Consumer Reports Receiver Ratings

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  1. Bill Will

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    Consumer Reports November 2002 (For what it's worth)
    1. Panasonic SA-HE100 (A Best Buy)
    2. Onkyo TX-SR600
    3. Harman Kardon AVR 320
    4. Onkyo TX-SR500
    5. Yamaha RX-V430
    6. Harman Kardon AVR 120
    7. Panasonic SA-HE70
    8. Kenwood VR-6060
    9. Pioneer VSX-D811S
    10. Pioneer VSX-D511
    11. RCA STAV-3390
    12. Sony STR-DE685
    13. JVC RX-6020VBK
    14. Sony STR-DE485
    HOME THEATER IN A BOX
    1. Sony HT-DDW740
    2. Pioneer HTD-510DV
    3. Panasonic SC-HT75
    4. Yamaha YHT-500
    5. Yamaha YHT-300
    6. Kenwood HTB-505
    7. RCA RT-DVD1
    8. Sony DAV-C450
    9. JBL Cinema ProPack 600II
    Remember Guys, I said for what it's worth [​IMG] just thought you might want to see how they rated them.
     
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    the fact that an RCA made the list at all speaks volumes about the entire list[​IMG]
     
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    I guess they didn't test any Denon products.
     
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    WHAT NO BOSE IN HTIB!!! THIS IS SACRELIGIOUS (spelling?) I am dissapointed[​IMG] Also I guess Denon didnt make the list. What a pity Denon[​IMG]
     
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    Aren't there price considerations with the CR tests? Seems like Bose and Denon would be over a certain price cap for this test.
     
  6. Bill Will

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    They din't test any Denon's. The price range on the receivers ranged from $200 to $650 & If I'm not mistaken Consumer's tries to test models that have a lot of sales, but that still doesn't answer the Denon Question?
    The November issue also has tests on speakers, headphones, camcorders & digital camera's. For the past few years though, NO tests on Radio Shack Speakers? even though they are the biggest seller of speakers in the world. Maybe Consumer's doesn't like RCA badged speakers [​IMG] but they do like Bose[​IMG] But to be fair they did say "Because personal preference is involved, buying speakers is as much of an art as a science. Start with the models with high accuracy scores and listen to them in the store to see which you like. Then try them at home: Speakers that wowed you in the showroom may sound different in a room with plush furnishing, for example, so it's wise to deal with a retailer who has a good return policy"
    TOP BOOKSHELF SPEAKER
    Pioneer S-DF3
    TOP FLOOR-STANDING SPEAKER
    Mission MS 700
    TOP CENTER SPEAKER
    NHT SC1
    TOP REAR SURROUND
    Infinity OWS-1
    TOP 3 PIECE SYSTEMS
    Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble III
    TOP HEADPHONES CORDED
    Sennheiser HD570
    TOP WIRELESS HEADPHONE
    Amphony Model 1000
     
  7. Lee Scoggins

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    Bill,
    I would put away the Consumer Reports and buy the latest issue of Absolute Sound for th Recommended Products list.
    [​IMG]
     
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    They've tested Denons in the last round - the Denon 1801/1802. No Marantzs either. I checked their web site and don't see this new report on-line yet. Be interesting to see what differentiated the top 10. My impression of Consumer Reports is that they are good for overall introductions to certain product categories (i.e. you're introducing yourself to self-propelled lawnmowers) but they don't go into much detail at all with regard to how they actually do their tests - especially the technical issues.


    --tom
     
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    Lee, that's why I stated "For what it's worth" Just thought some people might be interested that's all. But I do go along with them on the Panasonic 100 being a "Best Buy" but it sure doesn't belong at the top of the heap that's for sure but seeing it can be had for under $250 & it has 6 built-in amps that put out around 70 watts a channel each & has fully adjustable Dolby Pro-Logic II & Neo:6 I don't think it can be beat for the money But it's no match for sound quality when it come to Harman Kardon, Marantz, Denon or Onkyo.
     
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    How did the Yamaha RX-V430 do?
     
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    I'm reminded that years ago one of the trade rags asked them why they rated 2 diff. mnfgs of cd players and vcrs that were known to be of good build quality so loww in the dependability scale .....there response had something to do with a questionaire that asked repair facilities to rate the brands by % of COMPLETED repairs and they compared that to # of units sold.....the follow up question involved asking if consumer reports asked if many of the "low -end" units brought in were simply refused repair by the customer because the value of the unit was not worth the repair price .......consumer reports responded with a "DAaaaaaaaaaaaa"...............
     
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    review was probably done buy the same guy who reviews toothpaste
     
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    Actually, one of the categories used to rate the receivers was popcorn popping. The Panny's amp left the fewest unpopped kernels.
     
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    Hey dont forget Bose's line- "Award winning speakers"
    Did they give themselves the award or did they pay someone?
     
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    Unless it's something I don't know or don't really care about (like lawnmowers), Consumer Reports just bites on for ratings. About the only thing it does is tell you a couple of components that are not rip offs for the price, and RCA being in there makes me even doubt that.

    The absence of any Denon speaks volumes for their thoroughness and/or hidden agenda.
     
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    What does RCA stand-for? and why does Radio-Shack only sell them?
     
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    What does RCA stand-for?

    The Radio Corporation of America


    Dan
     
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    What does RCA stand for? Oh my gosh, where is the knowledge of history nowdays? Does no one care for the thechnological evolution of broadcast communications and equipment development that's got us where we are today, with more consumer electronics that perform better than could have been dreamed of 50 years ago?
    What doe BBC, GE, IBM, 3M, AT&T stand for? [​IMG]
     

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