Harmon AVR230 or Sony DA1000ES?

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  1. ErikJO

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    I have been looking into both of these receivers and I am having a hard time choosing between them. My problem is that I can not find a place to demo them in the same store. I am leaning toward the Sony but something keeps telling me to check out the HK one more time.

    So has anyone tested out both of the receivers? Any input or opinions would be great!

    Thanks,
    -Erik
     
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    Anyone please...
     
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    Erik,

    I just purchased the Sony 1000ES. I know many people are critical of Sony, but I have always had good service out of their products.

    I really like the 1000ES. It is a very heavy unit, and workmanship seems to be top notch. Very clean with no gimmicky plastic buttons. It seems to have ample power for my setup. The only complaints I have are minor. First, there is only one audio coax in, which bothers me since I prefer coax to optical. Second, the effective distance for using the IR remote seems to be less than other IR controlled products. Then again I am not using the supplied remote but a master programmable unit.

    Also, search around for deals on this receiver, as several people are selling it for a few hundred less than MSRP. Also, remember the Sony ES line has a 5-yr warranty!

    Ben
     
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    I think the bigger competitor for the 1000ES would be the Harman/Kardon AVR-325... It is last years model but has everything the AVR-230 has plus more...

    At www.onecall.com you can find the HK AVR-325 for $470 and the Sony for about $600.

    The sony system seems like a nice piece but my vote goes to HK, especially with the Multizone option. The amount of power on the Sony might be more than the HK but in reality the notice will be almost un-noticeable.

    My main reason for not recommending Sony is because of there warranty's and how they don't really care about a person who owns there product. Almost every product I have had by them has broke or had some kind of problem and when the warranty is out they do not honor it and for something simple like a new bass control knob they wanted $50... I don't really find a piece of plastic worth it.

    Good luck, the HK AVR-230 and AVR-325 are both worth comparing to Sony.
     
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    Umm, sorry posted twice.
     
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    Erik,

    Again, remember the Sony ES line has a 5-year warranty as opposed to the standard one. Also, elegantaudiovideo has the 1000ES for $425, and the HK 320 for $538.

    Ben
     
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    Sounds like I cannot go wrong with either one then...

    Looks like its going to be the Sony.
     
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    Yes the 320 is an older model and I can find the AVR-325 for about $370.
    www.onecall.com
     
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    I went and looked at the AVR230 tonight and made up my mind to go with the Sony DA1000ES. The build quality of the 230 is not even close to that of the 1000ES. As for sound it is really hard to tell without being able to A/B them in the same store. I am sure that the sound quality is somewhat simular between the two.

    Thanks for all of the input everyone...

    -Erik
     
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    Yes the overall build quality on the outside. Not sure what you mean by not being impressed by the Sony. It seems to be very good build quality. Metal face, metal knob and nice chassis.

    The speaker connectors on both receivers seems to be cheap but the sony seems a little better. The Sony is also a bit more heavy. Which is good in my book.

    Anyways...LMK what you think of the HK when you see it?
     
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