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Going to best buy tomorrow, upgrading my receiver. Tell me if these two are good....

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by todd stone, Dec 9, 2001.

  1. todd stone

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    I am upgrading from a Kenwood vr-209 receiver.
    I was looking at these 2 in best buy. I am mainly looking for DTS and optical inputs.
    Sony 500-Watt Dolby Digital/DTS Home Theater Receiver with Preprogrammed Remote — STR-DE675
    100 watts x 5; 32-bit Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic decoding; 32-bit DSP; Digital Cinema Sound; 5.1-channel inputs - $299
    http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=...1&cat=3&scat=4
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    Sony 500-Watt Dolby Digital/DTS Home Theater Receiver with Virtual Matrix 6.1 Mode — STR-DE875
    100 watts x 5; 32-bit Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic decoding; 32-bit DSP; Virtual Matrix 6.1 mode; Digital Cinema Sound - $399
    Now on my kenwood vr-209 my subwoofer plugs into an outlet and i have a monster cable going from subwoofer to subwoofer input on receiver. I am assuming these new ones have that... Is my subwoofer powered or non powered, i get it confused..
    http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=...1&cat=3&scat=4
    Are those receivers any good?
     
  2. Matt Wallace

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    The 675 recently was chosen as a recommended budget reciever from either The Perfect Vision or The Sensible Sound ( I forget which).
    Personally, I would go with Yamaha's offering at $299. I think you'd find a better quality there, but that's just me!
    Your sub is powered,btw [​IMG]
    Good luck and let us know.
    Matt
     
  3. todd stone

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    what's good about yamahas offering? Does best buy carry them?
    Where is a good webpage that reviews receivers?
     
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    Todd,
    Here's a good site for Starters, sure others will have others also.
    Audio Review [​IMG]
     
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    I don't think you will find that any of those receivers will actually put out their rated power with all 5 channels driven. Especially the non ES Sony's.
     
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    Todd, have you considered the Kenwood VR-507? It's available at Circuit City for $300 and in addition to DD and DTS it also offers DPL II and Circle Surround. It also has optical and coaxial inputs, 4 S-video inputs and a very nice remote.

    IMO, the Kenwood is a quality product that offers the best bang for your buck at this price point.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to buy....enjoy!
     
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    I think John Garcia gave you the best advice by steering you to Marantz & Onkyo. 2 reliable brands as far as receivers go. To give you a point of reference I have a Denon, but have audtioned recievers from both Marantz & Onkyo.
    If you are really sold on a Sony, I will make a suggestion order one from the DExxx line not the DBxxx line b/c the DE line uses higher quality parts (in some cases the same that you would find in the ES line) You will have to go to a A/V dealer or order online (www.onecall.com is a good place to start)
     
  10. todd stone

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    Thanks to those that helped me last night. I went from a kenwood vr-209 to a vr-507
     
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    i third that statement. dont trust the power ratings on low-end receivers!!
     

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