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they say the best place to put your sub is to first put it where you’d sit and then crawl around the floor to see where you hear and feel it the most....



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Yea I read that too I kind of only have 1 corner to put it in though just for convenience sake.it sounds pretty good where it is though.
 
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I gotta say battlefield 5 is a whole different beast with my new system it's so intense! I just got fibre installed too and using a wired connection I'm pretty much in gaming heaven right now :)
 

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Looks like i will be going back to Onkyo from Denon. New Onkyo and Pioneer models this year will have 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs for entry model and 3 for the higher models. The higher end models will also have Dirac live the best room correction software.
https://www.avnirvana.com/threads/onkyo-pioneer-elite-and-integra-deep-dive-a-fresh-look-at-the-brands’-latest-av-receivers.8292/#post-62989
 

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Looks like i will be going back to Onkyo from Denon. New Onkyo and Pioneer models this year will have 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs for entry model and 3 for the higher models. The higher end models will also have Dirac live the best room correction software.
https://www.avnirvana.com/threads/onkyo-pioneer-elite-and-integra-deep-dive-a-fresh-look-at-the-brands’-latest-av-receivers.8292/#post-62989
I might get the OnkyoTX-NR6100.
 

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Yamaha announces new receivers ready for 8K, 4K/120 and the Xbox Series X​

Last year we started to hear about the first receivers equipped with HDMI 2.1, which meant they should be able to handle resolutions as high as 8K, as well as 120Hz 4K content pumped out by new game consoles. Unfortunately, compatibility for HDMI 2.1 features hasn't been as steady as we've hoped, and several receiver manufacturers have notified customers they're aware of a problem that specifically affects the Xbox Series X when you try to play 4K/120Hz games.

Now Yamaha is announcing a new line of high-end Aventage receivers for 2021 that will debut that you might be interested in. The RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A feature 11-, 9- and 7-channels, respectively. Right off the bat, Yamaha has said that HDMI 2.1 features like 4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Quick Media Switching (QMS) will not be present at launch.


The company says they will be enabled via future updates, and confirmed to Engadget that an update will also address compatibility with the Xbox Series X. Until then, like current models, owners who want to use any of those features would have to plug their console directly into the TV and use HDMI eARC to pipe audio over to the receiver.

The Yamaha RX-A8A receiver on a table against a wood-slat wall.
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Support for 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X is a given, and they support Dolby Vision on all HDMI inputs. They also come with a microphone to analyze your room acoustics and calibrate audio output, plus support for assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. The two higher-end models will even add Auro 3D with an update, which Yamaha claims will create "virtual, three-dimensional virtual soundscapes that move around the listener."

Given the current state of HDMI 2.1 support, I wouldn't blame you for waiting until those updates are confirmed to have addressed any compatibility issues before buying one of these. But when they go on sale this summer, the RX-A8A will cost $3,000, the RX-A6A will be $2,200 and the RX-A4A is $1,300.
 

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June 1, 2021) 11 Trading Company (11TC) recently showcased Integra's new trio of AV receivers to partners in the custom install and integrator space, revealing new details and advanced tools rarely seen in the sub-$3,000 category. Before we dive into Integra specifics, here's a quick update on 2021's class of Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer, and Elite AV receivers:
  • 11TC product managers have final working prototypes in-house and have paced them through extensive testing. These managers say brand engineers have remained receptive and accommodating to technology and performance requests, leading to quite a few exciting tech inclusions.
  • As first reported here, pricing remains undetermined as costs associated with raw materials, electronics, and shipping continue to fluctuate. It appears to have held relatively stable, with minor increases applied to select models. Still, we won't know the final numbers until shipping begins. 11TC says seven of the brands' ten models are slated to ship during July, with Integra's DRX 2.4, Onkyo's TX-NR6100, and Elite's VSX-LX105 arriving in the October/November timeframe.
  • 11 Trading Company says that Dirac Bass Control is still a possibility. Rest assured, product managers have heard the enthusiast community's desire for its inclusion.
As for Integra, all three 2021 models have been endowed with features that make installation, integration, and servicing as convenient as possible. Some elements are physical, such as high-contrast white back panels that are easy to read in dark environments, but most involve new and improved technologies.

On the performance front, 11TC says the entire Integra line carries the latest chips from NXP. Thanks to a high-bandwidth networking protocol, these chips "stay awake" on a network and can be immediately recognized by third-party controls. Also, as previously disclosed, the receivers' HDMI 2.1 cards meet the specification's maximum requirement for hardware data transfer rates (40Gbps), allowing for single-source 8K media to be shared with two different displays, or multi-source 8K and 4K media to be shown in two different zones. Aside from HDMI 2.1's advantages for modern console gaming platforms, 11TC's product managers highlight 2.1's Quick Media Switching (QMS) feature, which eliminates frustrating "black screens" experienced during source switching with earlier versions of HDMI.

As for integration, Onkyo and 11TC have developed a new remote web browser-based set-up process for select 2019 and 2021 Integra, Elite, Onkyo, and Pioneer AV receivers. This allows installers to perform initial set-up and full customization without being in the same room as a receiver (thus, eliminating the use of a physical remote control). 11TC says this web-based tool is easy to initiate and can be performed by a single person with a computer, allowing for navigation of Initial Set-up windows, assigning inputs and outputs, defining speaker configurations, running acoustic calibration software, and much more.

Of course, web-based controls also give installers off-site access to monitoring and diagnostic tools, making remote troubleshooting and problem solving a reality.

For complete details, read 11TC's official press document (below).

