I recently got the JVC 301s at HH Gregg for $99 on closeout and was surprised at the amount of pleasure that it has brought to my system while I figure out what way I am going to go with my seperates set up. I have become very picky about my systems sound quality but if I had to guess I bet that most people would find it a fine fit for there main system needs. I have not heard the Pioneer 816 so I cant compare the two but I think that if you give the 301 or 302 a chance you will really enjoy it.
I purchased the 816 ($299) from sin city and I really like it. The 816 graduated to my first choice since the Panny 55 is discontinued. So far, I am liking what I hear, although I am still waiting on my Ascend mega package, it is currently powering a set of 16 year old pioneer speakers.
I've had the pioneer vsx-516 which is the little brother of the 816 for about a week. I think it's a very good performer for the < $200.00 receivers. I maade this purchase based on my research and the amazing reviews I read from last years models the 815 and 515. Don't know if you can find any of last years models still around but if you can, could probably get a great deal of them.
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