Ok, I am overloaded with choices. I have $500. to spend and would like to stay away from HTIAB. Without starting a war I need at least optical, PLII, no seperate amp, and 5.1 input. HK/ Yamaha? Pioneer? Help me make this choice clear as mud.
I got the Denon AVR-1802, it has DD DTS PLII, 6-channel analog inputs, 2 coaxil digital & 1 optical digital input (excluding front panel optical input) and its $500 retail. You can read a review at www.cheaphometheater.com
Be careful buying Denon over the internet or from any non-authorized dealer. According to their website, they don't honor the warranty if not purchased from an authorized dealer. Unless you get a steal or are really comfortable with the dealer you purchase from, I would consider looking into a brick and mortar authorized dealer. Most authorized dealers don't advertise less than MSRP prices, however, but if you show up at the store, you can typcially get a decent deal.
J&R ( www.jandr.com ) has the HK AVR320 for $500 plus $28 shipping. They are an Authorized HK dealer. In case you didn't know, it has pre-amp ins and outs for all channels, all the current surround modes except DD-EX, and are one of the few Manufacturers that actually output the power they advertise to all channels (Outlaw may be another, but no DPII).
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