Help me pick a 6.1 receiver...

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Dennis_Frandsen, Apr 14, 2003.

  1. Dennis_Frandsen

    Dennis_Frandsen Auditioning

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    Hi all,

    Looking for some advice or suggestions. I'm getting ready to build my home theater from scratch, and I'm trying to decide on a receiver that I will build it around. Here are my priorities:

    1.)6.1 capability
    2.)affordable price (less than $800)
    3.)S-video switching
    4.)dynamic range adjustment (like Pioneer's "MidnightMode")
    5.)Dobly Digital optical input

    This will be used purely for movies, not music. I'm more concerned with getting the features I want, than with getting the receiver with the best sound quality.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. ChadLB

    ChadLB Screenwriter

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  3. JackS

    JackS Supporting Actor

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    Your "wants" list is pretty much standard in all price ranges. Since you stated an interest in S-Video switching, You may want to decide by how many S-video inputs you require. The last decision would be how much money you want to spend.
     
  4. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  5. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
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    Most any 6.1 receiver on the market today will have ALL the features you listed, from the $250 Pioneer 812K to the $775 Pioneer Elite 45TX. The features you mentioned are pretty standard across the board. When you transition from the $250 - $500 range into the $500 - $1000 range, you start to see large improvements in sound quality and more specialized features added (room adjustments, video conversion, ect). What you need to decide is weather you want to save money and get an entry level receiver that fits your criteria, or go up toward your spending limit and get a receiver that has better sound, better build, and more specialized features. Alot of this will depend on what speakers you match with the receiver. Most members agree that you should spend more (up to 2 times) on your speakers than your receiver. Better speakers will make a more noticeable difference that a better receiver in most cases.

    That said, if you're looking for some good receivers to look at i'll throw out a few:

    Entry Level ($250 - $500):
    Pioneer 912K - $300 online
    Kenwood 6060 - $304 online
    Panasonic HE200 - $305 online
    Denon 1803 - $321 online
    Kenwood 6070 - $330 Best Buy
    Sony DA2ES - $415 online
    Denon 2802 - $420 online

    Mid Level ($500 - up):
    Harman Kardon 325 - $543 online
    Sony DA4ES - $540 online
    Denon 2803 - $568 online
    Harman Kardon 525 - $642 online
    Pioneer Elite 43TX - $646 online
    Denon 3802 - $740 online
    Pioneer Elite 45TX - $775 online
    Denon 3803 - $805 online

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  6. JimC_A

    JimC_A Stunt Coordinator

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    Check out the Yamaha RX-V1300. It is a great receiver.
     

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