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Cambridge Audio 540R or Denon AVR-1905 or ...?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Fatman, Nov 18, 2004.

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  1. Fatman

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    I'm looking for a <£300 AV amp principally for DVDs. It must have front L/R preouts (for output to my existing HiFi amp and speakers) and would ideally have a full set of preouts. The 540R and AVR-1905 seem to fit the bill. Which is the more respected device? What alternative models have I perhaps overlooked?

    thanks!
     
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    The Denon is well built and easier to use. IMO the Cambridge sounds better but it is a bit of a mule to use. Up to you what you value in a product I guess :).
     
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    What about the Pioneer VSX-D814 or the Marantz SR4400?
     
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    For sound, I'd go with the Cambridge (though its user interface is not as intuitive as the Denon products I've had). The Marantz might be a nice alternative, not familiar with the Pioneer in question.

    my (subjective ranking)
    Cambridge
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    Just a short note to relate my experience with the Cambridge Audio 540R. I was rather disappointed with it, both in stereo and multichannel modes. I exchanged it for a Yamaha RX-V650 (£320) which completely blew the Cambridge out of the water in all respects. I've since exchanged the RX-V650 for the Yamaha DSP-AX750 (£400) with even better results. I think the Cambridge's musical performance has been over-rated, and its multichannel performance is only mediocre at best - certainly nothing to write home about. If you find yourself edging towards the Cambridge, I'd urge you to demo the Yamaha RX-V650 (or the DSP-AX750 if you're willing to spend a little bit more).

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    Hi,

    Don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have a question along similar lines that may help Fatman as well -

    I'm also looking for an AV receiver that's under the £300 mark. I think I've settled on the Marantz SR-5400 that I can get at £269. The reviews say it is very good for music sound and just as good for cinema sound. Like Fatman, I will be using it for 80% films, perhaps more.

    Is there a better system I should be looking at considering I will be using it mostly for DVD's?

    Fatman - Not sure if it has those pre-outs you want but I know where you can get a .pdf file of the kit which will show you.
     
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    I think that all of the above four (540R, AVR-1905, VSX-D814 and SR4400) all have full pre-outs. I've subsequently seen the Yamaha RX-V640 for £250 at Richer Sounds, which also has pre-outs. By the way, my use would be pretty much 100% movies! I reckon I'll go for either the Cambridge or the Denon.
     
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    Sly Fly - you can get the 5400SE from Peter Tyson for a similar price - it's their inhouse 'tuned' version where they check all the component tolerances and upgrade a few parts (I think - I'm not an expert). Probably worth a look.

    Ian
     
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    Cheers - I'll give them a try. (Would that be the OSE version?)

    I'm also now cut between that and the Denon 1905, although I can't seem to find a review - ANWHERE - for that particular machine. :rolleyes:
     
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    Which macine do you need a review for? There is one here for the 5400
     
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    The Denon 1905. It's not on the HCChoice website, and a Google search didn't provide any either. Would be MOST obliged if you could point one out.

    Saying that, I'm currently trawling this fantastic website and mostly everyone has said it's a good piece of kit. After days of immersing myself in the wonders (and horrors) of Home Cinema, I think I've narrowed my AV Receiver choices to :

    Denon 1905 (£224)
    Sony 795 (£216) (have to get one that doesn't hiss :D )
    Marantz SR-5400 (£270)
    Yamaha RX-V640

    coupled with either

    Mission FS1's 6.1 (£400 inc. stands)
    Celestion AVP305 (£300)
    Mordaunt Short Premiere (£340ish)
     
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    If you PM me you e-mail address I will try and send you one for the 1905.
     
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    Cheers mate, you've just made my mind up. Denon 1905 here I come. :D :thumbsup:

    Fatman - I have sent you a PRV. I'll send the review on to you.

    Garrett - what speakers are you using if you don't mind me asking?
     
  14. Garrett

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    A bit of a miss match now. I have Castle Harlech front, Mission centre (at the time matched my mission 763’s) and Yamaha rear. I may get some new rear or surround and get them to match. The mission center is still good and what I thought was too, too bight before with the yammy prologic only, is now a low more mellow.
     
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    I see. You won't mind if I don't follow suit on your speaker choice(s) then. :D

    MS Prem's v Celes AVP305 for me.
     
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    Bet you’d like my Castle Harlech though. :laugh:

    Let me know how you go on with the 1905 and what I take is less off a mix bag of speakers. ;)
     

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