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Which NEW 500$ receiver to buy?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I never had a receiver, i only had mini hi-fi systems which are also like receivers
My hi-fi system (Philips) has broken and i need something new and wanna take this a step forward

These days i see a lot of releases going on in the AV Receivers market and i have my eyes on these ones:

Onkyo TX-NR609
Denon AVR-1912
Sony STR-DN1020
Yamaha RX-V671
Pioneer VSX-1021-K


Which one would you pay 500$ for?

Also i have some other questions:

1. all these have network connections but i dont understand what is the use of that!?

2. why are the same receivers more expensive in europe than in usa? (europe is closer to china than usa)
post #2 of 10
1) It's becoming common for receivers to be able to play audio off your computer; or music services like Pandora
2) No idea. Buying power?
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman View Post

1) It's becoming common for receivers to be able to play audio off your computer; or music services like Pandora
2) No idea. Buying power?

1. i think Pandora is for USA only today
2. the buying power USA vs European Union is very close

"We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative."

Also i can just connect the receiver to my pc motherboard audio exit so i play music with winamp!?
DID I MENTION IM NEW TO RECEIVERS ?

Look, 600 euro for Onkyo 609 in europe while in USA its 500$

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR609...2474709&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.de/Onkyo-TX-NR609-...2474639&sr=1-1
post #4 of 10
Yamaha 867. It has good features and is also a networking AVR if you want that.
post #5 of 10
What features are you most interested in? Wattage (most will prolly be so similar you wont notice a difference), video chip (ABT/Faroudja prolly your only 2 options in that price range), network capability obviously (I use optical/hdmi to connect from my pc to avr but network is nice too), # of channels, gui, audyssey, #of HDMI in/outs, decoders, scaling, deinterlacing...there are a lotta factors. Try to figure out what exactly what you want out of your receiver...so we can help you pick the best one for you. Take my word for it its better to measure 5 times and cut once. I made the mistake of buying/returning like 4 receivers before I settled on my current on. So take your time, figure out what all they can do, what you want it to do, tell us what you want, we'll help you out. Here's a tip, do some research on video chips that some receivers use (Anchor Bay chips, Faroudja...ect)...its worth getting a receiver with one of those. I notice a difference in the picture.
post #6 of 10
for 500 i vote for the onkyo 609 ! also it comes with the highly sought after marvell qdeo chip in it . If you even need a upscaler....

also the ethernet can also serve as a way to upgrade firmware as well i believe
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Vril View Post

2. why are the same receivers more expensive in europe than in usa? (europe is closer to china than usa)

At least some of the difference is VAT I'd guess.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by nova0002 View Post

What features are you most interested in? Wattage (most will prolly be so similar you wont notice a difference), video chip (ABT/Faroudja prolly your only 2 options in that price range), network capability obviously (I use optical/hdmi to connect from my pc to avr but network is nice too), # of channels, gui, audyssey, #of HDMI in/outs, decoders, scaling, deinterlacing...there are a lotta factors. Try to figure out what exactly what you want out of your receiver...so we can help you pick the best one for you. Take my word for it its better to measure 5 times and cut once. I made the mistake of buying/returning like 4 receivers before I settled on my current on. So take your time, figure out what all they can do, what you want it to do, tell us what you want, we'll help you out. Here's a tip, do some research on video chips that some receivers use (Anchor Bay chips, Faroudja...ect)...its worth getting a receiver with one of those. I notice a difference in the picture.

Nova,

What after 4 tries AVR did u decide on?
post #9 of 10
Hi..also I stuck this issue for a while..In addition to those above,

I consider also
Yamaha 867
Onkyo RC-270

iphone connectivity is a must..I dont know if it should have internet radio and connectivity or not...I think its a good thing...so it would be also nice...
it'll be used in Europe and also run with Pradigm cinema 90 ct..
Also I'm not sure that upscaling is a must..because I read many comments about it and many say that it's not a big fact for getting a good quality image..
the other issue audyssey,ypao,mcacc...which one is better,I really dont have any idea..
I reaaly dont understand about Pandora..I mean if I get a device with pandora access can I not use it? doesnt it get it from Internet? how they restrict it...if it is,it sucks..

btw,this will be my first receiver ,too..

I dont want to open the same thread..so sorry from the thread starter..
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by serworacle View Post

I reaaly dont understand about Pandora..I mean if I get a device with pandora access can I not use it? doesnt it get it from Internet? how they restrict it...if it is,it sucks..

Pandora is restricted to use within the United States by IP addresses. If you don't have an American IP, it won't load for you. But you can get by that with a proxy server. However, I have no idea how to do that through the receiver.

The ethernet port is used for a variety of other things. Any internet radio available to your country can be streamed (on mine, I can pick up local radio stations.) Firmware updates are also available over the net (sure beats sending it in to be updated.) It can also play music files off of your local network.
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