Best Receiver in the $300 - $500 range

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  1. Troy_Hough

    Troy_Hough Auditioning

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    My stereo receiver died last night. I was looking at replacing it with either the Sony STR-DE875 or 975. I need S-Video ins / out and that's about it. All of my other components are Sony.
    If I could get a good deal on the STR-DB1070 I may go w/ this unit...
    Any opinions / input is appreciated [​IMG]
    - Troy
     
  2. John Garcia

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    NOOOOOOOOOO!!

    You came to the right place. I started out with Sony many years ago, and I have been enlightened. ANYTHING in the DE series is a waste of time. Personally, I think the DB line is not much better, but for the same price or less, you can get a MUCH, MUCH better receiver. I listened to my friend's DB940 and it sounded exactly the same as my 6 yr old DE815, with the exception that the DB had much more clean power (that's the only real difference between the DE- and DB- line) If you must have Sony, then your only choice is the ES line, and you can get good stuff for less.

    Take a look at Marantz, Onkyo, Denon, or Harmon Kardon.

    Marantz - SR5200 or 6200 The 6200 has basically every feature of the DB1070 has and sounds much better, and cost LESS. (I have the 6200 and am very happy with it)

    Onkyo - TX-DS494 or -595. Both great receivers.

    Denon - 1802 or 2802. 2802 might be a bit more, but it will be worth it.

    HK - AVR320 or -420

    Some of the higher models may be a bit more than $500, but should be able to be found for $600 or so.
     
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    Yamaha RXV620 is the best, most powerful budget receiver in that range. You get 100x5, component switching, tons of DSP's, enough inputs for everything you will ever buy.

    If you want to go with an equal of another brand it would cost you at least $2-300 more. If you don't mind spending more, go with the denon. It has a nice warm sound and is an excellent receiver. But to get the same features as the Yamaha, you will spend the extra $200-$300. Same with Marantz, HK, and the others.
     
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    For a hair over $500 you can get the Denon 2802(which John mentioned). It is 90watts X6 and has DTS es-discreet as well as DD EX capable. Plenty of inputs and outputs and excellent HT and music performance for a great price. IMO it is the best deal in your price range(well, maybe just a bit over but worth the stretch). Good luck.
     
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    Thank you all for the replies. It is well appreciated. I will debate my options and post what I decide. If anyone has anything else to offer, don't hesitate to add your comments [​IMG]
    - Troy
     
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    If you like Marantz (which... is never a bad choice) check out accessories4less. You can pick up a SR5200 for $399+ shipping (refurbished). DTS/DD/6.1/PLII.
     
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    5200 does not have 6.1 power. That is only the 6200 and up. That is, the 5200 will decode, but only has 5 channels of amplification, while the 6200 and 7200 have 6 channels.

    I'm not a fan of Yamaha. DSPs for days is not a good thing. Totally unnecessary in my mind. I like their most expensive stuff, but I don't feel their lower end stuff is the best choice, thus I didn't mention them.

    Denon does excellent HT. I chose Marantz because it has the best music performance of those mentioned, without question.
     
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    Hi
    I think the Denon 1602 would fit your requirements. I have the 1601 and am very happy with it. (1602 adds an extra 10 watts per channel and DPLII)
    If you can still pick up a 1601, i would recommend it.
     
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    Troy,
    For under $500, you can get the Outlaw 1050 Receiver. While it doesn't have DPL2 or discrete 6.1 surround, it DOES handle S-video switching. At this price point, it also has decent bass management, sounds great and is solidly constructed. It is available direct from www.outlawaudio.com.
    Good luck in your purchase,
    Phil
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    Generally, the best receivers in this range consist of:

    Yamaha RX-V520

    Onkyo TX-DS595

    Denon AVR-1802 or 2801

    Outlaw 1050
     
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    For $300 - $500 retail, some options are:

    - Onkyo 494 & 595

    - Kenwood VR-505 through -509

    - Yamaha line

    If you prefer to spend closer to $300-$400, I suggest looking at the Kenwood receivers. They are have an excellent feature set for the price. I think front-panel design and remote are nicer than the Onkyo 494 and low-end Denon. They've also gotten some good reviews, and are reported to sound good, for their price class.
     
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    Having owned a Kenwood I would have to say don't buy any model lower than the 510, which is THX Select, the other models just don't come to bat when compared to Onkyo, Yamaha, Marantz or Denon.
     
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    I agree with Sean. Kenwood makes some mighty good budget receivers.
     
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    i'd stay away from Kenwood in this price range. the Marantz line is excellent and the 6200 would do you wonders! also look at the Outlaw 1050 and the Yamaha/Denon line. trust me and go with one of these four.
     
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    There are two things you really ought to do

    a. decide what you are going to listen to through it. Ie are you going to use it solely for movies or are you going to listen to music as well?

    b. Make sure you listen to anything you might buy first - other people won't necessarily like what you like.

    I went and listened this week to three receivers this week - and took a representative sample of what people listen to in our house (this includes AAD recorded CD's and one or two "awkward" DVD's - stereo only Pride and Prejudice etc).

    The receivers that I listened to were Yamaha RX-V620, Marantz 6200, Denon 1802. The DVD player was a Marantz 4100 OSE and the speakers KEF 2005 sub/sat system.

    The Yamaha goes loud easily and was good with films. But no PLII (not an issue for me - maybe for others). There was a definite hiss coming through the speakers (which since I was looking to replace another receiver with hiss made this a no-no).

    The store had real problems getting the Marantz up and running. When up and running it sounded good (I went to another shop to see the Marantz 5200 and I was much more impressed so may be the way they set up etc was just plain naff). The 5200 has 6.1 and PLII, the remote isn't that bad - and looks MUCH better than the 6200.

    The Denon 1802 was smooth. It had the least amount of surround hiss and their Matrix DSP mode for stereo material is cool.

    I am now trying to decide between Denon and Marantz. With both you have to turn the volume control round much further to get louder than the Yamaha which feels strange. Both have good musicallity (is that a word!?!).

    Have fun looking.

    Rgds
     

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