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Which of the two receivers are better?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am looking to upgrade my receiver from my 10+ year old cheap sony. I have a budget of around $300. I know, not much to work with but i see several options for around that price that get good reviews. My general question is: should i get a cheap new receiver or a used receiver that was expensive when it came out.(be "expensive" i mean around $600).
More specifically, i am looking at the Yamaha RX-V371 new for 250 or the Onkyo Tx-Sr602 (on craigslist for 200) there is also an Onkyo 707 for sale on craigslist but its a little out of my price range.
So, what do you recommend?
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by jham1496 View Post

I am looking to upgrade my receiver from my 10+ year old cheap sony. I have a budget of around $300. I know, not much to work with but i see several options for around that price that get good reviews. My general question is: should i get a cheap new receiver or a used receiver that was expensive when it came out.(be "expensive" i mean around $600).
More specifically, i am looking at the Yamaha RX-V371 new for 250 or the Onkyo Tx-Sr602 (on craigslist for 200) there is also an Onkyo 707 for sale on craigslist but its a little out of my price range.
So, what do you recommend?

If you have a budget of 300:

A brand new Pioneer 1021 on sale at Newegg. ($300)
An Onkyo 509 at Newegg(230)
The Yamaha 371 for $229 at Newegg.

There are also any number of open box models from both online and Brick and mortar dealers you could buy at that price.

I think you really should be more open to options than just the three you listed.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by jham1496 View Post

I am looking to upgrade my receiver from my 10+ year old cheap sony. I have a budget of around $300. I know, not much to work with but i see several options for around that price that get good reviews. My general question is: should i get a cheap new receiver or a used receiver that was expensive when it came out.(be "expensive" i mean around $600).
More specifically, i am looking at the Yamaha RX-V371 new for 250 or the Onkyo Tx-Sr602 (on craigslist for 200) there is also an Onkyo 707 for sale on craigslist but its a little out of my price range.
So, what do you recommend?

Get the Yamaha.. Be sure it is new and has the full factory warranty.

Just my $0.02..
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I am open to different options I just wanted to give an example of what I'm looking for.
post #5 of 22
I honestly Prefer Onkyo over Yamaha any day.
but just make sure your receiver will match your speakers power.

bladerunner 6 has some the same deals i would of suggested, or check ebay for used receivers.

and me, I'm fine with a more expensive receiver that is used.
thats just my 2 cents.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by joejack11 View Post

I honestly Prefer Onkyo over Yamaha any day.
but just make sure your receiver will match your speakers power.

bladerunner 6 has some the same deals i would of suggested, or check ebay for used receivers.

and me, I'm fine with a more expensive receiver that is used.
thats just my 2 cents.

I have an onkyo in my family room and it sounds pretty good. But when I read the reviews on the yamahas, people say that they sound better than their previous onkyo. Does anyone have any experience with the lower end yamahas.
post #7 of 22
I would not go with Yamaha until you reach the 671. The lower models use chip amps instead of discrete.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by rnatalli View Post

I would not go with Yamaha until you reach the 671. The lower models use chip amps instead of discrete.

That was the previous year Yamaha AVR lineup, the mentioned models use discrete output devices...

Just my $0.02..
post #9 of 22
Onkyo smokes Yamaha. Not even close!
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

Onkyo smokes Yamaha. Not even close!

What color is the smoke...

Just my $0.02...
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by M Code View Post

What color is the smoke...

Just my $0.02...

LOL, after 5 mins of staring at the screen, I got it...
post #12 of 22
I'd just make sure it has pre outs on it!

Many an AV nut has turned his AVR into a pre/pro with say... an XPA-5 and benefited from a proper separates amp!

Out of all of those consumer AVRs the Pioneers generally have the nicer sounding amp to my ears with Denon a close second followed by Onkyo. None of the cheap Yamahas sound good to my ears. Could be the chipamps in them. Avoid cheap Sony's and Kenwood etc... owhh yeah Kenwood left the AVR business...

Really in that $250-500 price point Onkyo has dominated and with good reason!
post #13 of 22
This can't be answered without knowing your speakers.

If they are efficient you can get a receiver for that price to work with them.

If they are inefficient you need to save up more money to get a more powerfull amp.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Right now I have some 15 yr old technics that get plenty of power from my old receiver. In getting the fluance $199 set for Christmas. Fluance isn't too highly regarded on here but I was convinced by the reviews.
post #15 of 22
I don't think the brand at this price point will make a lot of difference. What speakers are you driving? How many speakers? What do you listen to/watch through your receiver? Personally I'd go for the most features possible, and having pre-outs is a great feature so you can simply upgrade via an amplifier later (or add to it with separate amps to supplement your receiver's amps). The Pioneer 1021 so far at $300 sounds the best to me...but buying a used receiver may be a good way to go too, just depends on your local offerings and how patient you are to pick through the offerings.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
I will have a 5.1 system with the fronts being towers. My projector doesn't have hdmi so I was looking at an onkyo tx-sr602 in my area for around 250 with 3 component inputs which would by a nice feature for me.
What do people think of that.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by M Code View Post

What color is the smoke...

Just my $0.02...

Black and white!

Jeff
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by M Code View Post


That was the previous year Yamaha AVR lineup, the mentioned models use discrete output devices...

Just my $0.02..

That is good news.

How come Denon is not in the running? Even the 1612 uses MultEQ which is much better than 2EQ IMO which the 509 has.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by jham1496 View Post

I am looking to upgrade my receiver from my 10+ year old cheap sony. I have a budget of around $300. I know, not much to work with but i see several options for around that price that get good reviews. My general question is: should i get a cheap new receiver or a used receiver that was expensive when it came out.(be "expensive" i mean around $600).
More specifically, i am looking at the Yamaha RX-V371 new for 250 or the Onkyo Tx-Sr602 (on craigslist for 200) there is also an Onkyo 707 for sale on craigslist but its a little out of my price range.
So, what do you recommend?

Good lord, where are you located?!? That price on the Onkyo 602 is highway robbery. I'm selling mine for less than half of that.
post #20 of 22
lol the 602 is like from the stone age...I think $50 would be a fairer price for it.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
Just hot a Yamaha htr 5760 off Craigslist. It works great. Thanks for talking me out of that onkyo 602
post #22 of 22
You made a good choice, congrats!
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