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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Doug Taylor

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Posted May 02 2003 - 05:02 PM

I'm buying a 40" Sony direct view XBR and want to add a new receiver. My primary use is for TV & DVD. I'll be looking to add 5 speakers & subwoofer for about $2500 (happy to consider a recommendation for speakers too). I'm looking at the Pioneer VSX-45TX, but would consider anything about $1000 or less. What do you recommend? Thank you DBT

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Arup


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Posted May 03 2003 - 07:22 AM

Check out the Yamaha RXV-800 or the Yamaha DSP-A1 which you might be able to squeeze out for slightly more than $1000. For speaker package get the Yamaha NS-200 for fronts, YST-SW800 for sub and NS-100 for rear and this will fit your budget.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Kevin Alexander

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Posted May 03 2003 - 10:35 AM

There are several different brands to choose from that will satify you completely. The problem w/ your question is that everyone is going to recommend their own personal favorites. For starters, are there any specific features that interest you? Is there a particular "style" of sound that you like?
"What does God want with a Starship?" - Captain Kirk from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

"For the first few minutes of the film, I had accidently listened to the Dolby Digital track." - Ron Epstein (HTF)

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   JackS


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Posted May 03 2003 - 01:13 PM

Kevins right. The receiver that will fit you best will have the features you want most. After you make your choice, live very comfortably knowing you got exaxtly what you wanted.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted May 03 2003 - 01:39 PM

I have the 45TX and love it. It's auto calibration feature is very worthwhile. Other widely available models to consider would be the Sony 4ES, Denon 3803, and HK 525. The Sony has remarkably comprehensive calibration abilities, but they are all manual unlike the auto setup on the 45TX. It is widely available at a very good price though, and has a 5 year warranty in the US. The Denon 3803 is a highly regarded model with video upconversion. You can plug in component, S-video, and composite sources and output all video to the tv via one set of component cables. The HK 525 has a lower power rating than the others, but can produce that power with all channels driven.
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I prefer not to push the subwoofers until they're properly run in.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Mike Fenech

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Posted May 03 2003 - 05:11 PM

I've researched a lot on here, other sites, and the old fashioned way...listening. I'm committed to getting a 45TX, as soon as my tax return gets here. Second place goes to the 4ES.

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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Doug Taylor

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Posted May 03 2003 - 05:41 PM

Thank you for your comments. DBT

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