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Sub $500 receiver: Sony STR-DG1000, Onyko TX-SR605, Sony STR-DG910, or ?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am in a unique position where I can get any receiver less than $500 for free as a bonus from my work. Usually I like to take my time and figure out everything myself, however, at the moment I don't have the time since I need to pick the receiver out in the next day or so.

Basically I haven't upgraded my setup in 8 years. So I am starting from scratch. I plan on getting a 1080P tv in a month of so (after Christmas has passed and I have time to do the research). I will also get an HD DVD player or a Blueray player then too. What I need now is a good receiver suggestion that will support those components and a Wii.

My preliminary research pulled up the Sony STR-DG1000 / Onyko TX-SR605 or Sony STR-DG910 as good choices which I have found for less than 500 bucks.

Any opinions on which of these to pick, or is there a better option?

Thanks in advance.

-Scott
post #2 of 22
I vote Onkyo 605
post #3 of 22
Onkyo 605, no question. Between those 3 options, always choose Onkyo.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses, that seems to be the consensus from what my few hours of research has turned up as well.
post #5 of 22
What about the Harman/Kardon AVR 247?
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Labonte View Post

What about the Harman/Kardon AVR 247?

Thanks for the suggestion, I will read some reviews on it. I hadn't seen this one mentioned as much so I hadn't looked in to it yet.
post #7 of 22
onkyo 605
post #8 of 22
STR-DG1000, particularly if you want 7.1 preouts, a phono input, learning remote, digital optical output, 8 (vs 5) digital audio inputs, etc.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses everyone, it looks like most people on this forum (not just this thread) are in love with the Onyko 605 at this price point. So since I have to decide quickly I will probably just hope the masses are correct

Thanks again.
post #10 of 22
I vote which ever has the most HDMI inputs.
post #11 of 22
The Onkyo has TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoding - the Sony DG1000 does not. The Sony is built much better and has been reported to have significantly better sound output than the Onkyo.
post #12 of 22
Man, sometimes there is just too many options to choose from.

What do you guys think of the sony 810 vs the onkyo 605? I have a onkyo 510 right now and think its amazing, but it doesn't do PCM surround for my blu ray.

Will the onkyo sound night and day better then the Sony with Uncompressed sounds coming through my Athena surround sound set up? I have Athena 1.2 fronts, and the rest are point 5 speakers, execpt the sub, which is Cadence.
post #13 of 22
I was really interested in the Onkyo 605 or 705 until I read about the lip-sync issues, especially since I use a PS3 for movies and games, so I'm leaning towards the Sony STR-DG 1100 or the Denon 888.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by bdshort View Post

I was really interested in the Onkyo 605 or 705 until I read about the lip-sync issues, especially since I use a PS3 for movies and games, so I'm leaning towards the Sony STR-DG 1100 or the Denon 888.

I have absolutely no lip sync issues with PS3 or XBox 360 playing games or movies. The Sat Box however is a different issue. Some stations seem to have perfect lip sync and others are off a bit but that to me seems to be a problem with the Sat Service and not the 605.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by samsurd2 View Post

STR-DG1000, particularly if you want 7.1 preouts, a phono input, learning remote, digital optical output, 8 (vs 5) digital audio inputs, etc.

+1
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pocket Aces View Post

I have absolutely no lip sync issues with PS3 or XBox 360 playing games or movies. The Sat Box however is a different issue. Some stations seem to have perfect lip sync and others are off a bit but that to me seems to be a problem with the Sat Service and not the 605.

Thanks good to hear... do you have the 605 or 705? Still not sure I want to take the risk, as it's expensive to return stuff from Alaska.
post #17 of 22
ive been researching these receivers also. it seems that the 605 does not have the lipsync issues. also it seems that the 705 has some but not a lot, its the 805 which is the one causing all the problems. take that for what it worth, but thats my understanding. form what ive seen the 605 has no problems with it.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by bdshort View Post

Thanks good to hear... do you have the 605 or 705? Still not sure I want to take the risk, as it's expensive to return stuff from Alaska.

605.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by inca View Post

Will the onkyo sound night and day better then the Sony with Uncompressed sounds coming through my Athena surround sound set up? I have Athena 1.2 fronts, and the rest are point 5 speakers, execpt the sub, which is Cadence.

No.
post #20 of 22
As far as the Sony DG receivers, the results of Sound & Visions lab test shows the Sony STR-DG910 producing 30 watts/channel at clipping with 5 channels driven. I don't know if Onkyo, H&K, etc are any better, but I was a little disapointed in the figures for the DG910. I recently replaced a Sony DB930 purchased in 1999, and it was a heck of a receiver. I had planned to buy a DG910 or DG1000 until I came across the S&V article. I ended up with an Onkyo 605.

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/rec...-receiver.html
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by steve f View Post

As far as the Sony DG receivers, the results of Sound & Visions lab test shows the Sony STR-DG910 producing 30 watts/channel at clipping with 5 channels driven. I don't know if Onkyo, H&K, etc are any better, but I was a little disapointed in the figures for the DG910. I recently replaced a Sony DB930 purchased in 1999, and it was a heck of a receiver. I had planned to buy a DG910 or DG1000 until I came across the S&V article. I ended up with an Onkyo 605.

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/rec...-receiver.html

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a DG1000 owner. That said, the DG910 (except for the 910's third HDMI input) is not nearly as capable AVR as the DG1000.
post #22 of 22
My basic needs are component to HDMI conversion (Xbox XBMX & Xbox360 to Mitsu HC1500 projector over HDMI). Other than that, I would like the best bang for the buck receiver. Is it still a choice between the Onkyo TX-SR605, Sony STR-DG910 or Sony DG1000? The 910 Review doesn't seem as good as the 605 Review in terms of multi-channel output. Are there any other choices? What is the best overall choice? (loaded question, I know, but I need a push in some direction).

I was considering the Onkyo TX-SR805, but I am trying to not spend too much and am not sure I'll get a whole lot more value for the extra $300. I also considered the Yamaha 661 since it is a true class 6 receiver but I can't seem to find out if it will convert component to HDMI and maintain or upconvert the signal.

I'm buying today, so your feedback has major impact. Thanks in advance!
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