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Old 02-04-2008, 07:19 PM
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I'm needing some advice on a new receiver. I have a media room with Klipsch surround sound speakers two towers, center and two rear. My current receiver does not have HDMI inputs. Just got my PS3 a month ago and now need to upgrade my receiver. Can I get a good one for under $500 and what do I need to look for in one?

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Old 02-04-2008, 07:32 PM
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Onkyo 605. 7.1, 2 1.3a ports, Can do the advanced codecs, and most importantly in your price range. Abot 430-480 at a couple retailers.
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I'm needing some advice on a new receiver. I have a media room with Klipsch surround sound speakers two towers, center and two rear. My current receiver does not have HDMI inputs. Just got my PS3 a month ago and now need to upgrade my receiver. Can I get a good one for under $500 and what do I need to look for in one?

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Onkyo 605 for sure.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:04 PM
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onkyo 605->397 on amazon shipped w/ prime membership.
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Yeah Onkyo 605 is great
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:22 PM
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Don't get an Onkyo for your Klipsch speakers. You won't like it. At least, I don't think you'll like it. Onkyo's tend to have more lively sound (compared the the flatter, more "theater" sound of Denon, for instance), and the horn tweeters in the Klipsch will amplify that, and highs will dominate your soundfield more than you'll probably like. The features on the Onkyo are great for the price, but sonically, it's a poor match for Klipsch. Read this:

http://forums.highdefdigest.com/show...228&post467228

Which Klipsch do you have? That can make a big difference as well.
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:35 AM
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That about the Onkyo is not totally true they have a 7 band built in EQ you can adjust for each set of speakers individually.... Front / Center / Rear / Center rear / Sub and without a doubt the new Onkyo 705 I have has blow away my old $1200 unit by Marantz.
I dont see how anyone can go wrong buying a Onkyo you really get a hell of a deal with there Recievers.

Here's a place to get a 605 for $349!!
http://www.accessories4less.com/cgi-bin/item/ONKTXSR605
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That about the Onkyo is not totally true they have a 7 band built in EQ you can adjust for each set of speakers individually.... Front / Center / Rear / Center rear / Sub and without a doubt the new Onkyo 705 I have has blow away my old $1200 unit by Marantz.
I dont see how anyone can go wrong buying a Onkyo you really get a hell of a deal with there Recievers.

Here's a place to get a 605 for $349!!
http://www.accessories4less.com/cgi-bin/item/ONKTXSR605
The 605 only has a 5 band EQ, for starters: 80 Hz, 250 Hz, 800 Hz, 2500 Hz, 8000 Hz. Not a lot of adjustment capability there.

I also notice that you don't own Klipsch speakers. Are you familiar with the the sound of horn-driven speakers to confidently proclaim that "it is totally not true"? I gave the 805 a listen with my Klipsch Reference speakers and it sounded awful and shrill.

Features aren't nothing if you don't like the sound.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:12 PM
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I own the Klipsch Quintet II 5.1 speakers and 10" sub with the Onkyo 605. The sound is FANTASTIC. I have no problem with the highs, etc...sounds better than my Pioneer 812 by far.
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I also notice that you don't own Klipsch speakers. Are you familiar with the the sound of horn-driven speakers to confidently proclaim that "it is totally not true"? I gave the 805 a listen with my Klipsch Reference speakers and it sounded awful and shrill.
Personally I'm surprised people still buy Klipsch/horn speakers. The more shrill noise you hear is the result of a horn instead of a tweeter (this is common knowledge shortcoming of horns), so it is more likely that the Onkyo is neutral/flat response and the speakers are overly bright.

Note that I've owned Onkyo/Integra, Denon, Rotel, Parasound and Sony processors in the past, so I am not brand biased. It is obvious that Onkyo/Integra have the best processors this cycle, and I would not blame the shortcomings of horn speakers (and likely your room) on the receiver.

Besides all of this, the 605 has 2ch Audyssey EQ which will measure the frequency response curve of your speakers via a mic and adjust the processor accordingly for a satisfying sound. This is seperate than and in addition to the manual EQ the 605 also offers.
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