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Denon AVC-A1D vs £400 new amp

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by azs, Mar 3, 2005.

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  1. azs

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    Been offered a 2nd hand Denon AVC-A1D from a mate for £400. I'm currently running a Denon AVR 1802 and using a Rotel 970bx power amp for two channel music.

    Question is.....

    Is it worth spending £400 on a four year old AV amp when the price of such things has dropped considerably and quality/value has risen so much in the last four years ?

    There's no doubt at all in my mind that it will be a quality piece of kit which I will enjoy, but I could do with some opinions on whether I'd be better buying "new" technology for the money or whether this will be better for me than a £400 amp of today.

    Note: I've already cabled so I have no interest in new amps that offer 7.1 etc. THX, DD and DTS will be enough to keep me happy regarding decoding formats.

    Any opinions ?
     
  2. diabolik

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    Id snap it up, its awesome!!
     
  3. Kazman

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    Bit of a bargain price there mate, you should snap it up straight away :)
     
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    BUY IT !!!! One of the best AV amps ever. In straight stereo it's sounds gorgeous too. If I had a spare £400 and your mate I'd own this within five minutes.

    Mike.
     
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    Whilst that's not a bad price, I personally wouldn't get 'so' enthusiastic.

    I've owned a Denon A1, an A1D, an A1SE and now have had the A1SE upgraded to A1SR spec.

    My personal experience was that the A1D was the weakest of these great amps.
    The A1 was very warm and musical whereas the A1D was a bit bright.
    The A1SE is a step up from both in audio terms.

    I'm not basing this conclusion on features, just on sound quality.
    The A1D is a great amp, but not in the same league as an A1SE or A1SR.

    Still, probably worth £400 but I wouldn't get too carried away with idea.
     

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