twochordcool's picture
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What you think is the best receiver for under $2000 for music AND movies?
jackfish's picture
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Onkyo TX-NR5008

Emotiva UMC-1
Emotiva XPA-5
The Emotiva UMC-1 had some problems early on but have since been solved with firmware updates.

Most AV receivers will be overrated on power generally only yielding half of rated power with all channels driven. But your speakers are fairly efficient so the 80 wpc with five channels driven by the Onkyo should be enough. If not you could try the Emotiva route for 30 days and send the stuff back if you don't like it.

Drtrey3's picture
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Denon and especially Marantz. I have had two Denon receivers and enjoy them every day. I lust for Marantz! Onkyo is certainly a brand you need to check out, but then Jackfish is the king of recommendations IMHO.


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Personally I wouldn't bother with a surround sound style integrated device as I feel a quality 2 channel setup will give you more then enough enjoyment with movies if the correct components are used. Plus you would end up with a better upgrade path later when your finances are better.

For this budget I would look at at Peachtree brand integrated device that includes a theater pass thru jack.
You would end up with a quality DAC , 50-80watts of power per channel and a higher end sound all around then going with the chain store brands.

If this method doesn't sound appealing to you then I hear the Integrateds made by Outlaw are a pretty good bang for your buck

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