HT Receiver Helper: Pioneer or Denon

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matt Amato, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. Matt Amato

    Matt Amato Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm purchasing a new HT and have settled on pretty much all the components except for the reciever. This has been the part that I am most worried about because I know the least about judging thier quality. I've narrowed it down to a couple possiblities. Either the Pioneers 811s, the Pioneer 711, the Denon 1802 or the Denon 1803.

    I'll have a JBL 5.1 setup using:

    S26II Rear and surrounds
    SCenter II
    SVS PCi (either 25-21 or 20-39)

    I'm not worried about a future-proof purchase because I won't be upgrading for a while and will probably want all new equipment when I do. First off, should I go with a Denon or Pioneer. Secondly, if I go with Denon, does the 1803 give me anything extra over 1802, or for that matter, does the 811s really give me anything over the 711 (from what I can tell the only difference is 811s has 7.1 as opposed to the 711 which has 5.1) Like I said, I'm not worried about future proofing and cost wins out unless I get a real benefit from the better model with my current setup. This system will be used for %99.999 home theater and I could care less about music. I'm not worried about video hookups because I will only be running the audio through the receiver.

    Matt
     
  2. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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  3. DonJ

    DonJ Second Unit

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    Pioneer 811 is a horrible receiver go with the Denon.
     
  4. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
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    The 811S is a great receiver for HT. For $300 (online) it's hard to beat an 811S. That being said, for $450 (online) it would probably be pretty hard to beat a 1803. You may want to look at the 2802 as well.

    This really comes down to price. If you only wanna spend $300, go w/ the 811S, but if you're comfortable spending $450 to $500, go w/ the 1803 or the 2802. Also, go look at and demo the receivers and see which you like (sound and features) the most, and go that way if $$ will allow it.

    Hope this helps
     

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