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Home Cinema Reciever Decision?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Stevie D, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. Stevie D

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    Hello

    I've been reading loads and loads through these forums and have found lots of good info.

    I'm just entering the maze of home cinema (so far have bought Panasonic PTAE700, electric screen and all my cabling )and I'm looking for a reciever.

    I really don't want anything that's too complicated for me I'm thinking of the Denon 1705/1706 or the Marantz 4500. Possibly panasonic SA-XR70/55

    I'm probably going to pair this with Kef 2005.2 eggs which I have yet to purchase.

    My main worries are lip sync. and easy of setup/use.

    Any comments gratefully recieved.

    Steve D
     
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    I have listened tha Denon 1705 and Marantz 4500 both.
    1705 is more exciting than 4500 at dvd movie. Marantz 4500 soft sound is little dissappointing to me. but 4500 has pre out and gives better music playback
     
  3. Stevie D

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    Thanks pianist. :)

    I already have a Hi Fi setup (with a marantz PM 7200 Amp).So this buy is mainly for the DVD/SKY/games.

    What about ease of use/setup of the Denon ?
    Is it able to compensate for any lip sync issues which may arise?

    Steve
     
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    1705/6 does not have audio delay settings (to offset the lip-sync problem). As far as I remember, the cheapest Denon with this feature is 2105.
     
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    For that money I can only think of the Cambridge Audio 540R .... the Denon 1705 is very (VERY) weak when driving 5 speakers. The 540r is way ahead - nothing (new) currently competes in it's range - IMO!
     
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    Considering how much you are spending on speakers and your projector with electric screen etc... don't you think that you should maybe spend a bit more on a better amp?

    You are spending 2+k approx on other things and just dumping as cheap an amp as possible on the front of it seems a bit pointless and semi a waste of money.

    Cant you stretch to something a bit better? Just seems sad spending all that and not doing the amplification justice.
     
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    Tend to agree with that, something of the calibre of a 2805 driving Canton CD1 might be better for about the same cash outlay - I'm sure there must be forum members running that setup who can offer better opinions than mine.
    stu
     
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    I tend to agree with the spend more argument too...!

    If you can get something other than the Kef eggs - DO SO! Very over-rated speakers IMO & anyway, even if you can't (don't want to) spend more money, there are better (alas bigger) speakers for the same value! MA Radius are great (i prefer sound & looks to the Cantons, but that's me!)

    :oops:

    EDIT - sorry my mistake MA Radius more expensive than Cantons CD1 - EDIT


    The Denon 2805 is great... delivers power with all channels driven as has very good sound steering for movie sound! Honesly thou' the CA 540r is really not that far away - only marginally less powerful & no DSP modes (useless IMO)!

    Your money anyway!
     
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    Lots of advice thats one and all :) . I think I need to do some more thinking and a bit more research :confused:
     
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    If you don't want to spend as much as a 2805, you may also consider Yamaha 657 and Canton CD-1 combo as good option.
     
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    Hi

    Am now considering The Yamaha 557 ?? can get this amp for £300 or slightly under. I'm really do want something as simple as possible to setup/operate and the more expensive they get the more complex they seem to be :confused:
     
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    I just ordered the 557 from Pixmania for less than £250 (£243 I think) :smashin:
    I know some people don't like the company, but I've never had a problem.

    Component conversion (which is what I wanted) for that price can't be bad.
    I'm sure it will be better than my current kit.
    I just hope the imaging is good.
     
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    yamaha 657 is £301 at pixmania. azur 540r doesnt have auto set up or lip sync, but is a cracker.
     
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    What speakers are you going to pair your 557 with ? I was concidering the kef 2005.2 eggs ??

    Whatever I get it has to be in black
     
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    It's not directly connected but just a word of caution about pixmania:

    They often supply european units (they are the same as british ones but the serial numbers indicate they were destined for the european market). Some manufacturers can get a little funny if something goes wrong. I have found it's often good to get a UK company to price match with pixmania ;)
     
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    Yea the thought of that has always put me off buying anything from them in the past
     
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    Don't know mate.
    I'm running 3 £10 Eltax centre speakers at the front :) and two Videologic surrounds :)
    I'm just moving up one step at a time.

    I'm a noob and want to see if the amp makes a difference first.
    I know I'm not going to spend loads on speakers, but want good imaging/seperation, more than perfect sound.
     
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    Bit late for me, but yes, good advice :smashin:

    I prefer to take my chances and then come on a site like this to slate the company when things go t*ts up.

    Perhaps I've been lucky, but my experience is that things rarely go wrong nowadays.

    I would be worried if Pixmania or Yamaha wouldn't honour a warranty even if it was aimed at Europe.
    I would be asking questions like "what's the difference, apart from the input voltage????" and "what are you saying, British/European spec is better???" etc.
    And I'm sure a mention of this site may help ;)
     

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