Refurbished Denon 1603 or used Yammy HTR5550?

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  1. Jarek

    Jarek Auditioning

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    As the subject says. I can pick up either for about $250-275 Cnd. It will be used for 75% TV/DVD use and the rest music. Speakers will be Athena C1 center, Athena B1 rear surround and Infinity SM112 mains. If the Infinitys won't match with the Athenas then I will get a pair of B2's for the front and the P300 sub since I can get a deal on them. Listening area is not large.

    I don't really care very much for a lot of DSP modes/fields, each receiver has enough for me with the Denon having more inputs/outputs I think. I'm mostly concerned with the quality of sound with deapth and headroom. From my research here I'm leaning towards the Denon since the Yammy is supposedly "bright" in sound and the Athena speakers will only accentuate that. But the Yammy is locally in town so I could see it/test it and is only 8months old so there is some warranty left.
    The Denon is refurbed from Ecost with only a 30 day warranty and I'm assuming Denon Canada wouldn't honour anything after that.

    What would you guys suggest given the above scenario? Any advice/discussion will be appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. Jarek

    Jarek Auditioning

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    Nobody has a slightest opinion/experience with either of these? [​IMG]
     
  3. JamieS

    JamieS Stunt Coordinator

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    I had a 1603 for about 6 months. I certainly would pick it up over a Yammi. I just don't care for the Yamaha sound. As for warrenty get someone to pay for it on a Visa or something that doubles the warrenty. If it is refurb any problems it HAD should be corrected if it doesn't crap out after 60 days it probably will run forever.

    For 250 $ you can't go wrong with the Denon.
     
  4. Chuck Kent

    Chuck Kent Supporting Actor

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    I've got an HTR-5550 in my bedroom setup and a Denon 3803 in my main HT. So, I like both brands...[​IMG]

    I've never heard a 1603 but soundwise, IMO, the 2 are probably fairly similar. I use my 5550 with a pair of older Thiels (known for exposing every fault in a recording) for the mains and I don't think it sounds bright. (But I don't listen at high volumes.)

    Compare features, user friendliness and hookup flexibility. Then go with what seems best for you.
     
  5. Jay_Via

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    my stepdad has the HTR and really, really likes it. He doenst have any type of high end system, more like middle ground, but its a good receiver nonetheless.
     

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