Receiver Recommendation

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My Previous setup was:

Kenwood KRF-V7773D Receiver
Bose Accoustimass 15 (5 duel cube sets + sub)
SW-505D Subwoofer

The sound was outstanding, loud and clear.  My Kenwood receiver started lose
sound--one moment it worked just fine, others-no sound at all.  So I
replaced it with a Yamaha HTR-5850.  Whooaa--big mistake!  Getting the
volumes I was use to was gone and the sound--wow big difference.  I lost so
much sound detail that I only put about 2 hours of use in to the newer
receiver and have since not watched any movies through the system.  I
thought going with Yamaha, I would improve sound but that will teach me to
go low-end ($399) Yamaha when I had a medium to high end ($799) Kenwood.

I need some serious recommendations for another receiver to fill a converted
2-car garage movie room with outstanding sound detail.  I was think Harmon
Kardon but have had no experience with them.

I use to think Bose speakers were the shiznitz but I've read many posts
about how they're crap.  I must be missing even greater sound.  Please
recommend good speakers, as well.

If anyone tries to Google the Kenwood KRF-V7773D receiver, you aren't going
to find a whole lot.  This was a limited US version (I have) that can be
found more in Europe.  This makes getting mine repaired almost impossible.
Kenwood won't touch it--they want it to go to an authorized service center
who've said they can't get parts.
http://www.avpark.co.kr/ms20/product_images/289/KEN_03_1



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I have a Denon 7.1 receiver that I bought about a year ago.  I forget
the model number, but it listed for $650 at the time.

I'm in a converted one-car garage (but the builder did the conversion
when building the house), and it works very well.  I'm using NHT sub
zero speakers, an NHT super center, and an NHT woofer in a 5.1
configuration, and the sound is very good with this setup.

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Denon AVR-2106
Any opinions on this one?  Clean, full sound and powerful enough to fill
2-car garage size room?

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Yes, that's it.  Based on the volume in my room, it should have no
problem with a two-car garage size room.

The dealer (Showcase--a division of Tweeter) told me that it's the
lowest-price Denon with the better video circuitry for passing S-Video
or composite video to its component video outputs--lower priced models
have different electronics that don't do the job as well, if at all.

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I just got a denon AVR-686 receiever (7.1) it's great. powers my athena
speakers perfectly. (athena point 5 surrounds, B1.2's for fronts and C1.2
center channel) also has an auto calibration microphone thats included so
setup is a snap. do a froogle search for it. I found mine for under 300
bucks shipped (refurb). it has 3 component inputs and a component output, 2
digital coax in's for audio as well as 2 fiber optic ins for audio. in the
price range it was the only receiver I found with all these features (3
component inputs, 3 or more digital audio in's and auto calibration.)

-Nick



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Dr Nick wrote:

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Hi,
That auto calibration will give you ball park set up. Really you have to
tweak each speaker manually for even better result.

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Lane wrote:
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Hi,
Compare the weight of both; KW and Yamaha. Which is heavier?
Now you know.
Tony

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I just snagged a Harman Kardon AVR-335.  I read that although the wattage is
lower than most, it handles it differently and acts like a receiver of much
more watts.  And sounds beautifully, too.

As soon as it arrives, I'll see if it's any better.


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I'm in the market for a medium-end receiver myself and have, as of
now, decided on the Denon AVR-2807. It won an award at the recent CES
show in Las Vegas, has the HDMI switching support I want, and is due
to begin shipping in March.

http://www.cnet.com/4831-11405_1-6413272.html

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That Denon lists for $1100 - not exactly cheap.

If that's in the price range, I'd take a look at Outlaw gear. Their
970/1070
combo should be stellar. You might also look into NAD. Truly
great sound. Tends
to be pricy if you base it on bells and whistles.
But for sound they are tough
to beat.


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