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Decent Processor in £500 range ?

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by Sniper, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. Sniper

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    Are there any decent £500 processors around - ideally 7.1!

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    You may be able to get a Meridian 565 for that price, tight though....
     
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    heh... you mean a 2nd hand unit? not a bad idea if i find that sort of deal!

    but what's on the new market in that range?
     
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    Very limited at £500 for a new processor.

    These things are considered hi-end kit for enthusiast's so are built, perform and are priced accordingly. You'd be struggling to find a fresh out of the box processor for £1000 let alone £500 :(

    If however you open yourself up to the idea of the second hand kit you then have the very good Lexicon DC-1, the 565 Matt mentioned and the older Rotel processors amongst the most popular ones.

    However if you must have a new processor the only one I'm aware of that is available for less than £500 is the Yamaha DSP-E800 at around £300. I heard rumours that its been discontinued though, so you may be able to pick it up a little cheaper should anyone have stock still in.

    Personally I'd do the used thing but that way you don't get that fresh from the box some crave, you do however have a fistful of notes from the savings made that you can then spend on more AV kit ;)
     
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    As above nothing really in the new price bracket.. now second hand :)
     
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    HMN!

    How about using a Yamaha 1400 just for it's pre-outs! That way you'd have all the latest sound formats & THX - and nevermind the amplification.

    What's the flaw in that reasoning!?
     
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    Nothing wrong at all with that suggestion.

    The only flaw is that your paying for 7 channels of amplification that your never going to use. Also a second hand processor of comparable value will be most definitely a noticeable improvement.
     
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    Will it?

    I had a Meridian 565 I sold a month or so ago. I don't know if it would have beat somethink like a Yammy 1400 or 750 if they had the same power amplification.

    Things move on, the chips get more powerful etc... I was not that impressed with the 565 and to be honest think that the more modern amps can give it a run for its money, as a straight processor.

    Steff
     
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    I'd rather have a yamaha 1400 then a £500 second hand processer....

    CaM
     
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    Quality is always quality.

    Try a Lexicon DC1 and see if there not a noticeable improvement over the 1400 :)

    No expert here and I'm sure those more qualified with experience of the aforementioned units will chip in.
     
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    I agree there, I wasn't at all impressed with the 565. I chose my Pioneer integrated over it anyway... (VSX-D2011)
     
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    I found the opposite to be true :devil:

    I prefer the 565 to the 2011 - mainly because I find it easier to pick out the more subtle effects and the rear channels were much better in my system. I tried the 2011 as a proc again when you mentioned this a while ago but still liked the 565 more. I expect a lot is to do with speaker type/setup and room layout, plus we all hear differently - I did try the mcacc and manual setups with the 2011 out of interest.

    Sniper - I would consider a DC-1 preferably V4 or 565 V6Z3 if you find one around the 5-600 mark - you can always sell on again at little or no loss. Be aware the 565 is nowhere near as friendly to setup as the new amps with their auto calibration systems.

    Gus
     

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