Any particular AVR better than others With DirecTV HDMI ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by cypherx, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Ok because I was thinking that or the Onkyo TX-NR515

    The Onkyo supposedly was originally $600 but now $289.99. It has all the networking stuff I like to see as well. They claim there is a firmware update available to fix some issues with HDMI. I will do a little research on it, but it seems like a contender for me.
  2. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Err... never mind..
  3. GregLee

    GregLee Hall Of Fame

    Dec 28, 2005
    My Onkyo 3008 broke, so I have to take back the "it works fine". I noticed a couple of days ago that it was not receiving any sound modes over HDMI other than PCM stereo, and yesterday, the sound failed completely. I think I'll go back to Pioneer, which worked for me for several years before I tried the Onkyo.
  4. xmguy

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I have a very old RCA STAV-35970 AV receiver. It has Optical and COAX Audio. Thats what I use.
  5. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I have had a Denon AVR-5803 now for 8 years and it is working like a Champ!!!

    I do not have HDMI though as it came out a year after I bought this model but the Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio works Great. :)
  6. Ken984

    Ken984 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Stick with Denon. I am still very impressed with mine and I have tried a lot of others. 1 Onkyo (a 606) hdmi board went out. The 2nd Onkyo (an 808)died 10 minutes after i turned it on during a firmware update.
  7. Ken Stomski

    Ken Stomski Mentor

    Nov 17, 2011
    we install yamahas. the aventage line works excellent with d* receivers. but, as many have stated - use a harmony. in fact, when we put quotes together for home cinema systems we include a harmony one (now touch) and if the customer declines the harmony to save a few hundred dollars we decline the job. once the benefits of using a harmony is fully understood there is no balking. plus it eliminates calls at 9pm on saturday night because of user error with dealing with 7 different remotes.
  8. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I really need to keep costs down so I picked a Yamaha RX-V473. It does airplay and they have an iOS remote control app. For $299 to me its a good value considering it has what I need.

    Sure if I had some more funds available I could throw $600 to a Denon or something, but I'm pretty happy with this purchase. Thanks for everyone's input! I researched some Onkyo's that on the surface seemed like amazing deals, but so many complaints online for failed HDMI boards!
  9. mdpeterman

    mdpeterman Cool Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    So has anyone had a receiver that didn't work well with their AV receiver? I haven't read every post in detail and I have seen almost every brand listed and everyone says it works. Since optical, coax and HDMI are all standards, they generally work pretty well across the board. I have had DirecTV receivers of various models from the HR10 to the HR34 and they have been hooked up to receivers from Yamaha, to Pioneer, to Denon, to Lexicon to Sony to Bose, and none of them have ever had an issue.
    In general your safe with any brand AV receiver I'd say.
  10. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Fry's had the V573 for $288 last week.
  11. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Well that doesnt do anyone any good this week does it? :lol:
  12. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    +1 :lol:
  13. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    No, but typically those deals come around every 4-6 weeks, so it'll be back.

    Once I decide on a piece of equipment, I check the lowest price in the last several months via camelcamel or slickdeals and then set up an alert with both and get ready to pounce.
  14. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    There is no "Fry's" near me, but I suppose they can ship?

    The 473 retails for $450 so I thought $299 was a good deal! Compared to other receivers with AirPlay, that's not a bad price.

    I don't need 7.1 or have wiring in my walls for 7 satellites. With a baby and a wife who for sure is going to be yelling "turn it down!!!!" I figured keep it simple.

    I have wiring and banana jack wall plate supporting 5.1 setup.
  15. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Actually, the real retail price on the 473 is $399, and the standard price on Amazon is $299 (this year), although it's been as low as $285 a couple of times this month.

    It's a decent price, and if you're happy with it, that's all that matters.
  16. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    Onkyo believer here, have never run across one that the dtv remote wont control, volume and on and off

    Yamaha work, but no on off feature.

    Harman Kardon id stay away from, had several of them not do the hdmi handshake and just give black screen, do a search and you will find compatibility issues with dtv and harman. I tried 5 different dtv boxes at one house with a harman avr, no dice.

    Onkyo for ease of use and setup. Have run into many recievers where i couldnt changed the audio from optical to coax without special buttons or sequences of buttons that requries a user manual. Onkyo has all buttons on front panel and no secret codes or sequences.

    Ive run accross a few denons, very hard to get things setup even with the remote handy.
  17. Bigwayne13

    Bigwayne13 Cool Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    I've got a Marantz and have my DTV HR34 connected via HDMI and have had absolutly no issues. ;)
  18. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Well so far no problems with HDMI handshaking to the yamaha 473. On top of that,airplay is amazing. DirecTV only has YouTube and pandora, but with AirPlay I can send audio from Vevo, slacker, siriusxm and others. Pretty slick considering the YouTube search on DirecTV filters out a lot of "official" music videos (most VEVO content actually).
  19. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    I'm going to go against the trend here. On the DirecTV tech support web site, we see more HDMI issues with Denon than with all the others added together. Of course, that could easily be because there are more people with Denon, but it might be worth noting. Least number of issues? Almost certainly with Sony..
  20. AlanSaysYo

    AlanSaysYo Legend

    Aug 22, 2007
    I have a Harman Kardon and can't find a remote code to switch inputs from the DirecTV remote. So that's a bummer. Otherwise it works fine - no HDMI issues.

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