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Advice on AU$3500 receiver and 5.1 speakers

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by pkh, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. pkh

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    Hi.

    This is my first post on this forum and I'm new to AV and hi-fi so please bear with me! :)

    I'm in Australia and looking to purchase a 5.1 surround speaker package and receiver. At the moment I don't have any audio hardware, but I do have a Sony DVP-NS305 DVD player, Samsung 107cm rear-projection widescreen TV, and DGTEC digital decoder box.

    My budget is around AU$3500 (about 1408 GBP). However AV hardware seems to be very expensive here in comparison to the UK!

    I was considering something like the KEF KHT2005.2 speaker package (RRP $2300) paired with a Marantz SR-5400 receiver (RRP $1300). An audio shop that appears to be decent recommended this combination. and hopefully I will be able to listen to it soon.

    It is hard to tell how biased any advice from a shop is... Thus I would appreciate any advice. Do you guys think the Marantz 5400 is a good match for the KHT2005.2s? I can get the 5400 for a good price. Other receivers I'm considering are the Pioneer VSX-AX3S and the Denon range. Am I even in the right ballpark?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    - Phil
     
  2. Reiner

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    I would disagree that Australia is expensive, in fact I bought one of my DVD players in Sydney for a price way below what the unit cost at the time in Europe, including RCE friendly multi-region modification.
    Other prices I looked at were within European levels, some items cheaper, some more expensive - but neither excessively. But then this also applies for comparing prices in the UK to e.g. those in Germany.

    Unfortunately I can't give you any specific advise on the equipment you mention but most important is that you listen to the stuff yourself (take your favorite DVDs and CDs along!).
     
  3. Markie Boy

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    I agree with what Reiner said regarding bringing your own media to have a look/listen.. Always trust you're own eyes and ears they are the best judge. Have you considered any of the Australian brand speakers? There are plenty of options, such as Krix (South Australia - more speakers in professional cinemas than any other brand in the world!), Richter and Aaron to name a few. If I could be so bold and recommend a system based on your budget:-

    YAMAHA RX-V650 (95W x 7, Automatic Room Calibration, Multiroom Capable, Pure Direct Mode for Stereo Reproduction) - RRP:$1,099

    RICHTER HARLEQUIN MAIN FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS - RRP:$999pr

    RICHTER LEGEND CENTRE - RRP:$599ea

    RICHTER LEGEND REAR - RRP:$699pr

    RICHTER KRAKATOA SUBWOOFER - $699

    As these are traditional speakers and not a sub/sat package, they should sound much more defined and transparent, paticularly with music. Richter have a couple of claims to fame - their Wizard speaker is the biggest selling Australian made speaker of all time, while their subwoofers are award-winners. Worst case scenario have a listen and see what you think.

    Total RRP:$4,095

    As you're in Perth, if you haven't tried yet give THESE guys a go - I'm pretty sure a bit of haggling will get the price down to well within your budget!
     
  4. meg1

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    Currently on ebay.com.au there are some great deals on Onkyo from Premium home cinema who are authorised to sell off Onkyo, also in the amplifier section(2 CH) there is a Rotel Rsx 1055 at a starting price of $980 a great receiver.

    On the subject of price comparison to Aus and Uk Rotel prices in Aus are an absolute bargain compared to the UK eg Rotel 1056 1200 GBP ($2900) AUS price 2199(900GBP)
    Take a trip to Vince Ross Audio in Nedlands and listen to the Rotel sound,also with Rotel you get a very musical amp for stereo,they usually have good deals at this time of year.

    As for advice from a shop be very careful as 90% of them are box salesman due to the high competion for sales.

    My suggested system 2nd hand Rotel 1055/special price Onkyo with Acoustic Energy Evo 3 floorstanders with matching Centre approx $2000 save up the pennies to buy the rears and sub later when funds allow this will lead to a better all round system which will outperform a sub sat system and the Richter speakers mentioned.
    AE and Richter are both sold by Sound Advice as mentioned in the previous answer by one of there employees so you can compare both together.
     
  5. Markie Boy

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    I can vouch for AE speakers as I own a pair but I think going for a full system now may be out of pkh's price range. He may simply want a full setup as soon as possible. This is where the Richters come in (as a suggestion I might add). Vince Ross do sell Rotel, which is great gear but is a bit of a step up in terms of pricing. Sounds great tho'. Same too with NAD. Do as much listening as you possibly can, and dont be discouraged by visiting as many stores as you can just because a couple of them were arrogant or not interested in your business. In relation to meg1's comments, not all specialist stores are on commission - they will simply be happy you purchased from them, whatever it may be. You should be able to separate the wheat from the chaff within a few minutes of talking to the assistants.
    Good luck in your search!
     

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