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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by mandril, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. mandril

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    Are there any high end amps/processors available in the states that would work equally good here?

    I've just been looking on the US ebay and theres loads of cheap stuff over there, Top quality brands aswell, no rubish!

    Ta Ricky:confused:
     
  2. Mr.D

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    They should work fine but you'll likely need a step down transformer of some kind ( easy to find for about 30quid)

    Not sure if you might have a problem with a receiver on the tuner side of things but radio frequencies are radio frequencies I'd expect. RDS and channel ident info may not function though.
     
  3. buns

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    Some will be able to switch voltages (the parasound im told is an example).

    If you can get a particularly good buy it can be a very big saving, but id be wary of buying 2nd hand, its hard enough to do in this country letalone doing it internationally

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    There's also the small issue of import duty,and sometimes warranty validity also...it often adds up to being almost the same cost as buying UK stock,certainly if a high current transformer is neeeded for some of the higher powered amps.
     
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    beware, radio frequencies in the USA are different to ours. they transmit on the odd numbers so any station in the Uk transmitting on the even numbers will not be very clear.
     
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    You may have a problem with the radio side of things. Americans use a different channel spacing on AM, (I think it's 10kHz, where we use 9kHz), and on FM they use "even" frequencies where we use even and odd, so the tuner might go up in steps of .2 MHz and not .1 MHz.

    You will also have to pay import duty and 17.5% VAT when it arrives in the UK.
     
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    I am sure that Mandril will be pleased that this has been sorted out now, even though he asked his question (and was answered) in August 2003 :D
     

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