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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by jameslindsey, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. jameslindsey

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    Looking to replace an old Yamaha Prologic receiver and go digital.
    I've narrowed the choice down to the main players in the:

    Sony1080
    Sony 555
    Yamaha 640
    Pioneer 2011
    Marantz 4300 (Although the hissing/buzzing issue is putting me off)
    Denon 3803 - I'm told musically it's not great though

    I have floorstanding Rogers speakers which are quite natural sounding but would possibly like a bit more of an energetic sound than I currently get. I'd also like a receiver that performs well with 2 Ch Audio.

    The problem is I can't audition all of these in the same location.

    Does anyone have any recomendations or suggestions, possibly something I have overlooked? Also as I have a smallish room is it worth the extra going from a £400ish to £600-£700 amp? as I could really do with a new DVD as well.
     
  2. jhjerpe

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    Where are you based? My local dealer has the Yamaha, Marantz and Denon on display. The 2011 is more difficult as they are hard to get.
     
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    North London
     
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    Well I know that Watford isn't exactly North London - but just in case you are intrested www.hificity.co.uk - ask for Chris. There is also a Sony Centre righ opposite so you should be able to have alook the the 555 and 1080 there!

    I went for the 2011 so if you have any questions on that let me know or PM me.
     
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    In addition the 2011 and 3803 are both great amps, individual unique features, lots of previous threads on them. I went for the 2011 as I am lazy and like the auto-setup. I also found the 2011 to be good in stereo but not fantastic, but it depedns on what you are comparing it to.
     
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    FWIW I have the Sony STR-DB1070, which I think is the old version of the 1080. If you only use it only for HC, fine, but it's worse than terrible at stereo music. Maybe the 1080 is better, but I'd be surprised. My recommendation is to not trust anything you read in official online reviews, as the writers seem invariably to be cheerleaders for the major brands and what they (if at all) note as small drawbacks are usually major. (maybe I'm unlucky, but as well as the Sony receiver, I bought a pixel plus TV - :mad: )
    cheers
     
  7. jameslindsey

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    Thanks for the info. Looks likely I will go for the Pioneer as bi-amping the fronts seems like a good idea. Just need to wait I s'pose.
     
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    You need to listen for yourself but I think the Marantz gear sounds good in stereo, and they are very competitively priced. I have had no issues with any buzzing.
     

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