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Old 05-01-01, 12:14 PM
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I found the HK AVR 7000 for around $930. Any advice on any other receivers I should be looking at?


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Marantz SR-7000 or SR-8000 would be good ones to look at.
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I think you are going to set up some camps for a few different manufacturers here with this thread. I think all suggestions will be correct. I feel that the Denon 3300 is a pretty darn good AV receiver for less than a grand. You can probably find these for about $899.00. The replacement model is the 3801 which can do dts ES and has a few more dsp fields in it. Unfortunately it lists for $1195.
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i don't think there is such a thing as a best product at any price point--there are just to many intangible factors. having said that, two that i would recommend are:

NAD T751: $750. Awarded Editor Choice Award in best budget receiver category by The Perfect Vision.

Outlaw Audio 1050: $600.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by audrey
[B]i don't think there is such a thing as a best product at any price point--there are just to many intangible factors.

Sorry my bad. I didn't ask the question right. Any advice on what equiptment to look at would be appreciated.

Ken
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I would suggest going to your local hi-fi dealer (skip the chains..best buy, circuit city), and demo the various units first hand. Only by seeing the receiver in person and fidling around with it will you get a good feel if it is a fit for you. Around 1000 dollars most of the receivers will have very similiar functions...the main determining factor may be an extra DSP, crossover function, or the ergonomics. This is why first hand interaction can play a big role.

J
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I think you would be happy with any name brand receiver in that price range. The SOny ES models are being closed out so you could pick up the 555 for under $1000 and the 444 $700 or lower.

Others to consider would be Harman Kardon, Denon, Pioneer Elite, Onkyo .....

Find the one that most meets your current and future needs, and which one you are most comfortable with - such as is the remote user friendly, etc...
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Here's my 2 suggestions.

Pioneer Elite VSX-35 ($675 - Retail $1100)
Denon 3801 ($850 - retail $1200)

I personally own the Pioneer and it is incredible. Home theater magazine agrees with me, they love Pioneer Elite gear. Easily the best price/performance in home theater.

Check out http://www.dealtime.com for the best prices. We paid $675, which was awesome at the time. Also goes perfectly with the Pioneer DV-37, probably the best progressive scan DVD player on the market for less than $2000 ($625). Soon we'll have the 10HT up and get a true taste of what this system is capable of.

Good luck
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Check out this months Sound and Vision review of the Denon
3801, i got it around xmas and it's an awesome receiver. Almost every review it's gotten loves it!
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Good tip on the dealtime search. They have the 3801 for as low as $770
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I compared many of the receivers (Marantz, Denon) listed above and chose the Outlaw 1050 for $600. It's an awesome receiver for the money, and I have no doubt I made the right choice. The catch is you have to buy it without demoing it, because they don't use dealers (you have to buy direct on their website http://www.outlawaudio.com). While that requires a leap of faith, the good news is you don't pay a dealer markup either.

Read some reviews on it, and call them if you have questions. Their phone and email support has been outstanding for me.




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TexasGuy, what is their return policy--is it home-demo friendly?
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It doesn't appear the Outlaw has component video hookups. Might be a factor in the decision making process.
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Originally posted by jeffles37
TexasGuy, what is their return policy--is it home-demo friendly?
They have a 30 days "no hassle" return policy. However, I believe you would be out the shipping cost if you returned it (I'm not certain on this, because it never came up for me). That's a factor, because this receiver is big and HEAVY. It cost about 50 bucks to ship it to me. However, they also used DHL 2 day, and didn't offer regular ground to me. You may be able to work something out with them if that is a problem. They are pretty sensitive to the fact people are nervous about buying sight unseen. I can't help beyond that because I never asked them. There are some reviews at audioreview.com that talk about returns.

Originally posted by Nefarious
It doesn't appear the Outlaw has component video hookups. Might be a factor in the decision making process.
It has 4 composite video hookups and 4 S-Video hookups.



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For $70 more the 3801 does have 2 component hookups.
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Originally posted by jeffles37
For $70 more the 3801 does have 2 component hookups.
Don't you mean $170 more?
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perhaps someone w/ a 3801 can clarify if it passes the receiver menus thru the component output. the 5700 will not display the menus via the component video out so unless you have multiple component sources, there's no reason to use the component switching in that receiver.
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Would somebody mind explaining optical outputs? How important are they? What is an appropriate number of them on a receiver?

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