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help with an a/v reciever please!

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by mattruston, Dec 13, 2002.

  1. mattruston

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    Hi i am looking to buy an a/v reciever and start to build myself a home cinema system. I'm not really sure what im doing when it comes to an av reciever or what i need! currently im looking at some nice kef codas. 2 70's for the back an 80 for the centre and two 90's for the front. i am getting a kef psw2000 sub and am looking for something to be able to power them all! i don't know how much i am going to spend or even what is reasonable. but it must have dts es and dolby ex but be under or around £400 - £500 (is that even possible?) anyway id really appriciate any help anyone can give me. even a push in the right direction
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    matt
     
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    Take a look at the Pioneer VSXD811 - it should have all you need and I think is just about the only amp in your price range with all the features you need. No wait, the Sony 1080 appears to have it all too.

    See www.avland.co.uk/amplifier for all the info you need.
     
  3. James45

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    and the Marantz 5300, great piece of kit
     
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    thanks a lot dudes i'll check them out
     
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    im not sure how the wattage works but a receiver with 100W per channel does that mean a maximum of 100W per channel like if i had two front speakers at 175W each the receiver couldnt handle it?
    i dunno to me 100W per channel doesnt sound like much. even my centre speaker is 100W on its own my two fronts are 175W and the rear at 70W
     
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    if you live in an underground bunker you may well be able to take advantage of that kind of power, but the rest of us live above ground and can't listen with that sort of volume involved without the police booting in the door and walking out with our AV equipment.
    The Marantz isn't even 100wpc is it? but I have never ventured above -8db volume setting, normal listening is between -20 and -12db.

    EDIT: just checked its 90wpc
     
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    lol
    good point
    but what i was trying to say (and failing) is that if my reciever cant handle all that wattage wont it sound worse? i mean in an ideal world if i could afford a 150W/channel r/ver wouldn't the sound especially at low levels sound a lot better?
     
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    yes certainly the more power the cleaner the signal at listening levels, but if you're looking for a receiver with 150wpc you're looking at the Denon and Pioneer flagships which are around the £2k, not £500.
     
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    yeah too right thats why i said in an ideal world. thanks for the help i think im gonna go with the sony 1080 bit more expensive than the pioneer but has more features.
    i can always upgrade later on !
    cheers
     
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    What sort of features do you think you'll need? generally speaking the more 'features' the worse the sound quality, for 2 reasons - less money to spend on amplification and more electronics to mess up the signal.

    Unless you're talking surround modes and/or setup options then the less features the better.
     
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    i can get the 1080 for £383 from hifibitz.co.uk :)
     
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    Any of the amps mentioned will have no trouble driving the Kef's. They're an easy load on most kit. :)
     
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    Hi Matt see I have alot to answer for for introducing u to HomeCinema. Your mrs is going to go mad at u for spending all this money mate:D
    Youve had some good advice of these guys suprised u didnt ask me first actually:( Ive been reading this site for months and have made some sound purchases thanks to the advice I recieved here.
    I will come round and help u set it up when u get it so I can make sure it doesnt sound as good as mine:D
     
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    i wouldnt get anything from avland they rip you off. see superfi.co.uk or hifibitz.co.uk they are a LOT cheaper :)
     
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    looked around for the sony 1080 such a huge price difference even on the net!
    on hifibitz.co.uk its £383
    on superfi.co.uk its £370
    on avland.co.uk its £430 !!!

    so just on 3 websites a £50 difference
    thats mad.
     
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    please remember to include your full name if you are going to take a pop at a retailer... jeez what am I a moderator or something?:rolleyes: :D
     
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    Doesn't anyone demo anything anymore or are you just going by the what HiFi reviews?
     

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