SONY ES STR-DA1000ES or is there anything better in the sub $500 range?

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  1. KonradN

    KonradN Stunt Coordinator

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    just moved to a new place and my old yamaha 5640 is just not cutting it anymore. When playing movies at reference levels, I notice an electronic burning smell coming from the receiver. It works fine but obviously cannot sustain that level of volume for an extended period of time. Also the sound seems compressed and not very distinct at these levels.

    Anyways I need something with a littler more power and the SONY ES STR-DA1000ES might do the trick. However, is there any other receiver (current and near future model)in that price range I should consider?
     
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    just wanted to add that i would like my new receiver to match well with other silver components.
     
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    Why not move up to the next one in the ES line with the 2000ES? It's got the digital amps which sounded very clean when I was checking it and the 3000 out. It can be had in the $500 range online.

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    i have heard mixed reviews about the digital amps in the higher es receivers. Some ppl said that is sounded digital (not natural) while others say it sounds very clean... which is it now.
     
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    Of course, only you can decide if you like them or not. I think the big knock against them was they had some QC issues and some had to be recalled. I haven't heard of any problems since certain batches were fixed.

    IMO, they sounded better than the comparable Yamahas, Denons, and Pioneers in the brief comparisons I did. I was very impressed--they sounded very clear and clean without being bright and fatiguing. I still think they don't get the respect they deserve(and no I don't own one, so I'm not trying to defend a purchase [​IMG]).

    It would be worth a listen, at least, before you pull the trigger on the 1000.

    Good luck,

    DJ
     

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