Originally Posted by imblind
I did not mean cheap as in crappy. I meant cheap as in low priced, such as buying a used onkyo 507 or 606 for $200.
I thought you meant low-price for new....which pretty much equals crappy. Any new receiver priced below say $249 I would consider cheap.
I have limited experience with Onkyo AVR's. What I found out however was that Onkyo tends to have more bells and whistles while Denon tends to have better build quality. Also Onkyo to me sounds overly bright and somewhat tinny while Denon tends to have a more rounded and warm sound.
Thus, that is why I recommended you look for a new or used Denon. If you can find used/refurb Onkyo AVR's for less money than comparable Denon models, that would tend to support my position that Denon products are both better to start with and that they also hold their value longer. Good luck.