Budget receiver for 5.1.4 setup...

French_guyFrench_guy Posts: 283
edited March 17 in Electronics
Still looking to get a new receiver. My old Pioneer was sold 2 weeks ago on Craigslist
I thought I would probably go with the Denon X3400H, but I'm now thinking about having the ability to go 5.1.4 thus 9 channels
What about the Onkyo TX-RZ630?
https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/onktxrz630/onkyo-tx-rz630-9.2-ch-x-90-watts-a/v-receiver/1.html
No pre-out though................but my speakers are easy to drive (RTiA5 and CSiA4)
What do you think? I would assume the hdmi board issue is old story now?

Or the TX-RZ730?
https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/onktxrz730/onkyo-tx-rz730-9.2-ch-x-100-watts-thx-a/v-receiver/1.html
RTiA5 + CSiA4
No surround...yet
Pioneer VSX920

Comments

  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,989
    Not an Onkyo fan myself. I would personally save a little more and get this:

    https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/yamrxa1060bl/yamaha-rx-a1060-7.2-ch-x-110-watts-a/v-receiver/1.html

    I’m personally using this one. Only issue is the sheer size, it needs a really deep shelf.

    https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/yamrxa2060bl/yamaha-rx-a2060-9.2-ch-x-140-watts-a/v-receiver/1.html

    The Denon x440H or the Marantz SR 7011 would also work well.

    Like I said, I would up the budget/save for a more robust and capable AVR, but then again I already experienced the frustration of the more budget minded AVR disappointments.

    Ran the RTI A5’s/CSI A4 with the Yamaha, and that reciever is worth the extra to hear what Polk offered on a budget. They really don’t need an amp with that AVR.
  • French_guyFrench_guy Posts: 283
    edited March 17
    So Yamaha RX-1060 would be a better choice than the Onkyo TX-RZ730, for $50 more?
    However, it seems the Yamaha won't do 5.1.4, even with an external amp......!
    RTiA5 + CSiA4
    No surround...yet
    Pioneer VSX920
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,247
    Better to have a better receiver with less speakers, than a mediocre receiver with more speakers. Go with the Yamaha...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Parasound HCA-1000A, PSB Imagine B, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • French_guyFrench_guy Posts: 283
    edited March 17
    is the Yamaha THAT better ?
    If it's the case, does the same logic applies to the Denon 3400h then?
    Meaning if I should forget about 5.1.4 and stick with 5.1.2, which one is better then: Yamaha or Denon?
    RTiA5 + CSiA4
    No surround...yet
    Pioneer VSX920
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,246
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Better to have a better receiver with less speakers, than a mediocre receiver with more speakers. Go with the Yamaha...

    Deep and profound insight there (and I am not being facetious).
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,247
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    French_guy wrote: »
    is the Yamaha THAT better ?
    If it's the case, does the same logic applies to the Denon 3400h then?
    Meaning if I should forget about 5.1.4 and stick with 5.1.2, which one is better then: Yamaha or Denon?

    I haven’t heard that model. But the budget receivers without preouts that I have heard sound pretty tiny. The bass isn’t tight, the highs are harsh.

    I owned a version of that Yamaha, yes it is excellent. I would go 5.1.2, and this is from someone currently going 6.1.2. I like my denon avr-x4200w a bit better than the Yamaha, main advantage is the auto calibration. But both are really solid.
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Parasound HCA-1000A, PSB Imagine B, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 368
    I agree with rooftop59 the Yamaha Aventage is a nice piece. I have had mine for 2 years and no complaints. Marantz and Denon get kudos around here as well. If you can afford to extend yourself now you will end up saving yourself down the road.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Auralic Aries Mini, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    B&K Ref 50, B&K 200.2, Chromecast, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,989
    Between Denon and Yamaha, in general, it comes down to preference, all things being equal. Some prefer one sound signature over the other, others calibration proframs, others features, etc.

    As far a build quality, they are pretty much equal.

    The Yamaha 1060 is probably a closer to the Denon 4400 than it is to the 3400 as far as capabilities are concerned. If you want to be even more confused Marantz and Pioneer are also popular on this forum.

    Personally I would buy any of those four before an Onkyo or Sony AVR.
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,911
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Better to have a better receiver with less speakers, than a mediocre receiver with more speakers. Go with the Yamaha...

    I used to have the exact opposite opinion.

    I've only ever had one Yamaha grace my equipment rack and I loved it. ONLY reason I got rid of it is because my wife ok'ed the purchase of a TOTL H/K which was on clearance for about $1000 off MSRP.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • BgoodfellaBgoodfella Posts: 35
    I would vote towards the X4400H. I got the X4300H and I love it. I cant imagine the new version of it would be anything less than what i am working with. Once i find the HCA 2205A, i will add the atmos.4 to my 5.1 RTIA set up
    (2) Rti A7's
    (1) CSI A6
    (2) FXi A6's
    Denon AVR - X4300H
    Sony XBR65X900E TV
    *Wanting to get a Parasound HCA2205A amplifier, just havent landed one yet* o:)
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,766
    If you have a Fry's near you can get the Denon 4500 for $869 with promo code. I got my 4400 on promo code for $800 and love it. I don't know if you can order it online or not maybe call their customer service once you sign up for the email promo codes.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
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