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I'm looking for a decent 5.1 receiver for around $200, preferably not over that too much. Seems fairly standard but I'll list 'em anyway:

TrueHD and DTS-HD for Blu-ray
3 HDMI in for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

I was looking at the Onkyo TX-SR309, which Newegg has for $200, but I've read here on OCN that their quality isn't what it used to be, so I'm a bit hesitant.

If it matters I plan on picking up a pair of Polk Monitor40 Series II bookshelf speakers to make a 2.0 system until I can save up for the other speakers/sub.

Lastly, if anyone can recommend a better/cheaper place to shop for this sort of stuff than Newegg, I'd appreciate it.
post #2 of 15
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No replies, eh?

How is Sony? Been looking at this one.
post #3 of 15
What do you mean their quality is not what they used to be? Can you be a little more specific?
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wondering about this too as i'm about to pull the trigger on the same setup....
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post #5 of 15
How about checking out Craigslist?
You might be able to snag an SR605/7 for less than $200.

I own a 603X and a 605. (the 603 for my rig, the 605 runs my theater...no complaints, aside from the fact they run hot)
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I would check eebay also.
I got a sony str-dg800 for $40 because it had a broken knob.
    
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I would get the Onkyo over the Sony any day. Also have you seen this?
http://shopping.dallasnews.com/ROP/a...34518149&type=
Or this:
http://shopping.dallasnews.com/ROP/a...34454795&type=
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post #8 of 15
I'd recommend looking at newer used Yamaha's, they tend to go for a bit less than their Denon equivalents. You'll get beefier amps than a new receiver for the same price and with similar features.

You could also look at refurbished Harman Kardon's on their Ebay page, they sometimes have decent deals.
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Originally Posted by astrallite View Post
What do you mean their quality is not what they used to be? Can you be a little more specific?
Afraid not, but browsing a few other threads here I've seen folks recommending against newer Onkyo receivers citing a decline in build quality (e.g. cheaper components).

I don't know enough about this subject to say one way or the other (thus this thread).

Anyway, thanks for the replies everyone. I think I'll hold off a while longer and look into some of these recommendations.
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Today I was given a Sony STR-DG500 for free, and while I'm sure it isn't the best receiver out there, I figured I could at least use it until I've saved up enough money for a new one.

Problem is, it's rated at 8 ohms and for the past year or so it's been used with some cheap 4 ohm HTiB speakers. I understand that this isn't necessarily good, as it can damage both the speakers and the receiver.

I'm assuming that it'd be a bad idea to hook up my Polk Monitor 40s to this thing now? I'd hate to damage the new speakers as a result of damage previously done to the receiver.
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