In need of an extremly cheap receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Dan Shogren, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. Dan Shogren

    Dan Shogren Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
    hello all,
    I am in need of a very cheap reciver in the $100-$150 price rangewith dolby digital and dts and an optical audio port(if there even are any) Because i purchased a very crappy reciever at walmart a couple months ago, and i was disapointed with the sound i was getting, but just a few weeks ago i realized that i wasnt getting true surround sound, it was just dolby prologic. So, i purchased a coaxial cable to connect the reciver to the dvd player(because the reciever only has coaxial), when i realized the dvd player only had an optical out put. I dont want to replace the dvd player because ive found no problems with it and i want to have a dts surround sound option on the reciever. (the one i have now is just dolby digital) Please help![​IMG]
     
  2. Jason Wilcox

    Jason Wilcox Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2002
    Messages:
    652
    Likes Received:
    0
    you're in luck dan!

    http://www.onecall.com/PMN_722.htm?BCPID=387

    you won't find any receivers even close to this one at this price

    if that link doesn't work go to the deals forum here, scroll down to friday the 11th and click on the onkyo txsr500 deal from onecall.com
     
  3. gregD

    gregD Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    420
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you want a new DD/DTS receiver, you'll need to push your budget up to $200... unless you settle for some 'off' brand or an apparent 'bargain'... but you don't want to go through that again.

    If you have occasion to come to the Bay Area from Geyserville, there's a neat little used audio shop in Berkeley called The Sound Well... http://www.thesoundwell.com/prices.html ... just a little privately-owned shop that refurbishes and recyles decent old gear... I've done business with them, prices are reasonable, they're very nice.

    If you don't mind the risk that comes with anonymous online auctions or directories, I see a few receivers in your price range at Audiogon http://buy.audiogon.com/cgia/fsb.pl?miscrcvr&1&ctg&st1 ... no direct experience, but lots of posters here use the service and would vouch for it... and there's always Ebay.

    And even at that, make sure you do your homework to ensure the new receiver will have everything you need... it's certain that manufacturers will cut back on features to create lower price points.
     
  4. Keith_As

    Keith_As Auditioning

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2002
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    As an alternative, partsexpress has optical/coaxial converters for under $20. I don't have any experience with such devices, but I believe they should work. I realize this won't give you DTS like you said you wanted, but I thought I'd just throw this out there anyways.
     
  5. Dan Shogren

    Dan Shogren Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
  6. StevenK

    StevenK Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2000
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm with KeithAs...go with the Audio Express Optical-->Coax converter if you want cheap.

    The next cheapest would be the Sherwood 6108...I've seen them on sale at CC and Best Buy for $79.
     
  7. Steve Adams

    Steve Adams Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2001
    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    0
    search ebay, im sure there is something there for your price range with the features you want.....
     
  8. AaronJB

    AaronJB Second Unit

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 1998
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    0
    Panasonic SAHE75 (the new model vs. the 70) is available at jandr.com for 149. However, the Onkyo deal mentioned early in this thread is a better choice.
     
  9. Ben Gillenwater

    Ben Gillenwater Auditioning

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2002
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    My buddy and I just bought that same Onkyo at Fry's for $150 Saturday. (brand new)
     
  10. Greg Thomas

    Greg Thomas Second Unit

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    0
    Fry's is clearing out the Onkyo 500, 600 and 700 series receiver now that the 501,601 and 701 models are out. I saw the Onkyo 700 for $399 in an ad the other day. If you can get the 500 for $150 there that's great. Onecall would be a good way to go also since Fry's really isn't close to Geyserville. They're a very reputable dealer.

    There's a Circuit City in Santa Rosa, maybe you can talk them down on the Onkyo 500 since they should be on clearance.

    Since you're determined to get a new receiver with DTS, you might as well buy a digital optical cable. Parts Express has an AR 6' optical cable for $7 and they also have the Dayton house brand cables for $7-$10 for 1.5-6ft. That's cheaper than a opt-coax converter.
     
  11. Derek_OC

    Derek_OC Extra

    Joined:
    May 9, 2003
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ecost has a refurbished Kenwood vr605 for $89.99. It does DTS and Pro Logic II, and has 2 coax ins and one optical in. This would probably work pretty well for what you are looking to get. They also have a Denon avr483 at $120.05 that has similar features that would be a good choice too. Just a couple things to consider.
     
  12. Dan Shogren

    Dan Shogren Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
    Does DTS only work with an optical cable?
     
  13. Greg Thomas

    Greg Thomas Second Unit

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  14. EugeneR

    EugeneR Second Unit

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2000
    Messages:
    263
    Likes Received:
    0
    You can find the Yamaha HTR 5540 for as little as $145 online (don't forget about the $25-$30 shipping). I think it's a damn good receiver for the money. I've had the RV-905 for the last few years, which is essentially the same receiver minus DTS and Pro Logic II, and I've been very happy with it. I paid $400 for it(it was $100 below what it cost at the store at the time), so for $145 you can get a receiver with more features than what you would have gotten for $400-$500 4 years ago.
     
  15. Robert_Gaither

    Robert_Gaither Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Messages:
    1,370
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'll second the Sherwood 6108, after listening to this at a friend's home I picked one up for the bedroom and may add one for the computer. The selling feature other than the DD, DTS, and DPL2 decoding, was that this has a sleep timer which to me is much more convienient than the half a million BS DSP modes that most brands come with (in other words, a feature that is truly used).

    The bad, proprietary remote (controls only Sherwood products), spring clip connectors, composite video switching, no pre-outs (other than the sub), and crappy ergonomics of the remote. Sound wise it's good for the price.
     
  16. Dan Shogren

    Dan Shogren Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
    about the optical to digital switcher, does it work? and does it mess up the sound quality?
     
  17. Ben LG

    Ben LG Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2003
    Messages:
    225
    Likes Received:
    0
    Experiencing the SR500 firsthand, its hard to find a receiver with the same build/sound quality at that price, especially if its new (I picked it up at $150 refurbished). I highly recommend it as a budget receiver.
     
  18. ChuckSolo

    ChuckSolo Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    1,160
    Likes Received:
    0
    I too am using the Sherwood 6108 as a secondary (bedroom) receiver hooked up to my Zenith DVD/VCR combo and it works great. I got it for $79.95 from Fry's and I would definately recommend it. Not to shabby a price for a 500 watt A/V receiver. Sounds pretty good with CDs too. The Prologic II is great playing VHS movies with Dolby Surround. Separation is quite good after conversion. You can't go wrong with this receiver. This is not the price for a refurbished unit either, my unit was brand new.
     
  19. David G Greene

    David G Greene Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2002
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sherwood 6108 is a very good choice. I owned one before I bought 2 HK's refurbished. One of the HK's that I bought is the AVR 110. The Sherwood 6108 sounded better overall believe it or not.


    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page