Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Jerryb, Jul 18, 2006.
Is a $300 stereo only reciever going to sound better than a $300 multi channel reciever?
It all depends on what BRAND you buy.
Onkyo.They have stereo only and multi channel both for $300.
Not necessarily true. You can buy a junk Sony, or a great sounding/performing Sony. Same goes for virtually every mainstream brand out there.
To answer the original question, yes, a $300 stereo only receiver will likely net a bigger sound than a 5.1 version. Buy used for best bang for your buck.
I have yet to compare the sound quality of Onkyo's MSRP $300.00 home theater receiver (currently the TX-SR504) to its $300.00 stereo receiver (currently the TX-8522), but I can tell you that the TX-8522's predecessor (the TX-8511) compare favorably to my Cambridge Audio A500 stereo integrated amp. Given its street price ($250.00 shipped from J&R), and assuming Onkyo kept the same parts from the TX-8511, the TX-8522 should be quite a bargain because it would also include a nice-sounding phono pre-amp and a decent tuner. I sold my TX-8511 for the Cambridge Audio, assuming it would be a step-up in performance....but it was more of a lateral move. And I had to give up on a lot of convenient features.
BTW, Onkyo's previous $300.00 HT receiver, the TX-SR503, was also very well-reviewed in various magazines. The common "complain" was that it doesn't quite have enough power to reproduce the bass frequencies. I suppose Onkyo assume you'd have a powered sub for surround sound.
It's nice reading useful evaluations here. Thanks
I would think that, with more amplifiers kicking, that either the components would be cheaper on a multichannel receiver than with a stereo in the same price bracket. OR, the wattage would be lower. In other words, somethings gotta give.
The new TX-8522 is rated into 4 ohms....kinda give you an idea what's underneath the "hood".
Yeah, short answer: it depends, but I would think all other things being the same, the stereo one should sound better beyond a certain volume.
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