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Old 15-02-2019, 12:03 PM   #1
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Question Which AVR is the best?

Under 1000$ mark, I'm considering these 3 models. Which is the best one?

Yamaha RX-V685

Denon AVRX2500H

Marantz SR5013
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Old 15-02-2019, 06:53 PM   #2
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Under 1000$ mark, I'm considering these 3 models. Which is the best one?

Yamaha RX-V685

Denon AVRX2500H

Marantz SR5013
Just saw FEPL in lazada.sg sells Yamaha RX-V585 at S$849.98+$1.49 transport = S$851.47. https://www.lazada.sg/products/yamah...00200300000000

This company also sells samsung N850 at lower price than HN or Best at $1,435 + $1.49 = $1,436.49. Still thinking whether to buy without trying out the sounds at the shops. I think should go and test out before buying.

I cannot answer your question but all 3 receivers can do atmos and ease of setup, upgradable firmware and use should be the basic guideline in any hifi setting. Hope this helps you.
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Old 16-02-2019, 08:20 PM   #3
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Under 1000$ mark...

Yamaha RX-V685

Denon AVRX2500H

Marantz SR5013
山葉Yamaha rxv685雖然係7.2系統,但係未必平到可以低過$1000。
rxv585應該係要玩經濟機款嘅所愛。

天龍Denon x2500一樣,雖然係7.2,卻無得平過$1000大關。
x1500會比較經濟D。

馬蘭士Marantz sr5013本嚟無得平。近期卻有得劈價至低過$900。應該係有2019年機款嚟緊啦。

低過$900,處於$800~899範圍嘅仲有:
安橋Onkyo txnr686,宜家劈緊價。
先鋒Pioneer 933,安橋686嘅兄弟大約一樣價錢!
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Old 18-02-2019, 02:53 AM   #4
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山葉Yamaha rxv685雖然係7.2系統,但係未必平到可以低過$1000。
rxv585應該係要玩經濟機款嘅所愛。

天龍Denon x2500一樣,雖然係7.2,卻無得平過$1000大關。
x1500會比較經濟D。

馬蘭士Marantz sr5013本嚟無得平。近期卻有得劈價至低過$900。應該係有2019年機款嚟緊啦。

低過$900,處於$800~899範圍嘅仲有:
安橋Onkyo txnr686,宜家劈緊價。
先鋒Pioneer 933,安橋686嘅“兄弟”大約一樣價錢!
Now, Onkyo TX-NR686 looks attractive for its range of connections and few zones for audio. lazada dealer sells at S$770.00 by Electronics Specialist and S$809.00 by FEPL.

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Old 18-02-2019, 08:52 PM   #5
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if you want the atmos experience then 9 channels would be the minimum.
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Old 19-02-2019, 09:15 AM   #6
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if you want the atmos experience then 9 channels would be the minimum.
I am planning on a 7.2 setup so it should be fine
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Old 19-02-2019, 09:17 AM   #7
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Now, Onkyo TX-NR686 looks attractive for its range of connections and few zones for audio. lazada dealer sells at S$770.00 by Electronics Specialist and S$809.00 by FEPL.
I prefer to buy locally because of warranty coverage. Also, I've read that Onkyo is not great with reliability. Yamaha is quite good and so are Marantz and Denon. Onkyo may offer good value, but I want a receiver that will keep working properly for a long time.
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I prefer to buy locally because of warranty coverage. Also, I've read that Onkyo is not great with reliability. Yamaha is quite good and so are Marantz and Denon. Onkyo may offer good value, but I want a receiver that will keep working properly for a long time.
Thanks for telling me about the reliability issue with Onkyo. I went to google check and noted Onkyo has some technical problems. This tells me not to look at price of equipment alone, I should also google check on problematic av receivers of various brands before giving an opinion.
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So what did you buy in the end ?

I had 3 amps which died on me, and makes me thinking that all amp manufacturers colluded to make their amps with a limited life and never to last forever. They are Harmon Kardon, Onkyo and now Yamaha. After the experience, my strategy is to buy the cheapest amp that satisfy my needs at the time (both sound and features) and never to future-proof it. Expect them to last for 5 years and to replace with an up-to-date one at the time, if it kaputs.

I'm now using Denon 2300 and 1400. An Onkyo 686 is on the way to replace the Yamaha. The denons are good and after calibration, very good for movie surround, but not so good for music. Missed the boat for a Denon 3400 on clearance sale in Jan this year. Read about the Audyssey XT32 being very good, but have yet to really hear if it indeed produce better sound if at all only marginal and if for music too.


Thanks for telling me about the reliability issue with Onkyo. I went to google check and noted Onkyo has some technical problems. This tells me not to look at price of equipment alone, I should also google check on problematic av receivers of various brands before giving an opinion.
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Audyssey XT32 definitely good I have it on my old Onkyo TX-NR818 but I just fried it today spark and then .... I am looking for a new AV now

So what did you buy in the end ?

I had 3 amps which died on me, and makes me thinking that all amp manufacturers colluded to make their amps with a limited life and never to last forever. They are Harmon Kardon, Onkyo and now Yamaha. After the experience, my strategy is to buy the cheapest amp that satisfy my needs at the time (both sound and features) and never to future-proof it. Expect them to last for 5 years and to replace with an up-to-date one at the time, if it kaputs.

I'm now using Denon 2300 and 1400. An Onkyo 686 is on the way to replace the Yamaha. The denons are good and after calibration, very good for movie surround, but not so good for music. Missed the boat for a Denon 3400 on clearance sale in Jan this year. Read about the Audyssey XT32 being very good, but have yet to really hear if it indeed produce better sound if at all only marginal and if for music too.
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What's the typical lifespan of AVRs now?
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Old 15-03-2019, 08:42 AM   #12
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Hmm.... we'll get to know later when they start to fail, but from my experience of the past generations of avr, I'd say 5-8 years.

Recently a salesman said modern AVR should be more reliable but that's a salesman's job.


What's the typical lifespan of AVRs now?
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Old 15-03-2019, 08:51 AM   #13
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Just had a search on 818... interestingly it was launched in 2012 and already implemented XT32. Fast forward to today, Onkyo has dropped Audyssey completely for AccuEQ. Wonder why Onkyo dropped XT32, or Audyssey for that matter.

Audyssey XT32 definitely good I have it on my old Onkyo TX-NR818 but I just fried it today spark and then .... I am looking for a new AV now
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Hmm.... we'll get to know later when they start to fail, but from my experience of the past generations of avr, I'd say 5-8 years.

Recently a salesman said modern AVR should be more reliable but that's a salesman's job.
Thanks. 5-8 years is about right as technology evolves. I wouldn't believe any word a salesman says.
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Old 15-03-2019, 10:10 AM   #15
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Hm, get a Class D AVR e.g Pioneer if you want it to last longer ?
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