Looking for a shortlist of av amps

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  1. de Siem

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    Looking to upgrade my onkyo 576, as I getting a new 3d telly.

    Which amps should I be looking at?

    Budget about £500
    Use case movies, no music
    Current speakers tannoy sfx5.1, but looking to upgrade these some point later as well.

    Cheers
     
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    If your lucky you might be able to pick up a onkyo 818 for £550.
     
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  4. de Siem

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    Indeed not going to spend more than 1k on speakers in the foreseeable future.

    818 is probably a bit overkill in that case?
     
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    Sony STR-DN1040 might also be worth a look if mainly for movies.
     
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    Depends on the speakers you are upgrading to i guess, but i'd recomemnd a Pioneer SC LX83.
     
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    +1 for the 818. It lets you in to the world of advanced room calibration of XT32 at a great price. I believe it will really help you get the most out of your system.
     
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    Another vote for the 818.

    If your budget is £1000 for speakers you will get a lot for your money in the classifieds right here on AVForums, or even that well known auction site! As a generalisation, even the most popular speakers sell secondhand for just half of their original retail price..... so bargains galore!

    Personally, I've bought an 818 that is waiting for my cinema build to complete before installation.

    My speakers are MK K7's, K4's and K5's (enough to use in a 'wide' speaker combo {something else the 818 can do}) and I'll be building a pair of 15" subs. The MK speakers cost me <£350 for all 7, the subs will come in at around £450 for the pair including amplifier.

    I know, at some point, I'll want 'beefier' speakers than the front 3 K7's, but speaker groups can be upgraded 'piecemeal', as and when budget allows.

    Whether or not you get the 818, if you really want that 'cinema' sound, I'd spend money on the amplifier 1st, and then keep an eye on the classifieds for secondhand speaker bargains!
     
  9. de Siem

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    Thanks all for your recommendations. I can see why the 818 gets a lot of votes. It's a lot of amp for the money, would last me a few years to come.

    It's too much for the living room it will go in literally as it's a few cms too deep. (not what she said! :) ) also no room for wide nor height speakers. (since when do those things exist?)

    Thinking right now the 626 is a better fit. And may use the cash saved for making a start upgrading the speakers. Btw on that topic where do people start upgrading from a set, sub or front 3?
     
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    Depends on what you feel is lacking in terms of sound. Often the sub is the weak point of a lot of speaker packages hence you will often find a good improvement by changing the sub. That said the upgrading the front 3 (especially the centre) will also see big gains in terms of sound quality. With the 626 I would look to spend £500-£800 on the front 3 speakers.
     

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