Looking for a new receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Chris_Smith, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Chris_Smith

    Chris_Smith Auditioning

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    I am getting a set of Athena speakers (AS-F1.2, AS-B2.2, AS-C1.2, and AS-P4000). I am also looking for a new receiver to go with them.

    Right now I am looking at the Pioneer 815 and the 1015. How do these receivers compare with others in the same price range? Is there a better one? I am only running a 5.1 system due to the room layout. The room size is about 330 sq ft.

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris
     
  2. Craig W

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    The 1015 has the best bang for buck comparing features in the under $500 range. It is probably the last Pioneer receiver to use MOSFET amplifier design which had been used in the Pioneer Elite models over the last several years.


    Hands down if you have limited yourself to these two receivers go with the 1015 even if you are only doing 5.1. I went from Denon 2700 to Pioneer 1015 that cost less and I do not feel I took a set down.

    7.1 PL2x, THX Select2, dts-es Matrix/Discrete, Surround EX, decent amp section all for under $500.
     
  3. Chris_Smith

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I haven't limited myself to these two receivers only. I am wondering if there are any Harman Kardon, Denon, or Onkyo that are int he same price range that are as good?
     
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    Both Denon and Onkyo have at least 2 AVR's in the $500+/-$100 range. Personally I like both of those brands because I think they provide good value. Try their sites and then do some searches on what looks best in each line; somewhere out there you'll find reviews and maybe head-to-head comparisons. Frankly, I tend to stick to a few brands (including those) and then buy the best one I can justify to myself.
     

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