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09-29-2004, 12:22 PM
Cant go any higher than that amount!

09-29-2004, 04:12 PM
Check out as many "Closeouts" as possible.

09-29-2004, 04:40 PM
You can get the receiver I have JVC-RX DV31SL which use to retail for $450 for about $175 sealed (unopened) on Ebay- you might need to wait a week or 2 but it regularly appears, possibly as a "buy it now". You can also get this for $240 plus shipping via an merchant or other online places check To me it gives great sound (you do need decent speakers & a good sub to achieve that though) both for rock/blues CD's and dvd's and has a built in progressive scan dvd player which I like & alot of people on this board are against. It gives 5.1 dolby pro logic2 surround sound as well as DTS. The 5 satellite speakers and sub I have, you can get for about $9oo from Good luck

09-29-2004, 04:59 PM

Eric Z
09-30-2004, 07:35 AM
Yamaha 5760/650- great entry level receiver that has YPAO feature! Got mine for $325 as a floor model. Heard you should be able to get it around $375-$425.

This Guy
09-30-2004, 01:39 PM
check out Yamaha, Marantz, Denon and Harman Kardon. Hershon is right, I do not reccomend his receiver and you can understand why if you do a search on it.

09-30-2004, 02:27 PM
Pre-outs, YPAO and everything you are likely to need in a quality package for 450-500 if you look a bit....especially with new models coming out.....

10-02-2004, 01:56 PM
Forget Japan stuff.

I had a Denon AVC, Onkyo 939 etc...and the best receiver is the Cambridge Audio Azur 540R. (2k and below) Period.

:-) :p

10-02-2004, 05:49 PM
IF you can live without DTS, ProLogic II, and all the formats that have come out in the last 5 years, I would suggest that you search E-Bay for a Marantz SR-780. It's an absolute powerhouse on music and does a first-rate job decoding Dolby Digital 5.1 movies. It blows away my NAD T762 (1200.00) receiver on music playback, and can usually be found on E-Bay for under 300.00. The unit normally comes with the RC2000mkII programmable remote, the so-called "Remote of the Gods", which used to sell for 200.00 by itself. If music is a priority, and bells and whistles are low on your list of priorities, you might want to give this a shot!

Lord Nikon
10-03-2004, 08:45 AM
I went with the Yamaha HTR5760 also. If you don't need a whole lot of features but want crisp sound and power this is the way to go.

10-03-2004, 11:52 AM
I would definetly urge you to try the new Cambridge Audio Azur 540R.