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amp and multi channel amp advice needed....

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by cameronl, May 29, 2003.

  1. cameronl

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    hi all, I was hoping that some of you guys could help me with the following.....sorry in advance for the long rant :)

    I'll be building a new house next year and so will be installing a sound server into it (I'm hoping to be able to afford the Linn Index system) but when it comes to high end amps I feel like a newbie. :)

    Assuming the salesman is telling a half truth and the Index system is equal to roughly a 2000 pound Linn cd player - what type of price will i have to pay for an amp so that it isn't a bottleneck in the system?

    I'm used to 5/6ch dsp stereo mode (with my yammy 630) as I'm more into home cinema than high quality stereo. In a large room does 5ch stereo sound better if you are not in the 'sweet spot'?

    If I got a good stereo amp, could I use my yammy 630 for playing sacd/dvd-audio as long as the decoding was done on the player - or will the yammy limit the potential of my dvd audio player no matter how good it is at decoding?

    And lastly, if I get a better multi channel amp - will it play much better 5ch stereo?

    In other words, along with getting a good stereo amp, should I replace my yammy for a much better multi-channel amp?

    This is for the lounge and won't be used for anything other than music. I dont think I will be connecting the multi channel amp to the linn as the linn only does stereo so it won't need any type of analogue bypass.

    thanks ;)

  2. Stuart Wright

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    I'm assuming a 2 grand Linn cd player is pretty good. Maybe to the extent that no single integrated AV amp will be good enough. You may have to look at a processor like a Tag or Lexicon plus 5,6 or 7 channels of power amplification. We're talking thousands for the processor and thousands for the power amps.
    I can answer your other questions, I'm afraid.

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