More new receivers at Crutchfield including Onkyo TX-DS989VER2.

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  1. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    Crutchfield is taking pre-orders on the Onkyo TX-DS989VER2 receiver for $3300. It is THX Ultra 2 Certified, and Crutchfield says it will be available on June 28th. Here is the link:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...X989V2&o=m&a=0
    Crutchfield is still selling the original 'DS989 for $3000.
    Crutchfield has also added the following new receivers to its web site today:
    * Harman/Kardon AVR 125 ($400)
    * Harman/Kardon AVR 225 ($500)
    * Kenwood VR-605 ($200)
    * Kenwood VR-6050 ($300)
    * Kenwood VR-6060 ($500)
    * Kenwood VR-6070 ($600)
    * Onkyo TX-SR700 ($800)
    * Pioneer VSX-D511 ($250)
    * Pioneer VSX-D711 ($300)
    * Sony STR-DE885 ($400, available in black or silver)
    * Sony STR-DE985 ($500, available in black or silver)
     
  2. Chuck C

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    Now why the frig wouldn't Onkyo put the DTS-ES logo on their new 989? They have the THX 2! On the positive side, it looks like more and more manufacturers are adopting DTS-ES and DD-EX. fun
     
  3. KeithH

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    Chuck, the picture on Crutchfield's web site could be of a prototype. Note there is no model number on the front panel. In fact, it could be an airbrushed picture of the original 'DS989.
     
  4. Chuck C

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    ahhh...tou'che (sp?)
     
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    why is the kenwood 6050 $100 more than the 605
     
  6. Kyle_Y

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    Chuck is certainly right, Crutchfield just did a touch up of the regular 989's photo. Sad, maybe they'll have the real picture later....wonder if it's gonna look any different.
     
  7. Chuck C

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    I believe Keith deserves the credit....how bout the new Kenwoods...can you say ugly or what!
     
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    Are they any better built than the Integra receivers?

    Tin foil for the cabinet.
     
  9. KeithH

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    Richard,

    The cheaper Onkyo and Integra receivers may be nothing special in the build-quality department, but the flagship models (TX-DS989 and DTR 9.1) are very solid.

    Chuck,

    The Kenwood receivers certainly are plain, in my opinion. They aren't the ugliest receivers I've come across, but they are plain.

    Joseph,

    If you check out the feature lists for the '605 and '6050, there are some differences. Whether or not these differences add up to a $100 price difference is up for debate, I suppose. Some differences I noted are as follows:

    * The '6050 does Dolby Digital EX, while the '605 does not.

    * The '6050 is rated at 100W x 5 into 8 ohms from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, while the '605 is rated 100W x 5 into 8 ohms from just 40 Hz to 20 kHz.

    * The '6050 has two sets of main speaker outputs, while the '605 has just one.

    * The '6050 is said to have a "32-bit Analog Devices processor", while no mention of it is made in regards to the '605.

    * The '6050 has five A/V inputs, while the '605 has three.

    * The '6050 has pre-outs for surrounds and a subwoofer, while the '605 only has a pre-out for a subwoofer.

    * The '6050 has binding posts that can accept banana plugs, while no such feature is mentioned for the '605.

    * The '6050 has a joystick remote, and the '605 doesn't.

    In my opinion, the '6050 looks to be worth the extra $100.
     
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    Chuck, I like the looks of the new Kenwood's. Anyone notice that the new JVC 8020 has perouts for all 7 channels? What I hate to see is that more & more of the lower priced receiver's are leaving off the phono input. I'm waiting to see what JVC did on the new 9020 receiver. Anyone have any info on it?
     
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    Any idea when the Integra version of the Onkyo 989 will be available and/or will it be any different than the 989?
     
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    Looked at the specs on the 989V2 and it lists 'Adjustable subwoofer crossover'. If this is true and is in the upgrade for old 989's that would be quite nice!

    based on the price difference between the 989 and 989ver2, I guess the upgrade will be $300.

    Marc
     
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    Where's the onkyo sr600. Onecall.com HURRY UP!

    -ELmO
     
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    I'm worried over crutchfield.

    I ordered an mp3 car stereo from them (my first purchase) and the face plate arrived broken.

    It was double boxed though so maybe it was damaged at the manufacturer...

    -ELmO
     
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    elMalloc

    As Crutchfield is one of the most expensive places to shop, they will certainly make good on your purchase. This kind of customer service is part of what you are paying for. I would never hesitate to buy from Crutchfield, except, their prices are too high.

    You can get much of the same gear for less from J&R Music and they are very reliable with a huge store in NYC. They will match or beat any authorized dealer. Everything is double boxed. Returns are no problem. Check them out the next time you are shopping for anything electronic. J&R also sells everything from computers to vacuum cleaners. Like I said, a huge company. They can afford to cut good deals because they make up for it with people who don't try to negotiate price.
     
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