Onkyo TSXR601 or Denon 1804?


Please give advice on which one to get. I will be listening to music more than watching movies. I will also be using floor standing Polk Audio speakers.

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Username: Gman

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Post Number: 273
Registered: Dec-03
At their price points they are both good. I would probably give an edge to the Onkyo. I would also take a look at the older Harman Kardon AVR 325 or the new AVR 330. While they look from specs as not having as powerful an amp--they truly give all that power cleanly with all channels driven, which neither the Denon or Onkyo do.

I just hope your Polk speakers aren't of the 4 ohm variety--I hope they are 8 ohm. Much easier load to power. If they are 4 ohm I would definitely go for an HK unit or a NAD unit.

Overheating would be a problem for the Onkyo and probably the Denon at 4 ohm loads. This could cause considerable damage.


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Username: Johnny


Post Number: 154
Registered: Dec-03
I would also recommend the Onkyo. I had an older model Onkyo paired with some Polk Satellite speakers (RM5400 I think). I was pleased with the system. It was great as a "starter" package.
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