here's my equipment,
Sony BRAVIA KDL55HX820 1080p 3D LED HDTV
Def Tech BP7004-Floor-standing Bipolar SuperTower Loudspeaker with Built-in Powered Subwoofer
Def Tech CS-8060HD Center Channel Loudspeaker with Built-in Powered Subwoofer
Def Tech SR-8080BP Bipolar surround loudspeaker
Sony : BDP-S580 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
I'm looking to upgrade our old Sony 5.1 pro logic to something with 3d and Hdmi, So my old reciever has 2 sub outputs that I run to each of my towers, I'm having a hard time finding new recievers with 2 sub preouts, Should I be using a splitter or wait till I find one. Is this even the correct way to be wiring it up, Should I be having the fronts and center with a dedicated sub cable
5.1 or 7.1
2-3 sub outputs
under $400 if possible
only one I found so far is the Sony STR-DH820 or STR-DN1020
check Onkyo, Marantz and Denon receivers. They all have 7.2 and 9.2 specs.
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Refurbs from Accessories4Less.com:
Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel 3-D Ready Home Theater Receiver - $269
Onkyo HT-RC360 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver - $279
Onkyo TX-NR609 7.2-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver - $319
Onkyo TX-NR708 7.2-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver - $389
DENON AVR-2311CI 7.2 3D Home Theater Receiver - $409
Flame suit on......Everyone always post recommendations for Onkyo but their quality is subpar. I've had two receivers crap out and there are links with people having problems. That's why there is a lot of refurbs on accessories4Less. Onkyo has a lot of great features for the price though.
I'm meh on Onkyo right now. I don't like that their solution to the overheating/capacitor failure in the 606 was to put a fan inside of newer models instead of redesigning the interior layout. For the caps in my 3.5 year-old 606 to fail is unacceptable.
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I purchased a Marantz NR1602 about 6 months ago and it's been excellent. It's networked so it does internet radio (inc. Pandora, Napster, Rhapsody) and local streaming, Airplay (audio only), setup via a web GUI, control via an Apple app (not sure if there is Android), supports DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD FWIW, and 2-zone. Easily my favorite electronics purchase last year.
It has everything you're looking for except it's only a single SW out, but maybe something else in the Marantz line meets that requirement. Oh, it's also >$400 - though there are open box units available through authorized Marantz dealers that are not much more than your $400 figure.
You can find receivers w/2 SW outs, some of the Denons have them that I had researched (2312CI?).
From my limited amount of online research about running multiple subs, looks like most folks are using a splitter.
For receivers, I've been buying Onkyo's for 20+ years but my last Onkyo has royally pissed me off. The HDMI switching board crapped out on it so I picked up a Pioneer VSX-1021-K and I couldn't possibly be happier - it's pretty amazing and fills the bill for all your requirements save for the multiple sub thing. Keep an eye on Newegg, I got my new (unopened, not a refurb) for $299 + free freight. I notice it goes on sale randomly.
...and any new AV Receiver is going to support the latest HDMI spec so you get 3D.
At a $400 price point, you're looking at "home theater on a chip" solutions and a cheap power supply.
I have a couple of Pioneer VSX-82x-K 5:1 receivers. A 2011 821 and a 2010 820. The only difference is the 821 added HDMI 1.4 for 3D. It's HDMI-only so all your inputs need to be HDMI. It's pretty good at dealing with iPods. The street/internet price is about $200.00.
It doesn't know how to shuffle a playlist. It can only shuffle the whole iPod.
The display to the screen is old NTSC analog rather than HDMI and the menu system is what you'd expect from a 1980 PC like a Vic Commodore or Radio Shack TRS-80. I just control mine from the front panel display.
The claimed 80 watts per channel isn't anything like 80 watts from a 1980's vintage receiver. It's strictly for small rooms.
I view these things as just about disposable just like laptop computers. HDMI specs keep changing. Blu Ray keeps changing. I don't see the point in spending big dollars when I know I'm going to give the stuff away in 4 or 5 years and swap in newer technology. Spend your real money on speakers.
What's the point in multiple subs?
Edit: found this
Last edited by Flavo Cadillac; 03-06-2012 at 09:23 PM.
If you really want to get into the technical reasons: http://www.aes.org/tmpFiles/elib/20120307/13680.pdf