Best Amp for <£800

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  1. thedonreturns

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    Top of my list is the Sony STR-DA5200ES
     
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    Is that a rhetorical question? :D
     
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    lol nah :D I was wondering if there was anything better out there in that price range?
     
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    have a read through some of the threads on the forum, usual suspects will include Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer and Onkyo in that price range :)

    probably useful if you mention what you actually need it to do, ie what devices it needs to switch/support, size of room and possible speakers connected to it etc...
     
  5. thedonreturns

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    I will be using this Amp with the Sony Bravia 46X, PS3, Sky+ HD & Toshiba HD DVD XE1. The reason I like this Amp is because of its 3 HDMI inputs which darn handy as the Bravia only has 2 HDMI inputs.

    The room is 12ft by 13ft so not sure whether I can get away with such a system and maybe 7.1 speaker system.
     
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    If it's hdmi connections your after personally I would spend £100 on a switcher and the other £700 on a second-hand piece of (new costing) £1500 receiver. Second hand AV gear can be a real bargain. ;)

    But yes, the Sony amp you mention does seem to get mostly good reviews.
     
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    Hi,

    I am in a sort of similar situation right now, I have a Bravia 40X, PS3, DVD upscaling(HDMI), and soon Sky HD.:thumbsup:

    I am now looking at the
    1)Panasonic(Edited: Its actually a Pioneer!) VSX-AX2AS-S(&#163;699 approx, has 3 HDMI in/1 out, 2 music zones, 170w x 7 channels, and maybe a 2nd remote! Video upscaling to 1080p! IPOD connectivity, all the labels, DTS, THX Select 2 etc.)
    2)Panasonic(Editd: Its not Panasonic, but Pioneer! Sorry!) VSX-AX4ASi-S(&#163;775 approx, has 4 HDMI in/1 HDMI out, 180w x 7 channels, 2 music zones- has a 2nd remote control, video upscaling to 1080p! All music standard labels again DTS NEO6, THX Select 2 etc.)

    Personally for my money, I am going for the No.2(Panasonic VSX-AX4ASi-S:D ), simply because it has 4 HDMI ports:rotfl: , and it has automatic calibration of speakers by a microphone, has IPOD connectivity, and is 1 hell of a thumping amplifier. Also, I have heard it in action with various speakers, and it is powerfull, good for a big room, say 8 metres by 6 metres easily! And too good for a much smaller room. I am no audiophile, but I was very impressed with the system. I wanted to walk out with it there and then in the shop.

    I was in Sevenoaks today(Friday!) for 2 hours. And I was very happy, movies was thumpingly good-clear and spacious, music-well, again I am no audiophile, but I loved it, Pink Floyd, hip hop, jazz saxophone-great!

    Sound from an IPOD or CD was great! Would like to try umcompressed PCM or sounds from my Blu ray PS3 - Casino Royale!:rotfl:

    Originally wanted a either Denon 4306, or a Marantz SR8001(4 x HDMI), and also a Sony STR-DA5200ES.:cool:

    But now feel, this system is a bargain, at internet prices. RRP is &#163;999.99.

    But, again, I would recommend anyone spending &#163;800 should try to book a sound session with their local audio shop, and compare it, to see if they like it. Apparently its like food, some people like parsnip, some people don't!:thumbsup:

    Good Luck!
     
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    Blimey fancy Panasonic bringing out 2 AV receivers with the same model numbers and spec as Pioneer, there should be a law against it everyone is now going to be very confused:)

    Dave
     
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    Hi Dave,

    My very very big mistake!!! :suicide: They are both Pioneer!!!! :D Sorry folks! :thumbsup: I spent literally all day and evening reading up on specs and prices of different systems and my last thing I had on my mind was a Panasonic Blu ray player, which I saw on many websites for about £640, and I was just so surprised!:D

    Hope it hasn't confused too many people!

    Dave, I am still laughing at my mistake and your comment!:D

    Have a nice weekend!:hiya:
     
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    I have a Sony Es5200 for sale on the sales forum if you are interested - it is in absolute mint condition has only had around 6 hours use !
     
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    Hi again,

    About the Pioneer I suggested before, there may be some bugs with the amp in regards to sound from a HDMI source like HD DVD/Blu ray and SACD etc.

    This is being resolved etc. But, the issues have to still be ironed out. Sorry again for this, but I only found out today!

    Good Luck with your Sony 5200ES amp. Its looks like a really good one!:thumbsup:
     
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    Hi,

    Sorry to jump onto this thread, but I am looking at exactly the same Pioneer AX4 receiver, but have what is probably a stupid question.

    If I connect a DVD player which has only got component out, can I set the receiver to output through it's HDMI port or do I have to use the component out on the receiver too?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    L.
     
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    Hi bnewbie,

    Try this thread also: http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=456161

    You may find people who know more about this there.

    Also, thedonreturns, how is your amp shopping/researching going? Let us know!:thumbsup:
     
  14. thedonreturns

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I think I will stick to the Sony Amp although most my system is Sony. I will be looking to purchase next month. So if any of you guys know places where I can get a good deal that would be much appeciated :smashin:
     
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    just have to say the denon 2807 is worth a shout. very impressive piece of kit. only 2 hdmi in's though. but as your tv has two should be enough. pick one up for £650.
     

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