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What were the best sounding mass market receivers of the 90's/00's?

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by thurber, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. DKMI

    DKMI Active Member

    I get that, but my bet is that $80 pre/pro paired to a $200 amp sounds better than the receivers of the same era that I’m seeing fetching $400. Throw that B&K pre/pro in stereo mode and enjoy.


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  2. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man? Subscriber

    Kelso, Washington
  3. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

    I never had one but wish I did. The technics tx 50 is suppose to sound really good for music and still gets a premium for a older receiver. I like the bigger denon receivers
    Also mine is still going from the early 2000s and sounds great with music.

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  4. hifitommy

    hifitommy AK Subscriber Subscriber

    the marantz model 19 was choice as was the 2270. i had a good sounding sherwood s8900a. after the sherwood i went to separates.
  5. Quadman2

    Quadman2 Addicted Member

    What a question... and watch the biases come outta the woodwork.

    Your question reminds me of asking which muscle car was the best during the 60's 70's...matter of opinion, based on personal experience for the most part.

    Some solid suggestions to date.

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  6. thurber

    thurber AK Subscriber Subscriber

    San Francisco, CA
    This thread took off - cool. Had not checked it in a while. As I said I have developed the habit many of you have somewhat recently. I just bought a Denon DRA-425R receiver for $15 today. Really sounds nice, but not as refined and...perfect as the Nakamichi AV-8 I mentioned which helms my digital setup. For the vinyl setup I am using the Marantz 1060. I also tried out the Nakamichi AV-500 - it SLAMS and really sounds awesome, but I found myself missing the AV-8 which just has this pristine sound thing going I want to return to. Now I have to explain to my family (and self) why a person could possibly need 10 receivers.


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  7. roadrunnerx

    roadrunnerx AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Nations oldest city, EST. 1565.
    For a tuner on an AVR, just attach something from the past through an input.
    Currently using a silver face 1978 Phase Linear tuner on a Yamaha A-2020.
    Also, had a Denon 2805 and 3805, kept the 3805 with the 2805 remote. Smart remotes seem so problematic to me. Harmony is quite good though.
    And I agree on the Yamaha VSX series from 2000 to 08. Quite good. But still happy with the Luxman R-117 on the main system.
  8. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

    Norman OK
    For the last twenty-five years, or so, I think there have generally been better-sounding mass-market integrated amps vs receivers. Note generally - there are always exceptions to most any blanket characterization. With many people no longer interested in AM/FM, and among them others who prefer a separate tuner, anyway, and furthermore, a lot of high-quality integrateds offered during this time, used IAs also represent good value in sound.
  9. tom67

    tom67 Active Member

    Palm Beach Gardens FL
    Still have mine.....great units....only thing missing that I use is 5 channel stereo
  10. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

    One more AVR from my experience. I picked up a Pioneer VSX-56TXI not too long which I am really enjoying. It's got the Elite handle and the shiny Kuro look.

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