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BestBuy [bestbuy.com] has the Yamaha Model:RX-V485BL - 400W 5.1-Ch. 4K HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black on sale for $329 ($70 off). - OOS, see FP post for more options

This is the lowest I've seen for this model.

This 5.1-channel AV receiver offers Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and the latest streaming technologies.
  • 5.1-Channel powerful surround sound
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room
  • Pandora®, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and more
  • HDMI® with HDCP 2.3 (4 in/1 out)
  • 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision™, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
  • Voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant devices or Siri via AirPlay 2
  • MusicCast Surround capable: add MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 speakers to create a 5.1-channel setup with wireless rear surrounds
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No tax and free shipping. I paid $329.
Where did you get it for 330 and no tax?
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Yes. I owned 2 Onkyo's. Both had the HDMI board failure just beyond the warranty period and I dumped them before Onkyo finally decided to make good and offered extended coverage to everyone with that problem. Fool me twice, shame on me. I won't be going back to Onkyo any time soon. They sounded great while they lasted but dumping over $1,000 down the drain is a real turn off.

I have 4 different Yamaha's now (including this one) with the oldest going on 7 years all with no issues whatsoever.
Same story here. Bought 2 onkyo's both in the trash. Never again.
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my 7 year old yamaha is still going strong
maybe its time for a nice upgrade?
decision decision
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Where did you get it for 330 and no tax?
DealParade refurb on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-T...3011158024
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After having tried to buy a Yamaha 685 through Greentoe for ~$400 with no luck (even though the meter shows the bid had a good chance), I jumped on the Deals Parade deal for the 7850, which is virtually the 685.

Not sure if it's because we moved recently and my addresses were goofy, but Ebay was levying ~$24 tax. I checked Deal Parade's actual site and wasn't seeing any tax, so I just ordered it from them directly and paid via PayPal.
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DealParade refurb on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-T...3011158024
anyone else curious why there are so many refurbs of this Costco-specific model? The ebay site shows "558 sold" with limited quantity available. This doesn't count direct sales as the guy above me noted. If it is truly a clone of the Yamaha RX-A780, it should be more reliable.

I think this is is steal at 279, an ok deal at 329, but would prefer a new one at 399 (or so) with the costco 90 day return policy as insurance.

Here are two sites i check daily from onkyo and pioneer for those interested:

https://www.ebay.com/str/pioneerhomeusa

https://www.ebay.com/str/onkyoofficial

Note: receiver inventory is very slim right now but it does change frequently.
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DealParade refurb on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-T...3011158024
Thanks... I seen it on there but they charge 23 dollar tax here in Florida
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https://www.ebay.com/str/onkyoofficial

Note: receiver inventory is very slim right now but it does change frequently.
the onkyo ebay storefront mimics the "onkyo web only deals" page pretty closely (See link below). but sometimes the web only deals page has open box items at a significant discount.

https://www.onkyousa.com/product-.../web-only/
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anyone else curious why there are so many refurbs of this Costco-specific model? The ebay site shows "558 sold" with limited quantity available. This doesn't count direct sales as the guy above me noted. If it is truly a clone of the Yamaha RX-A780, it should be more reliable.

I think this is is steal at 279, an ok deal at 329, but would prefer a new one at 399 (or so) with the costco 90 day return policy as insurance.

Here are two sites i check daily from onkyo and pioneer for those interested:

https://www.ebay.com/str/pioneerhomeusa

https://www.ebay.com/str/onkyoofficial

Note: receiver inventory is very slim right now but it does change frequently.
I'm not sure, but if I had to guess it's Costco getting rid of them so they aren't stuck with not being able to sell them and avoiding MAP in the process. Feels similar to the deal I got years ago on a Canon 70-200 2.8 lens. Adorama sold them below MAP but were listed as refurbs. Except everyone here and elsewhere mentioned their initial orders getting canceled and new order number issue without the refurb designation. Mine arrived looking 100% brand new.

What I find most interesting though is this apparent bump/increase in price on these older model AVRs. Previously prices were lower, even at Costco, within the past couple months. So why now back up? And why does Costco show no online inventory or even product page for the 7850, when calling my local store reveals they have 8 in stock (as do many other stores I think)?
[price at Costco currently: $489]
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I'm not sure, but if I had to guess it's Costco getting rid of them so they aren't stuck with not being able to sell them and avoiding MAP in the process. Feels similar to the deal I got years ago on a Canon 70-200 2.8 lens. Adorama sold them below MAP but were listed as refurbs. Except everyone here and elsewhere mentioned their initial orders getting canceled and new order number issue without the refurb designation. Mine arrived looking 100% brand new.

