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How does this receiver stack up against the competition for $500? I'm in the market, just haven't been able to do much research yet.
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How does this receiver stack up against the competition for $500? I'm in the market, just haven't been able to do much research yet.
Cheapest you'll find a receiver capable of 5.1.4 at the moment. That might change Black Friday, but it's a good deal. MCACC isn't as capable as Audyssey for processing but I've been a fan of Pioneer's receivers as they never skimp on power.
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Very tempting. I've been out of the receiver game for so long and don't know what's what. So many receivers with options that it gets confusing. I keep hearing Denon and Marantz are the best. Read that Onkyo bought out Pioneer. I have it in my cart but debating to wait until Black Friday, but then again I wouldn't know what's what.
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Bought this a week or so ago open box at best buy for 515. Great Receiver works perfect for a 5.2.4 setup I have.
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I just finished my theater room with four in-ceiling speakers. The 11 channel receivers capable of 7.2.4 are out of my budget for now. I'm thinking of picking this or the comparable Onkyo. If so, would you recommend 5.2.4 or 7.2.2? Or should I just use my current 7.1 receiver with no atmos until the prices of the 11 channel receivers come down?
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Good price for a 9.2 AVR but it doesn't have pre-outs if one is looking for 11 channels with an external amp.
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Unavailable for shipping... :-(
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I just finished my theater room with four in-ceiling speakers. The 11 channel receivers capable of 7.2.4 are out of my budget for now. I'm thinking of picking this or the comparable Onkyo. If so, would you recommend 5.2.4 or 7.2.2? Or should I just use my current 7.1 receiver with no atmos until the prices of the 11 channel receivers come down?
I find that 5.1.4 is much more impressive and enveloping than 7.1.2. Some receivers even have a phantom surround back option that can work pretty well to give the illusion of 7.1.4 without those rear back speakers.

As far as this receiver vs another... Pioneer/Onkyo don't have the best reliability history over the recent past, but you're not going to find a 9 channel or 11 channel receiver from Yamaha, Denon, or Marantz anywhere near this price point. You're likely looking at $1000+ for one of those.
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I find that 5.1.4 is much more impressive and enveloping than 7.1.2. Some receivers even have a phantom surround back option that can work pretty well to give the illusion of 7.1.4 without those rear back speakers.

As far as this receiver vs another... Pioneer/Onkyo don't have the best reliability history over the recent past, but you're not going to find a 9 channel or 11 channel receiver from Yamaha, Denon, or Marantz anywhere near this price point. You're likely looking at $1000+ for one of those.
What are/were the pioneer issues?
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I'm debating between this receiver and the equivalent Onkyo TX-NR787. Based on specs, the Onkyo seems to be a little better. Onkyo has 220w/channel at 6 ohms vs. 200 w/channel (probably not a noticeable difference), Onkyo's is THX certified, and Onkyo uses AccuEQ speaker calibration vs. MCACC for the Pioneer. But Pioneer has a 3 year warranty vs. 2 year for the Onkyo.
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This is the cheapest I have seen a 9.2 or 5.2.4 amp. Just wish I use for it.
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What are/were the pioneer issues?
Well, mostly Onkyo issues. They issued a sort of recall for bad network cards in 2009-2012 receivers, and had HDMI board issues since then, and that's on top of occasional overheating and dying issues.

Pioneer haven't had as many issues, but Onkyo bought Pioneer in 2015 and Pioneer receivers are now Onkyo receivers wearing a Pioneer skin. They had the same HDMI issues as recent Onkyo receivers.

Now, Onkyo/Pioneer claim those issues have been sorted out and resolved, and they very well may have been. But every Onkyo post on SD is full of people complaining about issues with their receivers, and user confidence has been hurt.

But in the plus side, Onkyo/Pioneer seem to have realized this and are now trying to compete based on value. Thus we have this 9 channel receiver for less than half the price of Yamaha or Denon/Marantz.
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For anyone wondering, this likely won't be getting eARC. LX503 got it this month and this model was specifically mentioned for adding Amazon Music playback in the same release.

And since I've been researching and some might be wondering, no HDMI 2.1 either since that's a hardware update on the highest models.
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I'm debating between this receiver and the equivalent Onkyo TX-NR787. Based on specs, the Onkyo seems to be a little better. Onkyo has 220w/channel at 6 ohms vs. 200 w/channel (probably not a noticeable difference), Onkyo's is THX certified, and Onkyo uses AccuEQ speaker calibration vs. MCACC for the Pioneer. But Pioneer has a 3 year warranty vs. 2 year for the Onkyo.
They're practically identical. The THX thing is marketing, the power difference is negligible (notice no one posts power for all channels driven, and who gets a 9 channel receiver for stereo), and I think both auto-room corrections are about as good and inferior to a manual setup with a sound meter (app) and tape measure and leaving auto-EQ off.

I would take the Pioneer and the extra year of warranty.
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