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HiFi amp & home cinema set up


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Just ordered an Arcam A90 amp to improve my musical perfomance it was a bargain at £410 delivered! I use a marantz sr5200 av amp what i want to know is if i use the arcam in processor mode for L/R stereo will it give a large improvement for music over the marantz & will it mess up the sound of the centre & rears as the marantz will be no match for the Arcam? can anyone with this type of set up give me some feed back as I have strange feeling i should have gone for the Arcam avr350:confused: Thanks


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For music, I assume you'll be sending a signal straight from your CDP into the Arcam, then onto your speakers. That should be a significant improvement. I've owned a couple of Marantz AV amps, and in retrospect, they really weren't that good.

For movies, whilst you've improve the power amp section for the fronts, you'll still be relying on the pre-amp and decoding of the marantz, and in that case, I'd expect the AVR300 to murder the Marantz.


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I thought taht may be the case suppose i need to figure out weather the music improvement warrants going for the A90 or go for i assume the less musical avr350 but gain on all chanels:suicide:

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