Aug 14, 20184760 views

Interest Check: Home Theater Receivers & Speakers

Hey guys,
We want to know what Receivers & Speakers you like when it comes to your home theater setup. We already source a variety of different products, but are always looking to stay in tune with the interests of the community.
· What do you look for in a receiver? · What do you look for in speakers for your home theater? · What kind of features do you prefer? · Are there particular models and brands you like?
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ruark mrx please
It would be awesome if Massdrop created a new drop for this nakamichi soundbar. Could use it with my Massdrop LG OLED E7 TV. Thanks for your consideration.
Features to look for. Latest standards like Atmos, DTS X, HDR, 4K, 7.1 setup or higher, multiple HDMI input (5x or more) and HDMI Pass through. Also high powerful Ohm output for speakers. The biggest issues with receivers is that they are weak when it comes to multiple speaker out-put, which leads us to buy pre-amps. By far the biggest flaw with receivers are their headphone DAC/AMP built in hardware; manufactures don't focus on headphone tech and where they save money.
If Massdrop can collaborate with a brand, and offer: latest video/audio features (4k, HDR etc.) 7.1 or more with Atmos/ DTS:X support HDMI Passthrough and a mid-range and/or high end DAC/AMP for headphones, it would be an all round receiver. The first ever!
Chane audio arx speakers are my favorites
An updated retro-mod bookshelf 2 channel system ala DENON D-M41S Micro CD Hi-Fi Mini System Bluetooth w/Speakers. (add USB, FLAC from the previous M40, wireless speakers, upgraded headphone amp and add a quality phono amp, more power and a solid state hard drive for audio files), not asking for too much.
I am interested in a home theater processor / preamp. Audiocontrol m9, aurrus act4 or muse, anthem, marantz, etc.
Receiver: Audyssey XT, XT32 Speakers: I have enough already, but a voice/driver-matched 5 or 7-speaker set. If I had to do it over again, maybe a set of 5 Chane A2.4 speakers.
Looking for the Denon AVR X4500H or similar Marantz.
Paradigm or Klipsch seems to perform the best.
Paradigm (home theater system) along with a Sony AVR is great. For my PC I'm using ELAC Debut 6.2 bookshelf speakers, a Polk Audio sub and a Pioneer AVR (Creative Soundblaster external sound card) and I couldn't be happier...both systems shake the entire house! I've also, in the past, had a great owning experience with Harman Kardon AVRs, but it appears (not researched extensively) that they've now focused more on the budget market and avoid going up against the true big players of this category.
Tannoy Eclipse [>Speakers]- relatively cheap but neat
Marantz electronics, Denon (same company) electronics. Speakers would be B&W 700 series, Elac and Focal.
You just said what I came here to say. Fantastic performance for decent prices.
One major thing I'm looking for in a receiver is pre-outs. I'm hoping this helps when I out grow my amplification. I've also heard that in recent years manufacturers have been forced to skimp on the internals a bit in order to add features. Next on the list is Atmos support. 4 height channels would be nice but I could get by with 2. Room correction is another must and finally the latest HDR standards. As far as specific models I've been looking at the Yamaha TSR-7810, Marantz SR5012 , or Onkyo TX-RZ820 and Denon AVR-X3500H. I also might jump on an ultra budget 5.1 receiver drop if the price was too low not to. I feel like there are three price tiers of receivers I'd be interested in - $100-$300, $300-$500, and $500 - $900.
As far as speaker brands I've been interested in they are SVS, KEF, JBL, RSL, Vanatoo, Q accoutstics, Pioneer, Definitive Technology, and Monoprice. As far as subs I'd like to see a drop for something rather budget like a monoprice sub for the bedroom and a svs sub. Velodyne has small 8 inch sub I was looking at as well.
Some SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers would be nice along with their 16 Ultra series subs.
Just got a new PC and looking for some speakers with a sub and some clear sound. Nothing crazy, just good sounding and under two hundred. :)
SVS or HSU subwoofers, $500 or less
I have an hsu sub woofer I got from a friends dad. It's really nice and he gave it to me because it's broken. And this is not me knocking how good it sounds but, I have been working on fixing the amplifier section of it. Needless to say the the low price tag comes with some trad-offs. I think the main issue are all of the capacitors. (This rant may only apply to my subwoofer as I have an older model.)
