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Help in selecting receiver.

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Alan Wise, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Alan Wise

    Alan Wise Stunt Coordinator

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    Please help me.
    I am in the midst of upgrading from a HTIB that I bought over two years ago (Pioneer HT-510).
    I am in need of a decent receiver to replace the CD/DVD/Receiver all in one unit that came with the HTIB.
    Here is what I have done in the past three weeks:

    Sony KP57WS510 HD ready RPTV (and Comcast HD via 5100 box).
    Replaced limp axx passive HTIB sub with a new ARPR1212 active 250 amp unit.
    New Sony 725 progressive scan DVD player.

    Plans for this next month:
    New (or used) A/V receiver (see my ideas below)
    New (or used) speakers (2 front, two rear, one center).

    My room is 15' X 15' with a nine foot ceiling, and wood paneling on the walls. The carpet is a very low cut "Berber(?) style".

    My receiver ideas thus far (based upon budget of $ 300.00 or less):

    Refurbed H/K AVR125
    New or Refurbed Panasonic SA-HE100
    Pioneer VSX-811
    Denon AVR-1604
    Onkyo TX-SR501
    JVC 8030
    Yamaha RX-V540

    As you can see I am looking at a rather long list of contenders. I know better that to look to Sony for lower end sound equipment (I obviously lie their video stuff)
    What I want from a receiver is:
    -Clean, clear sound to fill my room almost soley for movies (DVD, or cable)
    -DTS capability as well as Dolby Digital.
    -Subwoofer pre-out.
    -additional pre-outs for other amp?

    I like the H/K125 but I am concerned with the low power rating.
    My intentions would be to potentially upgrade again in two to three years (ah yes the upgrade bug).
    I look forward to using the experience and advice of this forum to help me decide.

    Best Regards, Al. Wise
     
  2. ChadLB

    ChadLB Screenwriter

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    I pm'd you. Out of those receivers you might want to consider ones with pre-outs as then your next upgrade could be adding a 2/3/5 channel amp into the mix. That is what I did with my Pioneer 811. I know the HK/Onkyo don't have pre-outs on those models not sure on the rest you listed but my guess would be probably not.
     
  3. Angelo.M

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    Don't be. It's real-world power will be comparable to, or will exceed, everything else on the list.
     
  4. Alan Wise

    Alan Wise Stunt Coordinator

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    Chad,
    I looked and did not find a PM from you.

    Thanks, Al. Wise
     
  5. ChadLB

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    Maybe I sent you an email then....
     
  6. Alan Wise

    Alan Wise Stunt Coordinator

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    Chad,
    I do not find an e-mail either.

    However, I did study your home theatre system.
    I like your choice of AR's for speakers.
    I am leaning towrds AR myself.
    Any advice or opinions regarding your current set up would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Al. Wise
     
  7. ChadLB

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    Now check your PM....
     
  8. Alan Wise

    Alan Wise Stunt Coordinator

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    Chad,
    Got your PM.


    Thanks, Al. Wise
     

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