DV 79 v DV137

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    Having read some of the mails on this section of the forum & discovering the AV 350 is a worthy successor to the 300. As I intend to purchase an Arcam amp & DVD soon. I would like to know if the 137 is an improvement on the
    79, bearing in mind I can hopefully buy the latter for £800.
     
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    A slight improvement in sound, but you do get upscaling and hdmi. (but the 350 won't accept sound via hdmi).
     
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    As I intend to sky HD what's my best option?
     
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    Regarding the amp or dvd player?
     
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    Both, bearing in mind I intend hopefully to purchase a Fujitsu 58 series display as well.
     
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    And SACD/DVD-A :smashin:
     
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    Well if you want to play SACD then it will have to be the DV137 or DV139 as the DV79 does not play SACD.
     
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    Even though I've just bought the 137 and 350 myself, I don't know if it will necessarily meet your needs. The reason I went for it over the 79 / 300 combination was that it offered upscaling to 1080p (the dvd player) and the 350 could be used as a video switcher. Ok, I also got a noticeable improvement in quality, but I was quite happy with the 79/300 tbh quality wise. Much of this will be down to what speakers you have/plan to buy, and what floats your boat, as well as how much you're willing to spend. There's a £1000 difference after all!
     
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    Hi Nix

    If you can,t get sound via the HDMI connection to I assume you refer to the DVD & Sky HD unit hows it done &does the same apply to the 300amp?
     
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    Arcam amps can't support audio over hdmi which is a bit of shock really given that they recommend using it for their dvd players as the best audio output. You'd have to connect your skyhd via optical cable for sound.
     
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    So how do you get the sound from DVD to amp?
     
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    Either via optical or coaxial, as per normal.
     
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    Can I also add a little to your confusion?
    The one other amp which really impressed me was the Yamaha 2700. If film is more important than music (but still important none the less), you could save yourself a few hundred quid there. It does the home cinema thing very well and also is pretty good in direct stereo mode. It's not as good as the Arcams, but you get what you pay for! It's the only other amp I took seriously apart from the Arcams.
     
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    I have recently tested the Arcam AVR350 & DV-137. How does the Yamaha 2700 compare for films & music? Is the difference noticable? Perhaps I should have listened to the Yamaha as well! The Yamaha seems to have better connections (HDMI video & sound, iPod). Oh, no! Second thoughts re. Arcam!
     
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    With films, it compares very well, at least as good. With music, the Yamaha's not as good, but nothing else is as good as the Arcams at this level. I thought the Yamaha was the next best. I didn't like the Denons, Sonys or Pioneers.
    It's certainly worth an audition imho. It all comes down to your taste and priorities.
     
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    That goes for multi-channel music also, nothing touches the Arcam machines for that.

    Soundwise the new Yamaha's are quite bright sounding, certainly very diffferent to the rich and smooth sound of the AVR350.
     
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    Compared to the Arcams yes, but I thought they were the next best with music once stereo direct was used and reduced some of the brightness.

    By the way, you still haven't mentioned speakers!
     
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    Nix,
    Have you heard the Yamaha 1700? Does it sound much different, given it is £400 cheaper?
    I may have to look more closely at the new Yamahas!
    Thanks,
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    There is a slight improvement in sound and a bigger difference in video. Saying that, you're probably better investigating the yamaha threads as I didn't give them long enough to make a full judgement as I was hooked onto the Arcams as soon as they said hello! :D
     
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    The main differences between the RX-V1700 and the RX-V2700 are the scaling chipset used, the networking facility and the extra HDMI input.

    On that basis, you are still getting a unit that sounds as good as some £800-£900 receivers but with a few extra bells and whistles added.

    If you wish to demo either then you know where to go.
     

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