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Over the weekend, a friend of mine upgraded his home theater and gave me his old speakers. They are:

2 Sony SS-MF550H floor speakers
2 Sony SS-MB150H bookshelf speakers
1 Sony SS-CN550H center speaker

I don't know much about HT systems, but I would like to purchase an A/V receiver to be able to utilize this gift.

Here are the facts:
  • I do not wish to spend over $200
  • I plan to upgrade the system myself in a few years
  • I will be connecting a Dish receiver, Xbox 360, and Blu Ray (non-3D)
  • I don't plan to ever use 3D TV or Blu-Rays
  • I only plan to connect the floor speakers and center speaker at this time

The receivers I have been looking at so far have been:
  • Sony STR-DH510 ($170 new on Amazon)
  • Denon AVR590 ($135 refurb)

If someone could offer me suggestions on which receiver to purchase and why, I would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to suggest items I haven't mentioned. Thank you!
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Buy the Denon.

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Wow, I did not know you could get Denon that cheap.

"But this one goes up to 11"
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So I shouldn't be concerned that it is refurbished? They do offer the option of extended service plans (1 yr, 3 yr)
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So I shouldn't be concerned that it is refurbished? They do offer the option of extended service plans (1 yr, 3 yr)

I would be concerned. Even with a warranty, it's huge pain to send an AVR in for repair. You have to disconnect like 25 wires, pay to ship it to a factory, and then wait 2 months to get it back and hook everything up. Even then, there's probably a 10% chance they didn't fix the problem.

Seeing as how your speakers aren't exactly audiophile quality (no offense), you come across as just wanting something that works and sounds OK and don't want any headaches. I would go for the Sony. You probably won't notice much of a sound difference between the two.
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I paid about the same for a refurbed 589 about a year ago and it has worked just fine. I don't use it for HT - just for stereo TV radio and computer sounds. The Mult EQ is probably worth buying it for $50 more than the Sony IMO.

I've bought lots of refurbished products over the years - I currently have the Denon - one Harman Kardon 3390 in the bedroom two channel setup - and just bought an Onkyo 8255 for a garage stereo setup - its refurbished too. Many of the refurbished electronics are returns to big stores and not something that broke down and had to be replaced. In many cases it was the original buyer that couldn't figure out how to use it - or decided it didn't sound any better than what they were going to replace.

And for that price you could take two tries at getting a good one and still be ahead of the Sony. JMO of course - I could be wrong.

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Over the weekend, a friend of mine upgraded his home theater and gave me his old speakers. They are:

2 Sony SS-MF550H floor speakers
2 Sony SS-MB150H bookshelf speakers
1 Sony SS-CN550H center speaker

I don't know much about HT systems, but I would like to purchase an A/V receiver to be able to utilize this gift.

Here are the facts:
  • I do not wish to spend over $200
  • I plan to upgrade the system myself in a few years
  • I will be connecting a Dish receiver, Xbox 360, and Blu Ray (non-3D)
  • I don't plan to ever use 3D TV or Blu-Rays
  • I only plan to connect the floor speakers and center speaker at this time

The receivers I have been looking at so far have been:
  • Sony STR-DH510 ($170 new on Amazon)
  • Denon AVR590 ($135 refurb)

If someone could offer me suggestions on which receiver to purchase and why, I would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to suggest items I haven't mentioned. Thank you!

I would also look at:

Refurbed Onkyo's from Shoponkyo.com. Labor Day is right around the corner and they should have a sale of at least 10% off.

Refurbed Yamaha receivers from Newegg.

Open box units from a variety of online and B&M retailers, plus closeouts.

The Pioneer VSX-820 from Costco is at $198, plus you have Costco's extraordinary customer service and return policy.

There are a lot more options than just the two you mentioned, and I would say that most of them are better, IMHO.



BTW, where are you buying the Denon that cheap?
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