Need to match an AV receiver to MA radius R90 HD10

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  1. IanWilky

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    Hi,
    I'm in the process of upgrading my AV system to suit a new lounge. I previously had a full radius 5.1 setup and was happy with this so intend to go with these again except the latest version (main reason being colour change). Previously used a Denon 2807 and was happy with this, but sure it could be improved.

    I need to match a new receiver to these, and feel that a budget upto £1000 will be reasonable to get the best from them. I'm not bothered about having the latest 2013 models and would rather find a reduced 2012 receiver to get the best out of my budget.

    Essentials are DNLA to stream from NAS drive and remote app controllability. Will be used for movies and stereo music 50:50.

    My shortlist (I'm order of preference) is:

    Pioneer SC LX76 - available for around £850 and everything I want from the '86 but cheaper, best remote app.
    Onkyo 818 - available for £600 ish, but remote app looks a bit poor
    Denon X3000 - new so will be paying top whack

    Any opinions? Any further I should consider from Marantz etc?

    Really leaning towards the pioneer, to the extent that its in a basket, ready to pull the trigger!
     
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    It is usually the warmer sounding receivers that are paired with Monitor Audio speakers. I'd therefore not ordinarily suggest either the Onkyo or the Pioneer. The new Denon models are supposed to be more clinical this year than previously and I've even read suggestions that care should be taken when pairing the new Denons with clinical speakers.

    Ordinarily, I'd suggest the Denon, but I'd recommend you audition prior to purchase.


    Older Marantz or DEnon receiver's should be fine. Yamaha is also another option.
     
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    Yamaha RX-A2020 - £999

    Marantz SR7007 - £799

    When you say latest radius do you mean the ones due out next month?
     
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    Sorry, no the current HD version, wasn't aware of a new version (hence the good deals around at the moment?).

    Any info or links? Is it just a cosmetic upgrade or full rework?

    Thanks.

    Do we think the pioneer would be a poor match then? Thanks for the Yamaha suggestion - forgot about these and the 1020 would probably suffice. I know it's crazy reasoning, but the receiver is the only bit of kit that will be on show, and I'm not convinced of the yammy's looks :)

    Edit: just found info on the new radius. Oh what to do?!
     
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    So you're basically asking which looks the nicest??? :confused:
     
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    There are a couple of slimmer entries into the range and the subwoofers change significantly.
     
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    that does matter to a lot of people as well;)
     
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    Mainly the deaf ones :hiya:
     
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    Thanks for your valued input. I don't recall asking opinions on which looks the nicest, just mentioned that in the real world appearance is a consideration.

    Appearance is important to most normal people, I like a good system enough to consider it a minor hobby but my life doesn't revolve around AV, and the equipment needs to fit in with me, my home and family rather than visa versa.
     
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    Really? :confused:


    The PIoneer is probably your worst option in terms of the speakers you want to use with it. It ain't much of a looker either LOL
     
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    Very true - unless you have a dedicated room appearance will always come in to it.

    There really is no difference in appearence for the R90's in the new range though. The only change will be the subwoofer.
     
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    There's no accounting for taste... :D

    ...but you've got me looking at the yamahas now!

    I guess the best thing is to get a short list to listen to. I know an AV receiver will always be a compromise for stereo but without having loads of kit we were always quite happy with our Denon and I suspect the Marantz will be pretty much a Denon under the bonnet being from the same stable. Are we saying Marantz and Yamahas tend to have a less bright sound?

    I'd look at Arcam and Anthem but the features I want are only on the higher end models and I just can't justify the price tags.
     
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    Given you want something that is good with music I would certainly be looking at Yamaha or Marantz.

    The anthem mrx500 would be the other one I would suggest if you can stretch to 1200 - the speakers may limit the choice of amp though
     
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    Thanks again for the advice guys, seriously looking at the Yamahas now. Seem to be ticking all the boxes and a slick remote app to make life easier for others in the house too. And I even like the look now ;)

    Any real difference between the 1020 (around £800) and 1030 (around £1k)?

    The arcam is a good buy at that money...
     
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    The new Adventage models are an unknown quantity right now, especially seeing as Yamaha have opted to no longer implement Burr Brown DACs within their higher end models. The A1030 gains ESS Technology Sabre ES9006 DAC's, matrix switching second HDMI Zone support and front HDMI MHL support over last years A1020 model.
     
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    Yes I will second that. MRX500.
     

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