Well I've read about myself here in your posts. You know the guy that listened to the 901's (years ago)and couldn't wait for some.... Geessss Well I got 301 for the front and 201 for the rear and bose center. I have a Pioneer VSX-D710S powering the bose, and a Sony amp powering two 12" subs. Well I'm in the market for a new amp, I can't tell my wife I need new speakers at this point, (took alot of talking for the Bose) so my question is, which one. Was looking at the Onkyo TX-NR801 Receiver, then after reading a bunch of posts here, well think I changed my mind on that. Harman Kardon AVR7200 Receiver has my eye now. Would it be ok with my Bose until some day I can get different speakers, or is there a better choose? Thanks for any advise
You cannot find a better buy on a receiver today than the H/K7200. It can be had for under $800 at some mail order sites and is a true powerhouse. The 801 is a decent unit but can't come close to the 7200's multichannel power. Make sure the 7200's limited inputs are going to be enough for your needs in the future as it only has 6. I would get rid of those Bose as soon as you can afford to and get something is more worthy of whatever receiver you choose. For example if you get the 7200 pair them with a Monitor Audio system and you'll really have something to be proud of.
Get the H/K--much better power. Also a better match to my ears. The bose are pretty forward sounding and a tad bright, so the smoother charecter of the H/K would be a better match, IMO. On sale at One Call for $788, but you may even find it cheaper elsewhere:
I too am looking to upgrade my receiver. I have been very happy with an Onkyo TX-DS595. It is only 5.1 and I am looking to go to 7.1. I have seen some bad press posted here on the newer Onkyo products when it comes to power or the lack thereof. Did Onkyo make changes to their products in regard to power? I am at about 70% HT and 30% Music. I am looking in the $800 range for a receiver. Have heard good stuff here about the HK7200. Any reason to look anywhere else? I have Athena ASF1 fronts and ASC1 center. Not sure if that makes a difference.
Danny, I would keep your present setup - should sound pretty good. $800 will not get you much of an upgrade unless you buy used at www.videogon.com Not much is available for 7.1 now, and who knows how it will play out in the future.
If you really want to upgrade your sound, and your Onkyo has preout, I would get a power amp from www.audiogon.com or www.videogon.com like a parasound or acurus one.
H. R. What are you looking for, floor standards or book shelfs? For the money, Athena makes great speakers and they can be purchased at almost any Best Buy (as I feel the cringe from those reading). Their AS-F2's go for $600 and are amazing for that price. The AS-F1's aren't as good, but they are better than 90% of the stuff out there.
Geesssss, I should have stated what I was looking for. Yes floor, or towers are what I'd like. I was just reading a review on the Athena AS-F2, the review said they we amazed with the sound (for the price). Thanks for the reply