Extreme budget receiver!

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by ArthurJ, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. ArthurJ

    ArthurJ Second Unit

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    Need a 5.1 receiver with the basics for a bedroom setup. I am doing 5 ELF1.0FPB, not much needed to drive these little suckers. Must be under $150, suggestions?
     
  2. JeffHunter

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    have a look at the Sherwood line
     
  3. ArthurJ

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    I have, I am a little worried about there quality though, any ideas?
     
  4. JeffHunter

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    They are fine receivers for what your budget is. Far better than entry line receivers by Sony / Kenwood ect ..
     
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    Take at look at www.ubid.com try and pick up one of their refurbed last year 500 or 600 series. May take you a little while, but it is worth the wait to get a $300 or $500 onkyo for %28 the retail price.
     
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    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    Do you have a local REX store? You might be able to find last years models at a low price (This is where I got my $160 Pioneer).
     
  8. John S

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    Ecost has a real nice Onkyo 6.1 for that price right now...

    http://www.ecost.com/ecost/ecce/shop...sp?dpno=297832

    I almost ordered one, but, I decided on the Onkyo 501 from them though with less power for $25 more, because it had component video switching, see'n how HDTV is starting to really come into it's own, I felt since this was a family xmas gift, that component video switching will be becomming more and more important especially when ease of use for the average non-audiophile consumer is taken into account.

    Good luck!!!
     
  9. John S

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    Nevermind, they must of sold out of that one really quick...... Sorry for the mispost....
     
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    I'm using the Sherwood RS-6108 and couldn't be happier. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    If eCost ever renews its stock, it should be pointed out that the Onkyo HT-R510 does have component video switching. It has the exact same specs and form factor - including 3 sets of component video inputs - as the 501 except for the added 35 watts/channel.
     
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    I wonder if ArthurJ has auditioned any of these????

    I just think Onkyo's and others just sound better than Sherwoods myself, but I admit that is purely perference on my part, and another set of ears my find differently.
     
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    If your budget is only $150, I would also recommend a older or refurbed receiver. ecost.com has some good deals on lower end onkyos and HKs.
     
  15. Iver

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    The Panasonic SA-HE75. Apparently a descendant of the Technics line (Panny subsidiary) which for decades was in the business of making decent receivers at very low cost. You can get a brand new unit (no refurb) from a reputable merchant such as jandr for about $150.

    The Denon deal mentioned above looks good (AVR483). The last time I dealt with Sixth Ave (or rather attempted to make a purchase), when they were in the city, they made a very bad impression on me, but people seem to find them okay to deal with now that the store has relocated to NJ.

    You may run into the Onkyo TX-SR500 refurb in your price range. When I bought my Denon AVR-1602 I A/B'd it with the SR500 and there was a very noticeable inferiority in the Onkyo's sound which surprised me but was definitely there.

    Finally, there are entry-level Yamahas on the market for $150 and one of those would be a good bargain if you can track one down.
     
  16. Andrew S

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    I have a Panasonic SAHE70 which is last year's model of the SAHE75 and I have no complaints whatsoever. If I understand correctly the 75 has component inputs which is an upgrade from the 70
     

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