Im in the market for a new av reciver. Ive looked at sony,harmon kardon and onkyo. They all have differant power ratings. I guess im trying to find out if the sony is a true 100watts per channel or not. I know Onkyo and Harmon are better components and are probabley tru to there power rating where as the sony may not be true to its rating. I just want to get the best sound possible without jepordizing volume or stength. Will they Harmon at 75 watts per channel be a better choice with all Polk speakers?
sorry to say but both sony and onkyo fudge their numbers. i would ditch the idea of getting sony if HK is in your list. 75 watts should be more than plenty for most speakers. also take a look at NAD and marantz. they both make quite good recievers.
Stay away from Polk subs, have heard nothing but bad things about them.
If you have a small room I'd look at the Hsu STF-1, it's $300.
If that's over your budget, I'd get the 10" Dayton sub from partsexpress.com at $145 shipped---this one often is described on audio forums like this as the best under-$300 sub out there.
Now of course if you have more money to spend, that opens up a whole other can of worms.
Between the AVR635 and the DPR1005 I'd take the 635, have heard a lot of grumbles about the 1005 especially when played at louder volumes. The DPR2005 though is supposed to be excellent. Go to the avsforum.com and look at the huge "List of digital receivers" there is some ongoing discussion of the HK digital receivers.