Looking for a good receiver under $200 - the best you can buy in this price range

erub

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Well, I just got a receiver from my Uncle, and i turned it up too loud - and boom, the thing is dead :(. $95 to repair. So I'm back to using my all-in-one stero system again, and I'm sick of it. I want a new receiver. But I only want to spend around $200. I can spend a little more ($200 isn't a fast limit), but only if, say, $250 is gonna buy me a receiver that is a lot better than $200. I want Dolby Digital, and DTS decoding built in. Not the "ready" junk. I've found 3 reviews of the Technics SA-DX940, and they all rave about it. But 3 reviews is a rather small sample. Anyway, this receiver is going to drive 2 big Sony shelf speakers that came with my built in system, plus 3 altec lansings. The altec lansings have a wattage rating of 40W average, and 80W max at 8 ohms - I can give other info if needed off of the box - I don't have the info on the other two, but I would guess they would be about the same?. So I thought 100W per channel would be more then plenty (although I'm not an audiophile..connect me if this is wrong??). I want to have the possibility of adding a sub to get the full 5.1 setup. Any good sub recommendations (under $120 - again not fast limit, but ballpark pricing)? This receiver will be hooked up to my computer (Turtle Beach Montego II Quadzilla), and to the DVD player (Toshiba SD2200).

Thanks,
Eric
 

billandopus

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If you have the chance, pick up anything by Onkyo. They make amazingly built components that belie their price. I'm sure that you can find last years model for around your price range. Good luck.
 

skywhr

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your prob gonna have to spend 299.99 to 399.99 for a "good" receiver

By good I mean a Denon, Harmon Kardon, or an Onkyo
 

I'm Typing

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If you check Pricegrabber.com, you can find a decent SONY STDRE945 for about 375 bucks. It is a good "cheap" recvr that is expandable and should take care of all your needs. The problem when you buy a cheapass recvr is that you will constantly want more than you have...so don't try to get an Aiwa POS or anything like that to run a surround system.
 

SmiZ

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you can get a couple not quite so low end JVC models for around that price. if you don't mind refurbished, you can get a decent one here refurbdepot

if you check on pricegrabber, you can find a JVC 8000 for around $250, it would have everything you're looking for. my roommate has one of the JVC RX-777VBK it's a year old, but it's sweet.


*edit for typo*
 

SmiZ

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erub, the specs on refurbdepot's site are wrong, sorry, i didn't even check cause i have researched this model before. here's the real specs from JVC's website

It's MSRP is $550. So $238 for a refurb with a waranty is pretty damn good.