$1kUS receiver recommendations? (looong)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Timothy J. Trace, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. Timothy J. Trace

    Timothy J. Trace Auditioning

    Apr 11, 1999
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    I'm looking to replace my well-worn Pioneer VSX-453 in the next week or so. There's about a $1kUS, maybe as much as $1.4k, in the budget. Does anyone have any shopping suggestions?

    Current components, other than receiver:[*]Television: Sony KV-27FV17, 1x component video input, 2x S video input, 3x composite video input, 2x RF input[*]Phillips TiVo PVR, 2x composite output, 1x S video output, 1x RF output[*]Panasonic DVD-A120U DVD player, 1x component video output, 1x S video output, 1x digital optical and 1x digital coaxial audio output[*]Sony SLV-676UC VCR, 1x S video output, 1x component video output, 1x RF output, 1x S video input

    My L/R, center and 2x surround speakers are (c)Rap Shack stuff with the dipole tweeter (I know, I know - but it's all the floor/shelf space my wife would give up!). My subwoofer is a JBL 10" self-powered system that does fine for my environment.

    The most desired feature on my new receiver is comprehensive video switching. Unless there exists a compelling reason not to do so, I'd like to accomplish ALL video/audio routing with the receiver.

    Largely desired are a minimum of 1x component video inputs and outputs, 2x S video inputs, 1x routeable S video output, and a handful of composite video inputs and routeable outputs.

    (In my limited knowledge, "routeable" means that I can send any inbound video source to that output in addition to the "monitor" output, for recording to tape and whatnot.)

    Can any receiver in my budget route an S video input to its component output(s)? From my limited knowledge, that would be *perfect*. But if it's just not in the cards, or in my budget, then I probably won't need component video capability in the receiver. I'll just leave the DVD player's component video outputs connected directly to the TV.

    Given that I've got such crappy speakers, audio output power is not paramount. 50wRMS/ch is quite sufficient for my environment, but it would be nice to have more "oomph" for future expandibility.

    Seven-channel DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 onboard amplification is desired unless its a red herring, or if it blows my budget sky-high. If either is true, I'll make do with DTS-ES Matrix, THX Surround EX or Dolby Digital. Also, my powered subwoofer might let me get by with one less amplifier channel.

    The quality/functionality of the receiver remote isn't too important because I've got a Sony RM-AV2100 Remote Commander.

    Well, I guess that's about it. As other features spring to mind, I'll post them in this thread. Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

    Best regards,

    Tim ==

    PS: Please don't pick on my speakers. Too much. :->
  2. Eric Stuckey

    Eric Stuckey Second Unit

    Mar 24, 1999
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    Id go with either Denon or Marantz.

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