Panasonic or Kenwood? I can't decide!!

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  1. RobinN

    RobinN Auditioning

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to buy a new sub-$300 receiver. 6.1 and Pro Logic II are the only features I REALLY want. It seems that the Panasonic SA-HE100 and Kenwood VR-806 are both very good values. The latter seems almost too good for the very LOW (under $200) price tag. Also, because of its newness, I have not been able to find any opinions or reveiws of it. The Panasonic seems to be accepted as a decent quality entry-level receiver. Can anyone comment on the quality of either brands' low-priced receivers? I currently own a JVC RX-6000 and am a bit dissapointed with the distortion in the center channel as well as lack of PLII support.

    Thanks very much for any reccommendations!

    Robin
     
  2. David G Greene

    David G Greene Stunt Coordinator

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    Have you tried HK?
     
  3. Johnny_M

    Johnny_M Second Unit

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    well, I have the kenwood vr7080, which is a 300 or 350 receiver. cant remember what i paid, but i am very happy with it. ive got some yamaha speakers attached to it and people are very impressed when I pop in a dvd.

    Johnny
     
  4. NickSo

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    I have an entry level Kenwood reciever got a few years ago for $250 (Kenwood VR-407) and has been serving me very well from day one. Wouldn't mind recommending it! [​IMG]

    Have you checked out the new digital recievers from Panasonic? The XR-series has been very well recieved, and i believe right around your price range.
     
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    Take a look at the Pioneer 912K and 914K. ALso Onkyo 601 and 501.

    Mike
     
  6. Tabish

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    I will suggest Panasonic XR50 digital amp, its really good, for your price range I dont think so you can do better than that receiver. Read reviews and other threads about XR50.
     
  7. RobinN

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    Thanks everyone for all your suggestions. After reading some other posts about the SA-XR50 I ordered it yesterday for $245 shipped. The smaller footprint, lower power consumption and less of a need for ventilation were all appealing. I am concerned about people's posts that analog sources sound sub-par on the unit, but will have to try it out for myself to see. Thanks again for the input!
     
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    The AD conversion on the XR units isn't as bad as some make it out to be. I think it's a case of expecations of a problem because of the extra conversion rather than a real problem. At least that has been my experience with my equipment going into an XR25 including DVD-A & SACD.

    DJ
     
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    The AD conversion on the XR units isn't as bad as some make it out to be. I think it's a case of expecations of a problem because of the extra conversion rather than a real problem. At least that has been my experience with my equipment going into an XR25 including DVD-A & SACD.

    DJ
     
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    if you dont have real high end speakers, you will not even notice a difference, ppl who noticed the difference between digital and analogue are very critical listners and they have very high end speakers. I could not tell the difference though, I have infinity interlude series speakers.
     
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    if you dont have real high end speakers, you will not even notice a difference, ppl who noticed the difference between digital and analogue are very critical listners and they have very high end speakers. I could not tell the difference though, I have infinity interlude series speakers.
     
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    Just got my XR-50 yesterday. Since December, I have owned a Yamaha HTR-5590 and a Pioneer VSX-41. XR-50 beats them both is sound quality. In credibly crisp. Maybe a very slight amount less power but really cranks. I have never been a fan of Panasonic--until now.

    I went from receivers in the $800 range down to less than $250 but all that matters is the end result!
     
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    Just got my XR-50 yesterday. Since December, I have owned a Yamaha HTR-5590 and a Pioneer VSX-41. XR-50 beats them both is sound quality. In credibly crisp. Maybe a very slight amount less power but really cranks. I have never been a fan of Panasonic--until now.

    I went from receivers in the $800 range down to less than $250 but all that matters is the end result!
     
  14. RobinN

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    Well, that's good to know. I only have a crummy set of Sony mini 5.1 speakers, so I doubt I'll hear the difference. Glad everyone has had such good experiences with this receiver!

    Robin
     
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    Well, that's good to know. I only have a crummy set of Sony mini 5.1 speakers, so I doubt I'll hear the difference. Glad everyone has had such good experiences with this receiver!

    Robin
     
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    Tabish--Surprised you were not able to hear a difference. I use JBL all the way around. Studio's for mains, Northridge series for the rest. I noticed a difference immediately from the Pioneer. The 41 sounds great but it was a cleaner, although brighter sound.
     
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    Tabish--Surprised you were not able to hear a difference. I use JBL all the way around. Studio's for mains, Northridge series for the rest. I noticed a difference immediately from the Pioneer. The 41 sounds great but it was a cleaner, although brighter sound.
     
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    I was talking about the difference between analog/digital inputs on xr50, I didnt hear any difference between the two, difference between pioneer 811s and Xr50 is day and night.
     
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    I was talking about the difference between analog/digital inputs on xr50, I didnt hear any difference between the two, difference between pioneer 811s and Xr50 is day and night.
     
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    Didn't read it close enough! [​IMG]
     

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