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  1. Nick_Pop

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    Basically, i want a very inexpensive, yet decent, 5.1 receiver that can deliver DTS. i'm not really interested in crystal clear movie theater sound, just something with true DTS.

    thanks
     
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    what do you mean by very inexpensive?
     
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    sorry, i dont know why i through very in there...?..

    regardless, under $250ish
     
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    sorry, i dont know why i threw 'very' in there...?..


    regardless, under $250?
     
  5. Shane Harg

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    Just about ALL entry level receivers, nowadays, are equipped with DTS decoders. Shoot, I hardly see them anymore without 7.1 capability. Sooooo...take your pick. They are definitely not a few.

    Best Buy's got 'em starting at $130:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1099394773266
     
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    If you want the most bang for your buck, look at used stuff. If all you want is DTS 5.1 and don't have to worry about EX/ES or PLII or any of the other DSP bells and whistles you should be able to do very well here or on Ebay.
     
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    I would recommend PLII though at least - its just so much better than old ProLogic
     
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    ^^^ so, do u have any particular recievers in mind? i supposed PLII would be nice.

    thanks again
     
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    oh i dunno.. Shane pointed the way earlier. I'd also look at auctions or audiogon - I've seen some Panasonic XR25's go for under $100

    definitely PLII is a must-have (and would be available by default on all receivers made after 2002 i think)
     
  10. Nick_Pop

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    do most recievers also come w/ digital inputs? i have one right now w/ coaxial, but digital would be nice.
     
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    coaxial is digital. most receivers now come with more than a few digital inputs most of which are TOSlink (optical) and maybe one or two coaxial
     
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    i'm sorry, i mean't optical. i pretty new to all this stuff. i have another question then. i have this pro logic 5.1 reciever, but all it has on the back are your standard red/white audio cables. how can i get 5.1 without any digital inputs?

    EDIT: also, there isn't even a connection for a subwoofer. ???
     
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    I don't think there is such a thing. It sounds like it is just a regular pro-logic receiver.

    I would probably look into Pioneer. You can find several models new which will fit your needs. You should see that it has both optical and coax inputs and that they are assignable to any of the video inputs, just for the best flexibility. Pioneer sells so many cheap receivers, you really get a lot for your money through the economy of volume production.
     
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    alright, i worded it wrong. it says 5.1 on the manual, yet there's no place to attach a subwoofer. it is also pro logic.

    i'll give pioneer a look.
     
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    Check overstock.com. I got a refurb Yamaha for $230, the HTR 5860, retailed for quite a bit higher, 7.1, Dolby Dig, DTS, EX/ES. I've found it to be a great entry level home theater receiver. I was taking a chance, as they aren't an authorized re-seller, but I had a 60 day warrantee. For me, the price was worth the gamble. For others, maybe not, but it's exactly what I need, I don't have a dedicated theater room (YET!!!), so for my living room "theater", it's ideal, and economical. They probably have others besides the Yamaha, too.
     
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    I'd recommend a new Sherwood as a cheap brand for 5.1 offerings. There are a lot more options if you intend to go used.

    About your current AVR, does it have an area that states 5.1 inputs? If it does then all you'll need is a dvd player with a decoder built-in (hard to find and may not save money in the long run).
     
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    Fry's periodically has the Onkyo 593 on sale for 200.00 who knows they might even put it on sale tomorrow.
     

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