Dr. Hsu, being a Taiwanese man, chose to use Taiwanese components. I have no problem with this except he chose capacitors with literally 0 documentation online from a company that doesn't seem to exist. After hours and hours of research I was able to find some information. Basically the caps are shit. I am in the process of replacing all of them. Not to mention the fact they they fucking glued the filter caps to the pcb.
Maybe this is standard practice and I don't even know but it was really annoying to try and remove these things. Still it's a well designed sub woofer and the way it works is clever.
I don't know why I chose to rant here. But these are my observations of the sub woofer. I would say replace the caps in the main audio line with rubycon or united chemi-con caps. Not these fubao pieces of shit. I heard it while it was working and I think it is a great sounding sub woofer.
I'm partial to Pioneer for receivers and transports but if I see a much better deal will take it from pretty much anyone but Onkyo. Personally I want at least 9.1 channels w/ Dolby Atmos for the receiver. As far as speakers are concerned I'd love to see a drop for Kef Q550 @$350 or less and maybe something higher end like some Martin Logan Motion 40. If I was looking at more entry level speakers Klipsch would take the crown. They're just a little too bright sounding for my taste but, the clarity is hard to match at their entry level price point.
Edit: Kef just announced a new R series and the walnut is gorgeous. If these sound as good as they look I think a drop for them is in order.
Onkyo TX-RZ710 Speakers Klipsch rc-62 -2, lsr30x 2pair fender focal,ect….
I have a Marantz av 7704 in my theater room i think its the bes buy for my use especially for Dolby Atmos
Just bought a new Onkyo receiver, so not much interest there, but Atmos speakers, and Paradigm speaker brand would be a welcome addition to the site.
I’d like to see some drops with nice discounts on some higher end models. For receivers something like the NAD T777 V3, Lexicon RV6 or RV9, etc. For speakers maybe some Revel Concerta and Performa line, Elac Adantes, Klipsch RF7-III or Heritage line (La Scala, Forte III, etc), or some team-ups with some of the Internet-Direct brands like JTR, Hsu, Power Sound Audio, etc.
I have a So Cal Record Store and more and more people are looking for pure stereo receivers with old fashioned phono capability. The complexity and robustness of digital HDMI and switching capability is lost on analog lovers. Aux input for CD or tape player and two sets of speaker connections and you got a winner!!
I own an Integra receiver (Onkyo's integrated home theater brand). I didn't need it, I just got a great deal on their DTM-7. I also love receivers and speakers by Cambrige Audio. NAD and Rotel are also very good. My living room tower speakers are B&W.
Quality manufacturers-Onkyo, Integra, Yamaha, Marantz, Pioneer Elite, Sony. Must have Dolby Atmos of course. Speakers-Elac upper end series. Sub-SVS. Wouldn't mind seeing Martin Logans or Magnepans either. Also wouldn't mind anything from B&W or Dynaudio
A receiver I've had my eye on is the Onkyo TX-8720. It's unique in that it's got HDMI, phono pre-amp, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, and only two channels. This is an ideal music-first receiver for people who want to hook up their TV, Bluray, video game, etc., but don't want or need surround sound; it's the only receiver I've found with these features.
The SONY STRDN1080 has all of my favored features, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4K HDR & HDCP 2.2 & 4K Upscaling, and 7.2 Dolby Atmos 3D, DTS:X, and is the highest wattage surround receiver they make right now at 165 Watts x 7 channels, with powered 2nd audio zone and a third zone with pre-amp level controls. Integrated with AirPlay & Remote Control Mobile App & wireless multi-room setup. The going price is $498.
A 5.1 receiver with BUILT IN: - Chromecast 4k video - Amazon Alexa - Spotify connect (+ other services)
Would seriously compete with Sonos (and WIN!).
Price: under 500 usd
Receiver: - 5.1 - Spotify connect, airplay and Amazon Alexa (integrated into it would be best, but support would do). - Clean looks. - 4K HDMI
Speakers: - Looks modern (style: KEF, Genelec, Q Acustics) - Bookshelf and floor standing
Price: - 2 speakers + receiver 700-800 euros.