Marantz, Nakamichi or Panny xr50 for bedroom?

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  1. MarkusP

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    I know that I'm probably making this far more complicated than need be but I'm looking for a decent system solution for my bedroom. I just spent months upgrading my main system (Anthem, Bryston etc). and now want something that sounds great on a budget for my stereo listening / tv viewing in the bedroom. My sources are:

    * Cambridge Audio 540D dvd player for both CD listening and dvd viewing
    * Motorola DCT-6208 Hi Def PVR for tv viewing (digital output)

    These are hooked up to Monitor Audio Bronze B2 speakers. I will only have a stereo configuration - no 5.1 but want the DD 2.0 from my cable box.

    I don't want to spend a lot of money, I just want good sound and flexibility. My top 3 contenders are:

    * Marantz sr6400 (used)
    * Nakamichi AV10 (used)
    * Panasonic SA-XR50 (new)

    Any recommendations and comments?

    Thanks,
    Markus
     
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    If you are going 2ch only, how about an integrated amp? They will always sound better than a comparably priced receiver, and they can be found quite inexpensively used. I'd probably look for the NAD C320 or C370, Marantz PM7000 (which I use in my bedrooom), all around the $300 range.

    You would be giving up an FM tuner. You'd also give up digital connection capability, but if you are doing stereo only, it shouldn't make a huge difference anyway.
     
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    Unfortunately - I need the video switching capability of a receiver. I also want the digital DD 2.0 signal from my hi def cable box.

    Thanks.
     
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    With the cable box, if the broadcast is not in DD2.0, you will only get whatever is broadcast. I've seen a few cable boxes that require you to have the analog connection also, becuase non-digital audio broadcasts would have no sound on the digital connection. Just something to check with your box.

    In that case, the XR-50 sounds like a good candidate.

    I've had a 6200 and a 6300, and I can tell you they have a slight problem locking onto digital audio streams at times (not a problem with analog), so they might not be the best choice, though I love the way they sound. I believe the 6400 still has this problem.
     

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