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Lowish £ Amp needed with specific Reqs...

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Jenz, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. Jenz

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    OK I may be really hot on Video :laugh: but I am crap at audio, hence a total reliance on you guys :clap:

    I need a cheap Amp to handle my front room stuff but I have specific reqs as follows:

    1) Must do Component Switching
    2) Must have at least 2 Component Inputs and be HDTV ready (ie take 720p/1080i inputs (needed for PS2/Xbox)
    3) Must have at least 2 Assignable Optical Inputs (needed for PS2/Xbox)
    4) Must do DD/DTS and DPL2 (latter mainly for GCube)

    Ideally don't want to spend more than £400 delivered.

    Any views? It will mainly be used for Sky+, Gamecube, Xbox (DVD, DIVX and MP3), PS2 and the very rare VCR Tape (until I have transitioned them over to DVD).

    One I have my eye on at the mo' is the Denon 1804...

    Neil.
     
  2. Ed Selley

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    Yamaha DSPAX 640 about 300 notes (goes hard, nicely built) plenty of options in sound/setup
    Marantz SR5400 isn't bad but costs a bit more and doesn't really do anything more
    That Denon is perfectly good as well
    Ed
     
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    Denon or Yam as metnioned by tons, i would got for marantz as i think yam are better. what speakers???
     
  4. Jenz

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    Speakers have to be added also... Suggestions on them most welcome... being out in the wilds (Milton Keynes) means there are next to zero places to demo :(

    Want something small and sexy, that sound great to go with Q1 04's Plasma.

    Neil
     
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    P.s. Don't think the Yam has much advantage over the Denon 1804 and I seem to be able to get the Denon cheaper.
     
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    Why not try Onkyo 501 or 601, a big brand outside UK.

    specs for 501
    http://www.avland.co.uk/onkyo/txsr501/index.htm
    Price £248 http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/CatalogueItem_15967.html

    specs for 601
    http://www.avland.co.uk/onkyo/txsr601/index.htm
    Price £327
    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/CatalogueItem_15961.html

    Onkyo are usually being able to deliver their watts and power see here http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_2/onkyo-tx-sr800-receiver-4-2003.html and http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Hollow/3401/ratevsac.htm

    601 benefits over 501, 110w vs 85w, learning remote, 1extra optical input, power zone 2 (drive 2 different sources simultaneosly in 2 different rooms), optimum gain volume circuitry, 32bit dsp vs 24bit.

    601 a very good review from here please have a read. http://www.audioholics.com/productreviews/avhardware/onkyo_TX-SR601_review_01.html

    501 has got great reviews in Germany and UK, see here http://www.onkyo.net/uk/cms/products/home/av_rec/TX-SR501E/indtip.htm

    Wasabi
     

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