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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by ChadLB, Nov 5, 2002.
If you were to drop $800 and not a penny more on reciever which would you buy and why?
I've got an old Pioneer circa 1980 that you can have for $800
Seriously though you need to consider what YOU want out of a receiver: HT, music, bass management, power, DTS, THX, etc...
Lots of good feedback/reviews on this site, so start searching and reading. Good luck deciding...Mike
Oh yeah.....Denon 3802 fit the bill for me and is under your budget amount.
Chad, the November issue of Sound & Vision magazine has a very good grid showing makes/models/prices & features. I suggest you run to get a copy.
My first choice would be a nice Yamaha unit. (I own 3 Yamaha receivers.)
The RX-V1300 has a $799 price and 100 wpc. It also has 6 composite/Svideo feeds and 2 HD compatible component feeds. (This is important when you have say a DSS box, a CATV box, a DVD player, a game system and of course a VCR.)
In terms of brands, my favorite ordering would be:
Yamaha, Dennon, Onkyo - these all have good reputations.
Second Tier would be:
Pioneer Elite, JVC, Kenwood - these have some good units, some so-so models
Third Tier would be:
Panasonic, Sony, Harmon Kardon - there are a few diamonds here, but a lot of budget, department store models.
Big Hint: do not judge a receiver simply by the xx watts-per-channel. While more power is good, there are ways to make receivers appear more powerful than they really are, and just focusing on power glosses over some very important features.
Get the Sound & Vision magazine and use it as a look-up when you browse here for suggestions. It should help you focus on the models in your price-range.
I would get a yamaha or pioneer elite in that price range. denon, onkyo, marantz, integra, nad are other choices as well but for me, the yammie and pioneer is it....
HOw much can the Pioneer 43tx or 45 tx be bought for?
How much did some people pay for them.
im sure i saw the 43 or the 45 for around 495 on ebay.