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Denon AVR-591 or Onkyo TX-NR509 or Pioneer Elite VSX-42 or ?

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I'm in the market for a budget receiver for a budget family room 5.1 HT system. I don't want to spend a lot and I don't require a lot of features, but good reliability is important. So far the following look like good contenders:

Pioneer Elite VSX-42 for $250 NISB at Best Buy
Onkyo TX-NR509 for $250 NISB at amazon
Denon AVR-591 for $170 refurbished at accessories4less.

All three seem to be fairly comparable in terms of features. The Denon seems to have the best automatic speaker calibration technology, but is the oldest and it being refurbished makes me a bit nervous, as I've never purchased a refurbished anything. Right now I'm leaning toward the Pioneer because it is the newest, seems to be the best deal in terms of price, and I can get it locally so if there's a problem I can return it easily.

What are your opinions on these receivers and do you have other suggestions (preferably under $300). Thanks in advance.
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The Pioneer and Onkyo have networking and internet streaming while the Denon does not. Don't know if that really matters to you.
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Network and internet streaming don't matter to me. I'm only concerned with sound quality, video quality, reliability, and ease of use.
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Where are you seeing the Pioneer Elite VSX-42 for $250 at best buy? I am seeing it as $450.

Thanks
post #5 of 6
The Denon is likely to provide the best audio fidelity as it uses Audyssey MultEQ which can also EQ the sub, which the other two models cannot do. AC4L has been around over 10 years and often recommended on this site over the years for refurb units. They became Denon authorized resellers last year, Oct 2011. Refurbs come with a 1 year warranty and your credit card provider may add an additional year (Amex will for sure).
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You have to go into the store to buy it for $250. I picked one up for my father in laws theater room to replace a dead Yamaha DSP-a3090. I hope it has enough power for the Klipsch Belle's.
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