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How cheap can i get a THX certified Amp?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Quicksilver25, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Quicksilver25

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    My kenwood KRV5050d (DTS) has served me well!
    Now it is going to retire i would like a THX certified amp..
    The challenge is,how cheap can we find one for? ;)
    On your marks,get set, GO! :hiya:
     
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    Good price that :) I would advise you try to get a demo somewhere of it as it has had mixed reviews and Pioneers souind can be a little 'bright' and 'gratting' for some people.
     
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    I've just bought a Pioneer 1015 last week, and I'm really happy with it so far, and it doesn't sound bright or harsh as some have said. This is of course personal opinion, and I had a demo before I bought it, and would suggest you do the same!!
    After extensive searching, the cheapest I found it online was at buyyourav at £360 + £10 delivery, but good luck finding someone who has one in stock. I tried 14 online retailers all of which were out of stock (including empire direct, hifibitz, multizone AV, superfi, hifix and loads more!!!), and I finally got one from Krish AV for £390.
     
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    how about a marantz sr9200 THX Ultra 2 Certified for £695.00 ??
    I am selling mine as i am upgrading .
     
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    Are you upgrading to the sr9600, as i have one and it is fantastic.
     
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    yes, i am. Apparently its a very good receiver. How is yours ? Where did you buy it from ? Any caance of a mini review and pictures ?
    I am hoping it will be an excellent match for my DV9500 using HDMI.
    Thanks
     
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    I am currently waiting for my DV9600 to show of it's full potential, there is no release date for the dvd player as yet, they keep on saying immanently. I can't really give you a review until i get this player as i am currently using a very cheap and nasty dvd player. However i will say that i am so pleased i went down the route of the marantz (i was looking at the big denon amps and players) as i listen to alot of music and even with a sub-standard player it is so althoritive and musical that i can't fault it.

    I have been researching a new setup for about 9 months and i must say if you do get the 9600 you'll be amazed as i am.With regards to the DV9500 it should work fantastically as i was going to buy this player but realised they were releasing the 9600 so decided to wait.

    Check out home cinema choice's review in the last edition as they gave it a good rating, drawbacks were the automatic setup which i agree was incorrect on calibration and so i set it up manually.The only other drawback was the remote which they said was confusing but i must admit i don't have a problem with.

    All my equipment came from Bluestream AV with an excellent service but i installed myself. If you have any other questions before you purchase i'll do my best to answer them.
     
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    Thanks wignut.
    Apparently the receiver has a huge rack presence as it is massive. How do you find its size ? I saw the masive 44 kg denon and instantly disliked it.

    Any chance of some pictures ?
     
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    It is big but no way as dominanting as the denon, the bulk of the amp is in the depth ( a full 488mm) of which just fits in my rack. The height is fine as it is only 220mm and the width is 440mm. I will post some pictures for you when i get a chance.
     
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    i have now received my 9600 and i'll post some pics for you in the next couple of weeks when i've re-set all my system up.
     
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    Looks are one thing, but by god, does it sound bloody good!! :D

    It blows my previous amp, a Pio AX5i, out of the water!!!

    But then, as many would say for the money, it should!!!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Very true!
    I can't comment on the sound quality with the denon with regards to music but i must say the marantz combo is out of this world with CD, SACD and DVD audio. I'm yet to try the movie side, probably this weekend.
     
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    sorry but what does an amp need to do to qualify for thx certification?
     
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    so does it mean the amp is very good? or just happened to pass those standards but may still not be any good?
     
  18. wingnut1

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    just because an amplifier has THX certification doesn't neccessarally mean that it is top notch, although most amps with THX are pretty expensive, and you generally pay for what you get!
    Personally i've yet to set-up and use THX on my amp as it's new but i am planning to do so in the near future.
     

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