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Hi,

 

Currently using a Denon X3000 with pre-outs to a NAD M25 power amplifier. My parents-in-law are after a new system, so thinking about just giving them my Denon and upgrading mine. Originally I was planning to do this every couple of years (as now it doesn't have hdr) and keep the NAD until it dies. The Denon originally was around $1100-$1200 at the time from memory. Just not sure what to replace it with at this stage. Spotify would be a handy but can get a Chromecast if it doesn't. Ideally trying to keep it well under $2000.

 

Looked at the Emotiva MC700 and looked fairly ideal but then people said there's lots of HDMI handshake type problems and other bugs that can even require it to be unplugged, so turned me off it.  There's the Marantz 5014, Yamaha rxv1080 (going cheaper at the moment probably due to be a 2017 model), Denon 3600h, NAD T758 v3 and I assume others.

 

Thank you for any assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@3dl3 if solely for movies/tv and not wanting atmos considering you have an amp I would look at a Pre/Pro used from here. 

Yep a Chromecast will add all the connectivity that the older models don't have built in

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1 hour ago, 3dl3 said:

Hi,

 

Currently using a Denon X3000 with pre-outs to a NAD M25 power amplifier. My parents-in-law are after a new system, so thinking about just giving them my Denon and upgrading mine. Originally I was planning to do this every couple of years (as now it doesn't have hdr) and keep the NAD until it dies. The Denon originally was around $1100-$1200 at the time from memory. Just not sure what to replace it with at this stage. Spotify would be a handy but can get a Chromecast if it doesn't. Ideally trying to keep it well under $2000.

 

 

 

If your player has dual HDMI ouputs.........ie...."MAIN" and "AUDIO only" there is NO need to feed ANY video through an AVR or Pre/Pro.

 

Just send video DIRECT to your Display and the AVR or Pre/Pro's "HDR" capabilities become irrelevant.  

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yeh the though of upgrading my gear just for HDR seems like a crazy concept but thats just me.

 

If you are keen to keep up with feature trends, just do exactly what you've done so far and buy cheapish AVRs based on specs and features with pre-outs.

 

Older Processors may sound better but wont have the features you want anyway.

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Thank you for the responses.

 

It is a dual setup of stereo and surround sound content.

It wasn't something I was planning to do right at this moment but time makes sense to pass it on to family so they don't need to buy. Actually HDR is handy for my PS4 as the game picture is drastically different on my oled tv. If I bypass and go straight to the TV the sound isn't as good. If i go via the AVR, the picture isn't as good. So now I have two HDMI cables and switch it depending on what suits the content.

 

Any preference on brands/models for these low-mid tier AVR's?



 

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@3dl3 looks like PS4 still has toslink. Can you run hdmi to tv and toslink to receiver?

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It does but toslink is limited. 

 

The main idea here is that I end up giving away a known working unit as a good son in law.  If it was just floating the idea of an update for the sake of it, the replies would be greatly suitable/appreciated but I must end of up with two units.

 

 

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1 hour ago, 3dl3 said:

It is a dual setup of stereo and surround sound content.

It wasn't something I was planning to do right at this moment but time makes sense to pass it on to family so they don't need to buy. Actually HDR is handy for my PS4 as the game picture is drastically different on my oled tv. If I bypass and go straight to the TV the sound isn't as good. If i go via the AVR, the picture isn't as good. So now I have two HDMI cables and switch it depending on what suits the content.

 

Any preference on brands/models for these low-mid tier AVR's?

When you say dual setup, I assume you mean you play both stereo and surround sound content, 50% of each?  How serious are you with music ie do you listen critically or casual?  

 

The AVR brands known to be better for music are Arcam (likely outside budget), NAD and Anthem.  The NAD T758V3 and Anthem MRX-510 (5 channels only) can sneak into your budget when on sale.  Plus they have room correction software which makes a significant difference to music and definitely improves movies.

 

Otherwise, get the cheapest AVR with pre-outs which do HDR.  Cheap AVRs compromise on power the most, but you do not have to worry about that.

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You've named the usual suspects at your budget apart from Pioneer and Onkyo.

 

If room eq and 2ch sound is important maybe push towards the NAD with Dirac. But Marantz and Denon use Audyssey which is also meant to be good for surround anyway.

 

You are coming from a Denon and haven't said you want an improvement of sound quality so can only assume you like the Denon so maybe stick with that.

 

Take the opportunity to upgrade with full blessing from the minister of finance I say!

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Appreciate the responses. Food for thought.

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