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New receiver choices

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Michael_Q, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. Michael_Q

    Michael_Q Well-Known Member

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    I am looking to buy a new receiver for my expanding HT setup. I don't know too much about receivers, so I am hoping to get some advice. I don't want to spend more than about $200 or so. Cheap? Yes, but I'm not the wealthiest member of the forum [​IMG]

    Here are a couple of options I am considering:

    Yamaha HTR-5830
    Pioneer VSX-515-K
    Onkyo TX-SR503
    Denon AVR-685S


    A couple of these I would have to buy refurbished, I think. Which of these is the best option? Any other general advice?
     
  2. Paul Seyfarth

    Paul Seyfarth Well-Known Member

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    I would go with the Panasonic XR55, it's in your price range. Check out amazon.com

    It's been getting rave reviews, it has great sound quality, detail and clarity. Plus has 3 component video inputs. If I were buying a receiver in the 200 dollar range I would get that one. Heck if I was buying a receiver for under like 600 bucks I would still go with it.
     
  3. BillSuneson

    BillSuneson Well-Known Member

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    That really depends upon what type of speakers you are powering.
     
  4. Michael_Q

    Michael_Q Well-Known Member

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    The Panasonic really looks good. Thanks for the feedback. I am currently using Cambridge Soundworks speakers that were originally part of a 5.1 computer setup. It's a small room, so they do the trick, but I will upgrade those at some point too.

    I am buying the receiver first because I don't have DTS decoding or enough inputs right now. The Panny appears to have 4 digital audio inputs, which is definitely enough.
     
  5. MikeNg

    MikeNg Well-Known Member

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    Consider the HK AVR130Z at Harman Audio. For $50 more you could get the current model (AVR135).

    One thing I like about the HK is the amplification. Even though this is their entry model, it has good quality amps. Not sure you could say the same about the other receivers.

    Otherwise, the Panny seems to be a good choice.
     
  6. Michael_Q

    Michael_Q Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input, everybody! I am going to go with the Panasonic.
     
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    Robert_eb Well-Known Member

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    Is the Panasonic XR55 compatible with SACD and/or DVD Audio?
     
  8. Robert_eb

    Robert_eb Well-Known Member

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    Anyone?
     
  9. Paul Seyfarth

    Paul Seyfarth Well-Known Member

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    Yes it does have 5.1 analog input
     

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