Need a reciever

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  1. Jacob*C

    Jacob*C Auditioning

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    I'm looking for a reciever for my first real HT setup. It is going in a relatively small room (12x15ish). It is going to have an HDTV, Xbox 360, and who knows what else hooked up to it. For speakers, I have been looking at JBL's E-series.

    I have been looking around the 400-500 price point. This is what I have been looking at.

    -Yamaha HTR-5890
    -Yamaha HTR-5860

    -Onkyo TX-SR603
    -Onkyo TX-SR703

    -a couple Marantz units

    One question I have is what are the main differences between the two units for each brand up there other than power? Being in a small room, it seems the lower powered unit of each company would do just fine.

    Also, this will be used for 50/50 movies/music.
    Any recommendations or info would be appreciated.
     
  2. Jacob*C

    Jacob*C Auditioning

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    Also...Forgot to mention that I will have an Avalanche 15 for sub duties, so I would like some flexibility in the xover area.
     
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    gene c Producer

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    Using OneCall.com's comparison feature it looks like the 5890 has one more coaxial input and one more optical in and output plus an RS 232 port and multi-room capability. The 703 has one more optical input, an RS 232 port, pre outs and a phono input over the 603. This is probably not the complete picture, but I hope it helps. And yes, I would think any of those units, plus the Marantz ones you may be considering, will have more than enough power. I think the Yamaha units have a few more x-over points to choose from, but the Onkyo choices should work well too.
     
  4. Jacob*C

    Jacob*C Auditioning

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    Thanks for that...I was looking for a place for simple comparisons.

    My main question is this...Is there any reason that I would need say a 5890 instead of a 5860 for what I am trying to do. I am not super-educated on HD yet since I am just starting my shopping, so what inputs do I need to look for on my reciever?

    What is the best way to connect say a DVD player, Xbox360, and HDTV to a reciever for sound and video quality, and how many of each inputs would I need to do just that?

    I would like to be able to pick up a 5860; I would just like to make sure it will do everything I want it to do before I buy it.

    If anybody sees any features the 5860 would be missing that I would need, please explain what they are and what they do.
     
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    Jasen Chandler Stunt Coordinator

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    For all out power and sound quality the Marantz equipment just cannot be beat. They have an "out of their price range" sound and spaciousness. I auditioned a couple of yamahas before I got my marantz, I almost bought one, I am glad I didn't. In fact, I bought my marantz thinking, if I don't like it I can always sell it and get a yamaha. I'll probably never sell the marantz. What a great product they have. . . I got mine refurbed and it is just perfect.
     
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    Jacob*C Auditioning

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    What options do the 400ish dollar Marantz units have for crossover points?
     
  7. ChrisAG

    ChrisAG Supporting Actor

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    You might have to go with the SR5600 to get variable crossover, which might be out of your price range (not sure of the prices in $US). Or get a used 7300 or 7400.

    After realizing that you can buy a used 2-3 year old receiver at about half the original price, I may never buy new again.
     

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