Any reason to pick the Onkyo 494 over the Denon 1602

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  1. eric_c_lai

    eric_c_lai Auditioning

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    So after reading many forums, I've narrowed my choices to either the Denon 1602 or the Onkyo 494. I can get the Denon at a price fairly close to the Onkyo, so I'm thinking go for the Denon? After pairing that to some Paradigm Titans, I should be happier than a pig in mud right?
     
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    I think the 1602 would be the better choice, but you would likely be happy with either.

    As for Titans, you will want a sub for any serious HT listening. Music will be fine, unless you need a lot of low bass. I am using Titans w/out a sub in my bedroom via a Marantz SR4000, and I am very pleased with the sound.
     
  3. Wayne Ernst

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    You may want to check out the reviews on this site because both of the receivers are reviewed: CHT Reviews
    Personally, I'd take the $325 - $400 that you are going to spend on one of the two receivers and possibly look for something used. You might find something with a bit more power or some additional features which will push the next upgrade off a bit further.
     
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    I agree with Wayne...Lots of good deals out there. One example:
    Accessories4less has the refurbished Marantz 5200 for $400.
    Here's a link:
    http://www.accessories4less.com/advs...&sPrice=399.99
    1 year warranty which you can upgrade. 7 channel pre-outs, 7
    channel inputs. You're good to go.
     
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    Chuck C Cinematographer

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    How bout a brand new Integra DTR-5.1 for $450!
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1336049847
    19hrs left at the time of this writing!!
    It's basically a pretty Onkyo TX-DS575x (which I own and love)...very easy to use, great remote, great sound, and solid build. It compares to the Denon AVR-1801. Anyway, you'd miss out on Dolby Pro Logic 2...big whoop in my opinion.
    Pic of the 5.1
    specs
     
  6. eric_c_lai

    eric_c_lai Auditioning

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    whoa...

    $350~$400

    Did I read the prices wrong somewhere? I used Pricegrabber to get the prices and I got back about 250.00 for the 682 (which I learned is roughly the identical product). Yes I realize that this an "unauthorized Internet dealer". But given the price constraint for $300 roughly, does the 1602/682 still make a good choice?

    Yes, this is mostly for music in my tiny apartment. HT will have to wait till after the summer.

    Thanks again.
     
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  8. Mark Hobbs

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    I have used the Onkyo 494 with a pair of Titans and was very pleased with the result. I paid $299 for the 494 at crutchfield, and have since found a Denon 1802 for $375, so I am going to send the 494 back. I really have no complaints about the 494, and it powers the Titans well. But the 1802 will give me 80x5 watts instead of 55x5, and the reviews I have read say it offers just a bit more than the Onkyos (494 and 595) in terms of features.

    I'm sure you will be happy with whichever you choose. I don't know anything about the 682 though.
     
  9. Haywood

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    I say go with the 1602 its a better choice. I compared it with Onkyo when I was looking and ended up with the 1602.
    Later Haywood [​IMG]
     
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    get the 1602. It has a full implementation of DPL2 vs the onkyo and has more power.

    The 1802 doesn't add that much over the 1602, only 10watts per channel, a couple more digital inputs, and preouts for the front channels. If these are things that you aren't going to be using, you shouldn't have to pay for them.
     

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