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Suggestions for under 300 dollar receiver

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, I have been looking at receivers from accessories4less and have seen Marantz ZR6001/SR5600, Onkyo HT-RC160, and
Marantz Sr4002 all in my price range and was wondering if anyone can comment on these or have an idea for a better receiver for under 300. I think I will have a Jamo S406 set hooked up to them as well as a pair of dayton speakers for surrounds and a dayton subwoofer. Thanks!
post #2 of 19
Does having HDMI inputs matter? The SR5600 doesn't have any HDMI.

What other components are you connecting to the receiver, such as blu ray, sat/cable box, etc?
post #3 of 19
Sony makes some good ones. However, the low end ones dont feature Component to HDMI output which is a problem for Wii owners.
post #4 of 19
Do you have a Fry's Electronics nearby? Yamaha RX-V665 for $299.

4 HDMI in, 1 out
7.1 multichannel inputs
7.1 analog outputs to connect an external amp
TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding from Blu Ray
Conversion of analog sources to HDMI

http://newspaperads.mercurynews.com/...29814733&type=
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the prompt responses! As to the HDMI on the SR5600, is it a big deal not to have them? On my previous receiver I actually never used them, for one reason or another. As a receiver is it OK? Also, I don't have anything to use with them at the moment. I also dont have a frys by me (most unfortunately). It also seems that Sony has a bad rep here (no one seems to like them at least). Any sony receivers you would reccomend over Marantz or Onkyo? I have only owned Onkyo previously. Thanks again!
post #6 of 19
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Any sony receivers you would reccomend over Marantz or Onkyo?

No. I've owned Sony and Onkyo in the past and prefer Onkyo.

HDMI can be a very big deal if you have a blu ray player, a HDTV and cable/sat box with HDMI. It is definitely more convenience than connecting multiple wires for audio and video for each device.

The 5600 looks nice and probably sounds very good but I'd rather have the 4002 over it. The 5600 is a 2006 receiver! Better to have something with HDMI for future use.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks Afro, looks like I'll be trying to pick up the 4002. Does anyone else have any suggestions at this price range as to what to look for? Thanks again.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by xzrt View Post

Thanks Afro, looks like I'll be trying to pick up the 4002. Does anyone else have any suggestions at this price range as to what to look for? Thanks again.

Yes, there's also the RC160 below or the Onkyo 607. The 607 will be a little over budget with shipping.


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post #9 of 19
Denon 590/1610 is in that budget range.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Knucklehead90 View Post

Denon 590/1610 is in that budget range.

Excellent choice. And new. If he doesn't want 7.1/2. Would be my first choice for a 5.1 AVR.
post #11 of 19
$275 is a nice price for the 1610. Audyssey MultiEQ, conversion of analog video to HDMI. Denon has been pretty reliable in the past. I own a higher end Denon model.

If you don't need multichannel inputs or preamp outputs, get the 1610.
post #12 of 19
Another vote for the 590/1610.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions. Is there anything similar to the Denon 1610 that is 7.1? I'd really like to expand in the future and wouldn't want to go through the hassle of buying another receiver. Any thoughts? Also, if I did go for a 5.1 setup, would any of the new 3D receivers under 300 (such as the low end of pioneer and yamaha) be a good receiver? Thanks.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by xzrt View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions. Is there anything similar to the Denon 1610 that is 7.1? I'd really like to expand in the future and wouldn't want to go through the hassle of buying another receiver. Any thoughts? Also, if I did go for a 5.1 setup, would any of the new 3D receivers under 300 (such as the low end of pioneer and yamaha) be a good receiver? Thanks.

The Denon 1910 might be able to do 7.1, but I doubt whether it will fall within your budget.

If you are happy with 5.1, go for the Denon 1610. I own one for the past 6 months and am loving it!

Imo, 3D is too new to influence a purchase at this point in time. I would give it a few years and we might have Hdmi v25.0 when 3D becomes available for the masses
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by xzrt View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions. Is there anything similar to the Denon 1610 that is 7.1? I'd really like to expand in the future and wouldn't want to go through the hassle of buying another receiver. Any thoughts? Also, if I did go for a 5.1 setup, would any of the new 3D receivers under 300 (such as the low end of pioneer and yamaha) be a good receiver? Thanks.

The movement in sound formats now is to front wide and high speakers. For converting a 7.1 to front wide/height both takes an 11 channel receiver. Only a few are available. A decent 5.1 setup should sound as good as 7.1 as long as the speakers are positioned correctly. There aren't that many movies with a true 7.1 sound mix - something like under 30 IIRC.

If I were moving up from 5.1 I'd rather go with front height or the wides than adding speakers behind me.

The move to a lot of speakers up front makes sense - our ears are made for forward pickup of sound.
post #16 of 19
Another vote for Denon 1610, but if you want 7.1 cheaper, a friend just bought Sony STR-DH800 $219 and was decent (no upconversion).
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all the help guys. Looking at my options, the Denon 1610 does look like the best I can do right now (which isn't too shabby). Now, I have a total budget of 600 dollars. With this receiver, can any recommend speakers to go with it? I have been looking at the jamo s406 set from vanns and thought that would be pretty good. I also found an infinity set (tss 500 i believe). Any thoughts? Thanks!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by xzrt View Post

Thanks again for all the help guys. Looking at my options, the Denon 1610 does look like the best I can do right now (which isn't too shabby). Now, I have a total budget of 600 dollars. With this receiver, can any recommend speakers to go with it? I have been looking at the jamo s406 set from vanns and thought that would be pretty good. I also found an infinity set (tss 500 i believe). Any thoughts? Thanks!

Go for the Jamo's from Vann's
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by xzrt View Post

Thanks again for all the help guys. Looking at my options, the Denon 1610 does look like the best I can do right now (which isn't too shabby). Now, I have a total budget of 600 dollars. With this receiver, can any recommend speakers to go with it? I have been looking at the jamo s406 set from vanns and thought that would be pretty good. I also found an infinity set (tss 500 i believe). Any thoughts? Thanks!

If you have upped your budget to $600 you can get the Denon 1910 for around $370 or less. This will give you the 7.1 feature with either front height setup or surround back speakers.

http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=DENAVR1910

Still get that Vanns Jamo s406 package for $200. You can add two more speakers later when you're ready.
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