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Old 09-30-01, 10:18 PM
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Please help choosing a receiver

I'm going to finally upgrade from DPL, and was wanting opinions. I think I'm going to keep it between the following 3. The wife usually doesn't like it too loud, so volume isn't really that big a concern. I'm mainly interested in clean amplifiers. I'm choosing between the Onkyo 494, the Yamaha 5440, and the Kenwood vr-507. I want to keep it at the $300 price point, because the wife and I are expecting. Which of these would you suggest? Are there any others I should consider?
Old 09-30-01, 11:23 PM
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The Onkyo 494 is a great receiver. It has nice sound, good build quality and Pro Logic II. It can be found at jandr.com for $279, but if you work them a bit you can probably get it even cheaper.
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among those 3, i'd definitely go with the onkyo.
I would expect it to have the cleanest amplifier stage.
I have the 575-X and absolutely love it
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Yamaha will have superior performance for music, the Onkyo will be better for movies.

Of the 3 I'd probably go with the Onkyo - even if the Kenwood looks beter for the money the Onkyo is a better receiver
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Originally posted by DavePhipps
Yamaha will have superior performance for music, the Onkyo will be better for movies.
We thought the Onkyo sounds just fine for music. However, YMMV.

Here is someone who was considering the same receivers, he went with the Onkyo:

http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/006492.html
Old 10-01-01, 04:26 AM
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I have the Onkyo 494 Receiver and I must say it is a very nice receiver. I picked mine up on http://www.ubid.com/ for $144, refurbished. It's as good as new though and I saved myself about $150+ if I would have bought it new.

I suggest the Onkyo, but then again this is the only receiver I have ever had so I'm biased.
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Thanks guys. I was thinking of going with the Onkyo, but just wanted to make sure it was the best choice.
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Originally posted by wiz
I have the Onkyo 494 Receiver and I must say it is a very nice receiver. I picked mine up on http://www.ubid.com/ for $144, refurbished. It's as good as new though and I saved myself about $150+ if I would have bought it new.

I suggest the Onkyo, but then again this is the only receiver I have ever had so I'm biased.
wiz, I think you got the Onkyo 484. I picked up the same receiver from UBid (arrived on Sat). Great receiver, perhaps the best value ever! The 494 adds DPL II and S-Video switching.
Old 10-02-01, 05:44 AM
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484, 494, I get them all mixed up.

But yah, it is a great receiver for only $144. Can't beat it (my first one also).
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not to be a pain, but throwing in a monkey wrench: 6ave electronics has the Denon 2801 for 395 (online sale).. Awesome unit...
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Thanks for all your answers. I think I'm going to stick with Crutchfield because I have a gift certificate, and I have bought from them before and had a great experience.
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You can get a warrantied refurb Onkyo TXDS 575X at Sound City for $299.

http://www.soundcityoutlet.com/bin/p...product_id=304

Might be worth a look at the same price as the 494. More power, no DPLII.
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Guess I'm the only one to pick Yamaha over Onkyo. I compared the Yamaha 5460 to the Onkyo 595 and liked the Yamaha much better for Home Theater use. The Onkyo sounded too mellow for my tastes. Ultimately I chose a Denon AVR-3802 over both the Yamaha and Onkyo.
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I too would vote for the Yamaha. I had a similar decision to make earlier this year between a Onkyo, Denon and Yamaha. I ended up going with the Yamaha and am glad I did.

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