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Need advice on ~$200 Receiver

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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   svenge


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Posted April 02 2003 - 08:57 PM

I'm a poor college student who for some reason has a compulsion to have a home theater of his own. The problem is that I have very little money to work with. These are the items that I already have to work with, and please don't laugh :-/

Cyberhome 500 DVD Player w/ DD and DTS decoder ($80)
Jensen JTH-525 5.1 speakers ($40 bucks after using gift certificates)

And these are the receiver models that I'm looking at (all ~$200 which is my maximum)

Kenwood VR-606
Panasonic SA-HE70
Pioneer VSX-D411
Sony STR-DE595 Black

Which unit do you think would be the best suited for my setup?

#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Brett DiMichele

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:03 PM

No laughing from me.. We all started off at similar places
in this hobby unless we were born with a gold spoon in our

I think in your price range any of these units will offer
similar performance. I think the deciding factors for you
will be which features of each are the most beneficial to
your requirements.

I believe that your best bet would be to sit down and think
about what you want the reciever to do, what features are a
must have and then go from there untill you narrow it down
to the unit that best suits your needs.

It would not hurt to demo each of these units in person also
if possible to see how they sound and perform.

Good Luck!
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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Allen:B



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Posted April 03 2003 - 02:08 AM

I think you would be happy going even lower down on the price scale. I got a really good deal on a Sherwood RD6106. Mine was only $69 but I think it would be a bargin at twice that. It has Pro-Logic, DD and DTS. I have a similar budget for my home theater and am very satisfied so far. Check out these reviews:


#4 of 15 OFFLINE   Adam.Gonsman


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Posted April 03 2003 - 07:03 AM

In your price range, I would seriously consider looking at used receivers also. There are a lot of really compulsive upgraders out there that are already letting go of relatively recent models. You might do very well to buy a 2 or 3 year old model from much higher up the line.

#5 of 15 OFFLINE   KyleGS


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Posted April 03 2003 - 08:44 AM

Refurbished Harman Kardon HK120 directly from Harman Kardon online. You can get one for $198 and has full warranty. BTW it weighs 6 lbs more than the current AVR125 and has one more usable A/V inputs on the rear (minus the 6.1 input).

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#6 of 15 OFFLINE   steven pm

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Posted April 03 2003 - 09:46 AM

Hold the phone! First, avoid the SOny's like the plague. Second, go right over to J&R (jandr.com) and pick up the Yamaha HTR-5540 (or the AVR-430, same receiver) for $199. Great, powerful, clean receiver with actually listenable DSP modes. Brand new, excellent quality, and you'll want to keep it when you get $$$ to upgrade your speakers.

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted April 03 2003 - 11:57 AM

The Yamaha 5540 is $179.95 at J&R at time of this post.
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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Christopher_R



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Posted April 03 2003 - 03:03 PM

yes the yamaha entry receivers are very good.

#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted April 03 2003 - 04:11 PM

Also, keep an eye on the Sherwood 6108. When on sale at Circuit City, it can be had for $130.00. From what I can read on this forum, excellent performer.
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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Chris Sherman

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Posted April 04 2003 - 03:28 PM

I second the HK 120 B-stock. Absolute best buy for sound quality.

#11 of 15 OFFLINE   JustinCleveland



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Posted April 04 2003 - 11:46 PM

I just bought the Yamaha 5550 from JandR, because there was only a 30 dollar price difference at the time, the 5540 was 199, 5550 was 229.

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#12 of 15 OFFLINE   David Preston

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Posted April 05 2003 - 05:07 PM

New to this site so I hope its ok to offer to sell my last receiver. Its a JVC few years old. What state are you in I'll let it go for $50. Willing to help out a college student in need. David

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   svenge


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Posted April 05 2003 - 08:27 PM

WA State, Ellensburg

#14 of 15 OFFLINE   NicholasL


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Posted April 05 2003 - 08:27 PM

I know that Goodguys always has plenty of open-box models that are under $200, but originally retailed for 3-4, sometimes even 5 bills.

#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted April 05 2003 - 09:08 PM

Harman also have remanufactured receivers at their site.. BTW, Circuit City is clearing out the Pioneer 711 (new in box) for $190.00.
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