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Which of these receivers....

 

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Username: Pocajunboy

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jan-07
should I purchase. I'm down to four.

Onkyo TX-SR604, Onkyo TX-SR674, HK AVR 245, Pioneer Elite VSX-80TXV
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 12265
Registered: Dec-03
I would narrow it down to HK and Pioneer Elite. I believe the Onkyos have pretty weak power supplies.
 

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Username: Davidpa

Portland, Oregon US

Post Number: 284
Registered: Nov-05
Denon is worth looking at also, but the Onkyo isnt bad, even w/the weaker power supply like Berny stated. I think the pioneer elites are way overpriced, and would stick to HK, Denon, or the Onkyo. JMO
 

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Username: Hawk

Highlands Ranch, CO USA

Post Number: 1016
Registered: Dec-03
Onkyo power supplies are simply terrible. Sound and Vision magazine two years ago tested the top of th eline Onkyo 901 (I think that was the number) rated at 125 wpc. Well, when you connected five speakers, the power output clipped at 58 wpc. Tested seven speakers (a 7.1 setup) and the power dropped to below 54 wpc. This is because Onkyo uses weak power supplies and only rates their receivers driving only two channels at a time. The resulting sound can often sound strained and weak.

Of the units you listed, only the harman/kardon and the Pioneer Elite will produce their rated power. Both are very good units.
 

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Username: Pocajunboy

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jan-07
I've been looking at the yamaha rv1600. Thought's on that receiver...thanks
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 12414
Registered: Dec-03
What speakers will you be using?
 

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Username: Pocajunboy

Post Number: 4
Registered: Jan-07
Klipsch Synergy Quintet. They are a few years old
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 12471
Registered: Dec-03
I've never liked the Yamaha/Denon Klipsch pairing, I think that it is too harsh. But that is judging from my ears, you should hear it for yourself. I prefer the Pioneer/Klipsch combination.
 

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Username: Hawk

Highlands Ranch, CO USA

Post Number: 1054
Registered: Dec-03
Klipsch speakers settles it in my mind. Klipsch are very forward, somewhat bright sounding speakers. Mating them to a Yamaha, which is amongst the brightest sounding receivers out there, will make the system sound pretty edgy (not in a good way). Either the h/k or the Pioneer Elite, both of whom have a much more reserved, laid back sound, will be a much better match for the Klipsch speakers. The end result (which is what counts) will be a very nice balanced sounding system that will sound the most realistic. Strongly recommend you actually listen to these receivers with Klipsch speakers before you buy.
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