Receiver in the $250 range - Pick from shortlist

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  1. RobSB

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    Ok, I have decided to go with the Fluance SX-HTB and the Dayton 10" subwoofer. Here is my shortlist of receivers to pair them with:

    Onkyo TX-SR501
    Pioneer VSX-D812K (Maybe 912K but that stretches the budget)
    H/K AVR-225 (There have been many positive things said about this but I don't know its refurbed and it seems to missing out on some key features.. Are they just gimmicks?)

    The room is 15x25 and the system is 99% for home theater. Quick answers are appreciated. My parents are in a good mood and I would like to buy this tonight. [​IMG] Thanks.
     
  2. John Garcia

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    Out of those, I'd get the H/K. Refurb still has a warranty. Second choice would be the Onkyo, then the Pio.
     
  3. Jon Torres

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    I think I saw someone mention they picked up the Denon 1604 for the 1603 price of $245 from 6ave.com.
     
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    Onkyo TX-SR501. I'm very happy with mine.
     
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    I have an AVR125 and love it. I don't think you would be disappointed with any of the receivers you list.
     
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    I have the AVR-225 but bought it new... great reciever. Harman honors there warranty very well and on there refurb products still offer the normal full warranty.

    When you think about a refurbished product it doesn't necessarily mean it is a broken product but simply that a person who bought it returned it and possibly didn't like the looks, it didn't fit, or they didn't like it (which is the majority of them)... I wouldn't worry about the refurb... take the HK you'll be happy. It not then the Onkyo would be my next choice.
     
  7. John S

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    The features that make the Onkyo attractive are 6 amps, 6.1 processing, and component video switching.

    I think the H/K and the Onkyo will have more the sound you crave in general though.
     
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  9. John Garcia

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    Yes, refurbs had a problem and were repaired. Not my first choice, but as long as it has a decent factory warranty, it should be OK.
     
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    There is a Denon AVR-1803 at ecost for like $229.00 which is a very good price for it, you might want to check that out too.
     
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    I'd be sure to testdrive the Onkyo 501. Higher bandwidth component switching than the others. I just helped a friend chose it over the Pioneer 812.
     
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    I also agree with the onkyo 501,i own it and it's easily the best reciever i have ever owned. Even better than the pioneer vsx-d811s which was rated at 74 watts at 6 channels driven. Also, it has a crossover that is adjustable down to 60hz which none of them have in that price range except for the new harman kardon's. I don't regret buying it at all even if i did want the 601.
     
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    Brand new Denon AVR-1604 at 6ave.com for $245.06 delivered. Just order the AVR-1603 and they will automatically upgade you to the AVR-1604 [​IMG].
     

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