Newbie Looking At Recievers

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Lee M T, Dec 1, 2002.

  1. Lee M T

    Lee M T Second Unit

    Nov 28, 2002
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    Hello everyone. My name is Lee and I'm a newbie to the forum and perhaps a few levels above newbie when it comes to home theater. I'm looking for a new receiver. I apologize in advance for the length. I'm guilty for being overly detailed when I research things.

    First I'll let you know what I am planning to do with this future system.

    Besides my new TV (Sony 27" FD Trinitron WEGA Flat Screen) this will be, basically, the start of my home theater endeavor. I do currently have an old Pioneer receiver and some floor speakers. The floor speakers will be used by the new receiver until I replace them as well as add the rest of the speaker setup at a later date.

    For this receiver, I don't really listen to the tuner much and I don't listen to CD's a whole lot either. I also don't watch movies very often. I mainly just watch sporting events and play video games. I have two of the three game consoles now and the third later. So I range in everything from DD/DTS/DPLII/DPL. I also have Optical Digital capabilities.

    So, I'm looking at receivers in the $499 range. So far the ones that have really caught my eye are the Denon AVR-1803 and the Onkyo TX-SR600. Both, I believe, have everything I need with room to spare for the future.

    I have four questions:

    1.) Onkyo claims 196Khz/24-bit DAC's for the left and right main speakers and 96Khz on the rest. The Denon has 96Khz on everything. Would the DAC's on the Onkyo really even make a difference? Or is this just a meaningless spec overall?

    2.) The Denon's component video inputs/output, I believe, are rated at 27Mhz and the Oknyo has either 50 or 60Mhz. I don't have an HDTV now, but I probably will in the distant future. Should I be concerned with this?

    3.) What are your thoughts between the battle of these two receivers?

    4.) Is there anything else that I should consider?

    Thanks very much!
  2. Alf S

    Alf S Cinematographer

    Apr 23, 2000
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    How about considering the Pioneer 811 which is well under the $499 price point but has the features you're looking for.

    Mine sounds great for both music and DVD's.


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