Please recommend entry-level receiver

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  1. ChrisYK

    ChrisYK Stunt Coordinator

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    I have done a search and it has left me overwhelmed [​IMG]
    Harman Kardon and Yamaha are leading my brand search based on what I've read (there seems to be a consensus that they have the best tonal qualities and warmth when compared to similar offerings from other companies), but other than that I am lost.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Jon_Gregory

    Jon_Gregory Stunt Coordinator

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    Your headed in the right direction with HK and Yamaha. I would also add the Onkyo receivers onto your list of entry level receivers. I have the Onkyo TXSR501, and it is a nice entry level receiver with plenty of inputs and power for the entry level. This receiver seems to have plenty of inputs and options to keep you happy for a while before you want to upgrade. I like the way it sounds also. Also how much are you looking to spend. This can greatly determine what to look at, especially if you have a set price limit. Aslo, do you want 5.1, 6.1 etc... The onkyo above is a 6.1 receiver.
     
  3. Adam.Heckman

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    I would like to say all the types so far are great, but lets not leave out Denon! You can find some killer deals on the 'net, and I love mine. It's an entry level. During december I got a 1403 for 167 USD. Sweet deal.
    Also, many people hear will talk about finding a refurb model. Most say it's a favorable experience.
     
  4. ChrisYK

    ChrisYK Stunt Coordinator

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    Adam, where did you find the Denon 1403 for that price?

    I am flexible when it comes to 5.1 vs. 6.1... I am more concerned with overall flexibility (i.e. the capability to grow with my home theater), sound quality and reliability.

    I am also trying to keep my budget around $250 or so. I realize that with home theater components you often get what you pay for, but this is all I can really afford at this point. This is why "bang for the buck" is a huge consideration for me.

    I am also not opposed to buying a refurbished model.

    Thanks for the suggestions... keep them coming [​IMG]
     
  5. Dah-Dee

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    Some suggestions in your general budget ballpark:

    Onkyo 501
    Pioneer 912
    Panasonic XR25 [45 if you can find it]
    Panasonic SA-HE200 [J and R had refurbs for $199.88 up until today, seems to be (temporarily?) sold out -- great deal!]
    Denon 1604 [eCost.com has refurbs for $222.65 w/free shipping]
     
  6. Stelios

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  7. Adam.Heckman

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    I got in in December (actually my girl got it for me for christmas!!!) at 6AVE.com
    It's too bad, but the deal is long gone. But it's a testiment to 'strike when the iron's hot' and only when it's hot. It saves lotsa money and you still get what you want!

    6ave was a decent place. $0.06 for shipping. Got here no problem what so ever, shipping was on time.

    Let us know what you get and how you like it! Take it easy.
     
  8. WillyB

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    Go Denon, I was a Yamaha person and they make great receivers, but once I worked with the Denon products... I will never buy anything but Denon, they haven't let me down yet![​IMG]

    That's my opinion and I'm sticken wit it.

    I'm running the AVR 3802 with JBL's including double rears for DTS ES and dolby EX.

    When I finish the Basement, I want the next AVR 5803 with all Klipsch Reference Series for some of the most wondorous sound in the world!!!!! Oh I'm getting wood just thinking about it.
     
  9. Joe Mihok

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    [​IMG] Too much info Willy, but thanks for sharing :[​IMG].
     
  10. Dah-Dee

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    ....and Stelios is going to tell us where we can find the Sony STR-DA1000ES for around $250. Or less than $350, maybe. Okay, $375. Right, Stelios? Stelios? [​IMG]
     
  11. ChrisYK

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    That's what I'm saying... The cheapest I've seen that receiver is for around $650-700.
     
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