Decisions decisions... I need help choosing a Receiver/Amp. Lower end $300<


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Username: Ornlu

Post Number: 1
Registered: Apr-04
Ok, you guys are probably going to laugh because my equipment is nowhere near most of yours. I'm a little spoiled in the sense that I listen to two beolab pentas when I'm at home, which make my setup sound like crud. But anyway, I'm definitely buying two Athena Audition Series F2's. At the moment I have klipsch promedia's 2.1, I bought a KLH subwoofer from a friend and modified it using a 1000 watt driver, it hits much better but it needs more power as well.

I'm a real newbie as far as amps/receivers go, so I need some advice and didn't know where to start.

Everything runs fine now but the sub is a little underpowered (100 watts, needs about 200-ish). I have no receiver and I'm running all the cables out of the audio out on my high quality sound card.

I realize that I will be needing two things. A) A receiver for the two Athena's + subwoofer. B) possibly a seperate amplifier for the subwoofer as well.

As far as the receiver goes, I've narrowed it down to two choices, but I'm very open to suggestions. My budget for the receiver is $300 or less (yeah I know not enough, but I'm a college student, have to make cuts everywhere)
Rather humerous as these two choices are worlds apart, which is what usually happens to me.

I'd like to use the Digital coax out on my sound card if possible, but I can't find a cheap digital receiver that I like.

1) Onkyo TX-8511 - Stereo receiver, high quality powerful, sounds beautiful, can drive anything, etc, etc. Bare bones in terms of technology, no digital in, no subwoofer out, etc.

2) Panasonic SA-XR25 - Digital receiver, 6.1 (more than I need, but there are no stereo digital recievers that I can find), not very powerfull, the sound quality is good, but not as rich/warm/etc as the Onkyo. Digital is the big plus as I could draw the most from my sound card without having to down the signal into analog right away.

Bother receivers are ~$300 price range, of course I'll shop around untill I can find it for cheaper.

Open to suggestions if anyone knows of any good digital receiver that happens to be stereo and has some actual power/richness like the onkyo.

As far as the auxilary amplifier goes for the subwoofer, I'm really not sure there either. I have looked at several subwoofer amps, they all seem very expensive. Local stoors like bestbuy were no help in that area and Tweeter etc was far too expensive.

Thanks for any help you can give, I'm very appreciative in advance.

Robert McCarthy

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Username: Ornlu

Post Number: 2
Registered: Apr-04
Oh yeah, forgot one thing. If possible I'd like to use the receiver to give the powered subwoofer some extra juice, perhaps I could avoid buying an extra amplifier this way.

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Username: Unbridled_id


Post Number: 5
Registered: Mar-04
I believe panasonic is coming out with a replacement for the xr-45 (big bro of the 25). It is the xr-70 I believe, I would wait a bit for that one... On audioasylum many, many "people in the know" praise the panny highly...

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Username: Hawk

Highlands Ranch, CO USA

Post Number: 484
Registered: Dec-03

Don't bother with a receiver--the sound of almost all stereo receivers is really bad these days (under $800). Since you are looking for stereo, I would invest in an NAD 320bee integrated amp. The sound is superb and the cost is just about $300 (maybe $20 more). Alternatively, check into the Cambridge Audio A540 integrated amp, which is also in the same prce range. Either will work well with your Athenas.

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Username: Ornlu

Post Number: 4
Registered: Apr-04
Thanks for the information. I heard that the Onkyo Stereo receiver has a really good sound to it, perhaps I heard wrong, also, with these amps will I be able to give my subwoofer some extra kick?

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Username: Ornlu

Post Number: 5
Registered: Apr-04
Well, have heard and have listened to rather. I did enjoy the warm sound it produced, barely any distortion as well.

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Username: Littleyama

Post Number: 11
Registered: Apr-04
Can anyone tell me about the Integra line of receivers? How do they compare with Nad?

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Do the Panasonic.......but go for the XR-45 If you can find anyone that HAS one IN STOCK, you can pick it up on line for under $300.00 Hearing nothing but great things about this little jewel.
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