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Home Theater System/Receiver Recommendation

So my Onkyo HT-R290 receiver seems to be dying a slow death. It doesn't have sound anymore and from what I researched, it's a common issue with the Onkyo receivers from the last decade in which the HDMI chip on the board goes bad. I had the receiver for over 10 years and it worked great till this past week. My questions are:

1- Can I buy a new receiver and use the speakers from the Onkyo system?
2- Should I just buy a new home theater system?
3- Any recommendations of which receiver I should get?
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So my Onkyo HT-R290 receiver seems to be dying a slow death. It doesn't have sound anymore and from what I researched, it's a common issue with the Onkyo receivers from the last decade in which the HDMI chip on the board goes bad. I had the receiver for over 10 years and it worked great till this past week. My questions are:

1- Can I buy a new receiver and use the speakers from the Onkyo system?
2- Should I just buy a new home theater system?
3- Any recommendations of which receiver I should get?

I have this one in a 5.1.2 Atmos configuration. It rocks. All of my speakers are legacy JBL/Infinities, so no compatibility issues. All I had to do was buy the two height channel speakers to get Atmos.


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Old 01-10-21, 04:58 PM
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The ďfutureĒ receivers are about to drop. If you can wait a bit you might want to. HDMI 2.1, 8k, are about to show up. CES21 starts tomorrow. Iím sure we will be hearing about the new receivers.
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Re: Home Theater System/Receiver Recommendation

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So my Onkyo HT-R290 receiver seems to be dying a slow death. It doesn't have sound anymore and from what I researched, it's a common issue with the Onkyo receivers from the last decade in which the HDMI chip on the board goes bad. I had the receiver for over 10 years and it worked great till this past week. My questions are:

1- Can I buy a new receiver and use the speakers from the Onkyo system?
2- Should I just buy a new home theater system?
3- Any recommendations of which receiver I should get?
Never buy a home theater system or HTIB. The speakers always suck. Get a decent receiver and research a good set of speakers separately that are within your budget. Denon receivers are great and you can save a little with a factory refurbished at accessories4less.
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Re: Home Theater System/Receiver Recommendation

Ended up buying the Yamaha TSR-700 that was on sale at Costco for $330. The reviews are good and so far it's working great.

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...700/index.html

Added a Klipsch R-12SW Subwoofer that is on sale at Amazon for $170. So far the Onkyo speakers are working fine, but I'm going to get some Dolby Atmos speakers later on too.
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Wow. You got a great deal.
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Wow, I really like the build of it. It's one giant knob in the middle of the tank.
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Re: Home Theater System/Receiver Recommendation

Since my subwoofer died I’ve been considering changing my setup. I’ve two MTX aal1540’s which I plan on keeping. I definitely need to upgrade my center and my rear surrounds. I’ve been considering getting an Atmos setup, but that’s a pretty big leap from what I have. There also doesn’t seem to be a lot of wireless options for the ceiling and surround speakers.
I also run my 5.1 setup off an optical cable direct from my tv to my receiver. Yes I know that’s fucked up.
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Since my subwoofer died Iíve been considering changing my setup. Iíve two MTX aal1540ís which I plan on keeping. I definitely need to upgrade my center and my rear surrounds. Iíve been considering getting an Atmos setup, but thatís a pretty big leap from what I have. There also doesnít seem to be a lot of wireless options for the ceiling and surround speakers.
I also run my 5.1 setup off an optical cable direct from my tv to my receiver. Yes I know thatís fucked up.
The Yamaha receiver I got from Costco has worked great. Same with the Klipsch R-12SW Subwoofer, which is a monster of a subwoofer. I suggest you start with something similar and then keep adding to the set.
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The Yamaha receiver I got from Costco has worked great. Same with the Klipsch R-12SW Subwoofer, which is a monster of a subwoofer. I suggest you start with something similar and then keep adding to the set.
I picked up that sub from Costco, but the receiver was out of stock and now itís no longer on sale. They had an Onkyo at my local store, but it didnít seem to have as many features as the Yamaha.
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Are most receivers HDMI 2.1 pass through at least or is that still not standard?
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2021 models look to be the first year where they are standard. I’d verify either way before purchasing.
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I picked up that sub from Costco, but the receiver was out of stock and now itís no longer on sale. They had an Onkyo at my local store, but it didnít seem to have as many features as the Yamaha.
The Yamaha seems to be back in-stock online at Costco. I imagine they'll put it on sale again at some point.
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Re: Home Theater System/Receiver Recommendation

Just a heads up, Costco will start selling on 3/10 the Klipsch R-12SW Reference Powered Subwoofer for $170. Great deal for a very good subwoofer.
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Just a heads up, Costco will start selling on 3/10 the Klipsch R-12SW Reference Powered Subwoofer for $170. Great deal for a very good subwoofer.
For a cheap sub at that price it is just ok, but it is by no means a good subwoofer. If anyone is wanting a good home theater subwoofer, they should save up a bit more for a better sub that will play well at low frequencies.
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Re: Home Theater System/Receiver Recommendation

I bought a pair of these to go up to 5.2.2 and they are badass. They also come with floor stands if you want to stand them up to free up floor space. That price is also killer.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=33829
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I bought a pair of these to go up to 5.2.2 and they are badass. They also come with floor stands if you want to stand them up to free up floor space. That price is also killer.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=33829
Im a huge monoprice fan. I got into them when I was building a home theater on a budget. I bought wiring from them.

Then, I decided to go full surround in my bar as I had an old 5.1 channel receiver just sitting around. Being a bar, i didn’t want to spend a lot but wanted better than a Walmart speakers. I got the most inexpensive Monoprice 5.1 speaker set up. For the money, it works very well.

Those subs look interesting,,,,,
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Monoprice subs have gotten great reviews in the past. I’m happy with my 2 SVS’s, but if I ever get another one, I’ll probably try them out.
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Iím happy with my 2 SVSís
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