Panasonic Receiver + Fluance Speakers?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by AlexR, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. AlexR

    AlexR Auditioning

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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Alex. I'm *very* new to home theater but I've been reading this forum and I see that there is a lot of knowledgeable people in here that knows their stuff. I'm moving to a new apartment soon and I wanted to build a cheap and powerful system that would deliver the best deal for my buck.

    I've already bought my speakers... I went for cheap brands but somehow, I heard they were pretty good (worth quality over the price). But now, I'm looking for a receiver that will make my speakers do the job... but since I read all those specs and I'm not all sure what is best, what they all mean, I thought maybe some experts might be able to help me out.

    My Speakers:

    I've bought the Fluance™ Surround Sound Home Theater 5 Speaker System AV-HTB kit that can be found at triple W's dot fluance dot com.



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    The Receiver I'm aiming for:

    Since I don't know much but I compare the specs of my speakers with what the receiver can do, I thought this one would be good for the price:

    SA-HE100K - Home Theater Receiver with Built-in Dolby Digital/DTS-ES Decoder

    Web site for info: hxxp://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ModelDetail?displayTab=F&storeId=11251&catalogId=11005&itemId=63393&catGroupId=11135&modelNo=SA-HE100K&surfModel=SA-HE100K


    On the Panasonic Web site, it says 299$ US but I found it at Sears for cheaper than that and this is why I'm interested.

    It does 6.1 even though I don't need it but looked at the inputs/outputs and looked not so bad.

    Since you guys know your stuff, I was wondering if you had any comments about this, or maybe suggestions, considering that I will be in an apartment, not a house, that I've about 400$ CDN (Canadian) to spend on a receiver and I will have no subwoofer at first.

    Thanks a lot for your time and long live to this HTF forum! [​IMG]
     
  2. JeanVanDam

    JeanVanDam Stunt Coordinator

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    somebody help him, I'm clueless 2!
     
  3. JohnnyG

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    The HE100 is a solid choice. Very good review in Sound & Vision magazine. It's a carry-over for the 2004 model year, so it'll be around a while longer still.
     
  4. AlexR

    AlexR Auditioning

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    That's actually very good to know. I read all those review from people of this board saying that those receivers aren't good enough. I am quite surprised that this one made such a great review for its price.

    Since I have low budget speakers and I want to drive them with the best receiver at its lower price, it's always good having people that know their stuff helping me out [​IMG]

    After your reply, I'll probably go for this one but let's keep the replies coming, I'd like to hear from other people too.

    Thanks a lot for your time!
     
  5. ClintS

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    I would recommend the recently release Panasonic SA-XR50, this is a second gen digital amplifier/receiver and they are fantastic for the price. My FIL has last years SA-XR45 and I dare say minus a few features it is all the equal of my Sony 3000ES, it definetly sounds good. Price is around $299 and is a much better value than the HE100 IMO.

    Here is a link to amazon:

    SA-XR50
     
  6. Bill Will

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    If you don't mind "Refurbished" electronics www.jandr.com has the step up Panasonic Receiver model SA-HE200 for $199.99 which is a very good receiver & new it sold for around $349.99 plus J&R is a good place to do business with. For pictures & specs on the 200 go to www.crutchfield.com & enter "Panasonic SA-HE200" in the box at the top & it will come up on a discontinued page. The 200 also has a much nicer remote than the 100.
     

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