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Denon Receivers: 7.2Ch AVR-X3500H $529, 13.2ch AVR-X8500H $2799 + free s/h

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Decent deals, but I'm looking for a good price on a 9.2 Yamaha. Anyone seen any lately?
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Decent deals, but I'm looking for a good price on a 9.2 Yamaha. Anyone seen any lately?
Same here
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Still no deals on the x4500h yet?
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Decent deals, but I'm looking for a good price on a 9.2 Yamaha. Anyone seen any lately?
Aside from the refurbs through A4L think the best I've seen was the rx-a2080 through adorama for $999. A4L does have decent 18 month manufacturer warranty on their refurbs, which are actually factory reconditioned direct from Yamaha so worth a look

https://www.accessories4less.com/index.php?page=search&search_query=yamaha%209.2%20receivers
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13.2 lol...who has a room that needs a 13.2 speaker setup? I just can't imagine as most audio is at best 7.1.


Decent price on the 3500H though as usually the best you can do on it is $599.
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13.2 lol...who has a room that needs a 13.2 speaker setup? I just can't imagine as most audio is at best 7.1.


Decent price on the 3500H though as usually the best you can do on it is $599.
There's a variety of configurations you can do such as 7.1.6 or 9.1.4. Can also utilize channels for bi-amping and preouts for even more channels. I can say going from 2 to 4 height channels really adds to the atmos experience. You get those panning effects that 2 channels couldn't achieve. Haven't gone up to 6 height channels yet myself, but imagine it's just as dramatic a difference as going from 2 to 4
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I suppose, but honestly, being something of an audiophile myself, I think most of that ends up being massive overkill imo and a way to part you from your money. The quality of the speakers will have far more to do with the sound quality than how many you position around a room, or how many channels of sound you have imo, esp for music. You are better off setting up a quality 7.1\7.2 system than any of that other stuff imo, esp. since most media is not going to provide more than 7.1 sound. And I know a lot of people equate louder to better and the more bass to better, but that is just nonsense on the face of it imo.
Are you familiar with Dolby Atmos? It does in fact utilize all the 9/11/13 channels without just being "louder". It's a significant upgrade from 5.1 or 7.1 and is becoming more common with Netflix and Amazon, among others, providing content that utilizes the format.
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Aside from the refurbs through A4L think the best I've seen was the rx-a2080 through adorama for $999. A4L does have decent 18 month manufacturer warranty on their refurbs, which are actually factory reconditioned direct from Yamaha so worth a look

https://www.accessories4less.com/...0receivers
Someone had the 2080 for $950 and RX-V2085 for $800 but it was a month or so ago. I'd like to find either right now, or better.
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I have the 3500 and really like it. It replaced my Oppo 103 that didn't do HDMI 2.2.

I'm using it just as a decoder, not using the amplification. It does a very nice job, and handles even 4K 60 FPS signals well. The Audissey feature is GREAT in my opinion! Totally took care of my subwoofer boom issues.

Also, the DAC is quite good and automatically engages the "pure" mode when playing 2 channel music.
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Are you familiar with Dolby Atmos? It does in fact utilize all the 9/11/13 channels without just being "louder". It's a significant upgrade from 5.1 or 7.1 and is becoming more common with Netflix and Amazon, among others, providing content that utilizes the format.

Adding the "height" component is in and of itself not necessarily superior imo. It certainly is a more advanced tech and as such allows for a greater breadth of possibilities, but again, are they really useful in the home environment for the vast majority of people and setups and is the extra cost worth it?

I personally do not consider it a significant upgrade for home use. The people who claim it is may have better ears than mine or may be more impressed with some tech bells and whistles than I am. You play a Beethoven symphony on it and it sounds no better (may sound worse in some respects imo). You play a movie on it not recorded for it and it sounds more or less the same imo.

Is it worth the extra pricetag...probably not for most people as most can't tell the difference anyway. Is it worth it to high end audiophiles, again probably not in most home environments when you factor in cost and complexity. If you have the disposable cash and just want the very best setup, then sure you can spend 3000+ on a receiver, 10-15k+ on speakers, etc.
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I suppose, but honestly, being something of an audiophile myself, I think most of that ends up being massive overkill imo and a way to part you from your money. The quality of the speakers will have far more to do with the sound quality than how many you position around a room, or how many channels of sound you have imo, esp for music. You are better off setting up a quality 7.1\7.2 system than any of that other stuff imo, esp. since most media is not going to provide more than 7.1 sound. And I know a lot of people equate louder to better and the more bass to better, but that is just nonsense on the face of it imo.
Can't argue with that. Though I personally am happy with my addition of height channels and believe it was well worth the money, especially when seeing my son duck for cover from buzz lightyear flying over us
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