£400 hdmi receiver - Pioneer VSX1016S vs Onkyo TX-SR604e

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  1. j_duqueno

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    I've got £1000 to buy an av system.

    I currently have a 3 year old pair of mordaunt short 904's? Which sound great except the bass is a little weak.

    Here’s what I’m looking at buying:
    Onkyo TX-SR604e AV Receiver £400.00
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    Pioneer VSX1016S AV Receiver £409
    • Mordaunt Short 903 AVANT Black Bipolar rear
    • Mordaunt Short 905i Black (Single centre)
    • Mordaunt Short 308 AVANT Silver (Subwoofer)

    So which receiver is the best buy? looks like the spec's are virtually identical (2*hdmi, 7x150w, auto calibrate gizmo, optional ipod dock), though the pioneer is THX approved.

    Will the subwoofer makeup for the 904's lack of bass when playing music? And do DVD players make good CD players? My current one takes ages to recognise an audio CD.


    Thanks

    Jon D
     
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    I have the 604 and it sounds superb. It's also a doddle to set up.

    I haven't heard the pioneer so can't compare them directly.

    The sub will certainly help with the bass, a hell of a lot.

    A dedicated cd player is generally considered to give a superior sound than a dvd player.

    If you can get a demo of both of them, then my advice would be to do so because that's the only definitive way to seperate them.

    I think I'm right in saying that the thx is irrellevant unless your running 7.1 but someone please correct me if i'm wrong.
     

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