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looking for a receiver for under $200, opinions? considering kenwood vr6050 (1 Viewer)

Rich Wenzel

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here is the deal, one of my ex-girlfriends asked me to help her with a system...

she originally started out wanting to get a separate cd/speaker system and a dvd player, for a total of $300. Her TV, a sony 27" non-hdtv model, fairly new, would play the sound for the tv.

The reason she wanted the 2 separate systems was that she didn't want a lot of wires (i.e. no surround channels) all over the place and she wanted something very simple.

Now this lady lived with me for a quite sometime, while I had my system. So she was used to music sounding better than your average aiwa $99 shelf system.

So I took her to a store and had her listen to some mini cd systems in the $150 range and she was disappointed.

I also told her that if she went with a HTIB should could play her tv, dvd, radio and cd through one unit, one remote, and everything would sound better. She decided to give it a try...So after looking at some $400-$500 HTIB's and listening to some music (time allocated to music, dvd, tv in that order) I had her listen to a cheap system of a receiver, dvd player acting as a cd player, and a pair of NHT's SB2's (which can be bought at 6ave.com for $200 right now) and she recognized how much better it sounded.

So now, I have found a tolerable sub $100 dvd player for her at a clearence sale, and she is bidding on ebay for a pair of infinity IL30's from harman kardon themselves, she went this route, because if she gets it for under $200 (can buy from H&K store for $218, hoping to get them cheaper on ebay) it would be cheaper than the NHT's, as she would have to buy stands for the NHT's.

So now I'm looking for a receiver that is sub $200, to keep her cost in the $450 range total (not including wires, but I will be giving her the audio connects and speaker wire is cheap, the component cable she had to buy no matter what)...

at 6ave.com I can get the kenwood VR6050 for $178, can anyone think why that shouldn't be the one she gets or a better one in that price range?

Thanks for you comments,

Rich
 

RobWil

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I have the 6050 for my second system. I use this system mainly for watching TV and sometimes the digital music channels. I think it would work very nicely for your girlfriend's needs and I doubt you could get anything as good for that price. It has good power, s-video connections and sounds good in surround mode. It normally sold for $299. I got mine open-box for $209. Is she just going to use it for 2-channel? I notice you only mentioned a pair of speakers. Make sure you use the actice EQ and speaker EQ modes, though. They really enhance the sound.
 

Rich Wenzel

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She is only going to use it in stereo mode for now...

But I know her, and she will evenutally want to move up, so I am getting her that flexibility now.

And shes one of my ex's....If my current GF saw someone refer to my ex as a my GF and I didn't correct it, I would be eating my ass for dinner for the next two weeks.

Thanks for the input.

Rich
 

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