you into the level of some of the out-going amps such as the Yamaha RX-A2010 or Marantz SR7005 which would be an improvement. £500 will limit scope for improvement but will get you a decent receiver at today's end of line prices.
     
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    managed to pick up an marantz sr5006 for £350 from a retail of £630, yet to test it but being a marantz it,s a sound i,m familiar with and at a price which was close to the sale of the sr5300. so heres hoping!
     

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