What I find most interesting though is this apparent bump/increase in price on these older model AVRs. Previously prices were lower, even at Costco, within the past couple months. So why now back up? And why does Costco show no online inventory or even product page for the 7850, when calling my local store reveals they have 8 in stock (as do many other stores I think)?
[price at Costco currently: $489]
what's the experience been like with the one you purchased? how's the sound for your setup? Was it fairly easy to configure the system with your speakers, tv, subwoofer and etc?
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anyone else curious why there are so many refurbs of this Costco-specific model? The ebay site shows "558 sold" with limited quantity available. This doesn't count direct sales as the guy above me noted. If it is truly a clone of the Yamaha RX-A780, it should be more reliable.

I think this is is steal at 279, an ok deal at 329, but would prefer a new one at 399 (or so) with the costco 90 day return policy as insurance.

Here are two sites i check daily from onkyo and pioneer for those interested:

https://www.ebay.com/str/pioneerhomeusa

https://www.ebay.com/str/onkyoofficial

Note: receiver inventory is very slim right now but it does change frequently.
This model is sold in Costco warehouses and online since 2018. There's about 550 stores in the US and they have a very lenient return policy.
People return them for all kinds of reasons. For some it's too much receiver: Too many settings, too complicated, for other's it's not enough and some might be legit defective.

They all go back to Yamaha and then these 'refurbs' end up at either Amazon/Woot or Deal Parade. Looks like this latest batch went to Deal Parade.
I bought a TSR-5810 previously and besides the 'refurb' stickers, it looked brand new and came with a 1 year warranty.
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what's the experience been like with the one you purchased? how's the sound for your setup? Was it fairly easy to configure the system with your speakers, tv, subwoofer and etc?
Just placed the order a few hours ago so we'll see! But I'm guessing from all of the reviews of the receiver and DP, should be great.

Somewhat sad to let my old Onkyo go, still running strong after 14 years... OMG
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7.1 is bogus, dont even waste money settingup all those speakers as none of the movies are being recorded in that format. So you never hear any sounds coming from rear those two speakers. Trust me I have it and I regret spending money.
Well you have to keep in mind movies are mixed that way and then you have "codecs" that may add onto that mix.
Yes the transfer of the movie plays a role on the quality but that is out of our hands.

One thing to remember is speakers produce the quality of sound you hear so in basic terms the better the quality of the speakers the better the sound.
You also have the remember there are VAST many other factors to consider into that equation, just not that simple.

Another issue is people see 7.1,9.1,etc and even more importantly now with object based codecs 5.1.2,5.2.4,7.1.4,9.2.4, etc and they think "better".

In reality those numbers don't really mean much because there are different levels of quality within those numbers.

You could easily have a 5.1 with all reference/full range speakers that outperforms(has better quality sound) than say a 7.1 with entry level speakers. Same holds true with object based soundtracks, IMO it's even more evident in that case.

You have to also consider those VAST many other factors also, so its just not as simple as numbers and specs.
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You just answered your own question. The only 7.1 receiver deals posted under $300 in 2020 are Pioneer or Onkyo, which you admitted are crap for reliability and only 1 year warranty.

How covid will affect supply and prices in the future is anybody's guess but it's not looking good so far.

If 5.1 is sufficent, this isn't a bad option. I personally would roll the dice on a BB open box (or a refurbed TSR-7850 just for the extra power), but that's me .
Just a correction on the Onkyo. Every Receiver they sell has a 2 Years Parts & Labor. That's why I went with the Onkyo TX-SR393 for $250.00 It also has Dolby Atmos
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This seems to have everything I want, but I need to ask something, and I know that a LOT of judgement is going to come my way for asking this, so first a couple disclaimers: An old Bose Lifestyle 5.1 system came with the house when I bought it. It has been working fine, sounds fine, but the important part is that the speakers are all already mounted and it would be a huge pain to get new speakers that look right in the room.

So, I would like to drive the existing Bose speakers (you know, the tiny pairs of speakers front and rear, a decent middle above the TV, and a sub) with this receiver. Will that work? And how horrible will it be? Anyone have any experience with slowly upgrading from an old Bose system?
So I experimented with this a few years ago and TBH I would not invest too much into them.
In my experience it's not going to add much putting in too much money into them especially since you say "It has been working fine, sounds fine".

I would recommend buying a slightly older used/open box receiver and sub. Just make sure the receiver has all the features you are looking for.

You could get one of these entry level subs like the JBL that's going for $199 right now but I would just look for a used one also, I'm not sure it would do much to the overall sound.

That would get you what you need at minimal cost without losing anything.
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