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Help me pick the best receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by WesleyA, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. WesleyA

    WesleyA Auditioning

    Apr 4, 2003
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    I am building a surround sound system, for speakers I decided to go with Polk audio Lsi7 for the front and surround and the LsiC for the center channel. I am strongly considering getting an outlaw 1050 but its lack of component connections is, as I see it, its only downfall. I am also eyeing the harman kardon 525, which I can get for about the same price. What do you guys think?
  2. Jay Mitchosky

    Jay Mitchosky Producer

    Sep 6, 1998
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    I'm moving this to the hardware forum.

  3. Rich Wenzel

    Rich Wenzel Supporting Actor

    Aug 9, 2002
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    dont know how important to you, the 1050 is also missing dpl2 and neo6, dont know how important they are to you...

    im thinking your price range is around $500, give or take...

    of your options, an H&K520 or 525 are both appealing...

    you could probably find the nad t761 in that range, you would have similar problems with it as the 1050 though...

    nice side benefit of the H&K is that they have hdcd decoding, not many receivers in this price range do.

  4. RobWil

    RobWil Supporting Actor

    Mar 17, 2003
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    The 1050 sells for around $500 and the HK 525 sells for around $1000. You can get the 525 for around $500? That's quite a deal! I am not familiar with Outlaw but I have owned several HK's and auditioned a couple more. The 525 is a nice receiver but really doesn't have much more to offer than the 325 (20wpc and HDCD decoding) but if you can get the 525 for around $500 I'd grab it.
  5. Alf S

    Alf S Cinematographer

    Apr 23, 2000
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    If I were you I'd back away from the Outlaw.

    It was great for it's time, but has become quite dated and lacking considering todays receiver options. Especially at the price range.

    I won a 1050 a few years back and loved it ..hooked up my rear center speaker and thought I was in heaven. However, it got to the point where I missed having more inputs (digital/ video etc) and worst of all, the 1050 introduced an annoying subwoofer hum when I used the 1050 as a s-video switcher, and the DSP's were buggy.

    I finally sold it and got myself the Pioneer 811 6.1 receiver and to this day I haven't regretted it. It's sounds great in both DVD and music modes and I have no complaints...Plenty of inputs and other nice features for MY needs.

    I think Pioneer is about to release a newer version of the 811 but it seems to be almost identical to the 811, so you can probably get a real bargain on the 811 if you search online.

    Good luck in your search!


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