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  1. PAULRYAN52

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    i have a Sherwood RD-8108 and like to listen to music and was wonderin what i can do to get the best of both (films and music) i have mordaunt short avant premiere speakers
     
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    anyone
     
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    hello there,

    you might need to give a little more information on what you are asking....do you mean how to get the best out of the equipment you currently have? or you mean you want to ditch the Sherwood and get a better amp, or ditch the speakers and get better speakers?

    at the moment what you've said is a little vague which might be why there hasnt been any response, also the fact its New Years Eve will lessen the chances of response...lol..give it a day or two, dont despair ;)
     
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    would i be better adding a stereo amp
     
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    You may want to also mention a budget....
     
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    bout £400-500
     
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    whats the best way to add a amp for music
     
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    If you're happy with the the surround sound coming from your reciever then I'd suggest biamping with somthing like the Cambridge Audio 640 stereo amp for £250. Spend another £30-£50 on interconnects and pocket the change. Maybe put it in the kitty towards some other future upgrade. Otherwise, I believe the Sony 1200 reciever is very popular at this price if you want a one box solution, but I've never heard it so couldn't really comment.
     
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    i was thinkin of just addin a stereo amp, is the Cambridge Audio 640 good, also how would i connect it all together
     
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    I would also recommend looking at second hand. You could pick up a decent second hand Arcam Alpha 8SE very cheaply.

    To connect them up, connect the video stage of the stereo amp to the front l/r pre-outs on the av receiver via a pair of RCA phono's. That way the stereo amp drives the fronts and the av receiver takes care of centre, rears and sub channels only. I have mine set up like that using a Denon3805 and Arcam Alpha 8. (If you go for the SE model, you can control the volume of the stereo amp using the volume on the av receiver. I leave my Arcam stereo amp set at 12 o'clock and calibrated the surround sound receiver and speakers around that. Works a treat ! :thumbsup: )
     
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    i did a search for arcam alpha 8se but it only returns cd players
     
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    any more amps to consider
     
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    If you can wait a few weeks & based on your budget I would go for the Cambridge Audio 640R (upto 7.1 and HDMI Switching0. Full details and spec are already on the C Audio website and, according to Richer Sounds the product is currently being review by various AV magazines.

    This is an all in one solution, cost is approx £500 - £600 (I guess you could recoup some cash from the sale of your current amp.

    The reason I say the cambridge is because they are renowned for Film and Music reproduction
     
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    i was thinkin bout just addin a stereo amp
     
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    im happy with the surround sound coming from my reciever so would just like to add a stereo amp
     
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    To enjoy stereo (hifi) music I'd would suggest you need better speakers.

    I had MS906s and sold them because whilst great for movies were less so for music. I spent my £500 on speakers and a hifi amp (Ruark Talisman II £200, Ruark Dialogue II £130, Pioneer A400 £80). A CDP may affect the sound (to play music rather than a DVD player) but the speakers will have the biggest impact, followed by the amp.

    For useful used sites see:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=248991

    Mordaunt Short avant premiere - is that the 302 speakers?
     
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    think so
     
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    If you're serious about music I would suggest a definite speaker upgrade. Try to demo a few or take your speakers in (at a demo) and compare them.

    302s will need a sub to provide any depth to music and even then you can do much better.
     
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    i got a sub
     

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