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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   John*K

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Posted December 20 2006 - 05:20 AM

My HK AVR7000 is in the repair shop. It's been an extremely frustrating experience, one which I will recount later for the benefit of other users who may need a repair shop in the future. Briefly, it was supposed to be a 2 to 3 business day wait for a diagnosis. The reality has been otherwise: It's been in the shop for two weeks, and on the bench for four business days; but all I can get are two responses, "The technician isn't here yet" and "I don't know; I'll ask the technician when he gets here."

Based on this experience, I am thinking of simply getting another receiver. Yet the thought of the expense of a new receiver depresses me, when I don't have and don't plan on buying the upgraded technology to take advantage ofHDMI (no HDTV), ProLogic IIx (only 5 speakers), etc. So I was thinking of getting a used receiver, even though I am going through audio shop repair hell.

Given this, I was wondering if anybody here had any recommendations for used gear. I am looking for gear with a feature set similar to the AVR7000 from a solid manufacturer (preferably NOT HK at the moment). Also, how will I know what is a good price to pay?

Thanks for listening.

#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted December 20 2006 - 06:54 AM

That's a shame. My local fixit electronics shops, though I've used them rarely, have been excellent.

Anyway. Are you using the component video switching? I'd recommend one of the higher model Integras. A year or so ago I bought a DTR7 for about $300 and it kicks major booty! DD and DTS, no component video switching, my HDTV receiver is hooked directly to my EDTV so one receiver input only does audio.
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   John*K

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Posted December 20 2006 - 08:20 AM

No, my TV doesn't have a component input; only S-Video.

A used Integra sounds good. DTR7. I will have to keep my eyes peeled.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Tom Donaghue

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Posted December 20 2006 - 08:50 AM

Hi John;
I'd consider a Yamaha RX-V2500 or Denon AVR-3805 either used, refurbished or new if you can find one. Being last year's (or last couple of year's) models, the prices of these have come down quite a bit and can usually be found between $400-600, fairly substantial drop from the $1,000+ sticker. I've had great success with uBid a few refurb purchases. In fact, all three receivers I'm using (main setup, secondary setup (Denon AVR-886/2106( and bedroom (Yamaha RX-V659)) are all refurb receivers from uBid and all three looked brand new out of the box and are performing flawlessly. AudiogoN is a good place to look for used equipment. The prices likely won't be rock bottom or as cheap as eBay for some items, but most folks that sell on A-Gon take pretty good care of there equipment.

I've previously owned a Denon AVR-2802, 3802 and 3803 and all three of these were fairly strong receivers with a good feature set. The 3805 is a little more up to date and has plenty of on-board power.

I'm currently running a Yamaha RX-V2500 as a pre/pro in my main setup and for the price, it does a heck of a job, has tons of features and is quite the powerhouse when using the internal amps.

Food for thought... -TD

#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Matt Fig

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Posted December 20 2006 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for the posts guys. This helps tremendously. As I am looking for good equipment that won't strap me. This has been very helpful. Thanks!

#6 of 10 OFFLINE   jrgreene1968

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Posted December 20 2006 - 11:47 AM

make sure you get a guarantee it will work if you buy it online from someone...i bought a denon off the forums here just last week and it didnt work, and the guy refused to refund...

#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Tom Donaghue

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Posted December 20 2006 - 04:52 PM

Jrgreene;
If this was the case, make others here aware of their nick as well as their name if you have it.

These forums can carry negative word-of-mouth just as easiy as they can carry positive. There's no excuse for someone selling DOA equipment on these types of forums unless their a deadbeat scumbag... -TD

#8 of 10 OFFLINE   jrgreene1968

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Posted December 20 2006 - 11:44 PM

Well, after i exchanged several e-mails with the guy he refused refund,so i sent an email to the Moderators to put him on the bad seller list,,and i believe they banned him from the forums, it definately put a sour taste in my mouth getting burned like that. His name is Brian Fineberg...seemed to be a stand up guy, until i asked for a refund...so like i said, if you are buying used...make sure they will guarantee it wont be DOA

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   FeisalK

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Posted December 21 2006 - 01:22 AM

John*K

a new XR55 will set you back less than 200 nowadays, check these out

AVR7200
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#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Ed Moxley

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Posted December 21 2006 - 01:52 AM

Overstock.com has some nice refurbed stuff. Check them out........
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