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10 Yr old Dolby receiver dying, replacement suggestions?
Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:26 AM
So I am looking for suggestions, cheap suggestions as my living room is not 5.1 friendly. 2.1 is the best I can do in there(for now). In that room I have my DirecTV receiver (HR16-300), Panasonic DVD, and Nintendo Wii that will all need to be serviced.
Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations?
Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:39 AM
I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.
Directv customer since 2000
Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:09 AM
Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:39 AM
The old receiver was still working when I replaced it.
Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:56 AM
Just curious...why isn't your room "not 5.1 friendly"? Is it a speaker wire routing issue?
No, architectural. Wiring would be easy if done through floor as there is a good stoop space under the house. Its just a small home, split level, lower level has vaulted ceiling and open arrangement that makes speaker placement a witch. 50% of lower level is Living room, 50% is kitchen/dinning. Split lengthwise down length of vaulted ceiling by flooring carpet/vinyl. Here is a drawing rough one too.
Blue lines are furniture
Red line is peak of vaulted celing
Yellow lines outline closet and stairs down to garage.
Black lines show the only walls in the space
So as you can see its s huge open layout with a roughly C shaped wall that is only 11 foot tall(doesn't reach to any higher than outer walls so is sorta freestanding like a dressing/changing screen). Rear channels could possibly be put somewhere but it wouldn't be pretty. It is probably the most suboptimal room for surround imaginable.
On my agenda is closing in the garage and turning it into a theater/hobby room, but not this year.
Posted 08 October 2008 - 03:08 PM
Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:38 PM
Posted 08 October 2008 - 11:18 PM
If you are patient you can find some really great deals. I got mine from J&R for WAY below what anyone else was selling them for and got it the next day!
A buddy of mine bought an Onkyo and he liked it but ended up going with a similar Sony in the long run.
Of course this is very personal and subjective decision so only you can make the ultimate choice and as long as you are happy with your purchase that is all that matters isn't it :-)
Posted 09 October 2008 - 08:42 AM
My Setup as of January 2011
Posted 09 October 2008 - 11:03 AM
Family Room: Sony KDFE-55A20 55" LCD RPTV; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVoRoamio Plus, LG BH200 HD DVD/Blu-ray player via HDMI to AVR
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player
Posted 09 October 2008 - 11:29 AM
Posted 10 October 2008 - 08:10 AM
If you throw in a few more bucks, you can probably find a nice A/V receiver that is network capable. You could do music streaming from your PC. In fact, I've seen the Denon AVR-3808CI, which retails for $1699 on sale as low as $970 on line. As always, caveat emptor!
Posted 10 October 2008 - 09:11 AM
It has the HRT-6130 A/V receiver bundled with a set of speakers.
I got it for about $300 at BB.
Pretty versital. Multiple HD/digitial audio inputs.
However, HDMI is pass through only. It gets it's audio through digital coax or optical.
I love it. It does everything I wanted and handles two HR2x's and a Blu-Ray. I had to add a HDMI/toslink switch because I now try to run three HR2x's, Blu-Ray and I didn't want to use component for any of the HD inputs so that's an issue to consider.
My 2¢ FWIW.
If you don't want to do sub-models at least do the new equipment...I'm just sayin'
Since it costs 2.4¢ to produce a penny, my 2¢ worth is really 4.8¢ worth. That 4.8¢ is my own and not the 4.8¢ of DIRECTV, Dish, or anyone else for that matter.