Pioneer VSX-D811S vs. Yamaha RX-V530 vs. Onkyo TX-SR600, 1st Time Buyer!

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  1. Morlan Liu

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    Hi everyone,

    This is my first attempt at a HT. I want to spend about < $350 on a receiver.

    So far these three receivers are what I'm looking at.

    Also, the Pioneer HTP-720DV system which comes with the VSX-D811S receiver and DV-353S DVD player and 6 speakers with a subwoofer is also an option for $500. Basically paying $100 more then the components to get a basic set of speakers. Anyone have experience with this system?

    So what'll it be? Get the HTP-720DV system or one of the other receivers with a separate speaker set?

    Any other receiver suggestions? Thanks for all your help in advance!

    Oh, this system is going to go with my Sony Wega 27" that I got over Christmas. My room is very small, 25 sq. ft? I will be using Dish Network receiver, PS2, and DVD.
     
  2. Vincent_S

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    That system you mentioned sounds like a good deal for the budget you have. Are you sure about the sq. ft.? No offense but that sounds like the size of a closet. Maybe you meant 250 sq. ft.?
     
  3. Morlan Liu

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    Oops...haha, yeah I meant 200-250 sq. ft.
     
  4. ChadLB

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    You may want to wait Pioneer is releaseing to receivers:
    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/Pi...,92533,00.html

    I owned the Onkyo 600 but had to return it due to small issues but I did prefer the sound of the Onkyo over The Pioneer 811 which I own for right now.
    Like most people say the Pioneer does its job for movies but lacks in the music dept unless you use the midnight mode.
     
  5. Stephen Hopkins

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    I would definitely consider the 720DV or possibly give a look to the 725DV package. It's the same at the 720DV but comes w/ a mch better DVD that is progressive scan and plays DVD-A. I've found the 725DV online as low as $520 (http://shop.store.yahoo.com/hypaudio/htp725dv.html) and the 720DV as low as $485 from the same place.

    The 811S is a great receiver. It is a bit lacking in 2ch reproduction, but the "Loudness" feature seems to take care of much of this problem. It's a great pure HT receiver.

    The speakers/sub in both of these packages will get the job done but may be the first thing you want to upgrade. They really won't cut it for music without a sub, but for HT they'll do a solid job. If you do decide to upgrade, chances are you can get $150 - $200 out of the speakers/sub on ebay or here on the HT Forum.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  6. Morlan Liu

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    So if I was going to go with the separate receiver, what would be a reasonable price range for speakers that would be at the level of these receivers? I have not looked into speakers yet so I'm clueless about them.
     
  7. Morlan Liu

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    Now I have it down to this:

    1) HTP-720DV HTIB. $500 (Can upgrade to JBL NSP1 later for $200 and maybe sell speaker set that comes with HTIB)
    2) Yamaha RX-V530 w/JBL NSP1 speaker set. $450 (Needs a subwoofer and DVD player)

    I didn't include the Onkyo because I've heard there are some problems with it regarding the subwoofer LBE or something like that.

    I would like some other suggestions if possible. Thanks!
     
  8. Chris Sherman

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    You can get a Harmon Kardon AVR-325 for $350.00 online from JandR music world. I auditioned receivers in your price range recently and couldn't find anything that sounded near as good for the money. You can audition it for yourself if you are near a circuit city. They sell it for $499.00 but I showed a manager a printout of JandR's price and they matched plus 10% of the difference. They also sell the Onkyo SR600 so you can compare them . The Onkyo has a nicer remote and more features such as additinal amplifier channels and component video switching and is a little more ergonomically user friendly. I chose the HK based soley on what I believed to be superior sound quality. Many people like the Onkyo though. I'm just offering another possible option.
     

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