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Diva P90/3 vs FMJ P35/3 with AVR300 ?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by clauser, Jul 21, 2005.

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  1. clauser

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    Hi,

    I currently own an AVR300 which i use together with a Sherbourn 5/1500A 5x200 Watt amplifier with very good results. But i am thinking of going for a complete Arcam setup. So i want to sell my Sherbourn and buy an Arcam amplifier for the front (2 or 3) channels. Later on i can buy the P1 for the front L&R channels and use the P90/3 or P35/3 for the remaining channels.

    My question is: since the specifications and the price (1300 vs 1600 Euro) of the Diva P90/3 and the FMJ P35/3 are quite similar, i would like to know if there is a lot of difference between these two amps. Has anyone compared these two amps in their 2 or 3 channel version ?

    Or are there other solutions taking into account that i do not want to spend more than about 1500 Euro for the moment ?

    Kind regards,
    Erwin
     
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    They are quite different in performance, I would recommend to go and listen for yourself and decide if the price difference is worth it.
     
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    I was thinking the very same thing in regards to the Diva P90 or the Fmj P35 !
    When Bi-amping the AVR300, Arcam state in the manual that it is important that the external amp you choose matches the 31 db gain of the AVR300 or else you will get an unbalanced treble and bass through your speakers.
    Looking at the specs , I could not find any gain details for the Fmj P35.
    Does anyone know if they are the same as the Diva P90 ??
     
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    Hi Sparky,

    As far as I know, reading other threads in here previously, ALL Arcam amps have the same gain. Do a quick search in the forum for "gain" and hopefully I will be proved right, or someone else will more knowledge will back me up. :)

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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    I'm 99.9% sure you're right.

    Just double check with the dealer before buying or email Arcam if you're going for second hand.

    Edit: This being my 666th post I meant to post on the music forum about Iron Maiden. Bugger!!
     
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    The only amp in the range that does not have the same gain levels is the P7 whic is slighly different in order to meet THX requirements.
     
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    Thanks all for your responses
     
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    purely on a cosmetic note, the diva and the fmj are slightly different colours.

    I only mention this, because i assume the all arcam set is required partially for cosmetic reasons.
     
  9. clauser

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    Thanks for the info. In the meantime it is very difficult to get a P90 and P35 for comparison. Did anyone compare these two amplifiers in stereo ?

    Kind regards,
    Erwin
     
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    there is a p90/3 in silver going second hand at the moment for £400ish I think. It would be the best match as well imho.

    CaM
     

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