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Old 01-22-2008, 08:17 AM   #1  
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Hey guys I know I'm a NEWB but I've had a SONY DA777ES for years payed good money for it and it has performed great at the time is was considered one the best, even up there with the exotics. So here I am ready to buy a new receiver that will switch HDMI, decode the latest audio etc. and there is no talk about Sony(that I can find) went to the website and they still make the ES series. So the question is should I go with what all the buzz is about ie. ONKYO, DENNON or is SONY still a consideration? Ass you can tell Im a SONY fanboy.
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Hey guys I know I'm a NEWB but I've had a SONY DA777ES for years payed good money for it and it has performed great at the time is was considered one the best, even up there with the exotics. So here I am ready to buy a new receiver that will switch HDMI, decode the latest audio etc. and there is no talk about Sony(that I can find) went to the website and they still make the ES series. So the question is should I go with what all the buzz is about ie. ONKYO, DENNON or is SONY still a consideration? Ass you can tell Im a SONY fanboy.
I'm not a Sony fanboy but, personally, I would choose Sony over the other two. I've had trouble with Onkyo, not only in terms of poor design and performance but in warranty issues as well. It's a personal thing. Denon was one of the great manufacturers years ago. Since they were purchased by Marantz both they and Marantz have gone downhill to some degree. The new Denon equipment seems to have more quality issues that many other brands. Not a personal thing, just an observation.

Nothing wrong with the Sony equipment that I can see. Some people don't like Sony as a company but I don't hear much specific about the equipment. People's attitudes about the equipment are often clouded with their disrepect for the company. I have no disrespect for the company myself. I do own a Sony BD player that is well built and utterly reliable.
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only ES receiver line worth anything from SONY, everything else is garbage, i have two SONY receivers went bad immediately after warranty.
Denon, Yamaha and Onkyo is way to go, these A/V receivers low end line are very good too.
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Yamaha's new receivers are pretty nice. My brother has the 1800 and has had no complaints. You can't beat the price on the Onkyo 805.
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Onkyo is king at the moment. You just can't find a better value for the money and they have all of the bells and whistles included.
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Hate to sound harsh, but the reproduction of high fidelity sound is not a Sony strength. If sound is a serious criterion for you, Onkyo will serve you better. If on the other hand, you just want some noise to accompany the video experience, choose Sony. There can be significant differences in audio reproduction from one manufacturer to the other. If possible, audition the equipment before you buy or look for a merchant with a generous return policy.
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I guess I am going to be in the minority here, but I couldn't be happier with my Sony STR-DG810. I think it sounds fantastic and I feel I got a lot of bang for the buck. $269 from Amazon. I've gotten quite a few compliments on it.

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I will second the idea of buying from a vendor with a good return/exchange policy if you want to try the Sony. I tried a STR-710 & hated the sound & had hdmi connectivity issues. I traded it in for an Onkyo SR 605 & couldn't be happier.
The Perfect Vision Home Theatre Buyers guide 12/07 has some good reviews of mid/upper range Yamaha & Onkyo receivers.
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Hate to sound harsh, but the reproduction of high fidelity sound is not a Sony strength. If sound is a serious criterion for you, Onkyo will serve you better. If on the other hand, you just want some noise to accompany the video experience, choose Sony. There can be significant differences in audio reproduction from one manufacturer to the other. If possible, audition the equipment before you buy or look for a merchant with a generous return policy.
There is nothing wrong with the ES line from Sony which to OP mentions. What is your experience with poor Sony performance of the better models, excluding $199 models? I would go with Onkyo for the value though.
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Denon was one of the great manufacturers years ago. Since they were purchased by Marantz both they and Marantz have gone downhill to some degree. The new Denon equipment seems to have more quality issues that many other brands. Not a personal thing, just an observation.
Do you have any data to verify that wild claim?
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Do you have any data to verify that wild claim?
Wild? That's pretty rude. A dealer friend dropped the Marantz line because of an unacceptably high failure rate. He said the Denon products were going through the same thing. This resulted from the new owners cheapening the products. Do you have data to prove me or my friend wrong?
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Answer a valid question with a question, you must be watching too many politicians. Data is the proof for such claims. So I was asking for the proof, not saying anything one way or the other just asking for verification. I'm sure Denon and Marantz (D&M Holdings) would like to know if their products have such a bad name.
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Answer a valid question with a question, you must be watching too many politicians. Data is the proof for such claims. So I was asking for the proof, not saying anything one way or the other just asking for verification. I'm sure Denon and Marantz (D&M Holdings) would like to know if their products have such a bad name.
Then perhaps you should share the information with them. Personally, I don't care.
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Deadhead, if you are happy with it, that is all that really matters. However, I feel constrained to reiterate that audiophile quality (or anything close), Sony is not. The ES models are much better, but even those do not seriously compete with upper echelon receivers from Denon and a few from Onkyo. If one is only interested in low to mid fi reproduction, Sony is the ticket. But once you audition a mid line model of Onkyo, Marantz or Denon the difference will be obvious. You don't have to take my word. Read the reviews and more importantly, listen to some receivers. Onkyo probably represents the best value on the market at this time.
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There is nothing wrong with the ES line from Sony which to OP mentions. What is your experience with poor Sony performance of the better models, excluding $199 models? I would go with Onkyo for the value though.
My experience is simple. I have auditioned every Sony AV model over the last 3 years. Not once have I come away with the opinion that they outperform or even match comparable equipment from Denon, Onkyo or Marantz. The lower echelon receivers from those latter companies will run circles around mid-line Sony models. But I am a critical listener with a music background. This is not to suggest that many purchasers will not be perfectly happy with their Sonys. However, there can be major differences between receivers, whether you choose to believe it or not.
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