Sony ST RDE 985, your thoughts on it?

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  1. Yuli

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    Hi guys,

    This is my first post on this forum. I need some advise. I recently got a widescreen rptv (Sony KP 51HW40) and am looking for a good sound system to complement it. Moderate, solid home theater system, nothing super expensive and such.

    In the search for a good reciever, a friend of the family, who is an employ at The Brick (toronto, canada) offered the Sony ST RDE 985 reciever to us (me and my dad) for around $400 canadian.

    Now, i am very new the world of recievers, etc, and need your advise on this particular reciever.

    Is it any good? Or should i go with something else (in the $500 range)

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated....

    Thanks
     
  2. John Garcia

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    Welcome to HTF [​IMG]
    Two questions here - Is it a good receiver? and Can you do better for the price?
    Is it a good receiver? No. Sony's DE line has average sound quality and below average amps. I would not recommend anything lower than the ES line for Sony receivers.
    Can you do better for the price? Maybe, that seems like a decent price, but take a look at the Onkyo TX-SR500 and 600, Marantz SR4200, Denon 1602 or 1802, Harmon Kardon AVR125 or 225, as well as similarly priced Yamahas. If your friend can get a deal on any of those, I would take any of them over the Sony.
     
  3. Kris McLaughlin

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    I think John's right - Have a look at some others near that price range. I have the Sony STR-DE925, and it's nothing special. Works just fine, but the sound is not great, mainly in 2-channel music mode. Just not....alive...
    It's fine for surround sound w/ DVD, though.
    With a widescreen TV in your setup, I get the impression you might want a little bit better sounding receiver than the Sony DE series.

    Cheers,
     
  4. Charles Gurganus

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    Yuli, what speakers will you be using?
     
  5. Yuli

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    That's a great question Charles, because speakers is the second item on my list that needs to be decided on.

    This is more appropriate in the speaker forum

    The guy at The Brick is offering:
    Bose 301 mains
    Bose 201 rears
    Bose VSC10 center

    But i am very sceptical about Bose, especially after i read so many negative opinions on their speakers.

    I am looking for moderate, solid speakers, mostly for movies (70%movies, 30% music) in the $1500-2000 (canadian) price range. Basically good bang for the buck value. I am looking at Axiom, Paradigm, Kiplisch.

    As a matter of fact, i am going to visit a couple of dealers tomorrow and get a taste of some speakers and see what i like.
     
  6. Charles Gurganus

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    Choosing the speakers should probably be first. Stay away from the Bose ones. The ones you listed look good but Kiplisch would be extreamly bright with Sony(and most any receiver).
    I am not into the canadian dollar conversion thing but I can recommend NHT speakers. I have heard good things about the new NHT bookshelf speakers. The below package would be very good.
    http://ww2.onecall.com/SPL_565.htm
    The Axiom and Paradigm brands may suit your budget better however. When you audition the speakers, note the electronics they use as well.
     
  7. matthew_rm

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    Klipsch is great, but I do think they sound bad with SONY. Try HK, or Denon. [​IMG]
    I would not get the Sony. They do not sound very good. Onkyo is also nice. The 797 sounds pretty good on the Klipsch RF3II's.
     
  8. Yuli

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    I did some speaker shoping and i think i will go with the Axioms

    The setup i am thinking of is

    M22Ti fronts
    QS4 rears
    VP100 center
    EP175 sub

    So what do you guys think will be a suitable reciever for this system?

    Thanks,
     

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