Entry Level DPLII RCVR Roundup?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by JohnnyN, Jan 18, 2002.

  1. JohnnyN

    JohnnyN Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 10, 2001
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    After much consideration and debating on what features I need and don't need (willing to pay for)... It's come down to just this. I don't need 6.1 in my small room because:

    1. no room for rear speaker

    2. dvd-audio and sacd are 5.1

    3. if i'm putting together a budget system, i can't justify spending money on a rear speaker

    so aside from all the standard features all I really need is:

    DPLII and 5.1 inputs

    5.1 inputs is pretty much stanard, so basically any dpl2 receiver in the $300 - $400 range will be fine.

    I've got the choices whittled down to:

    Denon avr 1602

    Harmon Kardon avr 120

    Kenwood VR 509

    Onkyo 494

    Am I missing any models? Does the JVC have DPL2? Please fire away with your opinions on these sub $400 dpl2 receivers...
  2. Bill Will

    Bill Will Screenwriter

    Dec 26, 2001
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    JVC no DLP II. You might also want to add the Onkyo 595 to your list. I understand if you fight with J&R that it can be had for around $350 also take a look at the new Yahama's & if your not in a hurry most companies will be releasing their new receivers in April & if you wait you can compare the new with the old & get lower prices on the discontinued models.
  3. Jerry AZ

    Jerry AZ Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 7, 2001
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    I got my 595 at JandR for $360. Just tell them you saw someone on the HTF forum who got it for that, and they won't have a problem. They know about this forum. At least the salesman I talked to did. [​IMG] I hear that the 494 isn't as user friendly as the 595. I really like the way mine sounds.
  4. Scott Hayes

    Scott Hayes Second Unit

    Oct 2, 2001
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    I have a Marantz SR6200. It has DD, DTS, DDII, 5.1, 6.1, if you add on an external amp you can get 7.1.

    I love it and I payed a little under 500$ You should definitly consider it. Fantastic reciever, the only down side is the remote. It is not back lit and is a little dificult to use in the dark.

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