suggestions for a $300 receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by david*mt, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. david*mt

    david*mt Second Unit

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    I need something with DTS-ES discrete and DD EX, so 6.1 is a must. I would like something that is warm or neutral sounding. Here are a few that I am looking at which can be found for under $300:

    Pioneer VSX-D912K
    Pioneer VSX-D811SS
    Pioneer VSX-D812K
    Kenwood VR-7060
    Panasonic SA-HE200K
    Sony STR-DE895
    Kenwood VR-7070 (would cost a little over $300)
    Onkyo TX-SR600

    I'm kind of leaning towards the VSX-D912K. Cnet gave it a great review and it looks nice. What does everyone think? The VSX-D811SS would be the cheapest by far, about $230 online. I haven't heard much about the Panasonic or Kenwoods though. If someone has any other recommendations I would appreciate it. Thanks
     
  2. ChrisLazarko

    ChrisLazarko Supporting Actor

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    Well you have to remember that if you purchase a cheaper reciever you won't get as good of quality. Unfortunatly the HK's look out of your price range although if you don't mind a refurbished one, Harman/Kardon has a refurbished section on Ebay where you could probably find a HK AVR-125 for about $250 or so.

    If you want to go brand new I would definantly have to recommend the Yamaha XV-R440, it offers the best performance in that price range but lacks only offers 1 coax digital in and 1 optical in. Video inputs also lack, but the sound quality is pretty good.

    Next choice would have to be an Onkyo but I don't have too much experience with them.

    The Harmans are very neutral sounding and provide the best sound IMO, while the Yamaha's are a little bright. I have heard this is due to the amplifier in the HK being a little bit better but I am not sure, I know HK uses High Current Amp's, I don't think Yamaha does.
     
  3. NicholasTS

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    Yamaha HTR-5640 is the same thing as the XV-R440 just so you know. For $299 the 5640 is the best IMO.
     
  4. ChrisLazarko

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    I'm not fond of the way Yamaha's sound. They are very bright especially with Klipsch speakers they become even more bright. One reason I think people at Bestbuy turn away from Klipsch, bright speaker with a bright reciever.
     
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    get a Harman Kardon 225 for $299 from outpost.com
     
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  7. ChrisLazarko

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    I turned away from buying a Yamaha because it was so bright with the Klipsch it didn't make them sound good, definantly too bright. enough to want to strangle you.
     

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