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#294792 - 03/02/10 09:38 PM Sub $400 AV Receiver
bagman Offline
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Looking for a sub $400 receiver for my TV. I have four M3's, center, rear, and a sub. (6 speakers + sub) Can any of you recommend a good new, or, refurbished under $400 AV receiver?

Is this a good receiver and price?

http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ONKHTRC160

Thank you.


Edited by bagman (03/02/10 09:49 PM)

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#294795 - 03/02/10 09:42 PM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: bagman]
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You could get this refurbed Onkyo under your budget.


Edited by wid (03/02/10 09:43 PM)
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#294880 - 03/03/10 12:08 PM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: bagman]
Argon Offline
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I bought a Yamaha RX-V663 from JR a couple of years ago for under $400. I am sure that you could get the current model for a compable price. Even though some would consider this entry level, it wasn't quite the cheapest in Yamaha's lineup, it decodes all the latest and I would go deaf long before the sound would be distorted due to the volume knob.
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#294952 - 03/03/10 08:56 PM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: Argon]
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I don't think you can wrong with a Denon line up. Their 1909 is well rate, not sure of your connectivity reqirements.

http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers/denon-avr-1909/4505-6466_7-33043397.html
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#294960 - 03/03/10 11:57 PM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: FireGuy]
bagman Offline
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Thanks all. Can a 5.1 handle my six speakers plus a sub?

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#294961 - 03/03/10 11:59 PM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: bagman]
terzaghi Offline
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5.1 will only have channels for front left, front right, center, surround left, and surround right, plus a sub out.

Do you have more speakers than this?
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#294973 - 03/04/10 06:44 AM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: bagman]
GregLee Offline
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 Originally Posted By: bagman
Thanks all. Can a 5.1 handle my six speakers plus a sub?

The Pioneer 5.1 VSK-520 will be available in April for $229 MSRP. It will almost handle your speakers -- it would require an external amp for your 6th back speaker. I don't know about your wattage requirements. It has HDMI 1.4 inputs (sufficient for 3D TVs) and processes all current audio types from HDMI. It does not convert from video component signals to HDMI, however, nor from analog to digital audio.
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#294982 - 03/04/10 07:57 AM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: GregLee]
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unless it has a preout for the 6th channel for an external amp I don't think you could use it. If you are using a 6.1 setup you will need to buy a receiver that has 6.1 (or 7.1 more than likely) capability.
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#294992 - 03/04/10 10:07 AM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: terzaghi]
ClubNeon Offline
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The new Pioneer VSK-520, does have pre-outs which can be assigned for Zone 2, PLIIx Surround Back, or PLIIz Surround Height.


Edited by ClubNeon (03/04/10 10:09 AM)
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#295005 - 03/04/10 11:34 AM Re: Sub $400 AV Receiver [Re: terzaghi]
GregLee Offline
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 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
unless it has a preout for the 6th channel for an external amp I don't think you could use it.

It does have such a pre-out, as ClubNeon says. That's why I said that with an external amp it will handle that 6th speaker. There are two extra pre-outs which can be assigned in 4 ways for use with external amps: one surround back, two surround backs, one front height, two front heights.

This lowest price 520 does not have MCACC, Pioneer's auto-calibration system. The next model up, 820 for $299 MSRP, does have MCACC. I'm thinking of getting the 1020, myself, which is a 7.1 with MCACC and various other features, for $549 MSRP. I wouldn't like to be without MCACC.
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