I would like a decent 5.1 receiver for <$150. I am looking at Onkyo TX-DS494 ($140), Pioneer VSX-D511 ($135), Kenwood VR-606 ($123), Kenwood VR-616 ($133), Kenwood VR-705S ($143), Technics SADX940 ($150), Somy STR-K750P ($145). (Prices include shipping) DTS would be preferable. DVD Audio (optical) would be nice, too. Any help offered to remedy my situation would be greatly appreciated.
It seems that Denon on that link has some highly exaggerated specs. 100 watts per channel AT 1 khz WITH 6 Ohm resistance (not 8 Ohm) and .7% THD. The Onkyo may not have those stats listed, but it does have 55 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm. Are they equal . . . Or am I totally off base . . .
I wouldn't think any receiver under $150 would have a dramatic difference in sound or power. Denon and Onkyo usually don't fudge too much on their power ratings. I'll bet that the Onkyo sounds better in this comparison.
Actually, there are very few companies that rate their watts per channel AS ALL CHANNELS DRIVEN! Usually if you look close, it is , say 100 watts per channel one channel driven! Marantz, NAD, Rotel, and Harmon Kardon are the only ones that I know of that rate their receivers at, say 55 (or what ever the rating is for a particular model) watts per channel, ALL CHANNELS DRIVEN! If your speakers are relatively sensitive, 89 DB+, and your room is of a reasonable size you should be ok! Berny, I concur, in this catagory, or at any price point really, it boils down to features! Be careful of refurbs, or B stocks, know the return policy, the unit could be a real deal, or a bust! I used to buy Yamaha B stock, six out of ten units were either cosmetically trash, or malfunctioned, or worse yet in one case, both! Alvin
Thanks, I'm going with the Onkyo 494, Refurb with money back 30 day guaruntee . . . its due in a couple days . . .