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Marantz to downunder?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by SurferDude, Jul 7, 2004.

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  1. SurferDude

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    Guys (and Gals),

    What a forum, loads of help with great reviews and advice :thumbsup:

    I'm looking at starting my home theatre journey (yes another newbee) with a decent amp/av receiver, but you wouldn't believe the prices in Aus.

    Denon AVR-1804 AU$1199
    Marantz SR5400 AU$1190
    Onkyo TX-SR601 AU$1190
    Yamaha RXV-650 AU$1299

    I'm warming to the Marantz SR5400 in this price bracket despite all of the reported problems with sound drop out due to chip set etc. In the UK I could pick it up for UK£289 from Peter Tyson, but he doesn't ship o/s.

    So, question is: Does anyone know of a reputable dealer that will ship to Sydney Australia and not charge an arm and a leg to do so.

    I'm a little nervous about ordering the Marantz online because of the reported problems. It would be a little difficult to process the return and repair from Aus if need be. But AU$1190 (UK£480) seems a little steep to purchase locally.

    Or maybe I should just bight the bullet and go to my local AV dealer and fork out the AU$1190. :(

    Thoughts???

    SurferDude
     
  2. Harry T

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    I think you would be better of buying here. By the time you add in shipping, insurance, possible Customs charges, GST (? - not sure if this applies), I don't think you would be saving much.

    I did see some very good deals in the 30 June sales recently on models that are discontinued or soon to be. At last year sales, I bought a soon to be discontinued receiver that had a list price of AUD2200 for $1200. It had all the features that I wanted and the new model had nothing new that I needed. This might be a better option for you.

    PS. Welcome to the Forum
     
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    I would agree with the last poster... By the time you have paid import duty, shipping etc, you won't have saved much money, and if the unit is damaged in transit (which is quite likely seeing as it will get chucked around all over the place) you will be gutted. HAGGLE with all the local dealers and look for runout models. I got my Harmon Kardon AVR4500 and a Harmon Kardon DVD21 about a year ago when it was on runout, total RRP $2000, I got it all for $1000 including $100 worth of cables...

    Last time I imported something from OS I ended up having to go to the customs office in the airport to pay the duty personally...

    It's all a major pain in the arse...

    lhalha
     
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    lhalha, funny you should mention the Harmon Kardon. I was going to mention in my post that I had seen the AVR 4550 recently advertised for around $1200. A little bit of haggling and you would do even better.

    AVR4500 and DVD21 + cable for $1000. Now that is a good deal!!!!!
     
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    Strange, when I was in Australia a few years back prices seemed "normal". Not cheap (at least not as cheap as Singapore or HongKong), but certainly not more expensive than Europe.
    In fact I did buy a Yamaha DVD-S796 player in Sydney during that trip for only AUD699 including RCE friendly multi-region mod (and component out instead of Scart/RGB).

    Maybe the exchange rate has caused a bigger price difference now, dunno.
     
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    Guys,

    Thanks heaps for the advice. I must admit that I was starting to question the wisdom of shipping from O/S to Aus. Its just I didn't think the price I could get here was competitive. But based on Harry T's post about the Harmon Kardon 4550 for $1,200-ish I think I'm going to reconsider.

    Harry T, you couldn't fill a newbie in on where that quote was from, or even which retailers I should be focussing on as a Sydney-sider. Ihalha, your input on where to go would be invaluable too. Any advice on timing of purchase, retailer/channel etc. would be greatly appreciated. :lease:

    In my original post you could see the sort of level I'm pitching at. I've got around $1,000 in my pocket for the AV Receiver/Amp and a DVD player. I could probably stretch that a bit further (maybe to $1,500), but if I could get a really good unit for that price I'd be over the moon. (Hope this isn't off topic now).

    An audiophile friend of mine recommended Apollo Hi-Fi at Marickville and another mob at Campsie for the amp.

    The idea of a recently superceded model that still had all the spec I needed really appeals. Maybe I just need to turn up at a dealer and talk turkey.

    Thanks again guys...
     
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    Surferdude,

    I am in Melbourne, and it wasn't necessarily a quote, but an advert in the Green Guide in Thursday's `The Age' from sometime in June. From memory the place was Rio Sound & Vision in Thornbury. I also have had very good dealings with Forward Audio in Richmond (who also stock HK). Sorry, cannot help with anything in Sydney.

    It is just one of those addiction this hobby creates. Looking through ads, checking prices - thinking "Oohhh, that'd good. Do I need that. Can I find a use for that. Can I get it in the house without the wife noticing".

    The AVR4550 is a very good amp for both AV use and music. Full 7.1 functionality, and the best bit, it has Logic7. I don't think it video upsamples, and only sound format it doesn't have would be PLIIx. But I don't think you would need both L7 and PLIIx.

    But you will probably need to a bit of home work first. Check out the British HiFi mags, see what is coming out there, and we will have a similiar replacement model in 2 to 3 month to see what other choices you have.

    Turn up with your credit card, and you should be able to buy yourself an amp at a price you are happy with. From my experience, going from shop to shop getting quotes on a run out model doesn't get you the best price. A retailer with last years amp that he has little use for, and a buyer with money in their pocket to take it off their hands. Well...., he want let you walk out the door without making sure he has done everything to do a deal.

    Oh, and by the way. I think this approach will work better at a specialist store (Campesie HiFi), rather than the discount bulk retailers.

    Happy hunting.

    PS - I don't think you can be Off Topic in your own thread.
     
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    Harry T,

    I take it you'd recommend the HK AVR4550 over the Marantz SR450? I haven't read many of the Harmon Kardon reviews, so I guess I'll have to do a little more homework before I take the plastic out.

    Thanks for the info and advice...

    SD

    P.S. Like the bit about getting it in the house without the wife noticing. I'm still figuring out how to do that little trick. :)
     
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    Marantz does seem over priced in Oz compared to the UK, I was absolutley amazed at the price dealers wanted for a CD6000ose let alone something like a KI version.

    Surfer I think that the HK is the better product for HT but demo them both if you can as its really what your own ears like.

    Regards
    John
     

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