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Help me find a receiver?

Al Schlimm

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I'm looking to rebuild an audio system but am way out of touch. I have an old set of Polk 10B's and would like to go from there. Let's start with the receiver. My room isn't that big, so I don't need massive power, but I really want quality and dimension. I don't have a McIntosh budget but I'll spend a bit for some quality. My tastes are diverse... jazz, acoustic, classical, some rock... I'm big on female vocalists. I'm primarily concerned with audio. If the receiver could also be used for TV reinforcement it'd be great but I don't want to compromise audio quality for A/V flexibility. If possible I'd also like Bluetooth capability for my wife's convenience. I don't know where to start reviewing things -- where are the good reviews these days? Thanks in advance all!
 

bigboss

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I'm assuming you live in the US? Check out the outgoing Anthem MRX 520 AV receiver. If that fits in your budget, you'll struggle to find anything better for your budget. Otherwise, check out Marantz AV receivers.
 

Al Schlimm

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Thanks BigBoss. I don't really need the video side of things. I might do a soundbar but I'm not into the multichannel thing. Are those machines compromising on audio to add the other bells and whistles?
 

bigboss

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Soundbar will not give you the sound quality you're after. Ideally, you need to demo your options. If you're not interested in video at all, then there are good stereo amplifiers within your budget. Alternatively, if you're not interested in adding speakers and only want stereo, there are amplifiers with HDMI to suit that need. Check this for example:


Marantz NR1200 is another option. If you can stretch your budget or can get second hand, check out Arcam SR250.
 

manicm

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If you don’t need radio also consider the Marantz NA7007. It’s an amp and streamer in one and sounds great. You can connect your TV via optical.
 

Al Schlimm

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Thanks so much, guys. These all look in the ballpark. I might be interested in replacing my old Polk 10Bs with a smaller set of speakers that are comparable... any thoughts along those lines? These would be 99% audio only, not home theater. For jazz, classical, acoustic, rock, etc.
 

rainsoothe

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Dali Oberon 5 are nice slimline floorstanders that sound great, are unfussy with positioning and go great with marantz. Focal Chora should also make great partners (both the floorstanders and the stand mounts), and so should Revel Concerta 2 M16 if you’re looking for standmounts.
 

Al Schlimm

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Thank you! Are you familiar with the old Polk Audio 10B's? How would these speakers compare with those? I've had them since the late 80s and I'm guessing the technology has progressed quite a bit.
 

rainsoothe

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Thank you! Are you familiar with the old Polk Audio 10B's? How would these speakers compare with those? I've had them since the late 80s and I'm guessing the technology has progressed quite a bit.
Not familiar with Polk, I'm afraid, just suggesting what I think would pair well with the Marantz and on a price apropriate budget.
 

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