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    Default Need help with stereo/receiver

    Ok so I've been trying to find a good Stereo/Receiver to power a pair of monitor60s and a psw505. It will mostly be used for music, but also for movies. I can only afford one that falls in between to 200-300 price range atm. In the future I plan to upgrade with an amp or whatever and add more speakers. This is my first time getting involved with the whole HT thing so a lot of this is new to me. Any suggestions? Thanks

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    Welcome to CP.

    Might be a tough call to find a good new or used surround sound receiver w/ the current gen of bells/whistles and pre-outs. Maybe you should start with a stereo receiver w/ sub outs like a HK 3490 (~$275). Then you can save up for a good surround receiver and amp later on when you're ready to go all in on the HT setup.

    Otherwise, I'd say check audiogon and videogon and see what you can find in terms of surround receivers.
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    First suggestion is save more money. $200-300 isn't going to get much of a reciever. And if you do find something in that range you will be wanting to upgrade it Sorry i can't be more helpful.

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    Great thing about the HK 3490 is that it has pre outs as well as sub out. I have one and it's a lot of bang for the buck IMHO. Sounds great with music and movies but isn't a surround receiver (avr)
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    For just stereo, 2 speakers and a sub, you can pick up a real nice vintage receiver from Marantz or Sansui that would sound pretty good with the M60's. If you plan on going surround sound down the road, look for a used Pioneer elite that can be had in the 300-600 range. Nice thing about the vintage Marantz or Sansui is when it's time to move up to HT, and you sell those vintage receivers, you won't lose a nickel.

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    It'd be worth checking out Harman Kardon's eBay store and seeing if they have any AVR-254's or 2600's. These *should* fall in your price range after all is said and done. They do all the audio processing currently available (DTS-HD and DD-HD), have HDMI hookups, AND have the pre-outs to allow your system to grow. They don't sound bad alone either.

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    Don;t forget craiglist, there are many people who are getting rid of things that they don;t need. Here is what I got from Houston CL locally.

    - RTi12 NIB never opened $700 pair
    - Onkyo tx sr806 $ 250 rarely used
    - GFA 555 MkII amp in good condition $300

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