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How much better is the AX5i than the D2011?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Dimmy, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Dimmy

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    I've found the D2011 for £599, new. And the AX5i for £849, new.

    Is the AX5i worth the extra? I haven't done a side-by-side comparison.

    Bear in mind I won't be using iLink, and will be biamping my front channels (i.e. not using any centre-rears).

    All opinions welcome

    TIA

    Dimmy :)
     
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    Sound quality wise it isn't any better. Or rather is isn't any better that I could hear. A good freind of mine has said that the new Yamaha 2400 is a better amp than the AX5i, so maybe this is another option? I haven't heard the Yamaha myself, but the "word on the street" is that Yamaha are back on the ball AV wise with their new THX range (not because of THX, mind). I have always liked Yamaha's processing - they sound very cinematic.

    Russell
     
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    it has audio delay. that's the main benefict.
     
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    avs members raves about the YPOA!!! more parameters than Pioneer. Don't forget the upconversion from composite to component!

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  5. Dimmy

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    For people not already in the know, I hate Yamaha kit (with a giant, servo-sized H people).

    Thanks for the opinions anyway, I'll pick up that 2011.
     
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    Hey Dimmy, why the big HATRED!!

    I've never been a fan myself but I don't think I'd go so far as blood boiling hatred! :eek:

    Some bad experiences in the past?? :confused:
     
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    AX5i also has USB and Firewire - not sure if you require these inputs.
    Also, the AX5i is widely acknowledged as being very good in stereo mode.
     
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    Dimmy, where's that quote on your sig from?
     
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    Dimmy, where's that quote on your sig from?
     
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    The Pioneer is good compared to other Pioneer or Denon amps. Compared to Harman/Kardon, or NAD, Pioneer still lag behind by some margin.

    Russell
     
  11. Dimmy

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    Dislike the aesthetics, dislike the sound, dislike the build quality, dislike everything about yamaha kit. Which amounts to Hate :devil:.

    I won't have a use for Firewire, but I may very well have a use for USB, which the 2011 has too.

    Kill Bill :D.

    In poweramp quality, perhaps. The Pioneer receivers have got unusually strong poweramp performance, and have made some headway from past receivers. NAD/HK are lagging behind significantly in processing terms.
     

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