Stereo Reciever

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I'm looking for a new reciever for my PC, because I stream my audio out of two Paradigm Atoms. I currently have a Pioneer VSX-D307 5.1 surround reciever that I am not too fond of.

I was thinking either a Rotel or an NAD. If there are any better brands out there, please let me know!

I would like something with no crosstalk, perfect, uncolored audio, and not a bunch of crappy DSP modes. I want something basic that will give me good audio for under $600.

I plan to buy it the summer of next year.
 

Jung

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If you're just looking for a stereo receiver, I'd suggest the Denon DRA-685. This is what I have hooked up to my main computer and laptop dock. It has great sound clarity and definition. I think this would be a great compliment to your Santa Cruz card. I can't speak much about the speakers though, as I use M-Audio BX8s With the SBX Sub. These are the receiver and monitor that I use to do all of my Djing and music production on. I'm completely satisfied with the audio quality of this combination, although I'm sure you'd receive a good quality with any decent set of speakers/monitors.


If you're looking for a "Home Therater" or surround sound receiver, I'd suggest the Sony STR-DE997. I've never used this model, but a friend of mine owns it and assures me that it's amazing. I own the Sony ES STR-DA2000ES which adds a few more features. Unfortunately it's only slightly out of your price range.

edit: I wouldn't suggest buying from Crutchfield, as their overpriced. I usually use them as a refrence though.
 

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Sweet!

Does this Denon have shitloads of Crosstalk like the ones my father has had? He has a Denon from 1992 that is mostly okay.
 

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No, that recieve is great. Imo it performs better than my best friends and his cost twice as much. He opted to buy a low end pro receiver, over a high end consumer one. Like I said, I'm completely happy with that purchase. If you own powered monitors/speakers, it'll make it even better. A lot of people over look Denon as a lesser known brand, but they make quality electronics.