Cheapest Fully Featured AV Amplifier


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I am considering purchasing a dedicated 2ch stereo amp for 2ch duties (probably along the lines of an Arcam A85+), and getting a new AV amp for movie duties (to replace my Sony 930).

In the new AV amp, what is the cheapest available that does DPLII, DTS-ES and DD-EX (basically 6.1 duties for DD and DTS)?




There is a new Yamaha, the AXV-630 or something, that costs under £400. I don't know if any of the lower Yamahas in the range also decode full EX/ES signals. Best look on the Yamaha website.

I think that both Denon and Marantz are due to release new ranges of receivers quite shortly, so it might be an idea to wait for those and then look at what is available.


Also worth considering is the Pioneer VSX-D811 dd 5.1/DTS / EX / ES PLII available at for about £300. I am yet to audition it yet but it sounds pretty good for the money.(Denon's new 1803 sounds good too)


You could also have a look at the Kenwood KRFX9060 at about £400.
No idea what it sounds like personally, but it won't lose a feature waving contest to anything else at under £400.

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