Need a reciever for new home theater $350 budget!

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  1. greg4543

    greg4543 Auditioning

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    Heres the deal I have bought everything bought my reciever what i have as listed -60 sony led tv smart tv -Martin Logan MLT2 5.1 speakers 100watt max -PS3 -Computer that will be hooked up randomly Ive been shopping for a reciever for the last couple weeks and just cant settle on anything. I want it all hooked up through HDMI cords not sure I really care for internet since my TV has it already (Unless there is some great reason to have it). Is it worth getting a 7.1 system incase maybe a get more speakers? I NEED HELP! Any other questions I'm missing. Thanks for the help, I know this is my first post and this is usually where I come to find answers to questions etc... greg
     
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    There are so many good receivers in the $300-$500 range it's hard to recommend anything specific. It's like staring at the candy rack at 7-11 :yum: (just pick something already! :) ). But if I was looking for a $350 receiver I'd look long and hard at the H/K 2600 (last years model) from JR Music World (sold through Amazon) for $349 + $13 for shipping. Originally sold for $799. If you've been reading this or any forum then you know buying from an authorized dealer is the most important thing. The ML's are 8 ohm speakers so any receiver will power them. Don't let the modest 65 wpc rating fool you. H/K rates their receivers more conservatively than most others. Others to consider are the Denon 1612/1712 and Onkyo 609. Both come with Audyssey, the Denons have a more advanced version though. Members here and everywhere really seem to like Audyssey. H/K uses their own EZSetEQ. Also the Pioneer 1021 and Yamaha 571. Ac4l.com has Onkyo, Marantz and Denon factory refurbished models which could save you some money or get you a more advanced receiver. Pick two or three receivers that catch your eye and download their manuals. Pay particular attention to the side-bars. That's where they put some of the most important info.
     
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    Your analogy game me and the lady a good laugh because she thinks I am also over thinking it and just need to bite the bullet. I checked out ac4l.com and they a Denon AVR 1911 for 300 shipped. It has plenty of HDMI inputs for what I need and power, also the ability to go 7.1. I have it narrowed down to either that receiver of the H/K. Any last second thoughts before i make the plunge!? Thanks again for the quick response!
     
  4. John Brill

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    Between the two? I'd pick the Denon AVR 1911 simply because of Audessey. If you can squeeze out $100 more, the Marantz SR5005 would be my hands down favourite :rolleyes:. Come on, you know you want to! :D
     
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    I agree with John about the 1911 and I didn't mention the 5005 because of the budget but it's one of the current favorites. But I also like H/K receivers, they usually aren't such a good value. Right now the 2600 is. But as I've said before, people really like their Audyssey!.
     
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    Bit the bullet on the 1911 ill let ya know how it goes.
     

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