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Old 09-25-11, 10:53 PM   #1
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Best bang for the buck under $400?


Hello all, ive been browsing the site for a while but recently decided to sing up on forums here. Ive begun building my home theater in the past few weeks and im in the process of buying audio equipment. Im looking for a 5.1 AV Receiver at or under $400. Im looking for the money spent on the receiver to go more towards a model with less fancy features, and more power. (if i have to pick between the two)

Ive been looking at the Pioneer VSX821 and the Yamaha RXV371 or 471, but haven't be able to find many reviews on them. Im not against looking at other brands, but ive noticed that they offer less power in the same price point.

If anyone has any info on these or any other affordable receivers it will be greatly appreciated, thanks for the help.


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A bit over $400 but I recommend:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html


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In addition to the Marantz I will offer up this one as well Onkyo 707.


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Old 09-26-11, 01:05 PM   #4
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both of those are 7.1, does that matter or can i run 5.1 off of them?


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No you can run 5.1 as well without any issues.
This Onkyo 708 is also a great deal.


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Hello,
I would also seriously consider the TX-NR808 as AC4L is blowing it out for $499. That is an awesome deal as it retails for $1099. The TX-NR609 is also mighty tempting at $329, but it does not offer Preamp Outputs or Audyssey's much better MultEQ. (2EQ instead) However, the 609 did outstanding when Bench Tested by Home Theater Magazine in respect to power.
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what are the reasons i should go with these over the yamaha when it puts out 100W per channel and i only need a 5.1. im not questioning your selections, just simply curious. thanks for all the input so far.


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also, ac4l has a note on the 708 and 609 pages saying they are for sale exlclusivley to the US, this would be a problem if its true as i am in canada.


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Going with Onkyo simply gives you many more features than the Yamaha, not saying Yamaha makes a bad receiver but in that price range Onkyo just is a better fit.


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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
EV Sentry 500 monitors, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, Klipsch RC-52 Centre, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
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Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900


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what are the reasons i should go with these over the yamaha when it puts out 100W per channel and i only need a 5.1. im not questioning your selections, just simply curious. thanks for all the input so far.
I have not seen any measurements on the yamaha. One thing to note with less expensive receivers is that they might be able to do 100w into 8 ohms, but are unable to deliver the current necessary to drive the majority of speakers like you'd expect from a 100w amplifier. Now i'm not saying the yamaha isn't capable, just that i haven't seen the measurements.

I will say the marantz sr6004 i linked (whose MSRP was over $1000) not only delivers 135+w into 8 ohms, but much more importantly has been clocked at over 200w into 4 ohms, which IMO is more relavant as you'd be surprised how likely a speaker is to dip near 4 ohms in the lower midrange and upper bass, where power demands are high.

I expanded on how not all 100w amplifiers are the same, here:

http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...-together.html


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