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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Einar



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Posted October 11 2001 - 10:24 AM

Harman/kardon avr5000, onkyo 696, denon avr3801. witch should be the chosen one? and why?

#2 of 18 OFFLINE   JeremySt



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Posted October 11 2001 - 08:05 PM

the 3801 was just replaced by the 3802. You can find a 3801s for a few hundred bucks off. Its a good time to take advantage of that. The only difference is 5 watts more per channel and Pro Logic II. PL2 isnt much to get excited about, especially if all you watch is 5.1 DVDs

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Evan A

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Posted October 11 2001 - 08:53 PM

h/k 520 - best looking on the market today all the features you could want, prologic II (for TV) and EZ set remote. ------------------ -------------------- Evan Adams eaadams@ucdavis.edu --------------------
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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt Wallace

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Posted October 12 2001 - 03:19 PM

I love my 696. All of these recievers are good, so it depends on your listening preferences and how you like your sound. They all have their own character. Matt ------------------ "And I say I'm dead, and I move"....
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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Evan A

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Posted October 12 2001 - 05:39 PM

well you got 3 POV so I'm gona say it again H/K! ------------------ -------------------- Evan Adams eaadams@ucdavis.edu --------------------
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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Einar



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Posted October 12 2001 - 06:23 PM


#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Thomas F

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Posted October 12 2001 - 06:32 PM

pos = Point of View. I vote for the Denon 3802.

#8 of 18 OFFLINE   KonradN


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Posted October 12 2001 - 07:02 PM

h/k 520??? their website doesn't mention anything about this new unit with dpl II?

#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Myles



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Posted October 12 2001 - 08:05 PM

The HK 520 is essentially the same as the 510 but with Pro-logic 2. I personally like PL2 for viewing satellite TV feed as well as some (not all) music. I have an Integra (aka Onkyo)receiver which I love. All would be great though.

#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted October 12 2001 - 10:41 PM

I say HK. I have the 500 and Logic 7 is the pretty much the same as DPLII. I found hk to be clean and crisp sounding in even high volume levels. I've got to check out the new 520. Well on my way to the website. ------------------ ONCE, I CONSIDERED SPARING YOUR RETCHED LITTLE PLANET CYBERTRON, NOW.., YOU SHALL WITNESS IT'S DISMEMBERMENT...
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#11 of 18 OFFLINE   DavidAM


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Posted October 13 2001 - 08:34 AM

HK sent me the pdf files on the 510 and 520, here are the differences: 510--80x2, 70x5, and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS 520--85x2, 75x5, 7.1 channel audio/video reciever, 6.1 DTS-ES Discrete and Matrix Surround, Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II. That's the main differences I see. My question is, is this a true 7.1 reciever? They mention "7.1 channel audio/video reciever" but then say 6.1 DTS-ES and rate the power at 75x5!! So, would this be a 5, 6 or 7 channel surround reciever?
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#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Brett DiMichele

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Posted October 13 2001 - 09:20 AM

My vote is for Onkyo.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of these receivers
from H/K, Dennon, Onkyo or even Marantz. They are all very
high quality and the prices are very competitive. I made the
choice and went with the Onkyo TX-DS787 and I could not be
more tickled pink. I picked my 787 up off ebay for a song.
$735.00 to be exact and I have no complaints. I am sure the
696 is a fine receiver also.

Someone said the H/K looks better and that is debateable.
The H/K's look great but I think the black anodized brushed
aluminum face on the Onkyo's look very good. And wow are the
Onk's constructed great. Nearly 40 pounds worth of amplifier
in the 787...

Good luck with which ever you choose.

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#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Dave Vaughn

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Posted October 13 2001 - 09:34 AM

The HK may only have a a 5 channel amp built in, but pre-outs to run 2 rear speakers using a separate amp.
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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Tor Arne

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Posted October 13 2001 - 02:08 PM

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I have the AVR-3801 driving two B&WCDM7-NT speakers since january. It's great for both music and movies IMHO. I like the way it looks too. It matches my Denon DVD-2800.


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#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Shanthi


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Posted October 13 2001 - 02:28 PM

My vote is for Denon 3802...great peice of equipment.

#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Mike Kao

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Posted October 13 2001 - 03:00 PM

I have the HK AVR510 and I HIGHLY recommend it. Demoed the Onkyo 575 and Denon 2801, and I personally thought the HK had superior sound quality. Looking at the new features of the 520 kinda makes me regret my purchase though Posted Image

#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Mike Sheahan

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Posted October 13 2001 - 03:05 PM

I think if they are going to claim 7.1, they should give you the power to do it. That's why I went with the 3802, it's the only one in this group that does.
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#18 of 18 OFFLINE   andy_brehm


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Posted October 13 2001 - 03:16 PM

This is a bit off topic, but id say Yamaha's RX-V100. This is what I have, and I have been very pleased. A buddy of mine has the Denon, and its a great unit as well. I havent done much with it, but he is always singing its praises.

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