Buy time (what's the best $800 receiver?)

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  1. Mike Mitrook

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    I hope everyone is having a great new year. It turns out my sister and her husband are (with a new Pioneer Pro530HD widescreen TV on the way). After following that bit of advice they are asking me about updating the audio in their HT.

    Budget @$1000 for new DVD player and receiver. I thought I'd suggest the Panasonic RP-82 for the DVD side of things. They have been happy with their Denon 2500 (prologic) for many years but are open to other makes. The room is approx. 15x22 (I don't have exact dimensions). Speakers are MB quart .5s, CTR, balcony surrounds (4ohm load) and a Velodyne 1012 sub.

    Suggestions? Looking forward to hearing them...
    Mike
     
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    Kenwood VR-6070.
     
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    Don't think you can find the RP82 anymore. The CP72 should be around though.

    For receivers, I've been looking around in the same price point, and basically with any brand the sound quality and features are about the same. Most brand's $800 receiver will not be that much better than another brand's $800 receiver.

    Receivers you could consider: Denon 3803, H/K 525.. well.. actually like I said before people say good things about almost any $800 receiver. Look at the receiver comparison chart on this forum for some ideas... usually street price is about 3/4 MSRP for receivers at this price point.
     
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    I'm planning to upgrade to the Yamaha rx-v1300 when I can swing it. Retails for $799, but it can be had for less. I really like what I heard when I auditioned it, and it has all the features I want.

    But as others have said, it'd be tough to go wrong in this price range if you're choosing from among Denon, Yamaha, H/K, etc.
     
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    I would pursue an older model receiver on closeout over something new. You can get a nice H/K AVR 520 for only $488.80 at One Call. http://ww1.onecall.com/PID_13505.htm That will beat anything new for $800 IMO.
     
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    I got a yamaha rxv -1300 early in the for under $560 shipped. The company I purchased it from was not authorized, but honored the manufator's warrenty through their store for no additional charge. So far it sounds great in both music and moives. It replaced an old sony 8gx800es.

    Current setup
    Yamaha rxv 1300
    Toshiba 50hdx82
    older sony DVD
    Vandersteen 2ce sig front
    Vandersteen vcc center
    old pair of Bosten Accoustic HD5 for rear
     

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