A Good Mid range Receiver ~~ $500-700

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  1. Rob_VVVV

    Rob_VVVV Auditioning

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    I a bit new at this and am in the process of setting up a quality system in my living room.

    I currently have the following :

    42" Sony Plasma

    Panasonic RD56 Progressive scan dvd

    Speakers :

    Polk Audio :

    Mains : RT2000p

    Center : CS400

    Rears : RT35

    Sub PSW140

    I currently have a cheepie receiver

    Pioneer : VSX-D557 from my collage days. Its does the job ok but its time to move up.

    Unfortunatly my current budget for the receiver is about $500-$700 right now. (id like to be able to double it - but not for a while)

    Also - I currently do not have an Amp to push the speakers - is this necessary - what type of quality increase can I expect if I add on?

    Thanks for any help.

    -Rob
     
  2. Evan M.

    Evan M. Supporting Actor

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    in that price range there are a billion different receivers to look at. it all depends on what you want the receiver for. if it will be for mostly music that would be one thing, if mostly movies than that is another thing or 50/50. first decide on that. than think about what kind of sound do you like, warm or bright. i prefer bright so i look at yamaha and onkyo. if you prefer a warm sound you may want to look at denon or h/k. i think the denon 2802 and the yamaha rx-v1200 may be a good place to start. the new onkyo 600 is coming out real soon, that will be another good option. also the outlaw 1050 is a great receiver too (online only). but first narrow what you will be using the receiver for, what options you want it to have and what sound you like. if you let us know we may be able to give you a better idea.
     
  3. Thad_C

    Thad_C Agent

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    For a squeek over your budget you could find an Onkyo 797. See J&R.
     
  4. Rob_VVVV

    Rob_VVVV Auditioning

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    Thanks for the info.

    It would be mostly for Movies and TV.

    Very little radio and music - id say probably at 90/10 split (movie/music)

    Im also looking for one that has at least 3 optical inputs.

    1 for the sat.

    1 for the DVD

    1 for the CD Player

    -Rob
     
  5. Brian Treinen

    Brian Treinen Stunt Coordinator

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    You can pick up a Denon 3802 for less than $800 shipped (6th ave.com ask for Steve ext-511) and if you pay with amex blue you can price match down to $720 which is just slightly over your budget. It's got 3 optical and one coax digital input - I've got the same digital need you do and have one optical left!

    If you're using it almost exclusively for TV/Movies then the PLII and 5/7 channel stereo it's got will be must have's!! I'm loving mine!
     
  6. MichaelJ

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    I just orderd an Onkyo 797 from bestpriceaudiovidio.com for $729.00 in stock I have been looking for quite a while and I think this is the best receiver in this price range
     
  7. Rob_VVVV

    Rob_VVVV Auditioning

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    Im actually looking at that one as well as the Pioneer Elite VSX35TX.
     
  8. Steve & Karen

    Steve & Karen Stunt Coordinator

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    Curious as to why the Onkyo 797 over the Marantz 7200?

    -Steve
     
  9. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Screenwriter

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    I just bought the Yamaha RX-V1200, which can be found for around $600 online (although they're not authorized dealers). It's got a ton of optical inputs, so you'd be all set.
     
  10. Beau B

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    Harman Kardon AVR 520 is an excellent choice as well
     
  11. Andrew Signore

    Andrew Signore Auditioning

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    I am a proud owner of an Outlow 1050 and I am thrilled with the value it offers. At $499, you can own an outstanding reciever and still come in under budget.
     

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