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KARMAN/HARDON AV amps any good?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by wookie, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. wookie

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    Are these H/K amps any good.
    They do not seem to be in all the mags.
     
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    don't have an AV amp from them but I love my HK 650 from music...
     
  3. hornydragon

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    Which model are you looking at? HK are acually very good amps! the 4550 competes with denons 3803
     
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    Hornydragon,
    What about one of the lower models, say the 2550 or 3550?
    I'm hoping to go and demo the KEF eggs next week, and the demo will be conducted on a HK receiver (the place doesn't stock anything else). I had hoped to spend up to £400 on a receiver, and hadn't considered the HK stuff at all, to be honest. Was looking more at Yamaha and Marantz (and Pioneer, though less so). Can you comment on how HK compares to these other brands at that price point? It would seem that What HiFi would probably not go with the HK - is there good reason behind this?
    Thanks,
    Jim
     
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    HK amps are better than Yamaha, Marantz and Pioneer IMO. Pity they changed the fascia, I prefer the old all-black style, and not the shiny black top bit with cheap silver plastic butttons.

    Ignore What Hi-Fi. They give awards to the most advertised products.
     
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    2550 is a great 5.1 amp and there s=are a couple of limited editions one is a silver 2550 the other the 507 is so new i'm not sure of the specs or the model number!!!! HK use good quality amp circuits and are suited to big current hungary speakers!!! they are o less benefit with Kef Egg lifestyle speakers however the 2550 is sweet with Infinity Oreus HK tend to be at the higher end of the market up with denon etc i would go for a 2550 over a SR4300 any day less obvious with a 5400 or 7300 though but a 7300 compared to 3550??? 4550 wins handsdown lovely amp!!!! especiallly with Sky+ and DVD25!!!! Running Oreus sub sats and a Optoma H56!!! like the setup I installed a few weeks ago!!
     
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    Hornydragon,
    Do you mean that a 3550 wins handsdown? Or the 4550 as you stated? I got confused when you put the 7300 up against the 3550 and then referred to the 4550. Thanks for clarifying.
    Jim
     
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    4550 wins hands down i have side by sided a 3550 and a 7300 so cant make an objective comment, depends on the budget use etc. HK are quality amps and marrantz are but have more "feautures" for your money.
     
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    Hornydragon,

    Thanks for that. What about in comparison to a Yamaha AX640SE or RXV640?

    As to budget, as I've said, it would be around £400, and use would be music and movies, maybe 50/50. Not a music purist, so music probably played in multichannel as long as it sounded ok that way.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    I dont Sell Yam gear so cant comment mate sorry personally i preefer HK to Marrantz gear, 2550 is a great amp and in your budget!!!

    I think i might open a hifi/AV shop in Ireland as there seems to duck all competition!!!!
     
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    Thanks for that. I'll check HK's out next week.

    Hee Hee! That would be super! Although Richer Sounds is in Belfast, the other Richers down south have apparently closed down???
    I keep getting told things like the AV market in Northern Ireland is shrinking, and because of it they can't stock as much or they can't compete because demand isn't there, blah blah blah. As you know Richers can provide a level of competition with the products they offer, but ours in particular often doesn't have stock in or is unsure as to what stock they'll be getting, and therefore can only offer competition on the products they get. Which means, most other shops (AND THERE AREN'T MANY) I check in ignore Richers' prices and won't compete with them, and instead charge near enough the RRP!!!
    D'ohh!

    Jim
     
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    Well thats RS all over and the RRP is there for a reason!!!

    But have a good demo get the best price haggle and you will end up with a better system than a pile boxes turning up in a randomn order!!!
     
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    Thanks.
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    I have just bought a HK 3550 and matched it with the KEF 2005.2's and it sounds good. I preferred the 3803 slightly sound wise, but the 3550 was a LOT cheaper, and I didn't need the power of the Denon in my smallish room.

    And I don't even mind the looks. I sick to the back teeth of brushed aluminium fascias, so it makes quite a refreshing change IMO. I think I'm going to buy a HK prog-scan DVD player too, as they seem very highly regarded.
     
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    dvd 25 is only £250 at play at the moment not sure for how long as HK dont like net retailers selling their product!
     

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