I'm sort of in the 'same boat' as jake13
(Refurbished receivers thread
) in that I am looking for a simple receiver to drive a basic 2.1 setup for TV/movies for my small living room. I don't plan on expanding to a 5.1 setup for this room and was only using 2 small speakers with my prior AVR-2311CI (Denon) and I don't need a lot of fancy features or built in networking (well, networking might
be in my distant
, read 6+ months, future - I don't know).
My AVR-2311CI history:
After the 2311CI died I thought that I would never get another Denon. I was considering the Pioneer VSX-832 but it will be $340 (as of Nov. 11) at Walmart with a 4 year Care plan. I contacted Denon earlier [this year] about my dead 2311CI and was told that if I upload my receipt they would consider giving me a discount on a new purchase (from them). I duly uploaded the receipt but the file size was apparently too big and they closed the case without notifying me. This was a few months ago and I had forgotten about the issue as I had more pressing concerns. I just sent them another email regarding the earlier case reference # and with a resized receipt and description so we'll see what their response will be.
My budget for a new receiver, "out the door" (meaning after tax, if applicable, and an extended warranty/protection plan) is max
$350. I have been looking at these today (online) -
1. Denon AVR-S530BT
- $229 @ Amazon before
WA 10% sales tax. Note:
Denon may give me discount if I purchase from them, see above "my AVR-2311CI history"
2. Pioneer VSX-832
- $229 @ Walmart (no tax
from Beach Camera; total $340 with 4-year Care plan
3, 4: ???
I honestly don't know! My buddy who is an electronics tech likes Onkyo and I suppose that they are fine. Same can be said of Yamaha but I have no experience with the brand.
My display is an old Samsung UN46C8000
(1080p) which is due to be replaced sometime (not soon). I'm thinking maybe a TCL P-Series
My source is Comcast cable thru TiVo Roamio and I neither have nor desire Netflix/Hulu/whatever/yada-yada streaming content (on a budget and, honestly, there are too many choices, at least for me).