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Well guys, my old Onkyo TX 8511 finally crapped out. My system is pretty simple. I have an HK cd player and I'm running Paridigm Reference Studio 20 v.3 speakers and a Paridigm PW Series 2100 v.2 amped sub. The sub-woofer was my last purchase a while back and I had some connection issues with the old Onky.


I'm ready to move on. I'm looking for a stereo reviever for $500 and under that will be sub-friendly and mp3 friendly. I'm out of the loop these days.


Any suggestions out there? Thanks!
 

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I'm looking for something similar. I am not an expert but am considering the Harman/Kardon 3490 and the Yamaha A-S500-- the latter is available on Buy.com and got a great review from What HiFi?


Otherwise, I have been looking on Audiogon at Cambridge Audio and Arcam gear, but would need to find a good deal used.


How do you like the Paradigms? I wanted to audition some but the local dealer just went out of business.
 

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The Paridigms are great, especially after adding the sub.


Thanks for the tip on the recievers. I've read about the HK but will have to look at the Yamaha.
 

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i love my HK3490 -- gobs of power


only complaints?


tiny bass/treble knobs (hard to get your fingers in there, they're so close together)...and those knobs + the main volume knob feel a little cheap.


i really like my master volume knobs to have some weight
 

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I suggest a newer surround reciever with some type of room correction EQ. You can get some nice midrange (new or previous year) AVR's in that range. Most will be capable of 100-150 watts in stereo. Not to mention most stereo AVR's won't handle Blu-ray audio if you ever wanted to go there with this setup.
 

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If your CD player has digital optical out


Emotiva XDA-1 - $299

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Emotiva UPA-2 - $329


Ever so slightly above your budget but it'll be amazing



The harmon kardon 3490 is nice as well
 

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I'll be receiving an Onkyo 8555 in a few days and I'll let you know how that sounds (to my ears). I've gone all digital with Vitue amps-- this one is for the kids in the living room. It'll be replacing older Yamaha separates...
 
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