Need 2 Zone Receiver - $500 or less

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  1. Chad Potter

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    I'm a newbie. I'm building my 1st HT setup. Have a $500 budget for a receiver. Through the help of the forum I will be purchasing the following 5.1 speaker setup:

    Ascend Acoustics

    Center: CMT-340
    L/R: CMT-340 x 2
    Surrounds: HTM-200 x 2
    Sub: SVS PB-12


    I will use the system for about 80% HT and 20% Music. I need a receiver that will allow 2 zones as the upstairs is prewired for multi-room audio. I plan on taking advantage of this in the future. I initially looked at the Yamaha RX-N600. The receiver is attractive given its built in LAN port, but is certainly less powerful than other receivers in the same price range. At this point in my research, I think the Pioneer Elite VSX-80TXV would be a reasonable option. This can be found through several online retailers between $450 and $500 (not Authorized sellers). Are there any other suggestions given my price range and need for Zone 2? Thanks. Chad
     
  2. Norman Short

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    I've just ordered the Pioneer VSX-80TXV and paid in the price range you mentioned. I've still not read any reviews on it though; I've been scouring forums for mention of this model but very little has been said as of now. On paper at least it looks like a nice fit for you, and for me.

    I would have waited for the HDMI 1.3 models but my longtime receiver just bit the dust and I'm hurting for a control center right now.

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about this new line of receivers.
     
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    For $449, you can get the Denon AVR-1707, which does have dual zone capability and allows you to re-assign the unused "surround back" amplifier channels to power the second one without buying an additional 2-channel amp. The 1707 is rated at 75W per channel. You can step up to a little more power for $100 more (AVR-1907, 85W per channel).
     
  4. Chad Potter

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    I think I'm going to go with the Yamaha RX-V659. I can get this shipped for around $350 with no warranty or $400 with a 3 yr warranty.

    For my setup, I cannot find another receiver that offers auto-setup features (YPAO for the 659) and 2 zone capabilities (with pre-outs) so I can send zone 2 to another amplifier (for whole house audio - probably via the Russound CAS44). I also like the idea of the "compressed music enhancer" as I will ultimately be streaming MP3 files from my computer to the receiver.

    If anyone has other suggestions for receivers in this price range (around $400 shipped), I would be interested in your opinions. Again, I'm going with the Ascend speakers (CMT-340 x 3 and HTM-200 x 2).

    Thanks,
    Chad
     
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    Chad, the rx-V659 is a very nice receiver. My father just purchased one. One thing i like is you can use an internal amp to power the speakers in a second zone or use an amp...which in your case is a good idea if you want to run multiple channels. I still have not gotten the onscreen display to work on the receiver but i think its a problem with the S-video cable im using or the connector on my fathers 10 year old TV. We use a Yamaha C-750 as a cd player and it sounds great.
     
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    Noel, I have the 659 as well and I can't get the on-screen display to work. If you have any luck, let me know what you did.
     
  7. Chad Potter

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    I assume the RX-V659 will have enough power for the speakers I've choosen? Thanks. Chad
     

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