What is the best low priced receiver - High-Def Digest Forums
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-26-2008, 10:26 PM
Karsukoro's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 37
Default What is the best low priced receiver

Hey all.
I'm looking into buying a new receiver that will output true HD and DTS MA since some crazy spilled beer over my HK AVR 220 and ruined it (won't output digital sound anymore).

Any ideas of what I should buy? Looking to spend anywhere from $400-$700.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-26-2008, 11:22 PM
cnj cnj is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 9
Default

Take a good look at the Onkyo TX-SR605 ($349-$399) and the TX-SR705 ($615-$799). Both can decode the latest codecs and provide excellent bang for the buck. I'm very happy with my 705.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-26-2008, 11:24 PM
Karsukoro's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 37
Default

awesome thanks man, I will look into them. Oh, btw, are they sold at major retailers like FS and BB?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-26-2008, 11:32 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 112
Default

I think its Best Buy or perhaps Circuit City, but they have the Onkyo-805 on sale for $799. It may be outside your $400-700 price range, but if I was in the market for a receiver that would be my choice hands down. It has all the TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD MA decoding as well as plenty of power.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-26-2008, 11:36 PM
Arkadin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 12,401
Default

605 is the de facto budget choice.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-27-2008, 12:00 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 289
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karsukoro View Post
awesome thanks man, I will look into them. Oh, btw, are they sold at major retailers like FS and BB?
Hey,

Visions in Alberta carries this unit. I own the TX-SR605 as well, but purchased it from Crutchfield (www.crutchfield.com) and had it shipped to an American address. It was $403.50 after 3 day UPS shipping. I had to pay the taxes once I crossed the border, but even then, it was much cheaper than the $749 retail here in Canada.

I do know that you can bargain at Visions (I use to work at the Vancouver location) and you should be able to pick it up locally for around $575 or maybe even cheaper if the sales guy/manager is nice to you.

Last edited by zr123; 02-27-2008 at 02:52 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-27-2008, 07:11 PM
Karsukoro's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 37
Default

Many thanks for the info guys, am looking at all the ones posted here atm
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-28-2008, 07:00 PM
Karsukoro's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 37
Default

Soundsaround is having a sale here in Calgary and one one the featured items is the Pioneer Elite VSX90 for $498, now that's $250 cheaper than an Onkyo TX-SR605 here in Canada, but I'm not sure if the receiver is any good. Thoughts?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-28-2008, 07:29 PM
johnlt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 434
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karsukoro View Post
Soundsaround is having a sale here in Calgary and one one the featured items is the Pioneer Elite VSX90 for $498, now that's $250 cheaper than an Onkyo TX-SR605 here in Canada, but I'm not sure if the receiver is any good. Thoughts?
I you can get the VSX90 for that price jump on it . I use a VSX52 and use the analog inputs and let my Elite BDP 94 HD do all the codec work, it sounds fantastic, Elite is one of the best receivers you can get for your money (IMO) i have used Pioneer Elite products for years and have always been very happy. Not to say others arent good, but Elite will stand tall with many. I have used a Rotel for a few years and when it died i went with the Elite 300 dollers less than a Rotel with about the same specs and found i liked the Elite better. Also IMO i would not get so hung up on sound codecs so much, i cant hear much of a difference between DTS ES and DTS hd. Im sure there are people who will say different but try to listen to as many receivers as you can and choose what sounds best to you.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-28-2008, 07:42 PM
Karsukoro's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 37
Default

Nice! Good to hear, ghawd I hate looking for something just because the idea hit me and walking around not knowing what to look for.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Netgear is Releasing a New Low-Priced Media Streamer TheDickWard Home Theater Gear 5 09-22-2011 04:42 PM
2011 Value-Priced AV Receiver Round-up comixguru Home Theater Gear 3 06-12-2011 04:19 PM
The best low cost portable Blu-ray players on the market currently HDTV1080P Blu-ray Hardware General Discussion 0 08-30-2010 03:22 AM
Low-priced Blu-ray player on woot IceNine Blu-ray Hardware General Discussion 0 11-17-2008 08:03 AM
Low, low sales numbers theHDphantom High Definition Smackdown 41 06-04-2007 12:03 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off