Receiver for $500-800 for Wharfedale setup


Ok, so I am looking to spend 500-800 on a new receiver. So far I have found the HK 430, Denon AVR 2805, Marantz sr5500, and the onkyo TX-NR801 or TX-SR702. I will primarily be using this for music, but with movies as well. Right now I am planning on buying wharfedale diamond 8 speakers for the set up and probably a velodyne cht 10 subwoofer. I was just wondering what anyone would reccomend. I do not care so much about the fancy features, more about the sound and quality and how well it would match with that setup. I think the room size is about 14x15.


Silver Member
Username: Bleustar

Pensacola, Florida

Post Number: 202
Registered: Jul-04
In order of preference my opinion would be:

1. SR5500
2. AVR430
3. AVR2805
4. TX801

I think the Marantz and the HK are more musical and therefore better choices for music. I agree with Elitefan about the AVR3805, I didn't like it when I heard it with Paradigms and the model 1604 was unlistenable. I have not heard the 2805 but know people who really like it. The Onkyo is detailed, but thinner than both the HK and the Marantz.

If your in the $500-800 range I would look at the HK AVR435, which has better internal components than the 430.

Bronze Member
Username: Paulof


Post Number: 11
Registered: Nov-04
I would try NAD T753 and Cambridge Azur 540R for this price range and decide afterwards.
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