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Need advice on "2 ch stereo friendly" AV receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by mikel, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. mikel

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    I'm looking for an AV amp that sounds great in regular 2 ch stereo. Budget is around £600, but could go higher if it makes a real difference.

    Local hi fi specialist has suggested Arcam 300, or HK330 for a lower cost alternative. Another dealer said Marantz was much better for music than HK. To save me the time of testing so many products, I'd appreciate some pointers on what is likely to be best on music and at least reasonable on movies. I'd prefer to stay with same brand DVD player (eg. Arcam 79 with AVR 300).

    Any thoughts on NAD, Denon, Pioneer, Denon, Yamaha in this price range?
     
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    Read the Review of the Yamaha DSP-AX750SE ,it was against the NAD T753 & the HarmanKardon AVR330 & the Marantz SR5400OSE & HomeCinemaChoiceOnline said it was the best in stereo when using the new Yamaha Pure Direct Mode & it's for less price than those 3 recivers.
     
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  4. mikel

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    That helps, but the Yamaha doesn't have tuner....Marantz v's NAD anybody?
     
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    there a version which have tuner but i don't know if it's availabe on the UK,it's the RXV-750.

    also the RXV650 have the same features & have Tuner but ur budget get's u something better than this.
     
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    The rxv 650 has a slightly cut down spec hence price difference.
    The obvious point to make is adding a tuner would still fit within your budget.
     
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    what are your speakers?
     
  8. mikel

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    It will be all new as I'm replacing a 10 yr old Bose Lifestyle system which is unrepairable.
    Dealer suggestion is KEF Eggs (2005) with KEF XQ1's for front centre pair
     
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    Would be inclined to suggest a good listen to a NAD. They do sound genuinely lovely but have something of a "poverty spec" when compared to similar priced models from other makes. Nothing I have seen from Harmon's sub £1000 units has really impressed me and the 2 channel performance of Marantz units are generally picked up in reviews but these models are due an immenant change so if you go for one, try and secure a killer price on it.

    The last time I actually had a big pile of receivers to test (earlier this year) I remember being most impressed by the Yamaha RXV1400 which is now around at silly money. Good enough in stereo to entertain but truly stunning in films. Was too poor to buy one so ended up getting a Pioneer AX3 (don't need it for stereo).
     
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    SR7400 would be a great choice, but it is to be replaced soon, if you can get a good deal on it, then you could be onto a winner.
     
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    I can confirm the Arcam has the richest stereo sound I have ever heard from a HC Receiver, compared to all Japs I heard incl. AVR-3805, Yamaha RX-V2400, HK AVR-5550 and even the pricey VSX-10Ai from Pioneer.
    They all have this treble accented & weak in the mids sound.
    Since I kept the AVR300 I'm 100% happy with the sound!
    Marantz has a good stereo reputation though.
    Barend
     

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