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i am wondering which is a good receiver to get, the old sony 5300 or the new 4400es which im told is the same or upgrade to their new 6400 or just get a different brand like denon, im not sure what advantages would be better on which models, thanks
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Sony, in general, does not get high praise for their A/V receivers. They have a few models out now which do get better reviews, but generally their amplifiers are not considered to be on the same level as those of Yamaha or Denon.

Onkyo offers some incredibly value oriented products, which are great if you are on a budget.

Denon is one of the most consistent with overall quality. A bit more expensive, but typically their amplifiers are excellent and their overall processing is top notch.

The new 2309 and 2809 receivers really are an example for the industry to follow.

Seems like your budget does afford you the 2809, which is likely what I may go to sometime in the next year or so.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Sep 11, 2008 7:20 AM):
Sony, in general, does not get high praise for their A/V receivers. They have a few models out now which do get better reviews, but generally their amplifiers are not considered to be on the same level as those of Yamaha or Denon.

Onkyo offers some incredibly value oriented products, which are great if you are on a budget.

Denon is one of the most consistent with overall quality. A bit more expensive, but typically their amplifiers are excellent and their overall processing is top notch.

The new 2309 and 2809 receivers really are an example for the industry to follow.

Seems like your budget does afford you the 2809, which is likely what I may go to sometime in the next year or so.