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Old 05-06-2020, 10:22   #1
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Sub £500 Atmos Receiver Advice

Hi friends,

After 14 years in Australia I'm back in the UK, and after selling my house I had to leave my (admittedly dated) Pioneer 7.1 amp, speakers & projector for the new owners.

Ive got the telly sorted but amp struggling to pull the trigger on an atmos receiver to power my recently purchased Q-Acoustics 3010i setup.

So far my considerations are:

#1 Choice - Denon AVR-X2600H. Seems to be the most recently released. I previously owned a Denon and liked the "warmth' of the sound.

#2 Choice - Pioneer VSX-933 An older atmos amp, but represent excellent value for money at £329 from Richer Sounds.

#3 Choice - Pioneer VSX-934 Slightly newer, has 2 x HDMI out, which honestly I dont really need.

#4 Choice - Onkyo TXNR-696, am slightly sceptical as I've heard they run hot and Im worried I might cook the amp if my tv bench ends up being a bit tight.

#5 Choice - Sony STR-DN1080. An older but very well thought of unit. I also like Sony gear, and it matches the tv.

Please can you point out any blindingly obvious reasons I should avoid any of the above 5 and gently guide me towards a selection.

Thanks in advance

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I have the STR-DN1080 and it is great, unless you want to use HDMI ARC or CEC. The receiver has a weird bug/feature that means it goes to the home screen when auotmatically switching to a different input. I just don't use those options, but I there's a long thread on the sony forums about people not liking it.
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I have the STR-DN1080 and it is great, unless you want to use HDMI ARC or CEC. The receiver has a weird bug/feature that means it goes to the home screen when auotmatically switching to a different input. I just don't use those options, but I there's a long thread on the sony forums about people not liking it.
Thanks Wooglie, this is exactly what I was looking for. I would use ARC and CEC a lot, so I'll probably steer clear of the Sony for now.
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For reference.
https://community.sony.co.uk/t5/home...n/td-p/2400435
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Wow thats a bit rude of Sony to ignore the issue. Its almost certainly fixable with a firmware iupdate. Seems to have fallen on deaf ears. What a shame, I do like Sony gear, but no free passes. Hmmn, probably down to the Denon and the Onkyo at the moment I think.
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Hi friends,

After 14 years in Australia I'm back in the UK, and after selling my house I had to leave my (admittedly dated) Pioneer 7.1 amp, speakers & projector for the new owners.

Ive got the telly sorted but amp struggling to pull the trigger on an atmos receiver to power my recently purchased Q-Acoustics 3010i setup.

So far my considerations are:

#1 Choice - Denon AVR-X2600H. Seems to be the most recently released. I previously owned a Denon and liked the "warmth' of the sound.

#2 Choice - Pioneer VSX-933 An older atmos amp, but represent excellent value for money at £329 from Richer Sounds.

#3 Choice - Pioneer VSX-934 Slightly newer, has 2 x HDMI out, which honestly I dont really need.

#4 Choice - Onkyo TXNR-696, am slightly sceptical as I've heard they run hot and Im worried I might cook the amp if my tv bench ends up being a bit tight.

#5 Choice - Sony STR-DN1080. An older but very well thought of unit. I also like Sony gear, and it matches the tv.

Please can you point out any blindingly obvious reasons I should avoid any of the above 5 and gently guide me towards a selection.

Thanks in advance

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I have literally just purchased the Pioneer VSX-933 as I needed something that supported HLG. Having come from the VSX-1131 it just works and does everything I need - plus has six full fat HDMI ports
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I have literally just purchased the Pioneer VSX-933
Nice one aliman5000, It certainly ticks the cost/reward bracket for me. does it have any limitations you have found? It seems to be 100% up to date with modern audio formats etc?

I was happy with my old Pioneer VSX-923.
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Nice one aliman5000, It certainly ticks the cost/reward bracket for me. does it have any limitations you have found? It seems to be 100% up to date with modern audio formats etc?

I was happy with my old Pioneer VSX-923.

No limitations for my usage - does all HDR formats, Atmos/TrueHD and DTS equivalents.

Also supports AirPlay 2 for music streaming and has Chromecast built in.

If you’ve already used a Pioneer unit then it is all very familiar!
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I can echo the comments about the Sony amp. It sounds great but the home screen bug is bloody annoying and in hindsight I wish I'd got something else.
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I have the Pioneer VSX 933 and am very very pleased with it. It is linkd to a 4K BD player, Marantz CD6006 CD player, Sky Q box, a Pioneer turntable and the 5.1 system is Cambridge Audio x201 subwoofer with 5 Min 22 speakers.

For our second home in India I am planning to get the Yamaha RX V685 which is also under £500.
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STR-DN1080 owner here too. Love the sound and yes, the CEC thing is annoying. I've got a Harmony remote so it's not that big of a deal. The phantom speakers are pretty special though, turning my 5.1 speakers into something very close to 7.1.
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Dn1080 for sure. Brilliant little amp. Had since came out and feel no need to upgrade.
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Word of warning about the STR-DN1080: It hums/buzzes when turned on and/or when in standby. Drives some folk wild.
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Word of warning about the STR-DN1080: It hums/buzzes when turned on and/or when in standby. Drives some folk wild.
Never had an issue with mine.
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Not me.

The main thing that bugs me about it is its inability to use DTS-X or Neural:X with overhead speakers.
You can do it top front or reflective speakers.

Something Sony has been aware of since launch and done sod all about, it can't be that difficult if the other types of Atmos speakers work with it.
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It seems odd their lack of interest in fixing a lot of the issues, especially considering they haven't introduced a replacement model in all of this time!
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Well guys after some stock issues and deep consideration, I went with the Denon 2600 in the end.


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Cool, based on what I've read and seen you'll be very happy with it. Friend at work went for the Denon after my review of the Sony and is very happy with it as well.
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