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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joe.Kuta, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. Joe.Kuta

    Joe.Kuta Stunt Coordinator

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    /edit: please read my last post/question

    I'm back.

    For a while now I have wanted to upgrade the receiver that powers my turntables. Currently I am using the receiver from an old, crappy, and weak sony minisystem. If that isn't enough reason to upgrade, the right channel now only outputs crackling garbage.

    Speakers are 2 JBL S-26's.

    I am looking for a receiver (used is fine) for around $100.
    Keep in mind any extra video/audio inputs/outputs will not be used; stereo power/quality vs. price is the only factor.

    I was also considering the addition of a Sony SA-WM40 subwoofer (+ sound dampening), as the bass is really lacking (esp. considering the records i spin), unless someone can suggest otherwise.

    Thanks a lot [​IMG]

    -Joe
     
  2. Joe.Kuta

    Joe.Kuta Stunt Coordinator

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    For my tight budget a stereo receiver seems to fit the bill better than 5.1.

    Here are some more randoms, feel free to make specific or general comments about the model, line, or manufacturer.

    Kenwood http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=14973

    Pioneer http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=14981

    Sony http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3279

    Onkyo http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3279

    Harmon Kardon http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3279

    I'm figuring most Onkyo, Harmon Kardon, Yamaha, and Denon units would be of good quality.

    I am unsure of Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony, however.
     
  3. Joe.Kuta

    Joe.Kuta Stunt Coordinator

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    Bump for quality of budget Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, etc. stereo receivers.
     
  4. JamieS

    JamieS Stunt Coordinator

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    If you are looking for QUALITY stereo only I personally would not look at Sony, Pioneer etc. These guys while making somme good products appeal to mass market "feature" driven buyers. For 100 I'd seriously consider used. I know I traded up from a stero Denon unit to a surround sound one years ago and I would imangine many have done the same.
     
  5. Joe.Kuta

    Joe.Kuta Stunt Coordinator

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    Yup used is fine.

    I'll look for a stereo Onkyo, Harmon Kardon, Yamaha, or Denon unit on ebay, i'm thinking 70 to 100 watts per channel would be plenty.

    Any other advise welcome [​IMG]

    KUTA
     
  6. Joe.Kuta

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    There is a Yamaha A-500 Stereo Amplifier unit for sale, and I can only find great recommendations of the unit online.

    I can't find any pics, specs, model year, etc., all of which are important.

    If anyone knows anything of this unit please let me know!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3279
    (it'd be a steal, perhaps)
     
  7. JeremyFr

    JeremyFr Supporting Actor

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    thats an old amp
     
  8. Joe.Kuta

    Joe.Kuta Stunt Coordinator

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    Heh that's what i figured
    might even be a tube amp [​IMG]

    I'm finding a lot of good (fairly new) yamahas so far [​IMG]
     
  9. Joe.Kuta

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    There is a Denon reciever being sold on ebay, DRA-685, a nice unit.

    Please read this description and tell me how safe a purchase this would be:
     
  10. Joe.Kuta

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    Does anyone know anything about a Yamaha RX-595?
    It got fairly good reviews on audioreview.com, but i wanted to ask here.
    (not sure why as i have gotten 2 replies in this 12 post thread)

    Thanks.
     
  11. Geoff L

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    Joe

    Unless you need/want a tuner I would also look into Intagrated amps in your used search for 2 channel power.

    Patients will find you something decent at Ebay for a Receiver or I-Amp...

    Regards
    Geoff
     
  12. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    Joe,
    I had a Yamaha RXV-595 for a while, nice solid receiver but DD only, no DTS. I think the power rating was 65 or 70 wpc, but it would actually put out that much with all channels driven. There are quite a few new 100 wpc receivers that will not put out 60 wpc with all channels driven. It was dead reliable and did not get hot when playind loud stuff. If I remember correctly it did not have S-video switching. I had it for almost a month and returned it for an RXV-795 which had dts as well as dd and was 80 real watts per channel. That one got sold to a co-worker a while back, but it's still playing strong for him and is now 3 or 4 years old.

    The RXVx95 series Yamahas were very reliable and glitch-free with power output as claimed and lots of useful dsp modes if you like that sort of thing.
     

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