Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by thedonreturns, Apr 27, 2007.
Top of my list is the Sony STR-DA5200ES
Is that a rhetorical question?
lol nah I was wondering if there was anything better out there in that price range?
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...
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.
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.
I am in a sort of similar situation right now, I have a Bravia 40X, PS3, DVD upscaling(HDMI), and soon Sky HD.
I am now looking at the
1)Panasonic(Edited: Its actually a Pioneer!) VSX-AX2AS-S(£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(£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 ), simply because it has 4 HDMI ports , 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!
Originally wanted a either Denon 4306, or a Marantz SR8001(4 x HDMI), and also a Sony STR-DA5200ES.
But now feel, this system is a bargain, at internet prices. RRP is £999.99.
But, again, I would recommend anyone spending £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!
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
My very very big mistake!!! They are both Pioneer!!!! Sorry folks! 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!
Hope it hasn't confused too many people!
Dave, I am still laughing at my mistake and your comment!
Have a nice weekend!
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 !
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!
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.
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!
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
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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