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Need an Amp...please help.

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Eyeball, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. Eyeball

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    Hi....

    I'm confused as to what amp to get. I know there's a lot of debating as to what's good and what's not and down to personal experience, but I'm no good at picking these things and would like a honest opinion.

    I've got a budget of about £300 maybe a tag more. I need to plug up my surround sound speakers (which I haven't got yet) and a sub. Also has to be good for movies and music....

    Any ideas, comments and advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,
    S
     
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    At this sort of price, I'd go either for a Yamaha amp or a Marantz one.

    Yamaha have just launched its -50 series of amps, and Marantz are due to launch their 500 series. In this price bracket, I think the competitor models, if you shop around, are likely to be the Yamaha 550/650 and the Marantz 4500/5500.

    I've had experience of both manufacturers (I've owned a Yamaha 620, and a Marantz 5300 and 5400, and now own a Yamaha 750), and think that Marantz are better at music, but Yamaha are better at surround sound. However, you really need to have a listen as this is all subjective. The amps in the Marantz tend to be of better quality (hence better for music), but Yamaha's proprietary chips outperform the Cyrus Logic variety that Marantz use in DD/DTS decoding. Yamaha also seems have to redressed the balance a bit - my new 750 sounds really good in direct mode, and the overall sound is closer to my old Marantz 5400 than it is to older Yamahas - rich and smooth. An interesting marraige would be Marantz amps and Yamaha chips, but that is dreaming!

    I've also had experience of Pioneer AV receivers (listening tests) in this price bracket, and found them to be a bit too upfront/bright, but once again, that is a matter of personal taste. The same goes for some Denon amps (the 180x series, again in listening tests), which sounded a little lightweight.

    What I'd suggest is that you arm yourself with some favourite DVDS and CDs, go find a good, specialist retailer, and demo some equipment. Shopping around is part of the fun.
     
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    I've the same budget and requirements and intend to try the New Denon 1905 and the Sony STB 795.
     
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    Try the cambridge audio as well.

    Steff
     
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    Petertyson.co.uk have the Marantz 5400 OSE for £300, which is an excellent deal.

    Just ordered one myself.

    Dermot
     
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    Cheers Everyone....thanks for all the good responses. I've looked around a bit and I have to say I like the Yam 750. The price is good and it sounds superb... the music churning out from it sounds good too.

    Now I'm looking for speakers to go with the amp...any1 got any advice?? They have to be floor-standing for the back and can be also at the front but not necessarily.
    I know that this is probably the wrong place to post such a request but since we're here....... :thumbsup:

    Thanks again.

    S
     
  7. davepuma

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    Tannoy Fusions are cheap, not sure what they sound like though but my Mercury's are good esp. for the price. Any other budget kit is likely to be smaller sat speaker types which just don't cut it for me. Floorstanders are a must for music anyway and they'll blow you away in AV. :thumbsup:
     
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    This one can outperform any of the others by faaaaaaar!!!!!
     

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