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Old 11-20-2013, 07:34 PM - Thread Starter
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OR, do I also need to look at one of the Harmon Kardon stereo receivers too like a 3490?

I am trying to keep the price below $400... so I am looking at used and refurbs mostly.

Looking to put together a good sounding yet inexpensive bedroom stereo system by scavenging some of my old music system and pairing it with a new used stereo receiver. Assuming both receivers cost the same, which one will sound better?

Speakers include a pair of Mirage MBS-2 speakers in the bedroom and a pair of JBL N26AWII Outdoor Speakers used for the second zone.
Headphone Setup is an ASL MG HEAD-OTL(Tube Rolled)Amp with Sennheiser HD600 headphones.
Sources include: Rega Planar 25 TT w/ RB600 tonearm w/ Super Elys cartridge; an Oppo DV-981HD DVD Player and an Anthem CD-1 Tubed CD Changer.

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The Outlaw receiver features analog bass management and a USB DAC ($650). The 3490 also features an onboard DAC but has no bass management ($317 at Amazon). I believe the Denon 697CI also has a high pass filter ($250 at I would be inclined to go for the receiver with bass management. You can always add a cheap DAC later. Or, you could just get an AVR. An AVR includes DACs and bass management.

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+1 for the AVR solution. In that budget you can get a very nice AVR with total control of bass - and room correction too! But you won't need to spend that much. Sooner or later someone is going to get smart and offer a stereo receiver with room correction and bass control for $500 or so.

I'd shop at - but then I'm a cheap old SOB!

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Old 11-21-2013, 05:34 AM - Thread Starter
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Thanks to everyone for the help!

When you say AVR... are you talking about a Denon AVR-XXX?

What "AVR", new or used, can I get for under my $400 budget?

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AVR would apply to any brand to include Denon which offers a 5.1 or higher model. Check Accessories4less for refurbished models in your budget as well as Best Buy for last year's clearance models which would have full mfr warranty vice only 1 year with a refurb.

If you think your AVR is defective, refer to the Owner's manual and reset the microprocessor a few times in a row.
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