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Old 01-25-23, 11:21 PM
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Onkyo TX-RZ50 giveaway and advice request

I hope it's not an issue bringing this up, but Audioholics is having an Onkyo TX-RZ50 giveaway. I just stumbled upon it today because I was looking it up as my potential next receiver. I wanted an 11-channel receiver instead but the price hike for two more channels is just too much. And don't get me started on 13 and 15-channel options.

Since I doubt I'll win and will have to buy it instead, any advice or recommendations for or against this purchase? Ideally I'd eventually set up a 9.2.6 system in my living room. For now, I'm at 7.2. However, if I go this receiver (and since even Dolby says 2 overhead speakers are less than ideal, I can either get a separate amp to make a 7.2.4 system, or do without Atmos/DTS X and simply add front wide speakers for a 9.2 array.

Currently, I am leaning towards the latter option and might wait until higher channel receivers become affordable. But I do want to get some SVS Prime Elevation speakers (ceiling speakers are not an option for me) to finally experience Atmos/DTS X at home. Who knows, maybe by then 11.2.8 systems will become norm and I can then afford a lesser 9.2.6 AV receiver.
Old 01-26-23, 06:06 AM
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Re: Onkyo TX-RZ50 giveaway and advice request

I was right. I can't win it. The contest is open to the continental US only.
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Re: Onkyo TX-RZ50 giveaway and advice request

I'd go 7.2.4 over 9.2. Obvious the amp and additional speakers are an additional cost. To me, the benefits of overheads outweighs the additional surrounds. I'm currently at 9.2.4 with four of the SVS Elevations.
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Re: Onkyo TX-RZ50 giveaway and advice request

Originally Posted by John Galt
I'd go 7.2.4 over 9.2. Obvious the amp and additional speakers are an additional cost. To me, the benefits of overheads outweighs the additional surrounds. I'm currently at 9.2.4 with four of the SVS Elevations.
Ideally, I'd jump directly into the Denon AVR-A1H, but at the pace I'm able save, it'll be two years before I can get it. So I'm looking for something to tide me over during the interim.

However, 9.2 for my base layer is a must. From past experience, I like having front wide speakers. Then I'll add my intended six SVS Elevation speakers.

Also of note, I am fond of Audyssey MultEQ XT32, as well as Dynamic EQ/Volume (sacrilege, I know).

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