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AV reciever Vs 2 channel integrated amp

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Hill, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. Hill

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    Hello all,

    I have a question. I have used 2 channel stero integrated amps in the past. Recently my integrated amp died. SO I have decided to upgrade to something more current. I use a tuner, a Denon 380 5 disc cd changer with my set up, and a pair of speakers. So it is stereo, not multi-channel. But its been quite along time since I have bought components. Now the big craze is multi-room, soround sound, DVD,DVD-A, SCAD,HDCD etc. I would like to have the capabilty to play these new formats in the future. My question is if I went for a A/V reciever like the Denon AVR-1905 or the Yamaha RX-V650, would I be able to run it as a 2 channel,. Would I sacrifice sound quality, by going with these A/V hybrids, or do you think I should go with a strictly 2-channel intergrated amp.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    Hill
     
  2. SKA.face

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    you can,but personally I would stick to two channel,AV amps for films,but not for music,stick to two speakers for music,stereo amp.Keep AV amps 5.1 sound for films.
     
  3. digisocialist

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    This is doing my head in. I've asked the same question essentially in this thread. I'm looking at the Denon 3805 but am concerned Stereo performance will not be as I might expect even on a high end AVR. Don't laugh but I have a NAD 302 Amp from my student days, would I be better driving the fronts off the NAD and letting the denon do what it's best designed for i.e. Surround OR will even the Pure Stereo on the denon knock the pants of my really old NAD? If the latter, then should I be looking at a decent amp for stereo as well as the AVR? The wife is not going to like this but I feel audiophile quality needs to be achieved.
     
  4. Hill

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    I'm leaning towards a intergrated stereo amp , or a stereo reciever. It probably makes sense for my application seeing I dont have soround sound speakers, nor DVD at this point. Anyone care to direct me to some decent brands. I have heard good things about NAD, Marantz,Rotel, Cambridge, Denon, Yamamha. Though it seems denon and yamaha are more into the A/V lines.. Who is known for good pure audio. I was looking at a Marantz stereo reciever SR-4320, noticed it has A/V switching capabilty, had 3 video inputs. Or is this hybriding again? and better off with a strict intergated amp. At one time back in the day they said it was best to have a seperate tuner as well.

    Hill
     
  5. digisocialist

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    Hill - I suppose it depends a) on budget b) how much quality your looking for b) sound you wish to achieve. If it's true audiophile you may wish to look at valve amps.

    Sugden have always been rated http://www.sugdenaudio.com/ for their amps.

    I'm no expert but of those you mention, I would discount Cambridge Audio immediately based on the fact they are no longer CA but now Richer Sounds owned. Rotel, Marantz and NAD are old hat's and I would say more musical. Denon and Yamaha do now seem to be AVR focused. If you have money and still want the best of both worlds, Arcam get high praises.

    I'm looking for good amp suggestions too, so would be open to comments.
     
  6. Hill

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    Thanks for the input guys. I think super high end is out of the question. Im looking to top-out around $600 USD. I've seen some apealing models by NAD, and thats about where I am. I'm still pretty confused. I'm wondering will DVD-A and/or SCAD replace normal red book CD's in the future. Not sure a normal 2 channel, pure audio intergated amp will accomidate them.

    Hill :confused:
     
  7. Ovation

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    All SACDs have a two channel mix included on the disc (whether hybrid or not). A number of SACDs are non-hybrid stereo only discs. Many DVD-As, on the other hand, do not include a two channel mix, though all DVD-A capable players will downmix the multichannel mix "on the fly". The results of this downmixing varies greatly from disc to disc and player to player.
     
  8. Hill

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    Thanks for the tips guys. I was leaning toward NAD maybe the 320BEE or the C352, I am finding it hard to find a reputable online retailer for NAD however. Any other recomendations anyone could make would be highly apprecieted.

    Hill
     
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    If your looking for Audiophile standards try getting away from the main stream brands and look to smaller manufacturers like Rega, Exposure, Sugden or Densen. I know exposure's available in the States. These companies have specialised in 2 channel audio and although sometimes unheard of, are manufacturers of very high quality equipment. If your prepared to go second hand the worlds your oyster.
     

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