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    Buying used receiver -- need help!

    Hi all, it's been ages since I posted on AudioReview!

    Just wondering what you would do if you were in my shoes. I just build a theater in my basement and I'm looking for something to power it so I can leave my Denon AVR-3300 upstairs in my other system (75% music, 25% HT). The basement will be 95% HT and 5% multichannel music (no 'serious' music listening). Also, I only plan on running a 5.1 set-up for the foreseeable future.

    Here are my options for the new HT room:

    Denon AVR-2803 - $340
    Pioneer VSX-1015TX - $300 (THX Select II certified)
    Marantz SR-19 - $450 (THX Select certified)
    Harmon Kardon AVR-430 - $300

    Keep in mind that I originally set-out with a budget of $300 but I will stretch it a little if it is really worth it. I guess the big questions I have are: is the Pioneer a good HT receiver? Is it worth $300 (CAD); would the Denon be a step-up and would the Marantz be a really big step up?

    Let me know what you think!
    Last edited by Keith from Canada; 10-31-2007 at 05:16 AM.

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    I'd probably go with the Marantz myself, those Pioneers seemed to have cheaped out at some point after the 1014TX set the world on fire.

    IMO, the Pioneer isn't that great a price used considering what they sell for new.
    If the new receiver is going to be a secondary unit and you're worried about money, the Denon is probably the best of both worlds in terms of price and performance. Maybe that's the way to go.

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    Class of the clown GMichael's Avatar
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    I second the Denon.
    The Marantz may have an edge in sound, but when buying used, I'd go for the Denon reliabillity.
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