Help choosing receiver


I have a small budget of 450 to buy a used receiver and I would greatly appreciate your suggestions. I would only use it for HT as I have a separate 2 channel system.

I've been looking at Denon, Yamaha, Marantz and Sony (the brand new STR-DA1000ES)

Thanks !!
I like onkyo 800 or above - won the receiver of the year at a hifi magazine for under 1k. Smooth and rich.

Outlaw 1050 is also nice - I see here for sale now and then.

I also like this new digital amp - panasonic sa-xr45 ($300 shipped on the web) Although not that powerful, has a pleasant smooth sound, with a great bass. Some are replaceing a few thousand units with this. A lot is written about it on here and

Used NAD T751 is my favorite, mostly because its EARS 2ch-to-5.1 algorithm is a winner. Around $400, $500 discounted new, if you can find a leftover.
Been looking closely at Denon 2803 and 3802....also the Onkyo 701, would these three rival same budget Pioneer Elite or Yamaha ?
I think I should forget about the Sony.

Take a serious look at the Panasonic SA-XR45. It's a 6.1 HT receiver that is rated at 100wpc (all digital). Huge amount of posts over at Audioasylum re: this little slim profile receiver. I plan on looking into it by the spring. And best of all, it's only $300 brand new!
For Home Theater the Yamaha's will be the best choices.
I think I-m going to go Denon, maybe a I can find a good deal on the 2803 or 3803.

The issue with the Panasonic SA-XR45 is that it doesn't have pre outs and other stuff...

Please keep sending your opinions....I don't want to screw up.

I've been further narrowing my search to the Denon 3803, any comments ?
I plan to use it also as a PreAmp, because I already have a power amp.

Look at for pre amps.
Another vote for the Panasonic SA-XR45 (or 25). I have one hooked up to very modest inwall speakers, but I first tried it out with some Dynaudio speakers, and the sonics were excellent. Plenty of power, and packed with features. I don't know how they do it.