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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by scouse, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. scouse

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    You can pick up a Marantz 5400OSE for £300 at Peter Tyson and for a similarish price you can get a second hand Denon 3802 on this very forum...

    which will be better do you reckon?

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    what do you want it for mainly, music or movies?
     
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    old everytime... much better value for money :)
     
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    i suppose mainly music, but i watch a lot of tv, (too much!!) so the dpl2 processing is important... the music is in mp3 form so i'm definitely no audiophile

    my computer will be my one and only source so there is the consideration of a sound card into a 5 channel amp, or 3 stereo power amps... but one box probably will be cheaper and easier

    thanks for your thoughts :)
     
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    I have always found the Denon 3802 an excellent processor. If it lacks anything, it is in the amplification department. But this again depends on how much amplification you are looking for, as it might not affect you at all. It's always cheaper to add a power amp rather than a processor, if you know what I mean. The Denon is also very good with it's vast array of connections.
    I have found the Yamaha sound a bit warm, not as clear as the Denon sound. But I guess it is very subjective, so you have to make up your own mind.

    I have a Denon 3802 for sale on the classifieds, if you're interested :)
     
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    Audio gear has very little wear and tear.
    So go for second hand kit if you can.
    Only....home cinema stuff ages more quickly than stereo because of new features.
    Barend
     
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    Thanks for your input guys :smashin:

    bbanduser: if you were asking me at the end of september, when i know how much money i have to spend, i'd probably whip your hand off but unfortunately i'll have to pass this time :rolleyes:

    it is frustrating having to wait because i don't know how long the MS premiere plus deal at the peter tyson website will last for, i may miss it.

    Do you think the MS 902 avant, with 302's for rears and 304 for centre would pair well with the denon....? Or are they not good enough for it? :confused:
     

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