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Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by svenge, Apr 30, 2003.
This budget receiver caught my eye at Crutchfield, can anyone comment on its quality?
JVC has always been noted for a large number of features for the $ spent. I have a RX 9010VBK and have been very happy with it. Some people believe that JVC has focused more on providing features on their line at the expense of good sound, but considering the under $200 pricing, JVC, Kenwood, Sony etc. are all going to be reasonable choices as long as you don't plan on driving large power hungry speakers at high volumes. I do also own a RX-DV3SL combo receiver/DVD and find it great for a bedroom theater.
You might also consider the RX-7030, It has 7 channels of surround and can be found on ebay, new for around $30 more.
I had an older (about 3-4 years old now) JVC receiver. It did have some nice features. It was one of the only cheaper receiver to offer S-video switching at the time. I also loved the compu-link system since most of my other gear was JVC at the time. But the sound quality was sub-par. I have since upgraded to a Denon receiver, and the sound quality improved dramatically. The biggest problem I had with the JVC was that it didn't have bass management on stereo. So stereo sounded horrible, and I listen to CDs in stereo. They may have improved on these over the years, but I still think you could get better quality from an entry level receiver from Denon, Marantz, or H/K.
Actually the website does state the specs for the surround mode.
100 watts x 5 min. RMS, into 8 ohms, 1kHz, 0.8% THD
Notice they further cheat there by using the 'at 1kHz' spec.
Svenge, I would say it depends on what your looking for in a receiver. If I was looking for a low-price receiver the Panasonic 100 is the best receiver out there. It can be had for under $250 & it has the amp built into it to drive the rear center speaker & it puts out a measured 70 watts a channel with all 6 channels driven as tested by S&V Mag. plus they were very impressed with it's low noise levels & etc. I think when your looking at under $200 receivers that they are all around the same & I would look for one that has the featues you want & the remote you like the best. The only exception might be Sherwood which seems to put out some pretty good low priced receivers. I would stay away from KLH, Aiwa & other odd ball brands. But again, for the money I don't think the Panasonic 100 can be beat.