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Sony TA-VA777ES paranoia!!

Discussion in 'Integrated Amplifiers & Receivers' started by Damian1978, Aug 1, 2001.

  1. Damian1978

    Damian1978 Active Member

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    Right,

    Just got a nice new Sony TA-VA777ES from Richer Sounds for £750.

    I love it to bits, and nearly did myself an injury carting this out of the store. My concern is my speakers.

    I've just moved into a much larger room and previously had a Yamaha A5. In my old box room I did'nt need much volume to fill the room and it was loud. The new room is almost twice as big and pretty empty and the Yamaha needed to be pushed a little harder but sounded loud still.

    Now the Sony is more powerfull (not by much, roughly 20 watts) but I'm not sure if I have connected the speakers up in the best way.

    I've followed the original way I wired them for the A5. I have a pair of B&W 601S2 speakers at front (8 ohms) bi-wired to the A&B speaker posts. An Eltax Symphony centre (4-8 ohms) and 2 Gale Gold Monitors MkII (6-8 ohms) for surrounds. A pretty weird mix.

    Now I want to replace them all with a matching set but funds are'nt too great at the moment. In music the amp seems pretty loud and the level is around 2.5-3 but for most movies to get a dynamic sound I'm pushing the level to around 4+.

    It does'nt sound (no pun intended) too high but thats the 10'o clock position and for the type of amp I was a little concerned. Becanuse the centre speaker is rated from 4 ohms I've had to switch the ohm selector switch down to 4 ohms. For some reason in the technical spec sheet this reduces the power. The amp has no fan and only runs a little warm, my old Teac 2 channel amp got real warm after time.

    To cut a long story short is this normal for Sony amps?

    The rest of the amp seems fine, no noise, no humming, buzzing and it produces a much cleaner presentation with music but seems to lose the in yer face quality the A5 had with movies.

    Help!

    Also what a good starting point for speakers? I already have a Yamaha SW90 Sub?

    Thanks,

    Damian <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  2. Reiner

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    What's your budget?
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    Damian1978 Active Member

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    Budget?

    Well I've been looking at some of the Kef packages for £850-1000 and the Yamaha NS300 package for £800.

    Whats the best around for this price considering my DVD player (Toshiba SD900) and a love for music?

    Thanks.
  4. TJSMANGINA

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    why dont you put the 601s at the rear buy some 603 floorstanders an buy a cc6 centre all b&w.i have that setup an it will blow you away <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
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    Yeah, I would also recommend the B&W route. Should fit your budget nicely too <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
  6. Reiner

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    Probably a good idea. Perhaps consider also the LRC6 as center which is said to outperform the CC6.

    Alternative could be Mission Cinema7 / 77series or Acoustic Energy 100 series, both around GBP800.
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    reiner are you saying my centre is crap do you fancy a fight do you lol just kidding.i was actually gonna send another reply an say go for the lrc6 instead of cc6 but well to tell you the truth i was late for work lol.i was looking at the lrc6 but the dam thing is a good size an it wouldnt go near the top of my tv lol its only a 28 inch so the centre was nearly as deep as the speaker lol.either way i dont think you will be upset at the b&w purchase they really are good <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
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    Thanks for all the replies chaps.

    I've been pretty tempted at the B&W package. Looks like I'll have to start saving up.

    Ta!

    Damian <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
  9. Matty N

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    Damian,

    I've listened extensively to the LCR6 and the CC6 and would agree with above comments regarding the former's superiority. If being combined with the DM603S2 I would recommend the LCR6 over the CC6, not least due to differences in power handling and response. The floorstanders can be driven hard and driven well, producing some sublime sounds for the money. However, the CC6 would be a weak link in the setup.

    Beware, from what I recall the LCR6 is a heavy speaker - take care to ensure your TV, shelf or whatever can support it!

    With your remaining budget I would suggest looking at upgrading your sub. The B&W's respond well to bass in a fairly tight and controlled manner - listen to see if your Yamaha sub matches well with their nature. I'm not familiar with that model so I can't comment!

    Matt

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