What do you think of these two recievers?

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  1. Tim Milligan

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    I am looking to get a new reciever and I have narrowed it down these two:

    Sony STR-DE997B
    Denon AVR-2105

    I noticed the Denon has more preamp out puts and the sony puts out a little more power. Is there anything I should know about these two recievers that may sway my decision big time? Also what others in this price range can you recommend?

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  2. Yung

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    Tim,

    I haven't listened to either of the above two receivers so I can't comment on them. I have heard Denon's bigger brothers, the AVR-2805 and 3805 and found them to be pretty nice. I am not sure the 2105 is in the same class though.

    What is your price range? The MSRP for the AVR-2105 is about $650. You can look into the Pioneer VSX-1014TX which can be found for under $500 or look into the Onkyo TX-NR801 which is being closed out at Onecall for about the same as the retail price on the Denon you are looking at. The only thing with the Onkyo TX-NR801 is that it doesn't have PLIIx if thats important to you because it is last year's model
     
  3. Tim Milligan

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    My budget is around 400-500 dollars, I need one that can put out some pretty decent power as I will be powering my speakers off of it. Also I would like the upgradability of preamp outputs for the future but its not totally needed.

    Thanks for the other suggestions, the thing I liked about the sony is you seem to get alot of features for a lower price. Is this because quality is lower?

    Thanks
     
  4. Tim Milligan

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    I sure do like the Onkyo, but it is a little out of my budget. Like I said, I am looking for one around 400-500 dollars. Also does anyone have luck with ebay? Or are most of the companies on there bogus?
     
  5. Tim Milligan

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    What do your guys think of this reciever? It seems to have everything I need for a good price, I can't find it in stock anywhere though. Maybe its not out yet...

    Pioneer VSX1014TXK
     
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    New model, and is supposed to be a debadged Pioneer ELITE unit.

    Great value

    B
     
  7. Yung

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    Tim,

    THe Pioneer VSX-1014TX is one of my recommended receivers. This unit is practically the same as the Elite VSX-52TX minus a few features like 12V trigger, and analog outputs for multi-room, and it is not multi-source like the 52TX. For some reason, Pioneer took it off their website, but the info is still available on Pioneer's Canadian website.

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.ca/pna...245049,00.html


    More info on the 1014TX can be found on these threads.

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=197358

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=445848

    Its definitely worth a serious consideration for your price range.

    The 1014TX can be found on various authorized online dealers like Vann's, 4electronicwarehouse, J&R and B&H Photo Video and Onecall as well as BB. Onecall and BB are backordered right now though.
     
  8. Tim Milligan

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    Is avdeals.com authorized? I found it on that site... I think I will end up getting the Pioneer receiver, seems like a great value.
     
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    I think the Panny SA-XR50 is the best little receiver out there for under $800. However, if this is not appealing, the Pioneer 1014 is an absolute steal! This is a $1000 receiver. I would jump at the chance to pick one up if I were not saving for a projector.
     
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    If I'm steadfast on the $250-$300 pricepoint, the Panasonic would get my nod as those little digi amps are causing quite a stir.

    If you can move up the ladder to the $400 price point, then you'd be hard pressed to beat the Pioneer 1014.

    As you can tell, neither the Sony, nor the Denon would be on that list.
     
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    to throw a few more options out the Yamaha HTR5760 or even the HTR 5790 could be a possibility. Both are available from www.jr.com for around the 400 - 500 price range. There are been a ton of positive feedback on them over the past months. just do a search here at HTF.
     
  13. Tim Milligan

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    Well after looking at the yamahas and comparing the other companies I am going to go with the pioneer. I found one for around 400 shipped through pricegrabber and it seems like a great deal.

    Thanks alot for all the help
     
  14. Yung

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    Good going Tim. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
     
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    Thanks alot for your help in both threads Yung.
     
  16. Yung

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    No problem Tim. Thats what these forums are about for people to help each other out. Give a report back when you have your system set up.
     
  17. Yanki

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    Man, stay away from the Sony. I had purchased the DE897 and was totally disappointed by it. I have a Pioneer Dolby Digital receiver which is now about 10 years old. It is a 5.1 at 100W * 5.

    The Sony was rated at 110W * 7.

    The sound that it produced was too flat. Nothing natural about it, not to mention that the volume level went from 0 to 72 which is the MAX. I had to listen to movies and concerts at 69 just to even get it at an enjoyable level. The damn thing was quiet as a whisper up until you hit about 30.

    I have all top notch cabling, and have Athena speakers which have served me well with my Pioneer.

    For comparison, I connected the Pioneer back and I didn't even have to go more than half way on the volume before I already surpassed the 69 level on the Sony. Not to mention the sound was more natural.

    So needless to say, I have returned it today and have my eyes on the Pioneer VSX-1014TX-K which is also a 7.1 receiver. I will be picking one up tomorrow and will put it through its paces. If I'm happy, I will keep it.
     

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