Originally Posted by ahart814
Guys....Need to buy a new receiver tomorrow.....Need opinions.
House being painted and need to wire and install system this weekend.
Pioneer Elite VSX-51 or Onkyo TX-NR616
Would really appreciate opinions and why ASAP.
I am really torn which would serve me better.
I would not buy either. IMO, they are poor values for what they offer.
I know because I've been looking and just bought.
The VSX-51 uses the Direct Energy amplifier which most likely is their IC Chip amp which wouldn't use discrete bipolar devices. It's the same amp design used on their cheapest Standard Pioneer Receiver.
Onkyo is so unreliable, I cancelled 2 orders for a 609 and 709 and the new 616 has so few A/V inputs and no A/V output connections to be useable in most established equipment collections.
The best receivers on the cheap IMO, are the Yamaha RX-V671, Yamaha Aventage RX-A710, Yamaha Aventage RX-A810, or the Denon AVR-2312CI. Yamaha offers the most bang for the buck for while Denon follows. For the under $800 (out the door) price, I would not consider anything else for sound quality and equipment compatability.