I'm about to purchase two front Pioneer floor standing speakers and the pioneer front channel. I figure since I'm not even doing a full surround sound setup getting an expensive receiver is of no real value to me.
My main concern is that the receiver does a decent job for what I'm asking and doesn't break after a few years (overheating issue?).
I understand the "not wasting" since they are more quality parts but I'm unable to push it any further since I was given a 2k budget for TV + sound and I don't want to waste too much on receiver when I still need TV and stand.
How about a refurbished Denon 1610?
You could go even cheaper with a 589 -- or 590 if you can push the budget a bit. All of these have Audyssey MultEQ which will help a lot in getting the best out of your speakers.
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Do you plan on buying a 3D TV, otherwise there's no need to buy an HDMI 1.4 AVR? The above Denon AVR does not include the ARC feature nor will it allow you to pass an HDMI source through while it's in Standby (ie when wanting to use the TV's speakers only). It also doesn't include the Audyssey speaker calibration system. For not much more you can upgrade to the 1611 which include all of the above. Give Denon authorized vendor Electronics Expo a call for their best price (as they list MSRP on their website).
I've always been scared of buying refurbished products but I see a lot of guys recommend it in the threads. Is this something that people don't worry about with these manufacturers?
Also another question: I'm trying to understand speaker impedance; the speakers operate at 6ohms and the receiver is (6-ohms @1kHz, 75-Watts x 5 @ 8-ohms, 20 - 20kHz). I read that if the speaker impedance is lower than the amplifier impedance, the amplifier will tend to overheat and more power is used up in the amplifier than is delivered to the speaker. Is this just a setting I can change to make it function correctly on the 6ohms?
Refurbished Denon AVRs come straight from Denon. Dakmart extends the normal 90 day Denon warranty to a full 1 year and would be a better choice over eCost. Although in some cases you can get a brand new unit for a very similar price from Electronics Expo.