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Sep 20, 2022 11:09:43   #
planepics Loc: St. Louis burbs, but originally Chicago burbs
 
Anyone have any trouble (or luck) with a factory-certified home theater component? I can save $500, but it only comes with a 1-year warranty vs 3 yrs if new.

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Sep 20, 2022 12:05:28   #
ken_stern Loc: Yorba Linda, Ca
 
All sounding like the way I like it to sound for the last 10yrs -- With the exception of my speakers - Vandersteen Treo which I got for 1,500 off & a new (when they still made them) OPPO 103 -- Almost everything else: Marantz AV 8801 Pre Tuner; JL Audio Fathom v2 Subwoofer & Halo Parasound Amplifier are ALL USED --
Save the money & listen well -- Go for it --

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Sep 20, 2022 12:20:52   #
Ollieboy
 
Denon is a respectable brand. If it doesn't crap out within in a year it probably never will. JMO.

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Sep 20, 2022 12:31:48   #
planepics Loc: St. Louis burbs, but originally Chicago burbs
 
ken_stern wrote:
All sounding like the way I like it to sound for the last 10yrs -- With the exception of my speakers - Vandersteen Treo which I got for 1,500 off & a new (when they still made them) OPPO 103 -- Almost everything else: Marantz AV 8801 Pre Tuner; JL Audio Fathom v2 Subwoofer & Halo Parasound Amplifier are ALL USED --
Save the money & listen well -- Go for it --


Good to hear...sounds like you have a lot nicer set-up than I will ever be able to afford. I have a Sony 5.1 receiver and a 49" LG 4K TV that doesn't support eARC, a Polk speaker set (powered sub and 5 dinky bookshelf speakers, a 4K Blu-ray planer and a turntable. My speakers and receiver are about 10 yrs old and the phono is older. trying to upgrade when I can. On electronics review sites, customers give great reviews of Denon...on Yelp or whatever it's called they say the company sucks. Apparently it had been bought out by a private equity firm and the quality has suffered (the all-might dollar is more important)...not sure what to believe anymore.

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Sep 20, 2022 12:36:54   #
ken_stern Loc: Yorba Linda, Ca
 
planepics wrote:
Good to hear...sounds like you have a lot nicer set-up than I will ever be able to afford. I have a Sony 5.1 receiver and a 49" LG 4K TV that doesn't support eARC, a Polk speaker set (powered sub and 5 dinky bookshelf speakers, a 4K Blu-ray planer and a turntable. My speakers and receiver are about 10 yrs old and the phono is older. trying to upgrade when I can. On electronics review sites, customers give great reviews of Denon...on Yelp or whatever it's called they say the company sucks. Apparently it had been bought out by a private equity firm and the quality has suffered (the all-might dollar is more important)...not sure what to believe anymore.
Good to hear...sounds like you have a lot nicer se... (show quote)


TAKE YOUR TIME & be patient & always be looking for high-end USED Components

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Sep 20, 2022 17:39:20   #
rwoodvira
 
planepics wrote:
Anyone have any trouble (or luck) with a factory-certified home theater component? I can save $500, but it only comes with a 1-year warranty vs 3 yrs if new.


You might want to check with American Express, but I believe American Express will add another year if it is Denon remanufactured/refurb unit.

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Sep 20, 2022 18:23:51   #
planepics Loc: St. Louis burbs, but originally Chicago burbs
 
I would, but I don't have an American Express card. I'll contact my regularly used company, Capital One and see if they offer an extended warranty. After reading a couple more reviews of the unit, though I might just take the plunge...after all it's a 1/2 K left in my pocket vs the new model...and since it's factory refurbished I'm sure they knew what they were doing. Thanks for the response.

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Sep 20, 2022 20:30:35   #
rwoodvira
 
I've bought refurbs from Apple and Canon that worked out well. Good luck with the Denon.

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Sep 21, 2022 05:18:14   #
chrissybabe Loc: New Zealand
 
I have had a good Denon model for 10 odd years now. It is working same as new EXCEPT for the original remote control. It failed long ago and are obsolete and I cannot get a replacement. I have tried but after 4 models reckoned to work with it but didn't I will have to biff the Denon at some stage. My advice is if you buy a good model also buy 2 spare remotes for it.
So for the sake of a remote worth a few bucks I have to get rid of a boat anchor worth $1500 (at the time).
And for those who are curious I also have a Logitech Elite remote which currently works the amp but note that Logitechs entire range of universal remotes is also now obsolete. You might say that I am somewhat pissed over the whole business.
The bottom line on this is that my next amp will have two features (if I can find them). The first is knobs/pushbuttons that don't require a remote to work and secondly a copy of the circuit diagram and/or service manual. I don't trust the coming world order to be able to supply me with the backup I will need if the amp fails outside warranty. After reading through this for spelling mistakes I am even more pissed.

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Sep 21, 2022 07:34:03   #
LenCreate
 
You didn’t say who refurbished the receiver and who is selling it. I’d be comfortable if Denon refurbished it and is selling it. It would depend upon the history and reputation of the company if it’s a different one.

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Sep 21, 2022 08:24:06   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
I’m looking for a new receiver also. Could you share your refurb vendor name (I’m not looking to buy something for a couple of months, I won’t try to buy the one your interested in.😊)

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Sep 21, 2022 09:18:01   #
planepics Loc: St. Louis burbs, but originally Chicago burbs
 
LenCreate wrote:
You didn’t say who refurbished the receiver and who is selling it. I’d be comfortable if Denon refurbished it and is selling it. It would depend upon the history and reputation of the company if it’s a different one.


It's actually a Denon factory-certified refurbishment (if it's still available) on their own website under "specials" or whatever it was called. Last night while thinking about it, if I can afford it, I might prefer even to buy something with 9 or 11 channels. That way I'd be able to add extra ceiling/side speakers or set up a multi-room system. The one I'm looking at is almost too good of a price to pass up, though. I could always use my current receiver if I needed tunes/whatever elsewhere. I'm going to reload the web page at Denon and see if the AVR-X2700H is still available.

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Sep 21, 2022 09:42:49   #
planepics Loc: St. Louis burbs, but originally Chicago burbs
 
I looked a the website. The 2700 is still available. I saw a refurbished 9-channel AVR-X3700H ($999.00) but alas it was out of stock. According to the specs, though, it would probably destroy my current speakers (too many watts of output) ... it's ALWAYS something :-/

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Sep 21, 2022 10:04:17   #
lbrande
 
I prefer to use separates. Currently running Lexicon MC-10 processor and a ZX-7 7 channel amplifier. Back in the day, I used my Sansui 9090dB for sound.
Check Audiogon.com. They may have some receivers available for sale. They are an "eBay" for home theater and stereo components.

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Sep 21, 2022 16:04:41   #
bbradford Loc: Wake Forest NC
 
Chances are if there is a problem you will know in the first week so I would save the money. I have one and its great

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