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Old 03-25-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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I have an Onkyo TXDS575X that's given great service since '01, but it's time to replace it. Nothing is wrong, but I need more power (currently "75" watts RMS 5.1) and possibly a 6 or 7.1 setup. What's a good quality reciever? I used to sell audio many moons ago and HK's were pretty decent, but I remember Denon was a good reciever too. Are they still pretty good? Again, this has been about 4 years since I've looked at home audio. 80% home theater/DVDs, 20% music. Speakers it will be powering/signaling, B&W 602 S2's, polk audio center,Velodyne 10" sub. Will be adding rears later. I'm looking to stay spend around 500-700.00. Thanks to those who can help!
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My personal choice would be whichever Harmon Kardon Receiver fits your budget and needs.
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With your current budget I think keeping your receiver would be the way to go. Unless you really want a 6.1 or 7.1 I feel it wouldnt be a good idea to get a new receiver in the $500-700 range.

Spending $700 at most you are only going to get a reciever with around 100x7 watts. 100 watts in a reciever is not much more than your 75.

You said that your preferences are 80% movies. Maybe you should invest in some surrounds. That would probably improve your home theater experiance a lot more than getting a new receiever. Used 602's or 601's go for cheap on e-bay and audiogon.

Even a more powerful sub would probably be a better upgrade for you than a new reciever. With $700 you could probably get a really impressive sub.

I feel that in you situation the most logical upgrade would be to add some surrrounds, or purchase some speakers to replace your 602's and make them perform surround duties. The few extra watts that would get from upgrading your reciever would probably be barely noticable, if at all. The only reason I would get the reciever is if you want 7.1 or 6.1, but you don't even have a 5.1 right now. You might find out that you are happy with only a 5.1 and don't need more.
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With your current budget I think keeping your receiver would be the way to go. Unless you really want a 6.1 or 7.1 I feel it wouldnt be a good idea to get a new receiver in the $500-700 range.

Spending $700 at most you are only going to get a reciever with around 100x7 watts. 100 watts in a reciever is not much more than your 75.

You said that your preferences are 80% movies. Maybe you should invest in some surrounds. That would probably improve your home theater experiance a lot more than getting a new receiever. Used 602's or 601's go for cheap on e-bay and audiogon.

Even a more powerful sub would probably be a better upgrade for you than a new reciever. With $700 you could probably get a really impressive sub.

I feel that in you situation the most logical upgrade would be to add some surrrounds, or purchase some speakers to replace your 602's and make them perform surround duties. The few extra watts that would get from upgrading your reciever would probably be barely noticable, if at all. The only reason I would get the reciever is if you want 7.1 or 6.1, but you don't even have a 5.1 right now. You might find out that you are happy with only a 5.1 and don't need more.
That's a good point. I installed a home theater in my parents basement about 3 years ago and I used picked up a Harmon Kardon 65w RMS 5.1 for them, and a Polk audio home theater speaker setup. Yes, it sounds good for what they use it for and I realized I DO need rears. Apartment life isn't very condusive to getting crazy with rear speaker setups, though.

On the sub front, I almost bought a Carver's very small sub (10"x10" cube), which put out some insane number like 1000watts. It also cost an insane amount, at 1000. My 88 325is needed work and that was scrapped. The Velodyne is MORE than enough for me now. When I get a house soon, then I'll look to going for more bass.

Hmm, guess I'll just wait on the reciever then.
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I have an Onkyo TXDS575X that's given great service since '01, but it's time to replace it. Nothing is wrong, but I need more power (currently "75" watts RMS 5.1) and possibly a 6 or 7.1 setup. What's a good quality reciever? I used to sell audio many moons ago and HK's were pretty decent, but I remember Denon was a good reciever too. Are they still pretty good? Again, this has been about 4 years since I've looked at home audio. 80% home theater/DVDs, 20% music. Speakers it will be powering/signaling, B&W 602 S2's, polk audio center,Velodyne 10" sub. Will be adding rears later. I'm looking to stay spend around 500-700.00. Thanks to those who can help!
I would buy rears before I replaced the receiver. I would also replace or add a powered sub before I replaced the receiver. I would also buy a power amp before I replaced the receiver.

If you still want to replace the receiver, I would recommend Marantz over Denon (they are sisters) and I would NOT recomment Harman Kardon.

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