Looking for a receiver under $500

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  1. Guy Martin

    Guy Martin Second Unit

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    Pretty straightforward question. I'm moving up to DTS at long last. I've got a pretty limited budget for the purchase. For the record it will be powering an Energy Take 5 speaker system which takes up to 100w at 8 ohms. Video switching isn't much of an issue. As a minor functionary of Sony Pictures I get a pretty good employee discount on Sony products, particularly the STR-DE685 which is $300 at Best Buy, but I can get it for $205 and the STR-DE885 which is $350 at BB and $234.65 for me. I lean towards the latter since it seems to have better LFE control, essential with small speakers like mine. Also it comes in silver, which I like [​IMG] Also I checked out an very nice Onkyo at a local retail which was about $530, about the upper limit of what I can spend. Any thoughts?
    - Guy
    EDIT: looking at Bob McElfresh's chart it would seem that the Onkyo model in question was the TX-SR600.
     
  2. ChadLB

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    Truthfully the sounds on the sonys to me are somewhat muddy.
    I listened to the sony and then the Onkyo txsr600 @ circuit city on the same set of speakers and the Onkyo was much cleaner.
    I got that for $399 at Circuit City ....I still have the receipt they should be able to price match it for you.
    Or go with the Pioneer VSX811 which I now own due to small issues with the Onkyo that I seemed to be the only one encountering.
    Current System:

    RECEIVER PIONEER VSX-D811S
    EQUALIZER KENWOOD 1070EK
    DVD PLAYER PIONEER DV-333
    TV TOSHIBA 36A40
    VCR SONY SLV695HV
    CENTER CHANNEL ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AR-4C
    BOOKSHELF ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AR-17
    MAIN SPEAKER ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AR-11
    SUBWOOFER ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AR-S112PS

    POWER SURGE ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AR-10V
    SUBWOOFER CABLE MIT RG-59
    BI WIRE CABLE MIT - BI WIRE TERMINATOR
    COMPONENT VIDEO CABLE IXOS 1713-200
    COAXIAL CABLE IXOS 1061-100
    CENTER CHANNEL WIRE IXOS 6007
    SUBWOOFER CABLE IXOS 1182
    VHS CABLES ESOTERIC AUDIO USA AVK2
     
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    If you want a good sony that it available for under $500 on the net, I suggest the Sony DA2ES. The DA4ES is a step up and has 7.1 inputs/outputs.
     
  4. Lyden

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    i'd go with a pioneer doesnt mater wich model they are all better then any sony under $1k IMO.
     
  5. Guy Martin

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    Chad-
    Thanks for the info. My retailer does indeed do price matching so I will keep that in mind.

    Nick-
    Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately there's no employee discount on ES equipment. I'd prefer to buy retail than on the net for something like this. 7.1 is not a concern for me at the moment.

    - Guy
     
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    If I were you I would go listen to the Pioneer 811, Onkyo 600, HK525 and maybe the Denon 1803 and see what you like
    the best.
    I would shove the sony aside if I were you....but that is my
    opinion.
    I will admit The Onkyo is probably a little cleaner than the Pioneer soundwise but like I said I had some small issues with mine that I returned it and didn't want to bother with another one.
     
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    I found the sony da1es on the net for $450 shipped and I love its sound but i can't comment on the lfe channel since I have yet to get a sub but soon i'll have one, it only has 5.1 capabilities but its all i really needed and i was attracted to the higher build quaility over the de series and the extended warranty
     
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    Hey ChadLB: Are you able to hook up your equalizer to the Pioneer 811S? How? does it have a tape loop?

    the reason I ask is that I am considering purchasing this or the Kenwood VR-6070, but I know the Kenwood doesn't have the tape loop necessary to hook up an external equalizer.

    Mark
     
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  11. ChadLB

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    On the 811 it has some pre outs for what they call monitor.
    I hooked my eq up into that...
    The only thing I don't like is that every time I use my dvd player I have to turn it off on the reciever...there is no button on the remote.
     
  12. Guy Martin

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    Great suggestions everyone! I'm leaning towards paying the extra cash for the Onkyo. I did notice on the Onkyo website that the TX-SR500 has an SRP of only $320 and otherwise seems to have the same features as the TX-SR600, except for Dolby EX and DTS ES, neither of which is a concern for me (no place for a sixth speaker in my small apartment). Anyone have any thoughts on the TX-SR500? It's obviously much easier on the wallet, which is a big concern.
    - Guy
     
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    Guy, do a search in the forum for "budget receiver" and you'll get a LOT of hits regarding the < $500 range.

    I have the Pioneer 811S and am happy with it. I also looked at the Onkyo SR600 as well as other models at the time I was looking. The Onkyo and Pioneer were pretty much equal for me in terms of features and sound. I suspect you'd probably be happy with either. There are also Yamahas (HTR-5560), Marantzs (SR4300/SR5300)and Denons (1803) in this price range. Make sure to read the manuals (available on-line) before purchase and make sure the receivers you're interested in have all the features you need.

    good luck,


    --tom
     
  16. Lyden

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    hmm the onkyo is a good bet over sony and pioneer. with my speakers the pioneer wooped any sony they had at bestbuy and besides i got my 810s for $99 bucks you cant bet that price. but honestly i loved how HK's sound just wonderful but really we all hear things differantly.
     

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