I recently bought a high end home theater system (separate components) and put my old stereo system in my bedroom. I've had good luck with my old system and over the course of 21 years it has had very light use--no more than 10 hours a month. Job, Life events, house configuration etc kind of put listening to music on the back burner. My old system consisted of a Denon DRA-35V receiver, a Denon DCD-610 CD player and B&W DM100 bookshelf speakers. The sound is very clear, the components have a quality feel to them and I like that fact that the Denon components are made in Japan by Nippon Columbia. My only complaint is that the receiver doesn't have a remote control. Anyways, I was at a small second hand store today and behind the counter they had a brand new in the box Yamaha RX-396 Receiver as well as a second box that had a new Sony CDP-CE375 5 disc cd changer. The clerk opened the receiver box and everything was there (receiver, remote, antenna) in plastic and styrofoam etc.They wanted $75 but I didn't buy it because I wasn't unsure of the quality, necessity etc. The Sony CD changer was also $75 but I wasn't interested in it since I've read poor reviews on Sony CD changers. What do you all think of the quality of the Yamaha RX-396 receiver and would it be better than the 21 year old Denon I have now? In the event the Denon receiver ever breaks, should I search for another Denon made in Japan that has a remote control or will pretty much any receiver sound the same on B&W bookshelf speakers? I noticed this Yamaha receiver said natural sound if that means anything. If the situation arises again where a new receiver is before me for $75, which brands would be good with my B&W speakers? Thank you all for your help and understanding as I'm still a newbie with all of this?
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10/30/07 at 11:15pm