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Old 19th November 2006, 12:32 PM   #1
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You have now got your ultimate value for money HiFi system, but what AV Receiver are you guys using to attach to the Plasma/DVD/HDD/Blu-ray... to get the home theatre effect?

What do regard as good value?
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Old 19th November 2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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Any of the upper end of the Denon AVR series (4800 & above).
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Old 21st November 2006, 06:28 AM   #3
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Value for money? There's a relatively inexpensive Pioneer model VSX816K that has preamp outs, so you can hook it up to real power amps.
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Old 21st November 2006, 10:01 AM   #4
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Shame you are in the UK, our friends in the capitalist US of A can get a 700W Pioneer 7.1 receiver for the grand total of... wait for it.... $88

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http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/deals...-ar-216076.php

In-store pickup can be arranged to save on shipping the 20lbs monster.
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Old 23rd November 2006, 05:46 AM   #5
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The closest Pioneer to the VSX-816K I can find in the uk, is VSX-916-K at 239.98 in the UK from amazon.co.uk thats $457.86 USD!
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Old 23rd November 2006, 03:11 PM   #6
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I have a pioneer VSX-515 that I bought last year on black friday (day after thanksgiving) for $119.

It is really a very nice piece of equipment. I really can't see spending any more money on a HT receiver. It makes movies come alive and has every feature I would ever need except the ability to drive low impedance loads. Stick with 8 ohm speakers and you are golden.

Look at what you get for more money and ask yourself if you would ever use it. Video switching? Why would I want to do that? Why do I need multiple digital inputs when all I have with a digital out is a DVD player? Pre outs? C'mon, it is home theater, it is really just a toy. A well set up budget system sounds just as good, you just can't sound like an audio snob when you mention the brand names.

I use these with a set of bookshelves I designed and built. I bought two pairs of little $50/ pr Sony SS-MB150H speakers to use as surrounds and the matching center (they sounded relatively flat to me in the store and measurements show they have a reasonable tonal balance) and eventually I will mod them with a crossover that works better than the 1.5 uF on the tweeter and the free-run woofers....

Total cost - about $400. People spend more on those crappy home theater in a box units.

Friends find the main difference between mine and their systems is the lack of bass, and to me theirs sound like their subs are +6 to 10dB from where they should be. I find I don't need a sub, but one could be added easily.... I have an old set of speakers (F3~30Hz) I am actually using just as stands and an extra amp and could hook them to the sub out - but I live in an apartment and don't want the neighbors complaining
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I said "relatively" inexpensive; the 816 was around $400 Canadian, which is not chicken feed. But, it had more digital inputs than the other A/V receivers in its price class, and preamp outs. If I see that model on sale or as a demo I'll be very tempted.

I also looked at an SA-HE75, which as a demo was priced at $150 Canadian. 3 digital inputs, 3 S-video inputs, which is pretty good for a cheap receiver.
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My point is that HT is a toy and deserves no more money. If you want to spend money on audio, it is better spent on 2 channel. My 2 channel system is still frugal, but much less so.
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Any of the upper end of the Denon AVR series (4800 & above).
Forgot to add anything fron the Sunfire line (Cinema Grand, Theater Grand, etc.)
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