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Old 11-14-02, 02:46 PM
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Anyone know of a good inexpensive Theater Receiver?

I have an old kenwood that is dolby prologic. i am looking to upgrade soon. the kenwood was fine, no problems in 8 years! i have an infinity speaker set, except for the surrounds. the woofer is self powered 100watts.

any suggestions on some good inexpensive brands? ive heard that sony's are good, but they overpriced. jvc? pioneer? kenwood? haven't heard too much about these brands...im looking to spend about $200-$350.

thanks for the suggestions of what and where to look.
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Old 11-14-02, 02:57 PM
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Check out the sony str-945. It should be around $350 I think. Otherwise you can check out the JVC rx-6020vbk. It is about $200, and is a great receiveer for the money.
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Old 11-14-02, 03:20 PM
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I'd recommend you look at some of the lower models in the Onkyo or Denon lines. Personally, I've had my Onkyo receiver for about 2 years, and absolutely love it.

link to crutchfield receivers section: not necessarily the best prices, but good customer service, and they have a ton of info on their site:

http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...=4&s=0&g=10420

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According to two of the major reviewing magazines, that JVC model listed above, is a top notch receiver full of all the bells and whistles. Me, I prefer my Pioneer, but there are quite a few including the Onkyo that could work out great for you.
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Check Harman Audio - they have the H/K AVR 120 (refurb but you're buying directly from Harman Kardon) for $198.
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Old 11-14-02, 05:47 PM
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The Onkyo TX-SR500 is a pretty nice choice in that price range ($269 shipped).

Reasonable power (for the price), DD, DTS, DPLII, 6-chan analog input for SACD & DVD-A, S-vid switching, and 24/96 D/A.
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Old 11-14-02, 09:24 PM
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Another vote for the Onkyo SR-500. I own the 2000 version of that receiver and I love it. The sound and build quality are awesome for the price.
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Old 11-15-02, 04:17 AM
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anyone know anything of pioneer receivers?
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Old 11-15-02, 12:55 PM
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I have the Pioneer VSX-D811S, I got it for $305 shipped from a authorized dealer thru e-bay, it does 6.1 DTS-ES and DD EX. Its sounds good and has lots of features for the $. The remote is good, I had no problems programming it to work all my equipment. I'm not over keen on the flap over the front panel controls, but I guess thats just me. I think pretty much all the models that have been recomending are available at CC or BB, you should go check them out.
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Old 11-15-02, 01:20 PM
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I bought the Pioneer 509s about 9 months ago for under $300. It is a little underpowered, and I've had some trouble with the digital ins (but that's because I have a junky DVD player). Other than that I think it is great for a small home theater.
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