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AV Receiver for £250.......any recommendations

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by martind, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. martind

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    I started my budget at £150 and found the Yamaha V457 for that price, however i am now able to spend up £250'ish on an AV receiver.

    So I then moved onto looking at the Denon 1905 but have been advised to wait for the 1906 as that is due out soon (although i am not to sure of the price just yet), so I have been looking at the pioneer VSX915 for just over £250........any thoughts on these model are welcome as i am expecting my speakers within a week or so.

    If not these receivers then what other would you recommend for £250.


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    What make an model of speakers are you getting and what is the primary use music or movies??
     
  3. martind

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    I have ordered the Canton CD1 5.1 set from the speaker forum through Jake James.

    My setup will be primarily for Movies.
     
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    My new Yamaha 657 arrived from www.tecknik.de today, amongst other things it's got component up conversion and switching so seems to give a lot of bang for your buck. Cost me circa £270

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    I would add the Cambridge Audio 540r to Dfour's list: it's £249.95 from Richer Sounds.

    IMO: it's way (i mean WAY) ahead the 1705, and power with all channels driven is far better than the RXV650 - the Pioneer 915 i've not heard thou'!

    What it does lack is the nice "day one" features the others have - but you get honest power & a 6.1 DD-EX, DTS-ES reciever - what more do you want?! My 2p.
     
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    I'm in the same boat and was wondering about the Sony STR-DB795,as well as the amps already mentioned.Has anyone any experience of this amp?
     
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    just like to post here as i'll be in the exact same situation in a few weeks hopefully.

    Plan to get the Canton CD-1 and then will have approx £200-£250 to spend on an amp.

    btw what are you guys going to get regarding cables and other bits and bobs ( optical cables ?? )
     
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    if you want loads of sound processors/functions and good sound get denon/pio/yam etc but at the same price you can get bliss sound with less gimicks in the azur 540r as mentioned by sniper :thmubsup:
     
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    I cannot help but join the chorus started by Sniper and Chedmaster!

    The CA 540R(2005 model) is a no-frills, honest sounding, powerful unit and the rated power all channels driven actually seems understated as it sounds a lot more powerful than claimed and always seems to have something in reserve.

    I have only heard one Sony in the past few months and based on comments on these forums, Sony does not rate very high. Apparently their high-end equipment is the exeption, but at this price point I still feel that nothing can touch the CA.

    I have had a Pioneer VSX-812, Yamaha RX-V450 and RX-V650 before and they were no match.
     
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    Marantz 4500 or Denon 1905

    I would advide the Cambridge 540 but it has a few gimnicks...
     
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    The previous models of the CA 540 did have a few quirks, but has been fixed in the new models. I have followed the threads on this and I can confirm that my receiver does not have any of the problems mentioned.

    However the Marantz 4500 is a good option too. I auditioned one before I bought the CA and it does sound good. It did not sound as powerful as the CA although the power ratings are almost identical - just shows how misleading these ratings can be!
     
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    the new 540r's (even year old ones) have updated firmware that eliminates any memory problems (it didnt save speaker LARGE/SMALL settings pre-update when switched off completely) and other probs too. do not base your choices on "problems with the cambridge audio", theyre gone! buy english!
     
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    Nice news then...!

    Is it still the only AV receiver from Cambridge?


    But for other reasons i would prefer the Marantz and is very good and musical!
     
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    Currently the answer is yes. CA is apparently concentrating all their efforts on the Music Server to be released in September and a successor to the 540R is not in the pipeline yet - probably next year only.
     

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