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2000_328CI 10-08-2012 12:09 PM

A/V Gurus : What Entry Level Receiver To Get For Home Theater?
 
I have an older Sony that is starting to go (some inputs stopped working and the right channel front speaker is in and out). Can anyone recommend an entry level home theater setup (under 300 bucks). I have a PS3, Comcast HD-DVR, and a couple other items that are hooked up.

I would "like" to use HDMI for audio and video if possible.

SamDoe1 10-08-2012 12:18 PM

I have a lower end Yamaha that I bought in 2011. It works great and I love it. The model is RX-V467 but it is now discontinued.

I've always had Yamaha receivers and have always loved them. I'd recommend this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373...amaha+receiver

GlockMan 10-08-2012 12:26 PM

Onkyo IMO

Eliott's-BMW 10-08-2012 12:33 PM

Get DENON

SLVR JDM 10-08-2012 12:52 PM

I like Denon and Marantz if you up your budget at all.

Iceman00 10-08-2012 01:22 PM

Harmon Kardon Onkyo Denon and Yamaha. Save until you can get any of those 4.

zk369 10-08-2012 01:22 PM

This is what I have. Works for me, sure there are better out there but it's at your price point. My favorite thing is that you can use only hdmi for all your components. You plug you DVD/blu-ray, PS3/Xbox, and other hdmi components into the receiver then you run just one hdmi to you tv. You never have to change the tv input, only the receiver's input.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH720-.../dp/B004QOA92A

HaloArchive 10-08-2012 01:25 PM

Onkyo's entry level pushes more W/ch than anyone else. Also has more features you'll most likely be wanting for a 5.1 setup.

DylloS 10-08-2012 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GlockMan (Post 14796973)
Onkyo IMO

that's what I have and it's awesome. I dont know much about this stuff but it is nicely priced and does exactly what I need it to do.

kaput 10-08-2012 01:39 PM

Spend $68 more and get a REALLY GOOD RECEIVER.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-42.../dp/B0081RNO52

Apple air play ready, and remote through iPhone, 7.1, HDMI with pass through, tons of inputs and outs, good power, great name...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLx0E...layer_embedded

bgsmith 10-08-2012 01:42 PM

Onkyo or Yamaha, I have had both in the past and both did there jobs really well. Bought an entry level Yamaha receiver for my parents a couple years ago, works great for what they use it for.

cowmoo32 10-08-2012 01:51 PM

Onkyo, Denon, Harmon Kardon.

I have a HK because I wanted a dedicated 2.1 setup for listening to music and needed something capable of properly driving my floor standing speakers. I think I spent ~$300 and couldn't be happier. HK's designs are above and beyond anyone else at the price point IMO.

peytonracer4 10-08-2012 01:54 PM

harmon kardon. very low distortion rating and very sexy designs.

ThEnder 10-08-2012 02:02 PM

Onkyo is probably the best for a budget setup, they have good sound, and pack a lot of power and features for the price. Something like the TX-NR414 would be good a good bet, 5.1 support, network enabled, 80 watts per channel, and 6 HDMI.

I would avoid the lower end Denon, Pioneer, Marantz, etc. Those units are great in the mid-high end but IMO their lower end stuff does not sound great and still demands extra $ for the brand name. Yamaha could also be a good option although I have not personally had a great experience with their receivers.

Whatever you get, I'd buy online. You can save a ton of money going through Amazon, and with an entry-level receiver it makes no sense to pay a premium for protection.

wasp9166 10-08-2012 02:58 PM

why worry about low end? you should be running 5.1 0r 7.1 anyhow

i have this pioneer, it's a bit older but hooked up to a klipsch sub and boston acoustic 7.................it kills for the price

http://www.audioreview.com/cat/ampli...6_2718crx.aspx


anything will be an upgrade, sony is good for video, garbage for audio

Dcha 10-08-2012 03:08 PM

I've had good luck with the Pioneer VSX-822k/VSX-1022k the 5.1 and 7.1 versions respectively. Airplay, easy interface.

Fisch330ciTopasBlau 10-08-2012 07:57 PM

Onkyo for me and unless they collapse as a company, I'll get Onkyo's again.

NFRs2000nyc 10-08-2012 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaput (Post 14797214)
Spend $68 more and get a REALLY GOOD RECEIVER.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-42.../dp/B0081RNO52

Apple air play ready, and remote through iPhone, 7.1, HDMI with pass through, tons of inputs and outs, good power, great name...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLx0E...layer_embedded

I have been a Denon and Onkyo guy forever, and my last receiver is a Pioneer (Onkyo had problems.) Have been EXTREMELY happy. This unit with airplay sounds awesome as well.

Andy2108 10-08-2012 09:59 PM

Don't forget Integra--Onkyo's high end spinoff brand. I've had those and have been very happy.

BruceWonder 10-08-2012 10:28 PM

i have a nice HK 5.1 with some bose cubes FS if your interested.

I just upgraded the house to a 7.1 with in-wall setup

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...21957858_n.jpg


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