Receiver help

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Larry Ward, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Larry Ward

    Larry Ward Auditioning

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    I have just registered, and though I am far from an audio-videophile, I have always loved good sound and tried to keep reasonably good systems. Presently I have a decent 7 year-old home theater system that I want to update. I plan to keep my M&K 125 sub, but replace my S-85's and my Yamaha receiver. Reading here, I have about decided I should go with a Denon 3803, but I want to ask those of you who really know - what are my top choices for under, say, $1200-$1500? Would other brands at the higher prices be a waste, when the 3803 is available for $800? This is a receiver/amp forum, but any comments on speakers would be appreciated, as well. I'd like to stay with something I can hang where the S-85's are, as I have a space problem.
     
  2. ChrisLazarko

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    Well i'm not sure if you want something small like satellites but JBL, Klipsch, Athena, and Polk all offer decent systems.

    Also, as for a reciever. The Denon is a good choice, Harman/Kardon is a good choice, and Yamaha isn't bad either.

    I think the best to possibly get for around the price of a Denon 3803 to compare to are the HK AVR-525 (you can usually find it new for $650-750), and also the Yamaha RX-V2400
     
  3. Dave Shepard

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    order the 3803 from 6th ave (online) I got it for $648.06 delivered. If you order the 3802 they will upgrade you to the 3803 at the price of the 3802. I have the 3803 with Polk speakers (2-rti-70's front, 2-Csi-40's center front & rear, 2-Rti-38's rear, 2-fx-30's side and SVS Pb2+ sub.

    Dave
     
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    I hear that NAD receivers are very good too. The new T753 is 6.1 and has an MSRP of $999.99. The T763 is 7.1 I believe and has an msrp of $1299. Were you talking about a price range of $1200-1500 for the receiver alone, or for everything you're wanting combined?
     
  5. Chuck Schilling

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    If you like HK receivers, it's hard to beat the deal on the AVR-7200 from OneCall. I just got mine today, and after a holiday discount and a $30 rebate, it's going to cost me about $900. The 7200 is pretty much the top of the HK line and I can't wait to get it set up!
     
  6. Larry Ward

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    Chris, my room is large and open, but the layout makes it necessary to put the speakers on the walls, out of the way of traffic. I think I will have to stick with satellites. I have blown the S-85's twice, because I use the system for loud rock and roll at times. You see, I need a system that is home theater as well as my primary audio system. I am looking for satellites that can take it, as well as a receiver with clean, high power.

    John, my price range was for the receiver only.

    Thanks to Chuck and Dave. I will check out the H/K and that is definitely the best price I have seen on the Denon.
     
  7. ChrisLazarko

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    Well Larry I don't know what your budget on speakers is but in terms of satellites the best I have heard so far are the Klipsch Reference satellites. I heard them for the first time 2 weeks ago and I was amazed at there power and there size. They basically put out the sound of huge bookshelf speakers.

    They were very defined and everything. If you have a place where you can demo the Klipsch Reference satellites I would. Also, they look very nice and are available in 2 colors.

    Another good thing about most satellites is that they require little power to get up to high volumes, so for a big room you won't need a huge amp, but the more power the better.


    Good luck with your decision.
     

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