I've recently been looking into buying a new A/V receiver and HK's AVR 230 looks most appealing. It'll be used 70% music, 30% movies.
In order to save a bit of money to start, I'm just gonna get a couple of stereo speakers for now before adding a center, satellites and a sub. My price limit is about 1000$ though I could spend a little more and would be very happy if it were less. Basically that would cover the receiver and a pair of speakers. I've been thinking of getting a couple of Monitor Audio's B4s. Is this a good combo or do you guys recommend something else?
I'm not totally set on this receiver and speaker setup and am certainly open to suggustions for anything else in this price range.
Not a bit. Just connect them and crank it up. [at least until they start to clip]. Seriously you need to realize the MA's will need about 50-60 hours of break in time to smooth out. I have a pair of Bronze B1's in my kitchen and love them.
The Infinities look really nice, but unfortunately they're a bit out of my price range.
One of the stores near me in Cambridge is currently out of stock of the MA B4s, but they said they'd sell me the floor demos for 20% off. I think that'd make them 480$ for the pair. Are there any real drawbacks to buying the demos? It seems like it might even be advantageous since they're already somewhat broken in.
I was also wondering what you guys thought of buying the receiver from an online dealer. I don't think any of the stores around me sell the AVR230 for less than 500$, whereas there are plenty of online retailers who sell them for easily less than 400$. Any recommendations?
is it really that much of a risk if you buy a refurbished one direct from harman kardon? they'll still have to honor the warranty, though if they send me a busted unit i'll have to eat the cost of shipping it back to them.