Which receiver? I have narrowed to 3

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  1. Dan Ojennes

    Dan Ojennes Auditioning

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    I am looking to buy an A/V receiver and have
    narrowed my choices down to the following:
    - Pioneer VSX-D811S
    - Onkyo TX-SR600
    - Denon 1803

    They all seem pretty similar, but here are a
    few advantages that I see each having over the others:
    Pioneer - 100W/channel (vs. 80 on the others)
    - 7.1 channel input
    - Pre out on all channels
    - Separate connectors for 'B' speakers?
    Onkyo - Variable crossover for sub
    - Separate connectors for 'B' speakers
    Denon - Variable crossover for sub
    - Multi-zone support

    I would appreciate any input that anyone may have
    on these receivers (good or bad).

    Also,
    Does anyone have a picture of the back of the pioneer?
    I would like to see the connector layout and have
    not been able to find a graphic or picture.

    One more thing, I plan to get the Onkyo SKS-HT500
    speaker system, any thoughts on these speakers?

    Thanks for any input,
    Dan Ojennes
     
  2. Alf S

    Alf S Cinematographer

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    Dan,
    I can only speak for the Pioneer 811 ( a very popular receiver around here). It offers great performance, features, and upgradeabilty for the dollar.
    I've had mine for a few months and love it (it replaced my Outlaw 1050).
    As for pictures, http://www.crutchfield.com has the best close up pix.
    Good luck
    Alfer
     
  3. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    The Pioneer and Onkyo units also have 2 component video inputs that are HD rated. You need HD rated if you want to push progressive-scan or HD video through the receiver.

    (Think XBox and a Progressive Scan DVD player or a external HD receiver).

    The pre-out feature of the Pioneer is nice for adding external amps in the future.

    The Pioneer also has 2/3 coaxial/optical inputs. The Onkyo has 1/3.

    My vote would be for the Pioneer unit because of these 2 extra features.
     
  4. AllenA

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    Personally I would go with the Pioneer since from the descriptions and from what I've heard it is a great unit. However I'd also look into the Denon, I've always been a big fan of their products.
     
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    Angelo.M Producer

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    Among the three, the Pioneer probably has the best combination of features/connectivity/performance for the price.

    --AM
     
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    Jeff_Fitz Stunt Coordinator

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    Dan:
    It sounds like you and I are looking for about the same thing in a receiver. I am currently doing the 30-day trail thing on a Yamaha HTR-5560. I will be returning it on day 29 because I want DTS ES Discrete, DTS Neo:6, and a learning remote. I will probably be replacing it with the Pioneer 811s.
    I recently did an overview of the choices for entry-level 6.1 receivers. Check it out HERE.
    Also, you might want to check out the Home Theater Receiver Buyer's Guides at http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com.
    Hope that helps,
    Jeff
     

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