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View Poll Results: Which is the best option?
Sony STR-DH540 2 16.67%
Yamaha RX-V375 10 83.33%
Onkyo HT-RC430 0 0%
Pioneer VSX-822-K 0 0%
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Greetings,

 

I am looking for the best A/V receiver for under $300. I have narrowed my choices down to the following models:

 

    - Sony STR-DH540

 

    - Yamaha RX-V375

 

    - Onkyo HT-RC430

 

    - Pioneer VSX-822-K

 

I welcome any advise or suggestions as to which is the better model. Also, are there any speaker packages that you would recommend to go with one of these receivers -- perhaps something in the $200-$300 range?

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I've got the Pioneer 1023-K which is the 7.1 version of the 823-K for under $300. I like it a lot, but as I've not played with any of your choices, I can't say definitively it's the best.

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Any other recommendations?

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How big is your room?

What will you be listening to?

Is there a Fry's near you?
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- Room size is roughly 18x16 with a 65" Sony TV placed in the center of the 18 foot wall. I sit about 10 feet from screen.

 

- Setup will be used mostly for watching movies and sports -- not a lot of music

 

- No Fry's near me -- only big box stores are Best Buy, HH Gregg, Target, & Walmart... I order most stuff from Amazon or other online retailers.

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Greetings,

I am looking for the best A/V receiver for under $300. I have narrowed my choices down to the following models:

    - Sony STR-DH540

    - Yamaha RX-V375

    - Onkyo HT-RC430

    - Pioneer VSX-822-K

I welcome any advise or suggestions as to which is the better model. Also, are there any speaker packages that you would recommend to go with one of these receivers -- perhaps something in the $200-$300 range?
I just hooked up a Pioneer VSX-42, which is the Elite version of the VSX-1022-k which is a very close relative of the VSX-822-k you're looking at. Sounds good, was very easy to set up, no issues so far. I like Pioneers, but you'll find that a lot of people really like Yamaha, as they seem to be very simple to operate and reliable, with good sound. Honestly, I'd stay away from Onkyo until they demonstrate that they have overcome their HDMI board problems - there's a lot of noise about that all over the web. Sony doesn't have a great reputation in lower end audio, but I've never had a minute's trouble with any of their gear. I have a really cheap Sony 4x50w amp in my kid's car doing great service, (<$100 at Walmart), and two $50 Sony Blue Ray players in my house that just work perfectly. If it were me, I'd go Pio, Yamaha, Sony, Onkyo, in that order. Of course there are a lot of fans of Denon too, just to muddy the water.
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It looks like the Yamaha RX-V375 is the way to go. I plan on pairing it with the Monoprice 10565 5.1 setup. Based on all of the reviews I have read, this setup seems to be one of the best for under $500. 

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It looks like the Yamaha RX-V375 is the way to go. I plan on pairing it with the Monoprice 10565 5.1 setup. Based on all of the reviews I have read, this setup seems to be one of the best for under $500. 

How big of a room do you have and what will you be listening to?
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Why not a denon avr-e300? Refurb 244 at accessories4less.com

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How big of a room do you have and what will you be listening to?

 

See above -- room size is 18x16

 

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Why not a denon avr-e300? Refurb 244 at accessories4less.com

 

I prefer to get a new unit rather than refurb. Also, for the money, Denon's seem to have less features and output compared to Yamaha or Sony.

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How big is your room?<br><br>
What will you be listening to?<br><br>
Is there a Fry's near you?
why in the world would someone start a poll involving the best receiver in the $300 range which means it wholelsales for $170 and costs maybe $125, this is probably the silliest, maybe worthless poll i've seen, no disrespect intended.

when you always do what you've alway done, you always get what you always got.
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stay far away from the sony
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stay far away from the sony
Why do you say this??
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Greetings,
 
I am looking for the best A/V receiver for under $300. I have narrowed my choices down to the following models:
 
    - Sony STR-DH540
 
    - Yamaha RX-V375
 
    - Onkyo HT-RC430
 
    - Pioneer VSX-822-K
 
I welcome any advise or suggestions as to which is the better model. Also, are there any speaker packages that you would recommend to go with one of these receivers -- perhaps something in the $200-$300 range?

The chances of getting a decent AVR for under $300 are about the same as getting a new Corvette or Porsche 911 for under $5000 (or winning $10 million in a lottery).

Lots of luck. Any one of those will perform equally badly.

The Harman-Kardon AVR-1610 is around $360 from Amazon though. It is not too bad.

The Dayton Audio HTP-3 is around $250 from Parts Express. That is the only 5.1 speaker package that is any good for under $400 IMO.

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The chances of getting a decent AVR for under $300 are about the same as getting a new Corvette or Porsche 911 for under $5000 (or winning $10 million in a lottery).

Lots of luck. Any one of those will perform equally badly.

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I respectfully disagree. The entry level Yamahas are very nice receivers, they are just lacking a lot of features that you get as you move up the line. If all you are looking for is good surround sound, they will work just fine.
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I generally prefer Pioneers with the Advanced version of MCACC. Marantz is my second choice. But for you...

The Onkyo has no room correction.

The Sony has auto setup but only some sort of Bass and treble controls, not a 5 or 7 band eq.

The Pioneer has the basic version of MCACC. 5 bands of eq and only one manual preset.

Yamaha uses YPAO. I would consider it better then either the basic mcacc or Sonys Bass/Treble eq.

Both the Pioneer and the Yamaha use a global crossover setting. But if all your speakers are about the same size (like the Monoprice system) it shouldn't matter too much.

Of the 4, I'd take the Yamaha.
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The sony is terrible, at least in my experience.
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I generally prefer Pioneers with the Advanced version of MCACC. Marantz is my second choice. But for you...

The Onkyo has no room correction.

The Sony has auto setup but only some sort of Bass and treble controls, not a 5 or 7 band eq.

The Pioneer has the basic version of MCACC. 5 bands of eq and only one manual preset.

Yamaha uses YPAO. I would consider it better then either the basic mcacc or Sonys Bass/Treble eq.

Both the Pioneer and the Yamaha use a global crossover setting. But if all your speakers are about the same size (like the Monoprice system) it shouldn't matter too much.

Of the 4, I'd take the Yamaha.
I have 2 Yamaha AV receivers, an RX-V373 and an RX-V677. Both have YPAO but the 677 has an advanced version that is supposed to adjust better for room acoustics and will individually determine if your speakers are large or small while the 373 uses global large or small. IMO, both systems work quite well and allow you to fine tune if desired. I confirmed the distances with a tape measure and the levels with an SPL meter and both were spot on. The 373 has all the features that the majority of users use or need while the 677 has some features that I will probably never use. The current RX-V379 should be a very good receiver.
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