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Old 12-24-02, 01:08 AM
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What receiver to buy-- approx $1000

I am looking at the Denon AvR 4802 and the HK 8000. Is there anything else I should consider? Does anyone have an opinion on these?
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Hey, add in the Marantz SR 9200 and 8200
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Old 12-24-02, 02:34 AM
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Denon 4802.

why? because i love my 2802 and loved my 3200.
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Old 12-24-02, 08:13 AM
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Denon 4802.

why? because i love my 2802 and loved my 3200.
I agree. I also have the 2802 and it is an excellant piece of equipment. The 48xx must be even better right? But if you ca affprc it I say go with the 5803 [drool/]
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Old 12-24-02, 11:50 AM
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yea, I wish I could afford the $3000 on a 5803, but I am a college student and have saved for a while to get the 4802.
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Old 12-24-02, 03:07 PM
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correct me if im wrong, but the 4802 is like $2300 right? the 3802 and 3803 are around the $1K mark...

however, they are all great receivers. that might be my next one when i upgrade. the step from the 3802 to 4802 isnt a huge one, unless you like multi-room/source stuff. but for a college student, you most likely wont use it. i would save the cash and go with the new 3803, its got everything that the old 4802 has, and its retail is $1200.
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ok, yea...i can get the 4802 for $1000 or less, another great thing about being a college student is that friends have jobs at electronics stores
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Old 12-24-02, 04:58 PM
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got ya. if you can get it for under $1K, go for it. but personally i would probably STILL get the 3803, save some cash, spend it on other things for the system. but either will be great.
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What speakers are you driving? What are you using it most for (ie. 60% HT, 40% music)? What's your room setup? What kind of sound do you like?
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I have Boston Acoustics VR-965 fronts, the big Boston Center, Audiophile rears (until I have cash to upgrade), I have the HK DVD5 5 disc pro-scan DVD, I am going with a 27" Wega and still shopping for a sub I like, since my boston fronts have subs...and I have a cheap sub left from my old system. I would say 80%+ is movies, 10-15% music are still MP3 quality, so it doesnt really matter
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Old 12-25-02, 10:24 PM
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a good thing about the Denon's is the five channel stereo feature. I like it for get togethers. the sound is very good in that mode although I am sure many audiophiles would disagree just because the stereo sound is being changed into five channel sound.
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Old 12-26-02, 08:48 AM
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Consider the Onkyo TX-NR900. The Ethernet ability looks really interesting.
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Go with the Sony DA4ES. Can't go wrong there. I currently have the DA5ES and the DA555ES. Both are running strong.
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I wouldnt buy a Sony without a gun to my head...sorry kobra
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I put my vote in for the Marantz, Denon, and throw in the Pioneer Elite.

Personally I work a lot with the Marantz's and they're great receivers. I own a Denon 3801 (for sale CHEAP), and love the flexibility and features, and I've seen many Pioneer Elites and still love the sound above the others (just not as feature full as the Denon or Marantz). The 8200/8300 (coming soon) comes with the worst remote ever though. I think the 7300 is more in the $1000 range, or a little below.

Any of those 3 will kick some ass.
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I wouldnt buy a Sony without a gun to my head...sorry kobra
I know a little off subject but what don't you like about the sony? I know everyone likes different things but I just like to know what others think also.

But as far as a Marantz or should I say Philips (they make them) you would be better going with a Denon.
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Old 12-26-02, 10:31 PM
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I have the AVR8000 and love it. When I upgrade, I'll probably stay in the family, something like that new Lexicon baby 12B coming sometime next year. Logic 7 sounds great, and I end up using it more than any other processing (ie. THX postprocessing, or straight DTS, DD, DTS-ES, etc). The level of realism it imparts to movies (ie. the DTS-ES LOTR or Gladiator), makes it a real treat for me. It is a bit over your $1000 mark though.

For music, I'd put it up there with the Marantz 9200, though definitely a step down from something like the Anthem AVM20.
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I wouldnt buy a Sony without a gun to my head...sorry kobra
Agreed

My first reciever was a Sony and it was my last Sony. My last 3 have been Onkyo.
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The ES series Sony should be differentiated from the rest of the Sony line. There is a huge difference. The ES line is very well respected, and the quality of the internals are much higher.
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I actually looked at the AVM 20, but when all was said and done, pre-amp/amp, even with my friends it was over $3800...too rich for my college blood.
Everything sony I have ever had, has broken within 1 month of the warranty dieing. I am sure this is not standard, but my luck with sony has convinced me never to buy another sony, except maybe the Wega--it lasted for 3 yrs.
Ok, I think I am sticking with my original thinking and trying to snag a 4802...thanks for all of the assistance.
Next post, will be subs between $400-800. Thanks
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Old 12-30-02, 11:26 AM
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Take a look into the Pioneer 45tx. I was looking in this same price range and this is the one I choose. It has all the latest formats but it also has an automatic adjustment (included microphone at listening position) that not only calibrates the system accurately, but can apply an eq to each individual speaker. It has three eq modes: 1) eq center and surrounds to match the fronts 2) eq all speakers to sound like a particular studio 3) user defined eq.

I'm no fan of Sony, but the 4ES made my short list of recievers. The Harman 8000 was very tempting for logic 7 on 5.1 sources and the fact that I've always loved Harman products that I owned. If you can get the Denon 4802 for a good price then go for it.

For your next post, www.hsuresearch.com and www.svsubwoofers.com are widely regarded as making the subs with the most bang for the buck (personally went with svs).
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I've got to chime in with a rec for the Denon 3803 here. This receiver is amazing for the price...I was looking at a 4802 and was told to wait for the 3803 and it was a good decision, since they are really quite similar.

Also, I recently listened to an Outlaw audio Receiver (model 1050 I think) and it was very very very surprising for a receiver that cost only $500 or less...
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Old 12-30-02, 03:05 PM
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dvds4u if you can get a Denon 4802 for $1,000 or less I would suggest that you buy as many as you can get your hands on...I would gladly take one.. That and you could make $500+ profit on flebay...

As an owner of the Denon 3803 all I can say is amazing!! What a fine piece of equipment!!
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Yea, cheddar...I know. Unfortunately it is through a used place near me and they get one in every 3 or so months...The next one should be this month, if previous patterns are any indication and its mine.
Thanks for all the help.
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