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home theater gurus- need your advice on used Yamaha reciever

 
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Jan 13, 2010 12:18 |  #1

A co-worker bought a new reciever and is selling his old one. It is a Yamaha HTR-5280 http://www.yamaha.com …CNTID=200175&CT​ID=5000400 (external link) (which I think is from 2002 or so).
My current Yamaha reciever is lacking DTS (Dolby Digital only), so I think it would be a nice upgrade and has more power as well. The only problem is the remote doesn't work (didn't work since he has owned it, which he bought the unit second hand) replacement remotes online are around $75. He wanted $130 for the reciever but since the remote doesn't work he would go down to $100. Also the bass knob is missing, so I would want to order a replacement for that. Is this really a good deal, or should I just wait and find a better one when I move into a house (live in apartment right now).

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Jan 13, 2010 15:11 |  #2

The remote doesn't work? Or the remote sensor in the receiver doesn't work? Only way to tell would be to try another remote, possibly a universal...

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Jan 13, 2010 15:52 |  #3

You might want to look into the Logitech Harmony series of remotes rather than buying a direct replacement for the stock remote.


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Jan 13, 2010 17:38 |  #4

The sensor does work, the remote for the satellite is programmed to control the volume. As for the remote itself, the little light blinks but no action.

I could look into a Harmony remote, as the main complaint about that reciever (from reviews I've read) is that the remote is small and confusing to use.

Is the unit worth $100 though? I don't know what typical used prices go for...


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Jan 13, 2010 19:15 |  #5

Boy, I hate to buy that kind of gear used. Primarily is because 'new' prices are so low anymore. But then again, a 3 year old receiver should do any and everything you need.

Yamaha is generally pretty good consumer level gear, too. I guess if it does DTS and that's important to you, not too bad a deal. Your buddy should be thrilled to get ANYBODY to buy it from him. There just isn't much of a market for used home theater gear.

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Jan 13, 2010 20:20 |  #6

Dave- I have a Yamaha 5 disc which I bought at a thrift store for 5 or 10 bucks. The door had trouble opening but all it needed was a new belt and it works great! I like that it matches my Yamaha receiver and works with the remote.

I'm just on the fence about this $100 receiver. I just got a Bluray player and a high def cable box so I'd like to be able to listen in DTS rather then Pro-logic (unless the movie is decoded in Dolby Digital... more in DVDs I think?). On the other hand I'm still in an apartment so when I move into a house I might want to get something a bit fancier (then again, it might be enough).


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Jan 13, 2010 20:42 as a reply to  @ DStanic's post |  #7

Something else for you to check before making the final decision. Some receivers (including my Yamaha 2600) do not pass through 1080p for the HD Video....only 1080i. Best to check if the receiver you are looking at has this limitation.

It can be overcome by running the HDMI cable directly to the HD TV...but then you will also need to run separate AC3 cable to the Receiver for audio.


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