Originally Posted by riverst
Some strange reason I believe the Denon's are better than the Onkyo's. I believe the reason Denon holds a firm grip on their price is that they stand by their product and you get what you pay for. Onkyo lowers their price just to sell more receivers, but the product is probably crap or made with budget components.
Also "test Freaks" rates the Denon 2310 as the TOP receiver. They said its the "Sweet spot" of Denons 2009 line.
And Pioneer 1019 I believe is over hyped, but excellent for the under $500 receivers. The elite line is better. Just my 2 cents!
I would go with the Denon.
The problem with Denon is that none of their AVRs, from the 3310 down, can power 4 ohm speakers. Secrets of Hi Fi proved that in their review of the 3310. Thus they are NOT good value for money and are about 20% overpriced.
Go here and look up their review of the Denon 3310. Be sure to read the comments section at the end, as well.http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/
Onkyo offers THX certified AVRs for substantially less than anything comparable from Denon.