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Best Match for Dynaudio 52SE/42C: Arcam AVR300, Marantz SR8500, or NAD T763 ?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by FernandoF, Oct 18, 2005.

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  1. FernandoF

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    Hello,

    I will travel abroad for a few days in about a month and plan to take that opportunity to purchase Dynaudio speakers and potentially a new receiver (as my Denon AVR-1804 is certainly too weak for the Dyn's and doesn't have pre-outs).

    The Dynaudios are a pair of the 52SE's and a 42C, which are rated 4 ohms (3.6 ohms minimum) and 86dB/W.m (in-)efficient. I also have 3 small 8 ohms satellites as rears. I know I should audition the receivers and pick the best sounding unit to my ears, but unfortunately that will not be possible due to time and availability constraints.

    I've been reading, reading, and reading, and I'm convinced that, beyond many watts, I need a high-current capable unit. My candidates are Arcam AVR300, Marantz SR8500, and NAD T763 (in alphabetical order :) ). All three alternatives somehow seem to be relatively strong, with the Arcam being potentially the least powerful but the sweetest sounding unit. I am assuming they would be able to run my new Dynaudios reasonably well.

    My listening room (50% music / 50% movies) uses half of a 12x25ft/4x8m living room (the back of the couch is about 12ft/4m far from the front wall, where the TV and the front speakers are located).

    So I would like to ask potential owners of the mentioned equipments and/or those who have auditioned them to kindly tell me :

    Which one would you choose (or have you chosen), and why ?

    Any feedback will be highly appreciated. Thank you very much for your attention.

    Regards,

    Fernando
     
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    Fernando, just a quick thought. I would consider the Audience 122c centre channel over the 42c especially if you do alot of movie listening. Also aesthetically they are an improvement to mye eyes anyway...good luck

    Oh, and welcome to the forums... :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi Digger,

    Thanks for the welcome and also for the suggestion. I agree that the 122C would be aesthetically more pleasing and I have certainly considered it, but I couldn't come up with any way of placing it either above or below my TV - it is just too wide... :(

    I have been reading both good and bad comments in terms of matching the 52SE's with the 42C. Have you had any chance to try that combination ?

    Regards,

    Fernando
     
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    Nope. I listened to the 52's and then just decided on aesthetics knowing that the 122c sound would match the 52's. I reckon the 42c would be fine. It does appear to be the only choice unless you go up to the Focus/Contour (whatever its called) range.
     
  5. FernandoF

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    Come on folks, no additional comments ? :(

    Please share your thoughts will all of us ! :)
     
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    FernandoF

    Falei com um tipo das Filipinas que tinha essas mesmas colunas, 52+42c+42 com um Marantz (8200 talvez), neste momento tem um Marantz SR5500 + amp Rotel RMB 1075 ou 1095 e adora...

    As Dynaudio precisam de corrente.

    Tens aí alguns do melhores e mais musicais Receptores AV do momento, só falta o Rotel 1056.
    Por isso é um questão de ouvires o que gostas mais...
    O NAD é o que confiava menos (os preocessadores), mas é muito bom também.

    Se comprasse era o Marantz por se conseguir arranjar com desconto.
    Mas apesar de adorar o som dos Marantz, nunca ouvi as Dynaudio.

    Mas dou-te outro... ouve as QUAD 12L + Lcenter + 11L... :cool:

    Hope that helps! ;)
     
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    Kind of Helps
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    Muito obrigado, Falp ! É bom encontrar alguém que fale Português !

    Thanks for the translation, Digger. In fact, it looks like Falp and I speak the same language, but I am sure the translation will help others understand his comments.

    By the way, I don't think I will be able to audition all models because I will only have one day to do all my shopping. That is why I am trying to pick a clear winner or at least reduce the alternatives to two units.

    Falp, I didn't think the Rotel 1056 would be an alternative due to the lower power specification (vs. Dynaudio's requirements) and 5 channels only but I indeed I may want to consider it as well.

    I highly appreciate your feedback folks ! :smashin:

    Fernando
     
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    I was kidding of course... ;)

    5ch only? You need more for what?

    By the way, the SR8500 and AVR300 can bi-amp the front speakers!
     
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    Well Falp, I currently have 6.1 speakers. I see no point in upgrading to 7.1, but I wouldn't want to go back to 5.1 either (unless I really had to).

    On the other hand, Dynaudio speakers (I believe none of them) can't be bi-wired or bi-amped. Dynaudio claims their crossovers are fully optimized so you shouldn't need anything else other than a good amplifier and good cables...

    Thanks for the hint though ! :smashin:
     

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