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#144038 - 07/24/06 09:33 AM Reciever Advice
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I am down to deciding on my last piece of equipment to complete my home theater. I have been looking on recievers, but don't really trust my local stores to give honest advice on their products.

I think I have narrowed it down to 4 recievers based on internet reviews:
1) Denon 2106 @ $895 +tax
2) Yamaha rxv-659 @ $659 +tax
3) Yamaha rxv-1600 @ ~$1100 + tax
4) Pioneer VSX-72TXV @ ~$1100 + tax

I am really leaning toward the RXV-659 based only on price. All I am looking for in a reciever is decent setup controls (ie cross over and levels), video upconversion to component (not High def, just 480P), and enough power to run M60, VP150, and QS8's.

The denon and the RXV659 have very similar specs, but the denon is much more expensive. The bigger Yamaha and the Pioneer have more features, but I don't think I would ever use them. I don't have anything HDMI, no iPod, no multi zone, etc.

Would I be doing myself a disservice to buy the small yamaha RXV659?

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#144039 - 07/24/06 10:04 AM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: bflat]
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I think the speakers you have selected will be easily driven by any of those AVR's. If you look around, you can usualy get the Denon's cheaper than MSRP. When I bought my 2805 it listed for $900, but I waited until American Electronics had a weekend employee cost sale. I picked it up for around $740.
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#144040 - 07/24/06 10:10 AM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: bflat]
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#144041 - 07/24/06 10:42 AM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: Ajax]
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Those are canadian prices as I am in canada. Most online retailers do not sell to canada, and when they do, we usually lose the manufactures warantee since they are not authorized canadian resellers. We get screwed and pay more for electronics here in Canada, except for Axiom speakers. Anyway, prices are below MSRP already. For example the Denon MSRP is $1010.

It is good to hear that I won't be needing/wanting more wattage to run my speakers. Personally I believe that a properly designed amp (ie. most) sound nearly identical. So I am just shopping for features, of which I don't need many.

bflat


Edited by bflat (07/24/06 10:45 AM)

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#144042 - 07/24/06 11:52 AM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: bflat]
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bflat,

The only reservation I have is that most Yamahas except the 4600 will not drive 4-ohm loads, which may not concern you if you don't ever expect to get 4-ohm speakers.

All the Denons and the recent Pioneer 815, 1015 series will drive 4-ohm loads.
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#144043 - 07/24/06 12:46 PM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: alan]
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That is very good to hear, the lack of reservations that is.
As I mentioned, I am planning on buying the epic 60-500 system, so I should be clear from 4 Ohm loads. If I ever do upgrade the speakers to something 4 Ohm, I won't feel as bad at replacing a $600 reciever than a $1200.

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#144044 - 07/24/06 12:47 PM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: bflat]
Jordan Offline
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Quote:

We get screwed and pay more for electronics here in Canada, except for Axiom speakers.




Example:

A pair of M60's:
$1120 Canadian
$960 American (at today's exchange rate: $1096 Canadian)

Verdict, it's $48 cheaper for an American to buy the M60s than for a Canadian. Therefore, we get fleeced all around.

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#144045 - 07/24/06 02:39 PM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: bflat]
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Those are canadian prices as I am in canada.



Apologies for wasting your time.
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#144046 - 07/24/06 03:13 PM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: Ajax]
bflat Offline
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Quote:

Quote:

Those are canadian prices as I am in canada.



Apologies for wasting your time.




No problem, I am just a little bitter about paying more than you americans for the same thing. We often get less selection too...

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#144047 - 07/24/06 03:22 PM Re: Reciever Advice [Re: bflat]
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Yeah, but there are other things that are legal to do in Canada, we can't do unless we want to get arrested.
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