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    Default Receiver recommendation for existing speaker & amp

    Im in the market for a receiver and seeking for recommendations on a reasonably priced unit with quality comparable to the existing audio units.

    Already have:
    (2) Polk Audio VM 30
    (2) Polk Audio VM 20
    (1) Polk Audio DSW Pro 600 Subwoofer
    (1) Polk Audio Surroundbar 50
    (1) Yamaha Amp (model C-60)

    Thank you.

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    What kind of price range are you looking at? if you match brands yamaha currently has the 665 for around $500 and includes the preouts you need to hook up the amp. If you're looking for brand new reciever the Yammy 665 is probably the cheapest with preouts.. But Marantz, Denon, Onkyo and Pioneer are all great brands to check out as well. Also if the amp is 5 channel and you don't need an Amped AVR you could also look at a higher end HT pre amp instead of a new AVR. Welcome to CP, I'm sure others will have good advice as well.
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    I have no advice at all...I'm AVR'd out...but good luck and let us know what you choose :)

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    For the Polk VM Series, you could go with something like an Onkyo 607 or a comparable HK receiver. The Onkyo is a bit bright but is great for home theater, and the HKs are more warm, they are both good though. The Denon 1910 would be good too in that price scope. These are all receiver under $550.

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    Based on the cost of your equipment, I would recommend that you check Videogon for a Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH or 23TXH with a price range of $450 to $550. They have pre-outs and are the best in class with their performance.

    If you have a higher budget but under $1,500, then consider the Pioneer Elite SC-25 or SC-27.
    Last edited by xcapri79; 10-23-2009 at 03:59 PM.

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

    MB HT/ 2 ch:
    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC122, MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201, MCD301, MR85, MX130, MX134
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcapri79 View Post
    Based on the cost of your equipment, I would recommend that you check Videogon for a Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH or 23TXH with a price range of $450 to $550. They have pre-outs and are the best in class with their performance.
    I would stay away from Elite non-ICE Amps which was the SC-"XX" Series. I've heard from other Polk members they don't sound anything like they expected and are very flat.
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    Receiver: Onkyo 607
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    Rears: Polk Fxi30
    Sub: Velodyne Minivee 10
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    I would not buy the onkyo because of its 2 channel performance . I just bought one a few weeks ago . This is a great machine for bluray movies but thats all i. All I have done since I bough mine is figure out how I can get rid of it to buy somthing that can power electrostats

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    HK with Pre outs or Denon. Don't let the watt ratings of the HK fool you. Plenty of real power without bloated specs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvran View Post
    I would stay away from Elite non-ICE Amps which was the SC-"XX" Series. I've heard from other Polk members they don't sound anything like they expected and are very flat.
    The Pioneer Elite SC-05, 07, 25 and 27 are all ICE amps and are highly regarded at their price point.
    Mantis has provided a very good review.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80499
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81452

    What specific non-ICE amp models are you referring to?

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

    MB HT/ 2 ch:
    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC122, MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201, MCD301, MR85, MX130, MX134
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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    (1) Polk Audio Surroundbar 50

    Where will this fit in the mix? Looks like you need another VM30 for the center channel.


    Pioneer SC-XX series gets my vote.

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    I'm wondering if TMc is using the Polk Surroundbar as a center channel.
    I have a 50" Surroundbar off my SC-07 amp and run LSi's via external amps.
    I have run both sets simultaneously and can see someone using the Surroundbar by itself or with additional RL front and surround speakers depending on what they are listening to.

    TMc, please elaborate on how you intend to configure your system?

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

    MB HT/ 2 ch:
    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC122, MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201, MCD301, MR85, MX130, MX134
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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    best buy may still have a few yamaha 863's in stock. I was at one the other day and they ad a few for less than $600 each.
    pop

    media room: Lsi25 mains driven by an audiosource amp300, LSi9's driven by another amp300, LsiC drivin by an audiosourcAmp200, Lsi7 rear channels driven by receiver - Yamaha 863, Panamax 5300, epson 6100 w/ 106" elite cinatension2 screen, HPz555 media center, oppo 980, techniques SLbd3 turntable,xbox and ps3,

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