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What's the best AV receiver for $500 - $600.

by GeorgiaDon / December 4, 2008 5:15 AM PST

I'm putting together a home theater system and have the TV and speakers. I'm looking for a mid-priced AV receiver to drive the system. I also want to use the receiver for music via AM/FM (maybe satelite later). I plan to also buy a Blu-ray player and replacing an old CD player. What would you recommend?

Any thoughts on a refurbished unit?

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by jonnybones / December 4, 2008 7:52 AM PST

Onkyo TXSR-606. Unless you have some fancy pants speakers that should work great for you.

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too much missing info
by jostenmeat / December 4, 2008 9:38 AM PST

if for serious HT volumes, loud as you want, WHENEVER you want, the Onkyo 805 for the XT and Ultra amp section, + highend Burrbrown.

OR, if sharing neighbors' walls, sleeping kids, get one with Audyssey Dyn EQ + Dyn Volume. However, it seems anything with this is only coupled to Multi EQ, not XT version (which is AT LEAST 8x the rez).

Or, check out the Denon 2808, for the brand name and fear of onkyo reliability/CS, but not really needing the beefy amp section of the 805.

choices, choices, choices.

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Best AV receiver for $500 - $600.
by GeorgiaDon / December 6, 2008 3:22 AM PST
In reply to: too much missing info

All speakers are 8 ohm. I have two floor standing front speakers in 2 heavy wooden enclosures. Woofers and midrange speakers were originally designed for movie theaters (15 in woofers, 5 in midrage horns and tweeters. Not sure of wattage, but I think it ample for my use.
Rear spekers, also in floor standing wood cabinets include 15 in woofers, two separate midrange speakers and tweeters in each cabinet. Wattage on rear speakers is 100 watts.

I'm not to technical on this stuff so be kind to a neophite.
Appeciate your response.

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by jostenmeat / December 6, 2008 6:10 AM PST

because you did not list any specific feature that you want in your post, but do indeed have Movie Theater speakers...

I assume you will want serious wattage. On limited budget:

Buy a Yamaha 663.

Buy a 2ch pro amp. When money comes around again, and you feel you could actually use more power, buy another, run them in mono. There are affordable models from Behringer, Audiosource, Yamaha, and the like.

Use the receiver's power supply to power the other speakers. Simply hook up rca preouts to the outboard pro amp. Make sure to level match with an SPL meter if you want it to be balanced as possible.

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by hturner1949 / December 4, 2008 10:52 PM PST currently has the Onkyo 806 for $449 (Re-certified) which retails for a grand. Josten is right about missing info. What kind of speakers do you have? The 805/806 would be overkill without good speakers to compliment it.

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by bearvp / December 4, 2008 11:01 PM PST

Either the Onkyo TX-SR805 or the TX-SR806. The 805 is deemed better by most, but you wouldn't be disappointed with the 806 either. You might have trouble finding the 805 though since it is replaced by the 806.

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