Help in choosing the best brand of A/V receiver

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  1. Arvin.T

    Arvin.T Auditioning

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    I am looking for a A/V receiver with dolby digital and dts features. What do you think would be the best brand? My budget would be around $300-$450. [​IMG]
     
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    The only way to figure out what is good for you is to go listen to them.

    On that budget, my recommendations would be to start with Marantz SR4200, Harman Kardon AVR 125, Sony DA2ES, Denon 1602, and Onkyo TX-SR600.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    For some general suggestions on buying and shopping, check the FAQ AND PRIMER.
     
  4. Iver

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    Check out the new Denon AVR-1403. It's somewhat stripped down feature-wise, but covers all the basics well and the performance specs are excellent. It lists for $300.
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    arvin -
    450 isn't a bad budget at all. i think if you stick with any of the 'heavy hitters' you'll be fine.
    be sure to check out (in no particular order) denon, onkyo and yamaha. they make really excellent stuff - especially at the given price points.
    also, be sure to check out the outlaw 1050 at www.outlawaudio.com. it's a very well respected here. do a search if you don't believe me! [​IMG] i think it's 499, but definitely worth the extra 50 bucks!
     
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    you could get an hk avr 225 or 320 in that range.
     
  8. Scott Reiss

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    I just went through a similar thought/decision process and came out with the Pioneer VSX-D811S. I'm very happy with it. Search on it in these forums and you will find lots of references and experience from a variety of folks. I think there was even a thread dedicated to it in the Receivers/Separates/Amps forum on this board sometime in the last 60-90 days.
     
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    Take a look at the Panasonic SA-HE200. It's got a lot going for it for the money.
     
  10. David Connor

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    Stay away from Panasonic....IMO They make great phones and microwaves....but not HT Systems...
     
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    Another vote for the Pioneer 811..a GREAT receiver for the money.

    Alfer
     
  12. ChrisWiggles

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    I'd like to plug the Marantz. I'd recommend it, im looking at getting the 5300, one model up. the x300 models aren't quite out yet, but it might be worth the wait. Very strong performance, but without all the "features" that get crammed into cheesy recievers with inferioe performance. The 4300 might be the way to go.
     
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    What is going to be improved upon in the 5300 from the 5200? When is it expected out?
     
  14. ChrisWiggles

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    Great question. Um, there was a post around here about the new line of Marantz receivers, you could try doing a search, but they should be out any time here. They wer displayed at this year's CEDIA expo, so they should be out by october, novemberish, something like that. It looks from what i can tell like they are coming out pretty much now in Europe. I don't beleive the specs are up on the North American site, but just go to marantz's European site and they have some info and specs. Theres a news article there taht gives improvements, you can check that out. Pretty much, it updates to "kosher" DD EX, and DTS ES discrete, and adds CS II i think. Oh and i think the D/A converters are now improved on all channels, wheras before the high-res converters were only front left/right.
     
  15. Steve Adams

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    a vote for the pioneer here too, i have the 810 but it's awsome....
     

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