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DENON AVR-2802 for £400 - worth going for?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Lesmond, Feb 18, 2003.

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  1. Lesmond

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    After a lot of deliberation (and still yet to arrange an audition at a hi-fi dealers!) I've decided to go for a Denon receiver.

    Initially, I was going to go for the 1803, but I spotted SuperFi are selling the 2802 for £399!

    Should I go for this, as I suspect the replacement (I'd imagine the 2803) will come out very soon after - the 2802 was released early last year...

    The reason why I'd probably go for the 2802 over the 1803, is the assumption that it will have better circuitry, and hopefully sound better for music... Can anyone comment on the two?


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    First things first, that receiver you mention is around for £299 now, namely from Hyperfi. I demoed both the AVR2802 and AVR1803 at Sevenoaks with Kef KHT2005 speakers and found the 1803 to be the superior receiver. I think maybe it's because the 2802's pretty old now. But still there wasn't much in it. I think the 1803's ability to drive seven speakers to the 2802's 6 was what ultimately decided it for me - plus the 1803 looks marginally nicer.
     
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    2802 has pre-outs.

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    Hi - just wondering what importance preouts are, exactly?

    I don't intend to use another amplifier, as I suspect (hope!) the Denon will do everything for me!

    Thanks for your replies!

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    pre-outs allow you to feed the digital signal into the AV amp/receiver then than the option of feeding the Front Left & Right 'main' speakers via a separate stereo amp, the latter also being used to take phono/analogue signal from a CD player, say. IE, you use the front speakers for both AV use and for HiFi use.

    There is a thread in this section entitled 'musicality' - try searching on that (while I work out how to cite the actual reference). In brief, I bought the AVR1602 to go with new DVD player, was happy with HC but became picky about the CD music output. Wanted to take advice about buying separate stereo amp, but found that the AVR1602 lacked pre-outs, so too does the AVR1803 btw.

    I have now bought a s/h AVR2802, and am awaiting delivery. I therefore will be looking to pass on my AVR1602. If you are interested let me know and I';; PM you when I post the For Sale thread.

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    If you can get a brand new AVR-2802 for £399 then I would reccommed you go for it, but for £299 then I'd have to say you'd be stupid not to..and I am on my way to get me another one for upstairs for that price. Bargain !!
     
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    Yeah, sure..like £399 is gonna get you a A1SE or A11SR :p

    **EDIT** Aww, Apache, pulled your reply have you ?? Whys that then ? :p
     
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    a 2802 is a bargain at £299.. very happy with mine, does absolutely everything I need to do.

    Dimmy's point about the 1 or 2 rear centres - you can drive to rear speakers wiring them in serial, without any load problems.
    as to whether you really need 2 rears or want/have the space.. upto you.

    and as for power, fine for me in a 22" by 14" room.. more than enough.

    apart from that.. show me an A11SR for £299 and I'm there too! ;)

    slightly different class of amp methinks.
     
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    yeah that thing about two rears is a waste anyway. I hooked up two centre rears to my 1803 and it sounded worse than using one - oh well. I'm more than pleased with the performance of it anyway, although those pre-outs could have come in handy, although you can buy thousands of cables which will convert speaker wire into Phono cables, although that'd defy the whole point of the exercise. I guess the 2802 is a bargain at £299 - although it's in black at that price, and I was desperate for a gold receiver to match my Tosh SD900E.
     
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    I have 3802 and at first ran 2 rears then went to one and, in my room, think it sounds better
     
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    I think (not positive though), that the two rears on the 1803 are both run off the same channel of amplification anyway - so would be just the same as wiring 2 rears off the 2802.

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    :hiya: Victoria again
     
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    Told you I was following you!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:
     

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