$400 (maybe $500) to spend on Receiver...

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  1. JeremyR

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    So.. I'm going to ask the annoying famous question... which one should I buy and convince me why? :)


    Equipment it will be powering..

    Paradigms:

    Titan's v3 mains
    CC-170 center
    Atoms v3 surrounds

    JBL E250 12-inch sub


    I don't have any particular affinity to any one brand. It will be replacing a Kenwood VR-507 that is having some intermittent remote problems. I also feel like maybe my Kenwood gets kind of strained sounding after the volume knob goes beyond 50% or so.
     
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    I bought an HK 325 from harmanaudio.com, refurb., $350 shipped.

    My 110 lasted 4.5 years without a hitch, and will be here for a spare unless it sells. Power = great. Sound = fantastic. Remote = very good. Does it do everything I want it to? No, I wish it upconverted to component, but so what.
     
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    Pioneer 1015TX should be right in your price range and have enough features that you didn't even know you needed. Soundwise, should be fine for those speakers.
     
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    Another vote for H/K, get the best refurb you can afford, you may not get all the bells and whistles the pioneer offers but you'll get a better amp, cleaner sound and and all around higher quality reciever.
     
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    I have to admit, I'm a bit afraid of the H/K's anymore. There certainly seem to be a gob of factory refurbished models available anymore. I suppose the engineering of them might be superior to the Pioneer, but I would have to wonder if the quality and quality control is really better.
     
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    Refurbs are overproduction returns from retail, too. Lots of reasons. They've been built once and tested twice, with the full warranty, 2 years vs. the typical one year.
     
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    If you're going to look refurb, check out www.ac4l.com and look at the Marantz 5400. They're offering a 10% discount on all Marantz refurb/b-stock right now.
     
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    I will also recommend a HK model. I've had a modest AVR125 for 3 years and it has served me very well. And just today I was able to bid on a harmanaudio.com sale on ebay. I didn't get the highest bid, but was given a "second chance buy it now" at my max bid, which was $40 lower than what the final closing bid was. So now I have a nice refurb 330 coming for a sweet, sweet price (way lower than what I paid for the 125 new 3 years ago).


    The harmanaudio.com store on ebay seems to have a lot more models than the harmanaudio.com website as well. Deals are better too.

    I'm very pleased. This is my first ebay purchase, and I got a great bargain.

    I also have a pair of Infinity speakers I'm hoping to get. They are from the same line as my 5 mains, circa 1995, so they're matched -- but are better than my left/right mains. If I can get these, it will make a nice upgrade to my HT.

    All this on top of a new sub (Acoustech H100) about 6 weeks ago, new speaker wire runs, Avia and an SPL meter. Not too bad, if I do say so myself...
     
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    Brian,

    I'm with you on the circa (mid-late 90s) Infinity speakers. I have the following in my collection:

    - 1 PR RS-1 speakers w/5.25" woofers from 1999
    - 1 PR RS2000.2 speakers w/6.5" woofers from 1997.

    The RS2000.2s I picked up off of Ebay last weekend for $26 - for the pair. Heck, the shipping @ $29.00 was more than the cost of the speakers. However, they sound wonderful. I wish I could get a pair of new Beta 20s in the house to A/B them agains these older Infinities to see how good they truly are.
     
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    Some people will call me dumb for recommending a sony, but I have a Sony STR DE-995 that I bought for 260 floor model at K's merchandise and it's sounds great. The only downsides to it I've seen is that there's no subwoofer crossover(but most subs have a crossover anyways) and it doesn't have pre-outs.
     
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    - It has a crossover, probably fixed at 100 Hz.
    - It only becomes an issue if one wants to cross their sub/speakers over at a lower point.
    - The built-in subwoofer crossover on the sub itself, should not be used as you'd suggest. If you set it to 80Hz, and your receiver was fixed at 100Hz, there would be a gap between 80Hz and 100Hz.
     
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    Interesting....

    Sounds like the Panasonic would probably be able to drive larger Paradigm's when I decide to upgrade. I think I remember seeing these at Circuit City so I can go check them out. I wonder what they'd do if I brought my Paradigm speakers in and listened to them at Circuit City hooked up to the Panasonic's and then compare them to the H/K's in their store. And the dealer I bought my Paradigm's has Marantz so I could go check them out. I was leaning toward an offering from Yamaha, but glad I asked and will explore these other options.
     
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    ive had the h/k avr320 for 3 years now, still runs perfect! go with h/k
     

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