We love a good comparison so you'll forgive us if we got a little exuberant with this one. The ~$500 price point is a popular one for A/V receivers and just about every manufacturer has a receiver around that price. Instead of leaving out manufacturers that had a receiver a little under or over the price point, we just included everyone's offerings.This year's models range in price from a low of $479 to a high of $599. While that's only a $120 variance, it's an over 20% difference. If you'd paid 20% more for your car, you'd expect a serious improvement. Hitting the ~$500 price point means that the convenience features are going to be key since manufacturers will have to pick and choose what is most important to them. Read on for our take on the receiver offerings around $500 from Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Harman Kardon, Sherwood, Marantz, Yamaha, and Sony.
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I recently purchased the Onkyo (first foray with an Onkyo) and have been very pleased with it. Now I am not maxing it out or stressing it in any manner - it is the 4th receiver in the house (Denon 4310 in the dedicated HT, and a Denon 3805 in the living room, old Yamaha DSP-A3090 going to power a 2nd zone off the 4310 for patio speaker in the spring). The Onkyo is currently in our playroom/exercise room and configured as a 3.0 system with wall mounted left and right and the center mounted under the TV. I did a fair amount of comparisons prior to my purchase and given the anicipated use, went for the feature set. I have a Wii, Blu-ray player (HDMI), and DishTV DVR (HDMI off a splitter with the 4310). Receiver has been good so far and am happy with my purchase.
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This article was published prematurely. I'm not quite done with it. It'll be live again in a few hours. Sorry about the confusion.
Nice compariosn chart. I noticed that Yamaha and Sony are the only receivers with HDMI pass through. Another feature I know that Yamaha incorportaes on this model that doesn't seem to get mentioned is Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) with Adaptive DSP Level . I thought I toss that fact in there.
thanks and sorry about that. I just downloaded the user manual and confirmed their website is wrong. That's a bit disappointing but I am sure the amps are still solid in this product. Their 3490 receiver blew me away when I bench tested it.The weight quoted for the HK 1600 is not correct. The actual product weight is 20.5 pounds.
This comes directly from the manual on the HK website. However in typical HK fashion they have it listed incorrectly on the product page.
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Is there a reason the Pioneer VSX-1020-K wasn't included?
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Hey, I think I read that the HDMI 1.3 harman kardons have the 1.4 chipset and can be upgraded via firmware?
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