Another receiver decision post!! :)

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Jim Lyles, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. Jim Lyles

    Jim Lyles Auditioning

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    Its time to upgrade my current receiver; Sony STR-DE945.
    Here's a list of some receivers I have found that meet my current budget of $350.

    Onkyo TX-SR502
    TX-SR602

    Harmon Kardon
    AVR-320-Z
    AVR-325-Z
    AVR-330-Z

    Pioneer 1014

    (all the above will be a refurb)

    Used Sony DA-50ES or something close.

    This will be used to power JBL N38 fronts, N28 rears, N-center, and the sub out going to my trustworthy Saoy SAW40 (until I get my next bonus for a SVS [​IMG] ) This will be used in a small room; 14x18; and used for both movies and music. Thank you for any help or suggestions!!
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  2. Kean-Hock Yeap

    Kean-Hock Yeap Stunt Coordinator

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    The Panasonic digital receiver SA-XR55 seems to be very popular. You may also want to check it out. A new one can be had for less than 300 bucks.
     
  3. Jim Lyles

    Jim Lyles Auditioning

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    I'll check it out. Anyone else??
     
  4. Thad~B

    Thad~B Auditioning

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    I currently own a sr602 and I'm very pleased with it. The going rate is about $400 and change. Plenty of set up option to tweak your sound. I feel that this system has tons of power for my room size - 18.6 x 12.6.

    Thats my two cents.....
     
  5. Cameron Yee

    Cameron Yee Executive Producer
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    If you're okay with refurbs, the 602 is available at jr.com for $250.00. Shipping will probably run you $25-$30.
     
  6. Steven Sims

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    You could get a new AVR 235 from jr.com as well for 349 shipped, if you don't want to mess with a refurb.
     
  7. Jim Lyles

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    After doing more research, it looks like refurbs are a 50/50 or 60/40 chance of bad vs good. Looks like I may be better off buying new as I dont upgrade too often. Need something good for the long haul so to speak.
     
  8. Cameron Yee

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    My Onkyo refurb has been going strong for the past four years or so. I think there was an issue with the s-video switching but since I didn't use that feature I didn't bother to get it fixed. Warranty periods for Onkyo refurbs are the same as new...but if you can afford new and want the additional peace of mind, go for it!
     

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