KLH R5100 receiver opinions

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Scott Kilbourne, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. Scott Kilbourne

    Dec 16, 2002
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    I'm looking to get a budget HT audio system. I think the speakers will be JBL NSP1's (used) and am looking for an amp to go with them, but the budget is very thin. I am looking at a KLH R5100 amp shown here:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/Detail.asp? m=1&cat=3&scat=4&e=11099059
    specs below
    This is a $99 receiver. The distortion is listed at under 1%, much higher than many units. Is this a serious issue for a $100 unit? Are there other reasons to avoid this unit? I'd be interested in a quality used unit, but need to stay well under $200 - maybe I'll upgrade later. Use is 95% HT, under 5% music. Help for other makes/models used is also requested.
    KLH 500-Watt Dolby Digital Home Theater Receiver
    Model: R-5100
    With surround decoding, multiple DSP modes and generous connectivity (both digital and analog), this 500-watt dynamo will power you into home theater heaven — for less than you'd think.
    Learn More: Product Details | Suggested Accessories | Warranty
    500 watts of total output: 100W x 5 @ 8 ohms, 1kHz, less than 1% THD
    Built-in Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic decoding
    6 DSP modes: Concert, Theatre, Church, Arena, Stadium, Club
    Digital AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets
    2 digital audio inputs (1 optical, 1 coaxial)
    3 S-video, 4 A/V and 3 stereo audio inputs
    1 S-video, 2 composite video and 2 stereo audio outputs
    Bass/treble control
    Headphone jack and speaker-on/off control
    2-color fluoroluminescent display
    Unified full-function remote
    Front Surround Power per Channel 100W x 3
    Rear Surround Power per Channel 100W x 2
    Total Harmonic Distortion Less than 1%
    Station Presets 30
    Dolby Digital Decoder Yes
    DTS Decoder No
    Dolby Pro Logic Decoder Yes
    Simulated Surround No
    DSP Soundfields 6
    5.1-Channel Input Yes
    Digital Inputs 1 optical, 1 coaxial
    Stereo Audio Inputs/Outputs 2/1
    Rear A/V Inputs/Outputs 3/1
    Front-Panel A/V Inputs Yes
    S-Video Input/Output 3/1
    Component Video Input/Output No
    Composite Video Output Yes
    Multiroom Capability No
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Remote Control Type Standard wireless
    RF Antenna Input Yes
    Phono Inputs No
    Preamp Outputs No
  2. Stephen Hopkins

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    Jul 19, 2002
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    In the sub $200 range i would look at the Pioneer VSX-D411 and D511 before i considered the KLH receiver. In this price range, any receiver you buy is going to be one designed around sacrifices, but the KLH receiver most likely has a far lower build quality than the pioneer. Also, the KLH won't have Pro-logic II, which the Pioneers both have. DPLII is a big advantage when watching TV and Movies that are not from a digital source. Both Pioneers also have DTS, which in most cases is preferred to regular Dolby digital. I've seen and played around with all three receivers at best buy, and my personal opinion is the KLH felt like a cheap plastic box, while the pioneers both felt a bit more substantial.

    The 2 pioneer's are essentially the same receiver, with the D511 adding video switching and possibly more AM/FM presets and DSP modes.

    Hope this helps.

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