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post #1 of 12 Old 01-21-2001, 09:03 PM - Thread Starter
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OK, I am looking to upgrade my Dolby Pro Logic receiver for a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver. I am looking for something in the $500 price range. Right now I am thinking about the Sony STRDB940 Receiver. I can get it for $464.99 SHIPPED! and no tax! at Moreaudiovideo.com

Anyone have this model that can endorse it? or can anyone recommend another make/model in the $500 range with dolby digital and dts? Anything else I should be taking into consideration?

My system right now consists of a Toshiba 40" HD TW40x81 tv, a Toshiba SD-6200 Progressive Scan dvd player, and a Pioneer CLD D-604 Laser Disc Player ...

Thanks for the help!
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I think you'll find the consences is that the best $500 and below reciever is Onkyo's 575X. For a tad more you could get the Integra version of it the 5.1 which has a better warranty, looks way better, and has some better parts.

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Take a look at the NAD 761 (I think that's the number) Simple and to the point model built like a tank.



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The best price I found on that ONKYO was $422 shipped with tax ... only $40 less than my sony pick. The Sony has 100 watts per channel, the Onkyo has 70 watts per channel ... there are other advantages to the sony ...

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onkyo 575x. This is a great reciever for the price. I think for the price there is nothing out there. Right now I am recomending this to my father.


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Just to add, sony tends to stretch there wattage calculations. You will not see any difference in the onkyo and the sony. The onkyo is a better reciever. the previous model of the onkyo (575) won the budget reciever of the year last year, this is a great reciever.

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The Sony DA333ES receiver retails for $800, but i have seen close out prices in the $500 range. I paid $650 for mine 15 months ago at an audio specialty store.

I think you will find that it is an improvement over the non Es model that you are looking at.

I have to agree with the previous poster, in that sony is quoting high wpc and high distortion in their specs.

They do not do this with ES line however and i have been extremely happy with mine. Also i have heard that some people have bought this unit for $469.00 at onecall.com on a closeout. I was unable to verify that when i went to that site.
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Crow; make sure you check Best Buy. They carry the Yamaha HTR-5250 for $499. Its the same model as the RXV800. The specs are the same, they just label it differently for mass-merchants.
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What??? It's the same receiver, just a different model #?? are you sure?? Where can I check this info out? Can anyone else confirm? Good Guys has the RXV800 for $799+ tax ... best buy is selling this same receiver except it's labeled HTR-5250 for $499 ?? Sounds too good to be true ...

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Ok, I was over at audioreview.com and did discover that what you say is true ... sort of ... but actually the HTR5250 is the equivalent of RXV596 ... the HTR5280 is the equivalent of the RXV800 ... unfortunately when I did a search of the HTR5280 I discovered the cheapest price out there was $599. Not cheaper than the RXV800 that I saw elsewhere for $549



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My reccomendation would still be the Onkyo 575X which can be bought for $420 delivered (shipping included but no tax) for bestpriceaudiovideo.com. I have enjoyed Sony products for years, my last receiver was a non-digital Sony surround receiver I used for 10 years. I was pre-disposed to go with a Sony product, but the Onkyo blows away any Sony in the under-$600 range. The build quality is better, the features are better (especially the remote) and Onkyo understates specs instead of exaggerating as does Sony. The difference is every Sony except the extreme high-end models is constrained to less that full wpc by an inadequate power supply. The Onkyo has a massive transformer and caps, the power supply will allow all channels to be driven to full output all day long without overheating or distortion. You can hear the difference - the Onkyo has more audible headroom than any mid-range Sony and that makes it better for 5.1 theater sound. Don't take my word for it - audition the two with the same source and speakers.

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Might be worth checking into a B-Stock Outlaw 1050... I think they were selling them for $499. It's an excellent 6.1 receiver, without all the bells and whistles of the previously mentioned receivers. You can demo it for 30 days free.
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Thanks for the info guys ... after reading a lot or reviews/recommendations at audioreview.com, I have decided on the Yamaha RXV800. If found it for $550 + $32 shipping online. I'm going to continue to look and see if I can get it closer to $500 or maybe even buy a Almost New (used) one if I can find one in the classifieds.
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