budget 7.1 reciever recomendations

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I'm looking for some recomendations for a 7.1 reciever, I have a 5.0
infinity sound system (no sub) not sure whihc model they are, they are all
the same size speaker (about 4 inches wide, 8 inches tall and mabye about 4
inches deep) I still need ot buy a powered subwoofer, and already have 2 in
cieling speakers installed (will probably switch these out later on) I'm
looking for a decent 7.1 reciever that has component video switching, and a
few fiber optic audio inputs (for ps2 and Xbox) I don't believe I need a ton
of power for these, just looking for somethign decent under 300 bucks if
possible, can I get some ideas from anyone? I watch a lot of movies and also
play video games and watch regular TV, so it's sort of an all around theater
I'm going for. thanks!

-nick



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Hi,
Can't go wrong with Yamaha. I always liked Yamaha product. My main
receiver now is RX-V2500 with mid size Infinity speaker package.
eBay has some good selection of smaller/bit older model for that price
range.
Tony


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Here you go.  Your not likely to find better under a grand:

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/1070.html



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Whoops, just made a post recommending the Outlaw, should have read further
as it's not within your budget.  Sorry.



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haha, no problem, I appreciate the effort. any idea what is decent in my
budget? I'm not looking for anything crazy, and it could be a year old or so
or could be a refurb, as long as it's 7.1, has component switching and easy
to use woudl be nice (but not 100% as I'm pretty handy with electronics)
also auto calibration would eb nice, although I know I'm pushing it in this
budget. any ideas on some models, or brands? or at least some good sites
that review A/V recievers? thanks!

-Nick



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Dr Nick wrote:
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Hi,
Is there a particular reason it has to be 7.1 receiver?
eBay has many choices.
Tony

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well, I have 4 speakers in the wall already and 2 speakers in the cieling,
so all I need to do is add the center channel I already have and I've got a
7.1, it's basicaly already set up for it. is there any reason to NOT go 7.1?



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Hi,
No. From my experience, unless your room is BIG, between 5.1, 6.1, 7.1,
  even 9.1 does not make a big difference. Aalso bigger room needs
higher power amp as well.
Tony

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ok, I found a few good recievers that I've narrowed it down to. the pioneer
VSX-815, the Denon AVR-1506 and the onkyo TX-SR573. all are 7.1, and all are
in my price range (can find all of them for 300 or less) are any of these
companys better than the other in build quality? woudl you recommend one
over the others? thanks!

-Nick



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I'm sure any of them will serve your needs well.

Denon specializes in components and makes a very good product. My son
has had a
similar Onkyo for years and plays it fairly loud with no
problems. As I said,
I've had a Pioneer for about 4 years and its been
flawless.

I don't think there's enough of a difference at this price point -
especially
with your inwall speakers - to make one much better than the
others. (The
Pioneer does have the automatic level setting feature that
I mentioned but I
wouldn't choose on that alone - even though it is
very cool.)


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Your probably right, I remember being a LOT more critical when setting up my
dads home theater (he went with a pioneer elite, not sure of the model
number, it was a 7.1 with an MSRP of around 3,000, and the sound is amazing,
with all of its features it's a little overwhelming at first haha) but back
at this price point should I look for anythign spacific (besides the
features I want) Someone mentioned to me getting one wiht digital channcles
as opposed to discrete channels, but I have no idea what that means, haha.



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Take a look at the Pioneer VSX-915 - available on ebay for $295. I have
it's
older brother (VSX 912) and it's been very good for a number of
years. I really
like the automatic room adjustments for the speaker
location and size - works
like a charm. Just hold the microphone at the
listening position and press a few
buttons on the remote. It does its
thing and set all of the levels.


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