Buying a new AVR - Sony or Onkyo?

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    Today my Pioneer VSX-921 AVR has gotten the equivalent of the XBox 360's RRD problem (UE22 error). [​IMG] This is very common after about 3 years of use apparently, and home consumer electronics aren't covered by Swedish consumer protection after 2 years so as I don't feel like repairing it myself, I'm just gonna pick up a cheap AVR to replace it quickly (mostly for family use) and we live in an apartment building.

    Which would you choose of these two:

    Onkyo TX-NR535 (slightly more expensive, has 6 HDMI inputs but also a load of ugly buttons on the front)

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    Sony STR-DH550 (has 4 HDMI, but is much better looking and is "a Sony" after all)

    I'm never buying a Pioneer again, so don't even go there. I'm leaning towards the Onkyo, but I'm gonna read some reviews now.



    Thanks for looking. Bigger thanks if you can advice.
    Emph
     
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    Hey emph,

    I recently bought a Onkyo TX-NR636 and am pretty satisfied with (but no expert in this area). But I cannot compare with the Sony. I replaced an old AVR without hdmi. HTPC-related I am running in some troubles with HDMI-Handshake, but as far as I understand this is a windows issue, not a AVR-problem. Maybe ask what you want to know about the Onkyo and I'll try my best...
     
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    Went with a more expensive Sony model in the end. 6 HDMI in, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And the promise if HQ components.

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    I'm an Audyssey lover so I would go with a DENON or ONKYO personnaly. But you already buy the SONY.[DOUBLEPOST=1425986197][/DOUBLEPOST]
    Hi The_Stig, does the handshake issue means that you lost your audio renderer in windows and have to reboot windows? I Have this issue as well!
     
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    @kilik360 @The_Stig

    Are you two using "HDMI-standby-passthrough" or something similar?

    @emphatic
    A Sony AVR wouldn't be even in my top five, but I hope you will be happy with your choice and it dosen't brake after a short time like your Pioneer.
     
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    Nope, this is solved via MP-Config setting "Don't stop playback on audio renderer" and @Sebastiii patch for standby issues. What I still face from time to time is a muted audio device. And I don't find a way to get this properly going. Currently I am running from one problem to the other. I now even restart MP after resume and use a tool call Nircmd to unmute the sound. But still not reliable...

    Nope, deactivated this on the Onkyo since I am not wanting audio via TV.
     
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    Have you tried DLNA streaming? Looking to replace my 15 year old AVR with one that has HDMI (so I can route HTPC and Blu-ray to the TV or the projector) and supports DLNA (to use as a renderer for FLAC files on MP2 server)
     
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    Not quite sure if I understood you correct, but if you want to use a new AVR as a mediaplayer for DLNA-hosted files (sorry I am really no expert in this stuff), don't buy an Onkyo. The GUI ist just horrible, slow, ugly. Don't know how this is on other AVR's...
     
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