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Old 02-26-2009, 02:50 PM   #1  
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There are alot of differing opinions as to which receiver is the best. I have been reading through the posts and decided I wanted to set up a thread where we could see some real comparisons made between models and brands. I am currently looking to buy a new receiver and hope this helps me and others make good decisions and get the receiver we really want.

So post your favorite low, middle, and high end receiver. And defend your choice. Please no member bashing its childish. thanks.

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low end, Meaning >500$? 500-1000?

The Onkyo SR-TX606 @ under $500.. 4 HDMI Inputs, decodes all the HD audio formats. I have one and it is decent for what it is.


Mid? What is considered mid? Denon offers several models in the 1k-3k$ range.

The thing about it is, you'll get 100 defferent answers from 100 different people. Some people love Onkyo, other hate it, some love Denon, others Yamaha, Marantz, Pioneer... etc.

What are you looking for, budget, features, etc?
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http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

Just look at the specs, you'll see why. A solid, rugged, reliable performer from a company that has been in the business for many years.
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Just look at the specs, you'll see why. A solid, rugged, reliable performer from a company that has been in the business for many years.

Very nice! I had looked at the specs. Great value!
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Maybe you should do some research and serious auditioning before relying on posters in a forum.
That's why people come to this forum for advise and help, boy
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Ok here are the ranges
low range < $500
mid range < $1000
High range > $1000

As for what I need just look at what I own. I need one that has mutilple HDMI, and sounds good for movies, CDs and upscales DVDs. With the way the current economy is going most people will not be able to afford high or mid range but I still want to know what your opinoin is. The more choices the better. Here is your chance to convince me that your choice is the best.

so far stew is onkyo, L2W is marrantz, and I guess Riz is Denon where is the pioneer, yamaha, sony, and others fans.
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Just look at the specs, you'll see why. A solid, rugged, reliable performer from a company that has been in the business for many years.
This is a great deal for a Super AVR, you won't be disappointed and Marantz equipment lives on forever and this is a fantastic price for this unit.
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Ok here are the ranges
low range < $500
mid range < $1000
High range > $1000

As for what I need just look at what I own. I need one that has mutilple HDMI, and sounds good for movies, CDs and upscales DVDs. With the way the current economy is going most people will not be able to afford high or mid range but I still want to know what your opinoin is. The more choices the better. Here is your chance to convince me that your choice is the best.

so far stew is onkyo, L2W is marrantz, and I guess Riz is Denon where is the pioneer, yamaha, sony, and others fans.
I only added the Onkyo for the low end... My choice would be Denon, Marantz and Yamaha. I have the Denon 4806CI in my home theater. It is very much in your high range for price clocking in at the 4K price range MSRP.

The Marantz 6003 model sure looks like a winner but would not rule out the Denon's or Yammy's in that same price range (around 1,000 to 1,500).
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Dude I checked out your Denon. That thing is crazy!!!! Very nice. so in your opinion Marz over Denon and Yam for mid if I can swing it? Also are these good for Ipods?
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Dude I checked out your Denon. That thing is crazy!!!! Very nice. so in your opinion Marz over Denon and Yam for mid if I can swing it? Also are these good for Ipods?
I picked up that AVR with some bonus money I received. It's a beast!

Any receiver is good for iPod since you basically only use compisite connections (stereo) for them.. just don't expect high quality audio from MP3's.

I would say that Marantz, Denon and Yammy are very comparable if looking at the same features, power and specs. It gets down to what you like... samilar to brands of car, oil.. PCs..etc. They will all do the same thing... you just pay more for higher quality. Most all of these in this class have nice video upconversion chips in them for your DVD playback.
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Ok here are the ranges
low range < $500
mid range < $1000
High range > $1000

As for what I need just look at what I own. I need one that has mutilple HDMI, and sounds good for movies, CDs and upscales DVDs. With the way the current economy is going most people will not be able to afford high or mid range but I still want to know what your opinoin is. The more choices the better. Here is your chance to convince me that your choice is the best.

so far stew is onkyo, L2W is marrantz, and I guess Riz is Denon where is the pioneer, yamaha, sony, and others fans.
I would immediately eliminate Sony's (over priced for options offered) would consider Pioneer "ELITE" line only, and I'm completely unfamiliar with Yamaha AVR although I never heard anything negative about them.(so if I can't say anything good I won't say anything).
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I would immediately eliminate Sony's (over priced for options offered) would consider Pioneer "ELITE" line only, and I'm completely unfamiliar with Yamaha AVR although I never heard anything negative about them.(so if I can't say anything good I won't say anything).
I used to have a Yammy pro-logic AVR back before DD 5.1 came out. It was an absolute sweetheart. Yamaha has done a lot of sound field engineering research and they know their stuff. I would not hesitate to recommend a Yamaha.

I have never owned Marantz but had freinds with them growing up... always sounded fantastic. I will leave the reveiw for Marantz to L2W.
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I used to have a Yammy pro-logic AVR back before DD 5.1 came out. It was an absolute sweetheart. Yamaha has done a lot of sound field engineering research and they know their stuff. I would not hesitate to recommend a Yamaha.

I have never owned Marantz but had freinds with them growing up... always sounded fantastic. I will leave the reveiw for Marantz to L2W.
I've owned a few Marantz pieces but before AVR, they were strictly Audio reproduction back in the 70's and they've kept up their products over the years.
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I picked up that AVR with some bonus money I received. It's a beast!

Any receiver is good for iPod since you basically only use compisite connections (stereo) for them.. just don't expect high quality audio from MP3's.

I would say that Marantz, Denon and Yammy are very comparable if looking at the same features, power and specs. It gets down to what you like... samilar to brands of car, oil.. PCs..etc. They will all do the same thing... you just pay more for higher quality. Most all of these in this class have nice video upconversion chips in them for your DVD playback.
I agree with this. I have not owned a Marantz, but it is owned by the same D&M Holding company as Denon so there are likely mostly cosmetic differences and some slight (read improved/better features) on the Marantz which generally cost s a little more than the comparable Denon model.

I have owned both the Yamaha & Denon receivers in similar models and they are mostly equal IMO, with some things easier to use/do with the Yamaha and some with the Denon.

I am not a big fan of the Onkyo HT receivers but own a stereo receiver in the game room mated to B&W speakers. I will say that feature wise, Onkyo is the bang for the buck champ, but I do not like the sound much on the HT receiver models myself.
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As far a yamaha I was looking at spec and I notice alot of them are pass through HDMI. With HDMI doing both audio and visual why are their companies still wanting this feature. Are there any receivers that process both fully? The Yamahas have some great features but pass through is not what I want.
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