Cheap THX Amp/Receiver

Hawklan

Distinguished Member
Hi

I'm in the market for a cheap THX amp or receiver - Sound and vision have told me of a 6 channel THX Kenwood Receiver KRF-X9060D-S
It has all of the latest decoding formats including prologic II - which they will be selling at £450 just before Christmas

I will be running a M&K 750THX Select LCR speakers system and want to run them with a THX amp
What I would like to know whether this will be enough of a receiver to run them with. The speakers sound great and can be in your face so a warm sounding amp or receiver would be great.

If you have any other suggestions please let me know

Many thanks

Ronnie
 

Nobber22

Well-known Member
Originally posted by Hawklan
The speakers sound great and can be in your face so a warm sounding amp or receiver would be great.

Kenwood amps in the recent past tended to have an "in-ya-face" sound which was less suited to excitable speakers. A home-demo with your own speakers sounds like a must.

Whether a budget THX amp will do justice to your speakers is another story best discussed with the fellas on this forum with more THX experience than me (ie none):blush: eg. Eric or THX 1...himself?
 

Jase

Distinguished Member
You don´t necessarily have to have a THX amp to run with THX speakers. If you are particular about having a THX certified amp then look at second hand Denon A10SE´s. An older model with amplification for five channels but has the onboard decoding for THX Surround EX, just need to add the two channel power amp (POA T10). Only drawback is no Dolby PL2 or DTS ES Discrete.

Another five channel Denon amp is the A1D (older flagship model).

To get all the latest formats with THX etc you don´t have much between the Kenwood or making the jump to the likes of the Denon A11SR (around 1400 quid). I believe JVC have a THX certified amp but not sure of the price, around 800-1000 quid I think.
 

Hawklan

Distinguished Member
Hi Jase

Thanks for the advice in fact a A10SE is what I'm really after but they seem to be hard to come buy and the A11SR is out of my price range

What are your thoughts on the Denon AVC-A1 I can get one for approx £700


Many thanks


Ronnie
 

iwilson

Standard Member
Try looking at Rotel as well. They have a very good reputation for no nonsense Amps that always deliver more than their rated power unlike some. If you can find a RB-985 MkII THX (5 X 110) or later model in your price range you´re laughing.

Ian
 

Jase

Distinguished Member
Originally posted by Hawklan

What are your thoughts on the Denon AVC-A1 I can get one for approx £700


Another decent amp but has no THX Surround EX decoding. If you´re after purely a five channel amp then it´s certainly worth considering. Or wait a while and see if an A10SE pops up, I´d rather have the A10SE than the A1D if possible though.
 

Reiner

Active Member
The AVC-A1 doesn't even have DTS, that model is IMHO way too old. Rather try to get hold of a 2nd hand 11SR then ...

Small history on the Denon flagship: ;)
AVC-A1
AVC-A1D
AVC-A1SE
AVC-A1SR
 

Jase

Distinguished Member
Oops.:blush: Had the A1D on the brain. As Reiner says, best to avoid the A1, too old.
 

Hawklan

Distinguished Member
Hi

Thanks guy's

I'll ignore the A1 and look out for a A10SE or A11SR


Again thanks for all your help

Ronnie
 

The latest video from AVForums

Oculus Quest 2 VR headset + Rotel A14 MkII Amp Reviews & Best of the Month
Subscribe to our YouTube channel
Support AVForums with Patreon

Top Bottom