Audio performance is enhanced by Dirac Live Room Calibration (which can be performed wirelessly, using a provided wired microphone and app, or with a PC and an approved USB microphone) and the inclusion of AccuEQ. New for this year is a Klipsch Reference Speaker Mode (KRSM) within AccuEQ. KRSM gives installers of 2019's Onkyo TX-NR696 and 2021's Onkyo TX-RZ50, TX-NR7100, TX-NR6100, TX-NR6050*, TX-NR5100, and Integra's DRX-5.4, DRX-3.4, and DRX-2.4 access to preferred – pre-programmed – crossover settings suggested by Klipsch Engineers for the brand's entire line of Reference speakers. This feature will become available via a firmware update later this summer.

Lastly, a feature that caught my eye is the inclusion of AptX HD Bluetooth for connection to compatible wireless headphones. This allows the receivers to stream audio content to headphones when speakers are in use or when discrete audio is needed. This not only provides owners with the ability to eliminate the use of speakers, but it also allows viewers with hearing deficits to enjoy elevated volume levels while others enjoy normal volume levels.

AV NIRVANA will continue to update shipping timelines and pricing as more information becomes available.

* Onkyo's TX-NR6050 is a Costco derivative model of the 6100, which lack the THX certification of the 6100, and drops from 100W per channel to 90W per channel.
 

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Just reserved my RZ50 from avscience, they are expected in August. I’m picking up when it comes in since I’m only an hour and a half away but they offer free shipping and no tax.
 

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Been out of the HT game for years and just pulled out all of my gear out of storage and got it set up in my new HT and found out that my old Pioneer VSX 1131 died at some point in the last 7 years while in storage. Had to get something quick and bought a Denon AVR-S750H (I think that's the model number) it's been great and Im still exploring it's options. I am new to Atmos and DTS:X and am looking for a set of add on height speakers that will sit on top of my front 2 floor standers, and also wondering if it's really even worth the investment to buy a pair.
 
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Been out of the HT game for years and just pulled out all of my gear out of storage and got it set up in my new HT and found out that my old Pioneer VSX 1131 died at some point in the last 7 years while in storage. Had to get something quick and bought a Denon AVR-S750H (I think that's the model number) it's been great and Im still exploring it's options. I am new to Atmos and DTS:X and am looking for a set of add on height speakers that will sit on top of my front 2 floor standers, and also wondering if it's really even worth the investment to buy a pair.
the atmos modules suck I had a pair of the pioneer and the klipsch. Finally upgraded to SVS prime elevations and they are awesome I have 4 of them mounted to my ceiling.
 
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Been out of the HT game for years and just pulled out all of my gear out of storage and got it set up in my new HT and found out that my old Pioneer VSX 1131 died at some point in the last 7 years while in storage. Had to get something quick and bought a Denon AVR-S750H (I think that's the model number) it's been great and Im still exploring it's options. I am new to Atmos and DTS:X and am looking for a set of add on height speakers that will sit on top of my front 2 floor standers, and also wondering if it's really even worth the investment to buy a pair.
If you have to use them to bounce the sound... I also recommend the SVS Elevations.

For rears if you want to bounce sound you can save some money and get....

Amazon product
Or....


No it's not as good as mounting but it will creat a sound bubble for those where mounting isn't a option.
 

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If you have to use them to bounce the sound... I also recommend the SVS Elevations.

For rears if you want to bounce sound you can save some money and get....

Amazon product
Or....


No it's not as good as mounting but it will creat a sound bubble for those where mounting isn't a option.

I only have a 7 channel receiver so If I do get Atmos speakers it's going to be fronts, not both fronts and rears.
 

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I dont have to bounce the sound with the elevations, they are aimed direct to my seating position, 2 in front and 2 behind. The sound bounce just isnt effective which is why i sold those pioneers and Klipsch modules and got the prime elevations. SVS will also send you free ceiling inserts that you insert into the mounts if you ceiling mount them.
 

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I dont have to bounce the sound with the elevations, they are aimed direct to my seating position, 2 in front and 2 behind. The sound bounce just isnt effective which is why i sold those pioneers and Klipsch modules and got the prime elevations. SVS will also send you free ceiling inserts that you insert into the mounts if you ceiling mount them.
Right but not everybody is able to mount and if a person has 4 (2 in front and 2 in back) it's better than nothing.
 

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Ok, recommendations, please.

I have about a $1500 budget, and I currently have a 7 year old denon receiver with 4 mid-level 7 year old speakers, and a good subwoofer.

I game with headphones, but use the system for everything else.

I was looking at the Nakamichi 9.2.4 soundbar system, which has great reviews, but then I read that a receiver is superior….?

Thoughts? And if I get a receiver, I’m assuming I’d need me speakers as well to take full advantage of it..? What about the sub?

Thanks for any input!
 

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Ok, recommendations, please.

I have about a $1500 budget, and I currently have a 7 year old denon receiver with 4 mid-level 7 year old speakers, and a good subwoofer.

I game with headphones, but use the system for everything else.

I was looking at the Nakamichi 9.2.4 soundbar system, which has great reviews, but then I read that a receiver is superior….?

Thoughts? And if I get a receiver, I’m assuming I’d need me speakers as well to take full advantage of it..? What about the sub?

Thanks for any input!
If you are only paying $1500 the Nakamichi is great.

Includes everything you would need.
 
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And sound quality is comparable…?
Well if you spend the money....
A rack can be better than a HTIAB.(home theater in a box)
But to be significantly better... you could pay 2-5 x the price.

The above has all the current sound codecs,powerful sound and WIRELESS rears.

If it was offered before I built my racks... I would strongly consider saving money and getting it instead.
 
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