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post #1 of 8 Old 10-06-2012, 05:54 AM - Thread Starter
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I built my home theater on a budget when I built my house 9 years ago. I have an Infocus 4805 and an Onkyo home theater in a box. They are both showing there age. Picture fading on the projector, the Onkyo sounds great still but neither of them have HDMI ports.

What's a good budget receiver for my theater?

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-06-2012, 08:25 AM
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Denon Marantz and Onkyo all have receivers in your budget - if you don't mind refurbished you can get something that would be well outside your budget if you bought new. If I were AVR shopping I'd consider Denon first. Onkyo and Marantz tie for second IMO.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-06-2012, 08:51 AM
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I suggest the new Denon AVR 1613. It sells for around $300.
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Look for low end models on clearance from last year ... eg. Denon 1612 or 1712.

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Last year clear-out at 50% or more off MSRP. The above listed, or might find an H/K 2600.
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Knucklehead, why do you say to put Denon above a Marantz? I always thought Marantz was renown for being some of the best AVR's you can get?
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I would have put Marantz over Denon in the past, but they are effectively the same now. Denon is usually at the lower price point - and this is a value thread, so it makes sense.

I've noticed this form loves Denon and to a lesser extent Onkyo - be that right or wrong.
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Yamaha V371BL, Yamaha V373, and Harman Kardon AVR 1565 all sell in that price range.

In that price range, I would certainly recommend Yamaha. A good combination of features, reliability, power, and affordability.

The Denon AVR 1613 is also very nice if you can find one in that price range...although I usually see them selling for about 400 bucks.

Overall, it's really hard to go wrong w/ any of those mentioned in this thread if you are spending 200-300.
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