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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael_Q

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Posted November 10 2005 - 04:21 PM

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 Posted Image

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 of 9 OFFLINE   Paul Seyfarth

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Posted November 10 2005 - 06:04 PM

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 of 9 OFFLINE   BillSuneson

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Posted November 11 2005 - 01:15 AM

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

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael_Q

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Posted November 11 2005 - 08:25 AM

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 of 9 OFFLINE   MikeNg

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Posted November 12 2005 - 06:22 AM

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 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael_Q

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Posted November 12 2005 - 09:42 AM

Thanks for the input, everybody! I am going to go with the Panasonic.

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Robert_eb

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Posted November 25 2005 - 09:58 AM

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

#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Robert_eb

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Posted November 26 2005 - 06:27 AM

Anyone?

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Paul Seyfarth

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Posted November 26 2005 - 01:19 PM

Yes it does have 5.1 analog input