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Insignia Receiver, who makes it?


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#21 of 34 Seth=L

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Posted December 11 2006 - 05:46 AM

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But you'll end up paying in the long run when you have to replace it. That's my general thinking with these sort of things though.
I fully plan on getting the warranty with it. And just as well I won't being using it as a primary receiver for all that long, probably less than 6 months.

#22 of 34 Andrew Pratt

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Posted December 11 2006 - 07:07 AM

Seth just what features do you need? The Insignia might be the best unit for you but there's some very good deals on older used receivers on places like Audiogon, eBay or local pawn shops etc. They'd likely be built better then what you're looking at now. Just another idea to consider...Actually take a look in the For Sale section here as there's a highly regarded Panasonic receiver for that price. They're fairly light being digital so shipping shouldn't be too much.

#23 of 34 John Brill

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Posted December 11 2006 - 07:07 AM

What? You're going to get the warranty with it as well?!?

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Seriously, all the reviews on this thing are awful. One website says 0.06% THD the other says 1%. Guess which one I believe. I'd have a real listen to this thing before buying even if it's just to tie you over until HDMI 1.3. Static every time you adjust volume? Hiss at any level? RCA Analogs pawned off as digital coaxial? No, I'd buy RCA before buying this thing.

#24 of 34 Seth=L

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Posted December 11 2006 - 08:34 AM

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What? You're going to get the warranty with it as well?!?

Best Buy must love you Posted Image

Seriously, all the reviews on this thing are awful. One website says 0.06% THD the other says 1%. Guess which one I believe. I'd have a real listen to this thing before buying even if it's just to tie you over until HDMI 1.3. Static every time you adjust volume? Hiss at any level? RCA Analogs pawned off as digital coaxial? No, I'd buy RCA before buying this thing.
What is the problem with the Red and White RCA jacks being used as Coax digital?

Hiss I can deal with, Humming is another story. Volume changing clicks, I can deal with those as well. I know I could get something from a pawn shop and I have done it many times, I just get tired of scanning the pawn shops sometimes. I will listen to it hard for the first 30 days, if I like it I will keep it and get the warrenty if it is needed. If I don't like it I will just return it, simple as that.Posted Image

#25 of 34 ChrisWiggles

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Posted December 11 2006 - 08:44 AM

It just seems like a bad idea, I mean if you're buying the warranty you are essentially betting that the unit WILL fail within the warranty period. So why would you purchase a product like that?

#26 of 34 LanceJ

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:04 PM

This is the cheapest surround receiver that does not seem *built* cheaply that I would advise someone to buy: the Sherwood RD-6500 for $160. But is missing one little feature that some will find glaring: no DTS decoder.

#27 of 34 ThomasC

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:20 PM

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This is the cheapest surround receiver that does not seem *built* cheaply that I would advise someone to buy: the Sherwood RD-6500 for $160. But is missing one little feature that some will find glaring: no DTS decoder.
For $8 more, just get the RD-6105, which has a DTS decoder and it's what I have. I've had it since June and I'm pleased with it. It's $168 after shipping at B&H, and that would be cheaper than getting the Insignia with a service plan.

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#28 of 34 LanceJ

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:28 PM

^ sounds like a better idea than mine Thomas. Posted Image

#29 of 34 ThomasC

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:32 PM

Actually, the Sherwood Lance linked to is on sale for $136, which is cheaper than the Insignia. If you don't mind the lack of a DTS encoder, go with that one.

#30 of 34 John Brill

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Posted December 12 2006 - 01:48 AM

Also, considering you can get a Pioneer VSX-516-K for around the same price as the Insignia (+/- $30). Really, you can do much better.

#31 of 34 Seth=L

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Posted December 12 2006 - 04:10 AM

One of the main reasons I am getting it is to review the unit. I have owned a Sherwood receiver before, and it was very good for the money. It even had DTS decoding. That was actually my first digital receiver.Posted Image

#32 of 34 Wayne Ernst

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Posted December 12 2006 - 01:42 PM

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Also, considering you can get a Pioneer VSX-516-K for around the same price as the Insignia (+/- $30). Really, you can do much better.
I had the 516K for 2 short weeks. It sounded good, had some good setup options, etc. BUT, it was noisy - lots of junk was sent through the speakers. Each time I would make a change to the settings, I could hear the clicking, etc. through the speakers. Some of the sounds I could hear from 9 feet away. I returned it as it was going to be a second receiver. Instead, I picked up the Elite 80TXv, which is dead silent.
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#33 of 34 Seth=L

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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:37 AM

Chris, John, you will be happy to know that this receiver really bites.Posted Image

I am making a new thread for the review.

#34 of 34 John Brill

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Posted December 13 2006 - 06:01 AM

Sorry to hear it Posted Image

Part of me was hoping it would be the find of the century. The pessimist in me knew that this wouldn't be it considering the conflicting literature.

Looking forward to reading the review just as soon as you return it Posted Image


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