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Better stereo plz

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by durk, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. durk

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    I have around a grand to play with n need much better 2 channel sound! should i upgrade my av amp to the arcam av 200(open to sugg's). sling a good power amp off the 2 front channels of my marantz sr5300, or an intergrated amp like the little naim with a fixed gain input!!! In the futer im thinking of buying the marntz dv8300! so my system needs to ready for the future plz any advice is welcom
    thanx !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    I would recommend getting a high quality stereo integrated amp.

    Scroll down to the bottom of this thread..

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=67806&highlight=8000s

    The picture shows how to connect a stereo integrated amp (with a direct input) into a AV setup.

    AV amps are pretty awful for stereo IMO, no point spending £1500 on a AV amp hoping it'll be great for music (it won't)

    Integrated amps that have the direct poweramp input are Audiolab 8000S, Tag Mclaren 60IRV, the higher up Arcams, som NAD's.

    I would borrow a couple of different makes of amps, depending on what sound your like. For example, Arcam are a bit laid back (lacking detail) wheras Tag are more detailed (but you might not like that, or the speakers/source are harsh, so it'll bring out the harshness from them)

    Checkout these threads..

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=83178&highlight=8000s

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=81598&highlight=8000s

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78071&highlight=8000s

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78318&highlight=8000s

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=76422&highlight=8000s

    And probably more if you look!:D
     
  3. pwiles1968

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    You could try my set-up and Bi-Amp your 5300 with Two MA6100 monoblocks, I find this to be excellent in stereo a definite improvement in Bass with more extension and tightness, midrange detail and sound staging are also improved.

    It is not just my opinion a friend listened to the system the other day and said it sounds as good in stereo as his Arcam Alpha 8R/8P combo.

    The MA6100's are at unbeatable for £173 ea in black or £180 ea in gold but it is a bit of a leap of faith as no one will have any in to demo.
     
  4. nathan_silly

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    One of the weak links in a AV amp is the pre-amp section.. so doing what you've done is upgrading the power amp section but not the pre-amp section.

    The pre-amp section in the Arcam 8 isn't exactly great either, IMO. Probably why the two systems are similar in performance.
     
  5. jhjerpe

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    I fixed this problem with an Arcam A85, big improvement and have just ordered the P85 so I can bi-amp for front L&R as well.
     
  6. durk

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    Thanx for the advice guys! I've got to confese(cant spell)
    That i bought a pioneer 2011, wich is a little better in stereo but bloody fantasic in surround sound WOW!!

    wasnt what i intended but i was mightely impressed when i was demo'd it.
     

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