Help Me Choose A New AV Receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by BenRead, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. BenRead

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    I'm looking for a AV receiver. It will be primarily used for movies so PQ and SQ are the most important closely followed by good upscaling, although I don't own many DVD's now!

    My current set up is..

    Panasonic TXP55VT65B

    Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Blu-ray Player

    Denon 3310 with Audyssey

    Monitor Audio RX8 (F)
    Monitor Audio GSLCR (C)
    Monitor Audio RX1 (R)
    SVS PB13 Ultra Subwoofer

    Cheers for looking :smashin:

    E2A

    I'm looking to spend a max of £1500 and would be just as happy with something that may not be new but a good secondhand option.
     
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    What is your budget?
    Your current receiver is a good one and pretty consistent with your speakers so what are you trying to achieve with the upgrade. Most upscaling on AVRs is a bit of a gimmick and your TV or source will upscale just as well anyway. If you really want to improve picture quality you would be better spending money on a proper picture processor instead of an AVR.
     
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    A bit more oomph from the amp for the movies low frequencies feel like they should be tighter. It would be nice to have a 3D/4K compatible AVR.

    As above budget is around the £1500 mark, would something with THX might be a bit better sounding?

    I was looking at the Yamaha RX-A3010 or Pioneer SC-LX75.
     
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    A THX badge will give you nothing per se and certainly no guarantee that the receiver will sound any better.
    The Yamaha may give some gains but not sure £1.5k is really going to give you much over your current amp. Some people prefer the sound of Yamaha over Denon which may give you some perceived improvement but any receiver around £1.5k would at best only be a level above your current receiver so not a huge jump in sound quality.
     
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    This is why I was thinking about grabbing a good condition secondhand unit or trying to look for some new "old" stock.

    What about going to a sealed sub, something like the SB13 ultra or am I just clutching at straws?
     
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    SVS may allow you to swap to a sealed version, you would have to check with them. IMHO it would make a difference in tightening the bottom end up a bit.

    You could also look at the USC15 from Gecko / Ultimate Sub Company - £1400 in crackle black finish, 2200wRMS, 15" driver, and is tight yet deep :)
     
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    I think you really need to go demo some options and try to find a local specialist who will let you demo some equipment at home. Otherwise I can see you spending a lot of money and not really solving your issue. For instance a change to a similar level Yamaha amp may give you what you want but then again it may not and the same would be true of a change of sub. You have a good sub so that should not really be lacking but just may not be to your taste.
     
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    This is my no.1 problem, I'm on a tiny island with no option to see a local specialist as there isn't one. I'd need to travel some serious distance just to be able to demo some equipment even then they won't lend anything out and their stock is very limited.

    I do envy all the guys on here with that option :(
     
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    Have you considered anthem?
     
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    I hadn't no, are they 3D/4K compatible?
     
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    Current MRX500 is 3D ready but not 4k.

    New MRX510 and MRX710 are likely to be 4k compatible though.

    MRX500 is down at £1099 though.

    Do you need 4k though today?
     
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    Probably not, just thinking about future proofing. 3D will probably die off before 4K becomes affordable :D

    Have you got any set up on any MA stuff?
     
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    what is your room layout like? Your issues could be with the room more than your equipment.
     
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    The room is approximately 20x20x20, it's basically a big square box. There is a large sofa and a square coffee table in it.

    The fronts and rears are at head level, he centre is a little lower but not by much. Nothing is obstructed, you are basically sat right in the middle of everything.
     
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    where is the sub placed in relation to the room? If you move around the room does the bass change in terms of volume etc?
     
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    As you look at the screen the sub is on the right just before the rears. I've had it at the front but it seemed to overpower any sound coming out of these speakers.
     
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    Is it close to a corner? Have you tried moving it to another location to see if it changes your sound?
     
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    We have the MRX500 in our demo room set-up with Monitor Audio Shadow speakers
     
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    Get a Pioneer sc range cracking all of them you won't go wrong
     
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    It is yes, I had it the other side of the sofa but it just seemed lost and less powerful.

    I know it's a personal thing but how would you say the sound compares to the same set up on a Denon amp?
     
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    Bearing in mind the MRX500 is a £1600 amp with out the excess feature set of some other amps. You would have to be comparing it to a £2000+ amp from others to get close.

    What I can say is the pairing of the MRX500 and the Shadow speakers is superb!:thumbsup:
     
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    thanks for the advice guys, after a lot of thinking and a lot of reading I'm going to sell my PB13 to help fund the purchase of a SB13, fingers crossed my plans work :rolleyes:
     
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    Speak to SVS directly - they offer an upgrade service in the US but I'm not sure if it extends to the UK or not!
     

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