Question AV9 upagrade to AVR390

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  1. MikeNelson

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    Looking to upgrade my AV9 to AVR390 keeping my P7 to power the OB1is. Will this be a sensible plan? I was thinking about possibly tri-amping the Fronts and using the 7th channel for the centre and the AVR to power the surrounds initially in 7.1 configuration. Ultimately I want to go to the full 7.1.4 so I'll need an amp of some description for the other channels.

    So firstly is the 390 going to make a big difference for 5.1 and stereo music?
    Secondly have I understood the amp requirements? What would be recommended for this?
    Third will tri-amping the fronts make much difference?
    Finally what's the AV9 worth?

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    I've never heard a 390 or even read any reviews. Is it supposed to be something a bit special? The reason I ask is I would be very surprised, for the purposes of 5.1 or stereo, if it sounds anywhere near as good as your AV9. How much did the AV9 retail at? About 3.5k or so? And that's just for a processor with no amps. It seems the 390 is about 2k and that includes 7 channels of amplification. It may offer more up to date features and sound processing but I would be amazed if it can compete for stereo or regular 5.1 but then I've not heard one so could be talking rubbish!
     
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    It's more about technology moving on so much. The 390 has far more advanced processing compared to the now relatively unsophisticated AV9. There's several generations of new codecs and HDMI for starters. The DIRAC room processing looks very interesting too...
    Just wondering about the assembled masses' views on it all. Especially the triamping business.
     
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    I totally disagree with Timmy and would bet the 390 will blow the AV9 out the water as a processor.

    The Dirac some will make a massive difference to your system and no matter how much time you spend measuring / tweaking you won't beat DIRAC.

    The AV9 was good in its day, I've had the 8 and 9 but as a pre my current Onkyo 818 does a better job and the 390 is a few leagues above that again!
     
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    Just to be clear I was only talking about stereo and vanilla 5.1 as amongst other things, the OP asked if it would make a big difference in those areas. That said, I hadn't considered the inclusion of Dirac and what effects it may have. I never had an AV9 but have had 2 AV8's and found they handle stereo very well indeed.
     
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    Well I did it and am very pleased with the results out of the box. Haven't had time to play about with the Dirac yet as I have to move a few speakers around etc.
    For the record it's a huge improvement over the AV9
     
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    How you finding the unit now you've had it a while ..

    Ready to replace my av9 (have started a thread in the pre amp processor section)

    But been out of the game for some time.
     
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    Hi,

    The Dirac is a game changer from Arcam!!

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    Absolutely love it. The dirac is indeed a game changer and well worth it. The av9 was great but it's had it's day
     
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    Bought a 390 ! [emoji106]
     
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    Had my 390 for just over a year now and it transformed my room compared with a Marantz 7011 I had on trial. Also listening with/without the Dirac demonstrates very clearly what a difference it makes.

    I'm using a Rotel 6-channel power amp to take some of the load off the 390 in my 7.1.4 setup that mixes XTZ Cinema series and B&W speakers and Dirac does a stunning job of masking the variances in amping and speaker tone.
     

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