What reciever to use with JBL NSP-1 system

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  1. RockyZ

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    I was thinking of getting the JBL NSP-1 5-Piece Northridge Series Home Theater Speaker System and the JBL 12" 250 Watt Powered Subwoofer, and a new reciever. Looking on the boards right now it looks like the Pioneer 811s is pretty hot at the moment. Any recomendations or help is appreciated. Thanks

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    Don't take this as me being rude. But this question is asked a lot here (and I've only been here a month or so), NSP1 is pretty popular for us lower budget people. If you do searches you will find a wealth of information.

    I have the NSP1 and I have the HK AVR320.

    But, it would probably help if you let everyone know what your price range for a receiver is.
     
  3. RockyZ

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    I have done searches but most do not tell what reciever is connected with the speakers. My range is $300 to $600 on the reciever, but hopefully there is one that has some bells and whistles for a good low price. Seems that the pioneer 811s is that reciever, though just wanted to be sure.
     
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    Just about ANY decent receiver will work with the NSP-1. The question should not be what pairs well with them, but what you are looking for. These are starter speakers, and will eventually be upgraded I'm sure, so don't worry about matching something to them. What price range specifically? What features? Music vs movie listening percentage?
     
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    Yo Rocky!

    In my opinion, the pioneer is DEFINITELY NOT the receiver to get in your price range. These would be my top recommendations:

    Denon 1802 or 2802
    Harmon Kardon 320
    Onkyo 600 or 700
    Marantz 5200 or 6200

    Any of these receivers would definitely outclass the Pioneer 810, and all of them except the Denon 1802 handle the DD/DTS 6.1 formats and have DPL2. If your budget was only 300.00, then the Pioneer might've been in the run for consideration. I personally own a Denon 1802 with a JBL Northridge package (with N26's as mains), and the sound is amazing. The JBL's are great sounding speakers.

    Reg
     
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    Rocky, what features are you interested in? Is this for mostly movies or also 2 channel music? Do you want 6.1 capabilities? Given your price range, the Pioneer is a very good choice but you may also want to look at the Onkyo SR600, Yamaha 5560, and the Marantz 5200. If you're not interested in 6.1 then the Denon 1802 is also in the running but Denon, to me, seems a bit overpriced for what you get.

    You may also want to do a search for "budget receiver" from the last month or so in this forum since there has been a lot of discussion on this general subject.

    good luck,


    --tom
     
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    I've been more than happy with my 811...no problems whatsover, and it has equalled the Outlaw 1050 I just sold (maybe even outpaced it, but without it sitting next to it for comparison, that's a bit hard to fairly say)

    I see absolutely no reason why the Pioneer should be dismissed as a fluff receiver as some seem to think (who haven't used one at home too boot). They'll talk about specs till they're blue in the face, but when I sit at home and listen to my cd's and DVD's in a real world environment, the 811 holds it's own.

    Sure you can spend more, and you may get a "better" receiver, but for under $300, you can't go wrong with the Pioneer IMHO.

    Funny how so many try to belittle the newest "budget" receiver's when they realize that for $300 the receiver has more features than some costing $100+ more.

    Just my two cents...

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    Does the Pioneer 811 have A/B speaker connectors for the front speakers? Also, does it feature a "sleep" timer built into it? Thanks!!
     
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    Wayne, it does have A/B for the fronts but I've never used/tested them since I use a Niles 4 speaker selector switch to handle music in all the rooms downstairs.
    And it does not have a sleeper feature which once again, for me, didn't matter since it's in the den and not the bedroom [​IMG]
    I think the Onkyos have the sleep/timer feature.
    Alf, I think Pioneer is poo-poo'ed a bit for their budget line for a few reasons. One is their lack of supplying more stringent/truthful specs but I think the recent power ratings for the Onkyo and Marantz lower end budget receivers shows that this is just not Pioneer when it comes to this price point. Another is the supposed lesser build quality. Once again, I'm not sure if this is valid since as someone else pointed out awhile ago in another thread, if you're going to sell a receiver for $400-500 then something has to give - there's no free lunch. I think what it boils down to is features plus a sound that one likes at a price one can afford. It's best to test it at home with your own speakers and in your own room to find out how it sounds. Everyone is different. I have a friend who has some nice KEF floor standers for fronts and a few years ago he went from an older Yamaha Pro Logic receiver to an Onkyo 575. He said he couldn't tell any difference whatsoever between 2 channel music played on either in the exact same setup. As others have said, your mileage may vary when it comes to these things.
    cheers,
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    How many of you who claimed that Pioneer D811S is not a decent receiver,at least not in the same rank as Onkyo sr600 , Yamaha HTR 5560 or Denon 1802, have actually used the D811S ? I hope this is not just an assumption based on the past reputation of certain product. I, for one, have actually compared d811s with Onkyo 600 and Denon 1802 in the store's listening room and have had the D811S for about a month now. My conlusion is that D811s is as good as the others in sound quality and maybe better featurewise (Denon 1802, no 6.1, Yamaha 5560, not discrete 6.1, Onyko 600, no pre-outs).All these three models are about fifty to a hundred bucks more expensive than d811s. However, I understand people have different taste and thisis just my opnion.
     

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