how much better is an expensive receiver?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brian Dobbs, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. Brian Dobbs

    Brian Dobbs Ambassador

    Jul 1, 2001
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    Brian Dobbs
    I would like to know objective advantages that a receiver that costs more than, let's say, 500 dollars has over a receiver that would cost less? For example, assuming both inexpensive and expensive receivers are 100w x 2, 20hz - 20khz, 5.1 decoding, what would be the reasons to buy a more expensive one? Also, what advantage does a THX certified recever have over a non-THX certified receiver? thanks
  2. Thomas_A

    Thomas_A Second Unit

    Feb 2, 2001
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    I can give you an example:
    My main Ht has a Yamaha 795A: 110wx5 @1k
    My Bedroom has a Pioneer 509s: [email protected]
    Both have similar features...lots of digital/svideo inputs, but the Pioneer is no where near as loud as my Yammie. Matter of fact..I would say its only Half as loud...and it is in a smaller room!
    The amplifier section makes up some of the cost difference + My yammies sounds a whole lot nicer.
    Dont get me wrong..I like my Pioneer...but it was under 1/2 the price of my Yammie....I got what I paid for
    good luck. Thomas
    So far, So good, So what
  3. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

    Nov 1, 1998
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    You need to be aware of the video bandwidth of the receiver switching circuits, particularly if you are using progressive scan or HDTV. (Exception -- if you are connecting all the video equipment directly tot he TV.)
    480i -- Needs 7 MHz.
    480p -- Should have 14 MHz.
    1080i -- Does very well with 22 MHz but could use 37.
    729p -- Should have 37 MHz.
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

    Sep 30, 2001
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    Does spending more money mean you get a better product?
    Generaly speaking yes but this is not always the case.
    The majority of the time when you spend more money you
    get a receiver that has a better amplifier section and
    higher quality componentry and more features.
    What does THX mean and what is it's purpose? THX or
    Tom Hollmans eXperiment is a set of features and quality
    control benchmarks that are set in place and evaluated by
    Lucas Films Labs. THX is not a sound processor but rather
    a set of additional features that are added into the
    receiver. Features like Decoralation and Timbre Matching
    and Re-EQ. The THX Certification means that the receiver
    as a whole has been submitted to Lucas Films for evaluation
    where they check the output of the amplifier section to make
    sure it out puts clean sound and has clean processing.
    Brett DiMichele
    Certified Audio Nut
    My Home Theater Site!
    [email protected]
  5. Tom Morgan

    Tom Morgan Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 1, 1999
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