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Looking for a 6.1 receiver under $400


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   TylerCrawford

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Posted November 08 2003 - 10:58 AM

Hey there. I'm looking to pickup a 6.1 reciever. The features I'm looking for are pretty basic, just 6.1, don't need video switching. The main thing I'd like is a receiver that will sound pretty good for 2ch stereo. My speakers are Paradigm Monitor 3's for mains, CC370 and Atoms for surrounds (will be adding a CC170 for rear surround). I have a small room about 10' X 10' and usually listen at moderate levels (about 10 on my crappy Sony)
I'd like to buy something locally so I can check it out. Dealers around me sell Yamaha, Sony, Kenwood, JVC, and Denon. Anyone have any recommendations?

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Heath_E

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Posted November 08 2003 - 11:22 AM

Have a look at the H/K line.

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   RonJon

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Posted November 08 2003 - 10:07 PM

You should take a look at the Onkyo HTR510. eCost is selling them for $150 or so delivered. They are allegedly refurbed by Onkyo and come with the factory warranty.

It has quite a few features for the money and adequate video switching. I bought one and am quite pleased with it especially for the $$ paid.:b

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   ChrisLazarko

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Posted November 09 2003 - 12:35 PM

Have a look at the HK AVR-325 or the HK AVR-230... The 230 is a 6.1 channel reciever while the 325 is a 7.1 channel.

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Jonathan Lofgren

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Posted November 09 2003 - 04:18 PM

Of the receivers you have locally, and considering the budget you have, I would look at Denon and Yamaha. Some people say that Yamahas are bright, and that Paradigms are also bright so that it might not be a good match, but sound is really subjective. I would suggest that, since you're buying locally, you should go listen to the receivers and get the one you like best.
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#6 of 8 OFFLINE   jad

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Posted November 10 2003 - 03:39 AM

I am not a big hk fan but after spending time this weekend with the avr230 I'm pretty impressed especially after my fatiguing sessions with the Sony 2000es.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Steve Adams

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Posted November 11 2003 - 03:57 AM

im not either, but either way you cut it, they have awsome sound. just the reliability is in question. I have a pioneer 810, it sounds excellent, 6.1, and every connection I have needed. I picked it up for 250 cdn, the list on it at the time was 1299 or something like that at the stereo shop here, I got mine at sears. no box or connection wires. everything else was there. Im super pleased with the unit. I recommend a pioneer receiver to anybody for dollar to performance ratio.
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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Stephen*G

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Posted November 11 2003 - 12:10 PM

Try the Onkyo TX-SR 601 from bestpriceaudiovideo.com the sell it for 399.00 delivered brand new and they don't have pushy sales people.