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clay_w

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I have found the TXSR502 refurb for $170, would that be a decent upgrade over my current receiver, which came in the Onkyo HT-R500 package (I believe the receiver is a TXSR500)?

I realize that the SR502 has more features but will the sound quality be any better?
 

John Garcia

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Probably a very minor improvement, but not really a worthwhile one (though the price is good). I'd either save and go at least up to a 60x or 70x for a noticable upgarade, depending on your speakers.
 

Rob Kramer

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Some reports have the 502 sounding better than the 601, even though the 601 has better DACs for the front channels. I would say that it is a "toss-up" given the speakers that you have.

The 602 would be noticably better than either of the two, due the the 602's room EQ corrections, which *can* make a big difference. But again, your speakers may be the limiting factor.
 

clay_w

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I have the Polk RM6005 speakers (which being sort of a newbie, I am pretty happy with). Considering my tiny upgrade budget $250-$350 I am considering getting the SR502 and another speaker (I currently only have 5.1).

Question is, if I wanted to use my current Polk center as the rear center, could I get a better center for around $70-$80 dollars?
 

clay_w

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Well, I guess that I'll be able to answer my own question...

I picked up a floor model 601 at ABC Warehouse with a 2 year warrenty for $300 today.
 

Adil M

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Clay,
I think you made the right choice based on the specs. Unless the 502 has some superdacs and better implemented ones the amp section in the 601 should give it a very small advantage, but nowhere near significant on speakers of the 6005's size. Make sure your crossover is all the way up to 120 or 200.
 

clay_w

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I can say that I am really happy with the upgrade. It does indeed make a nice difference (and I have not played with all of the settings yet...)
 

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