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Looking for a new A/V Receiver

by whogg0521 / April 17, 2011 11:58 AM PDT

I'm looking to purchase a new A/V Receiver. I wanted one with more modern inputs/outputs (specifically several HDMI inputs/outputs). I currently have a Sony STR_V555ES Amp I bought 10 years ago that has been rock solid. However, it only has component output and I 'm looking to purchase a new LCD/LED/Plasma TV for our Home Theater room. I love the power and sound from the Sony, but when I purchased it then, it was about $1200. I'm hoping to NOT spend that again this time, but I want the same power levels (~120W at .05% THD). I was looking at some Yamahas and Denons, but wanted to get your thoughts. Thanks in advance for any input you can provide.

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look at these
by givemeaname / April 17, 2011 2:04 PM PDT

HK (Harman Kardon)
Yamaha ( I have 2 in the house)
Pioneer Elite

What speakers do you have? If you need to crank it to around 125watts you need to look at some better speakers or your hearing is going. I have a 125wt per channel reciever (yamaha) I never crank it past 25%, I have JBL speakers.

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by PistonCupChampion / April 17, 2011 2:48 PM PDT

I don't have any recommendations on specific receivers, but one thing I do know is that you shouldn't focus too much on RMS power ratings. It takes a LOT of power for a system to actually sound louder and cleaner, and a receiver with a lower continuous rating but a lot of dynamic headroom will work as well if not better than one with a high continuous rating but little headroom.

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by whogg0521 / April 18, 2011 7:10 AM PDT
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Thanks to both of your inputs. I have Polk Speakers and I rarely have to crank the amp at all. I have my sub turned down and I have built in subs in the towers too that i have turned down. I just like having the dynamic room to "take it up a notch" if I choose to do so. I received the same input about Yamaha, Denon, and Onkyo from Crutchfield, but I wanted to see what folks on here said since there wouldn't be any hidden agenda. I will say the recievers they recommended were in the $1300 range as well. If I want to have that much power "on-tap", I may not be able to avoid it.

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