Replacing onkyo 606

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  1. TT Coupe

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    So my old onkyo 606 has started doing the auto switching thing that I know is a common fault. I'm not interested in repairing it and will replace it seeing as tech has come a way since then.

    I'm out if the loop with what the latest best buys are etc so would appreciate some guidance here.

    It will be driving a front pair of kef q700's and MS aviano in a 5.1 setup.

    Budget is £500
     
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    The Yamaha 1073 is probably the best you will get for your budget if looking at new receivers. That said it probably deserves better speakers to really get the most from it hence you could get away with spending less if you wanted. The Onkyo 626 would be the direct replacement to your current receiver. But could also look at the sony 1040 or Yamaha 675 or Denon X2000.
     
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    Having had a quick look about I quite like the look of the pioneers, how do they rate?

    Hadn't considered Yamaha, will give them a look - thanks.
     
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    Pioneer has a similar sound to Onkyo so would be worth consideration as a replacement.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the KEF Q series and I think they pair off very well with Yamaha receivers. I would second the recommendation of a RXV1073 if you can find one but if not, the RXV775 is also a very capable receiver and can be had for £450 - £500. The Onkyo range hasn't really wow'd me this year, they're great if you want added functionality like Spotify and last.fm support built in but sound quality wise you can do better. The Sony STRDN1040 is a solid option with very good reviews as well.
     
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    Narrowed it down to these 2:

    Yamaha 1073 for £500
    Pioneer sc1223 for £479

    The yamaha is suggested to be a £1k receiver, is it really that good?
     
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    The RXV1073 was one of Yamaha's higher end mainstream receivers. It is fantastic when dealing with surround sound and a strong performer when it comes to 2ch stereo as well. It has a load of other features like AirPlay etc but the sound quality is the stand out feature and going from the Onkyo TXSR606 you should definitely notice the quality difference. For £500, it's a great buy.
     
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    I upgraded from a 606 to the RXV1073 3 or 4 weeks ago. I was was getting increasingly bad hdmi handshaking issues with the 606. I also have MS avianos in my setup.

    Very happy with my purchase. Sound quality is a lot crisper and I used to find the centre channel needed boosting for dialog on the 606 and I haven't had to do any such tweaks on the yamaha.
    Setup is very easy (as is the 606 to be fair) and the on screen menus are simple and straightforward.
    It goes a lot louder too. On some movies on the 606 I would be maxing the volume on the 606. Haven't gotten close on the yamaha.

    I was also running out of hdmi connections on the 606 so the additional ones on the yamaha are welcome.

    For the price I think you get a lot of amp with the yamaha.
     
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    Thanks Zed, I picked up the Yamaha today, just about to set it up :)
     
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    Congrats TT I'm sure you'll be more than happy with it :thumbsup:
     
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    I totally agree with you regarding the centre needing boosting in the 606, the 1073 is so much better!

    One thing I really like is that as soon as you play via airplay it auto switches on - really like that.

    Quite impressed by the AV control app too - works very well.

    Some fine adjustments are needed but so far the difference is night and day.

    Just got to work out what to do with the 606, seems a waste to just put it on a shelf and forget about it....
     
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    Yeah my 606 is up in the loft now. Was debating trying out the capacitor fix on the hdmi board that is shown on the forum somewhere but I know now I'll probably just never get round to it :rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks, I didn't realise there was a walk through guide. Just found it, will order some spares and have a go myself :)
     

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