Opionions needed

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Cyrus_I, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. Cyrus_I

    Cyrus_I Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2002
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hi there,
    I'm a university student and buying my first audio home theatre for music, gamecube, pc, and movies. My price range is about $1500 CDN.
    The receivers I'm looking at are:
    Denon AVR 1602
    Yamaha RXV 530
    Onkyo 494
    Mararntz SR 4200
    The speakers that I'm using are mediocre 5.1 Pro-Linear and I'm also looking to get the new Panasonic DVDCV52 to go along with it.
    I'm also wondering whether I should be looking at the Denon AVR 1802 or the Yamaha RXV730 or would I just be wasting the extra money.
    I'm not too familiar with a few of these brand names and models. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
    Cyrus[​IMG]
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    2,598
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    You might want to look at the Pioneer VSX-D811S. It has DPLII, NEO6, DD-EX, DTS-ES, 100x6 w/ 7.1 speaker setup ability, component video switching, and is a very solid receiver. Can be found as low as $300 US shipped. This is what i have and I love it.
     
  3. Jed M

    Jed M Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    2,029
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I would second Stephen's opinion that you look at the Pioneer VSX-D811S. I have lately been seeing some very favorable reviews of it. It seems to be the hot receiver at the HTF at the moment.
    Also, I am not sure but the models you listed seem kind of dated. I would buy something newer at your price range to get more processing like DPLII and the other's mentioned above. Here is a semi-list of some newer models that would be worth looking at, in no particular order: Onkyo TX-SR600, Yamaha HTR-5560, Kenwood VR-6060, Harmon Kardon AVR225, Denon AVR-1802, Marantz SR-5200 or the Sony ES STR-DA1ES. I am not sure if the 1500 CDN is for everything you need or just the receiver so I gave you a starting point. If you like one of these receivers, look at the next step up and decide if those features are important to you. Or better yet, ask us [​IMG] .
    I have heard great things about the panasonic dvd players so you probably can't go wrong with that. I would also look into Toshiba's new model which I hear good things about. Pioneer and Sony also make a good dvd player, but I think you were on the right path to begin with. Take care.
     
  4. Cyrus_I

    Cyrus_I Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2002
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks alot guys.

    That pioneer seems to be quite good although I'm dealing with primarily Future Shop and A&b Sound and neither carry Pioneers. The Yamaha HTR 5560 you mentioned is also another model I was looking at but is, to my understand, equivilant to the RXV530.

    Oh yeah and I probably should of specified. I have a $1500 CDN limit for a whole system.

    I think my decision is coming between the Yamaha RXV530 and the Denon AVR1602.

    Thanks
    Cyrus
     
  5. Tim Hoover

    Tim Hoover Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 27, 2001
    Messages:
    1,422
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Although I'm not an Onkyo owner, I recall several HTFers saying the 494 should be avoided, as it's not in the same league sonically as the 595 and up.
     
  6. Wayne McRae

    Wayne McRae Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2000
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Cyrus,where in Canada are you from? In B.C. we have Audio Video Unlimited,they carry Pioneer.
     
  7. Cyrus_I

    Cyrus_I Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2002
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm in Vancouver. I'll try and check that store out.

    Thanks,
     
  8. Cyrus_I

    Cyrus_I Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2002
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    any more advice?
     
  9. Jason Reich

    Jason Reich Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2001
    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have the Yamaha RXV530 and could not be more pleased. It produces great sound with enough features and inputs to keep me happy. I have had it about a month and cannot say enough good about it.
     

Share This Page