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Old Dec 12, 2004, 08:39 PM   #1
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I posted this in the gen hardware forum, but since I see there is a better forum for it now, I'm wondering, which is a good cheap AV receiver? I'm planning on getting one to hook up to the digital out from my Soundstorm (to get around the crappy DAC), and so I need a decent 5.1 surround receiver. Any suggestions? Thanx!

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Old Dec 12, 2004, 08:42 PM   #2
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Well, I have the Pioneer VSX-D912K. It's been discontinued, however. I got it for $300 at Circuit City. You may be able to find one left if you're lucky.
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I also have a older (1999)Pioneer receiver. Excellent unit.

Don't know if you got speakers yet, but imo they are the thing you should spend the most on. Don't get cheap junk. The only brand I can recommend is Klipsche (as that is all I've owned). They are only somewhere between 40-60 watts a peice with a passive subwoofer on the rear, but they rival bigger speakers and are plently loud for the average user.
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Old Dec 13, 2004, 01:46 AM   #4
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I picked up the Sony STR-DE897 for my bedroom HTPC setup cheap as there was a special at OneCall.com for 238.00. Pretty impressed for the money, powerful and fairly feature rich. Better than I expected. It can be had easily for under 300.00 (lists for 399.00) but I doubt there will be a price so low again until after Christmas.
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Kewl. I won't be buying one until after X-Mas sometime, so I'll see how prices are then. I was looking at some Harman Kardon receivers, as they seem to be high quality, but I've never had a receiver before so any input is well appreciated havn't checked out the Pioneers yet, but my car deck is a pioneer and I like it (except that it's built in amp produces a bit of hiss, though I bypass it and use my own amp). I was actually looking into getting a better soundcard, but this method is the better way, considering that the Soundstorm is awesome other than the DAC, which technically isn't even part of the APU itself. That and a good receiver will blow away any PC soundcard

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i have an HK AVR-225 its like 2 years old i got it used for $180 but if you can find the new model of it they are pretty good. Logic 7 sound works awesome when watching 2 channel audio TV and movies. Also for every input it saves your surround profile and individual speaker volumes very handy once you have it set up for TV, DVD, VCR, Computer you never have to fiddle with anything again. its like 55 or 65 watts per channel but dont let that fool you if you turn it all the way up its stuill very clear and just plain old too loud to watch a movie on. the volume gauge is from -80db to 0db on digital -80dm to + 10db on analog. when i watch a dvd its somewhere between 20-30 and its loud. Also tons of optical and coaxial inputs.
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Panasonic SA XR-50, absolutly the best you'll get in the entry level. If you can find an XR-25 on ebay they should be cheap. These Receivers are fully digital so there's no analog unil the sound hits the spaker wire. The cleanest, crispest sound you'l get for less than a grand.
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Panasonic SA XR-50, absolutly the best you'll get in the entry level. If you can find an XR-25 on ebay they should be cheap. These Receivers are fully digital so there's no analog unil the sound hits the spaker wire. The cleanest, crispest sound you'l get for less than a grand.
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My roommate has a Pioneer VSX400 or something like that, can't remember the exact model name. It's a low-end unit from a couple years ago, but it gets the job done very nicely. I've always liked Pioneer
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In terms of bang-for-your-buck, I think Onkyo is the way to go. I spent about half of this year trying to decide what home theater system to pair with my new Sony 32" WEGA HDTV and Sony DVD-player (since I was broke from buying such an expensive TV.) I read a ton of reviews. I ended up spending $400 for a refurbished Onkyo 6.1 receiver/speaker combo (Home Theater in a Box.) The receiver in that package is the HT-R520, it's 130W/Channel with a 10" 220W sub. Actual full-range wattage is probably more like 75W, but it's much louder than I would ever need, and the speakers, though large, sound very good for the money. It does Dolby Digital DTS-ES, 6.1 discrete/matrix modes. I watched Fellowship of The Ring this weekend and the 6.1 Discrete mode was truly truly truly kickass, with very precise surround sound placement. Pro-Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, DD-ES, Neo6, plus other speaker modes, with low THD and decent signal to noise ratio for a low price. It also has two HDTV capable component video inputs. I'm very pleased with it so far, especially after getting the speakers installed on appropriate stands/mounts.

Take a look at the TX-SR302 and the TX-SR502 (compare specs) at http://www.shoponkyo.com and see what you think. I went with a refubished system to save some cash, it still comes with a good warranty.
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I'm getting either Yamaha Rx450 or Rx550 tommorow, sounds pretty damn good, but havent decided wich one I want. 450-500$
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In terms of bang-for-your-buck, I think Onkyo is the way to go. I spent about half of this year trying to decide what home theater system to pair with my new Sony 32" WEGA HDTV and Sony DVD-player (since I was broke from buying such an expensive TV.) I read a ton of reviews. I ended up spending $400 for a refurbished Onkyo 6.1 receiver/speaker combo (Home Theater in a Box.) The receiver in that package is the HT-R520, it's 130W/Channel with a 10" 220W sub. Actual full-range wattage is probably more like 75W, but it's much louder than I would ever need, and the speakers, though large, sound very good for the money. It does Dolby Digital DTS-ES, 6.1 discrete/matrix modes. I watched Fellowship of The Ring this weekend and the 6.1 Discrete mode was truly truly truly kickass, with very precise surround sound placement. Pro-Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, DD-ES, Neo6, plus other speaker modes, with low THD and decent signal to noise ratio for a low price. It also has two HDTV capable component video inputs. I'm very pleased with it so far, especially after getting the speakers installed on appropriate stands/mounts.

Take a look at the TX-SR302 and the TX-SR502 (compare specs) at http://www.shoponkyo.com and see what you think. I went with a refubished system to save some cash, it still comes with a good warranty.
ditto that, I have a 770 and couldn't be happier.
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