5.1 Receivers for under $400

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  1. Greg Foan

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    Hello Folks,
    My father is looking to purchase a new receiver for his home theater set-up. His budget is in the $350 to $400 area. His criteria are: ease of use, a rock solid power supply, S- video switching, dolby digital (5.1).
    Thanks,
     
  2. Matt_Stevens

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    Plenty of choices if you go online. Sony & Pioneer both make models in that range and they are very good.
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  3. BryanZ

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    Indeed there are plenty of choices. Some of the better brands and models are the Onkyo TX-DS595, Denon AVR-1802, and Yamaha RX-V620. Those would be my favorites to look at in the under $400 price range. You should be able to get the Onkyo delivered for $400 from JandR.com and they are an authorized dealer.
     
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    YAMAHA RX-V620 The best unit you can get for under $400 IMO. Look online for it.
     
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    I just bought a Kenwood VR-510. Seems pretty good with Pro Logic II, THX Select (who cares), RF remote, 6 channel pre-ins, 6 channel pre-outs. DTS, DD5.1. Missing 4-channel stereo though.
    Now that I have it, I think Dolby Pro Logic II is an absolute must.
    I paid $552 CAD ($356 US).
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  6. RichardH

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    At that price range, look no further than the Onkyo 595.
    Here's why:
    2 coax/ 2 digital inputs (less likely to run out)
    DD/DTS/DPL2
    all binding posts
    S-vid switching
    turn-on volume memory
    max-volume setting (avoid speaker blowouts)
    5.1 inputs
    Here's what people might say against it:
    not enough power - if you have reasonably efficient speakers, the Onkyo will have plenty of juice, and unlike lower end Sony and others, it will deliver its power when all channels are driven
    no pre-outs - realistically, are you going to add outboard power amps to a $400 receiver??
    a few months ago I did all the research into receivers in the sub-$500 range, and this was it.
    EDIT: I checked out the Yammie 620 that Jeff mentioned. If most of your devices will be optical, this looks like a solid receiver as well. 4 optical/ 1 coax is pretty nice for under $400! Though, I wish it was 3/2.....
    RichardH
    [Edited last by RichardH on August 23, 2001 at 05:49 PM]
     
  7. JohnRyan

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    I bought the Kenwood 507. Actually I bought the HTB-504 which included that. What a great system! The receiver will last me long time.
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