hey everyone, as some of you might know i have had some amp problems with my pioneer head unit. it has been reading "amp err" after a second or to after turning on. I am going to buy a new reciever and dont know exactly what to buy. i have no more then $200 to spend and dont wanna buy something crappy. i was looking at http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/90107/originURLEncoded/http%253A%252F%252Fww w.circuitcity.com%252Fccd%252Fcategory.do%253FcatOid%253D-12949%2526N%253D200128 98%252B20012949%2526c%253D1/rpem/ccd/productDetailReview.do#tabs (sry do know how to hyperlink) but dont know about it. and no i would not buy from cc. please let me know. a pic of my room with a list of what i have is under "bragging area" but i cant get in there for some reason right now. my aim is blownprix99 if you need to know anything els..thanks again for the help. Eric
Sony makes crap audio products IMO. High distortion and a thin tinny sound plagues the low-end models. While the ES line performs better, I find the cost/performance benefit doesn't add up when comparing to competitors.
The Pioneer 1014Tx is a stronger performer within the same price range.
If you found your previous Pioneer's sound too flat take a look at the Yamaha HTR-5790 or the RXV line preferably.
Marantz also makes good receivers at that price point. Take a look at the 4400.
I agree with Kano, non-ES Sony receivers suck big time. Their DVD/CD players aren't too bad though for the money.
If $200 is your absolute limit then you'd be better off going with a refurb Onkyo 502 from ecost.com for $190.
The Pioneer 1014 would be much better but around $350-400.