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I'm a college student on a fairly tight budget due to the fact that I just bought an Optoma HD65, and I'm looking to pick up a receiver in the 300 range ($250 would be even better). I don't have a problem with going used at all, as in my experience it usually offers better value for the money. While I've managed to search and find the usual values new around $300 (Onkyo 606 for example), I have no idea what I should look at used.

I will be using it to output HDMI to an Optoma HD65 projector. It will be powering Dantax Vision Two Rear speakers (the smaller surrounds) as my mains for now.

http://www.dantaxint.com/vision_index.html


I don't care at all about 7.1, but I do need it to do a decent job powering my fronts. Also, it must have at least 2 HDMI inputs and ideally (not sure if it's happening in this price range) it would upconvert standard DVD's to 720P.

Am I dreaming asking for those features in my price range? What used models can I find on audiogon that would serve my needs?

Thanks in advance!
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I'm a college student on a fairly tight budget due to the fact that I just bought an Optoma HD65, and I'm looking to pick up a receiver in the 300 range ($250 would be even better). I don't have a problem with going used at all, as in my experience it usually offers better value for the money. While I've managed to search and find the usual values new around $300 (Onkyo 606 for example), I have no idea what I should look at used.

I will be using it to output HDMI to an Optoma HD65 projector. It will be powering Dantax Vision Two Rear speakers (the smaller surrounds) as my mains for now.

http://www.dantaxint.com/vision_index.html


I don't care at all about 7.1, but I do need it to do a decent job powering my fronts. Also, it must have at least 2 HDMI inputs and ideally (not sure if it's happening in this price range) it would upconvert standard DVD's to 720P.

Am I dreaming asking for those features in my price range? What used models can I find on audiogon that would serve my needs?

Thanks in advance!

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...urround/1.html
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nice choice phantom...

good piece and within the budget...

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I highly recommend the fully warranted (2 years) refurb receivers sold direct by Harman Kardon. Get them at harmanaudio.com (specials) or the H/K eBay store.

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How does that Marantz compare to the Onkyo in quality?

Thanks for the help.

EDIT: It is worth eating Ramen Noodles for a couple weeks and getting this?

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...urround/1.html
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How does that Marantz compare to the Onkyo in quality?

Thanks for the help.

EDIT: It is worth eating Ramen Noodles for a couple weeks and getting this?

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...urround/1.html

The refurb 5002 is maybe the best deal there. The 3 hdmi inputs are a plus over the 2 of the 6001.

There's NOTHING worth 2 weeks of Ramen noodles. Might as well just get the free salt packets at Micky D's...
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harman kardon is a pretty good option
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I second the 5002 there. Quality receiver and great bang for the buck!
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Okay, I need to order this within the next two hours for it to get here on time.

It's down to the SR4003, SR5002 and the SR6001. I like the looks on the SR4003 the best, and I like the fact that it's newer. I don't believe there will be much sonic difference between the SR4003 and SR5002 - they weigh the same basically.

As far as the SR5002 and SR4003 vs. SR6001, I am really confused. Here is the thing - I NEED the ability to take composite video and upscale to HDMI. Can the SR5002 or SR4003 do this or am I stuck with the SR6001?

Argh, this is painful.
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Okay, I need to order this within the next two hours for it to get here on time.

It's down to the SR4003, SR5002 and the SR6001. I like the looks on the SR4003 the best, and I like the fact that it's newer. I don't believe there will be much sonic difference between the SR4003 and SR5002 - they weigh the same basically.

As far as the SR5002 and SR4003 vs. SR6001, I am really confused. Here is the thing - I NEED the ability to take composite video and upscale to HDMI. Can the SR5002 or SR4003 do this or am I stuck with the SR6001?

Argh, this is painful.

The 6001 is the only one that does the scaling feature over HDMI. And it is for 480i to 480p only. The other two do upscaling from composite to component. Why do you need this ability? What display are you using? Also, if you feel you need this ability go back to accessories4less and have a look at the refurb Onkyo's. As for the scaling capabilities you would want that in the source and not in the receiver so much. You are integrating a lot of scaling features that you really don't want or need . Keep this feature set to a minimum for better results. So really it comes down to which of the three you like the most, or if the Onkyo's you look into will fit your budget. Good luck.
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The 6001 is the only one that does the scaling feature over HDMI. And it is for 480i to 480p only. The other two do upscaling from composite to component. Why do you need this ability? What display are you using? Also, if you feel you need this ability go back to accessories4less and have a look at the refurb Onkyo's. As for the scaling capabilities you would want that in the source and not in the receiver so much. You are integrating a lot of scaling features that you really don't want or need . Keep this feature set to a minimum for better results. So really it comes down to which of the three you like the most, or if the Onkyo's you look into will fit your budget. Good luck.

I'm using a sony DVP-S300 dvd player until I can afford a blu-ray player (maybe a month or two). All it has is composite output. I'm using the Optoma HD65 on a 110in screen.
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I'm using a sony DVP-S300 dvd player until I can afford a blu-ray player (maybe a month or two). All it has is composite output. I'm using the Optoma HD65 on a 110in screen.

Then I would choose the AVR you like the best, that has all the connections you want and need. This is of course depending on your BD player also. If you buy one that has analog out also, you need to choose your AVR that has the 7.1 analog inputs also if you decide to connect that way. I'm not sure but I beleive all of your choices have these connections.
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One other option that I just thought of was just to go with the SR4003 and use my laptop (very fast 2.53ghz C2D with 8gb of ram) hooked up via VGA to the projector to upscale and watch standard DVD's. I only have 2.1 speakers anyway so I could just output the audio from my soundcard to receiver.

I think, anyway...

That would buy me time to save up and get a really great bluray.
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I'm using a sony DVP-S300 dvd player until I can afford a blu-ray player (maybe a month or two). All it has is composite output. I'm using the Optoma HD65 on a 110in screen.

You should at least use S-video instead of composite.
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