Deciding on low budget amp (up to £300)

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by thecornflake, May 3, 2007.

  1. thecornflake

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    I've narrowed down a list of amps in readiness for my new Tv, which will be a 32 or 37 inch HD Ready LCD (although I won't be using HD stuff straight away, just normal Sky and DVDs).

    I'm having trouble deciding, hopefully you can help me choose. The list is -

    Samsung AVR710
    Sony STRK880 (can't find anything out about this but it's £250 and had HDMI)
    Denon AVR1507
    Yamaha RVX359

    It will also be used for music, but not much - mainly content streamed in from a digital media adaptor from the PC.
     
  2. ChristianBeccy

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    In my long and seemingly endless search for an Amp my budget has increased slightly due to extra features that I think I would like to have.

    However, for under £300, I think there is no doubt that the Yamaha DSPAX759SE is the way to go......

    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2861

    Seems to tick all the boxes, but for me, the lack of HDMI and my fear of needing that has pushed me up to the £400+ price bracket.
     
  3. ChristianBeccy

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    Incidentally, most people are telling me that I don't really need HDMI. ;)
     
  4. sk8

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    unless you realy want need two in one out then no not really. I bought a 2307 but don't have a HD TV so my HDMI connections are redundant!

    Originally went in to buy a 1907 but you know how it is

    What about an Onkyo 604?
     
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    Onkyo 604 or 674 would be ideal 674 over budget has upconversion to HDMI 604 has up conversion to componenant and HDMI switching 2-1 also fantastic AMP at silly prices
     
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    they are great value for money :thumbsup:
     
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    I was in a similar situation and went for the Yam DSP-AX759SE at £240 :thumbsup: , also you might find the
    compressed music enhancer useful for your streamed mp3s etc....
     
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    I'm interested in where you got it for £240 - I'm looking at £300 on Richer sounds unless I've got the wrong model.
     
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    A quick google and you get:
    £249 - http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2861
    £229 - http://www.digitaldirect.co.uk/prod...asp?product_id=11242&referredby=STEAK#Scene_1
    £240 delivered - http://www.soundandvisiononline.com/moreinfo/index.asp?product_id=11242&referredby=STEAK

    Take anyone one of these into RS and they should price match.
     
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    Thanks. I've narrowed it down to the Denon 1507 because of fantastic reviews and the DSP-AX759SE. Any edge one of these has over the other? I'm more interested in quality sound for movies than music as that's what I'll mainly be using it for.
    The speakers I'm looking at are the Tannoy FX5.1 -
    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=TANN-FX5.1-SIL
     
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    The Tannoy's are the old model, they have been superceded by the EFX5.1's, which are £250 at Richer, you can get them for £200 if you shop around.

    The EFX's have a redesigned centre speaker and a better looking gloss finish,

    dougan
     
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    I have the older tannoys running with a yamaha640se amp. Both will be for sale soon. I dont think its worth running any of your amp choices with the tannoys as they have been around quite a long time now and wont give justice to the new amps. Have you looked at any of the canton range from the power buy?
     
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    Sorry, was alos going to add, the Onkyo for £300 is an absolute steal with HDMU switching. If tha is your budget its a no brainer IMHO
     

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