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need recommendations asap... marantz sr4400 vs. yamaha rxv350

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by doorknob2k1, Dec 23, 2004.

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  1. doorknob2k1

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    hi there!

    christmas sale is on... im caught between two receivers...

    yamaha rx-v350 = Philippine Peso 12600 (US$ 225)
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    marantz sr4400 = Philippine Peso 13995 (US$ 250)

    i need your kind recommendations asap. thanks! =)
     
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    It mainly depends on what you use mostly music or movies. The marantz will be the best music machine while the Yamaha the better with movies. Which ever you decide on will be a good into to home cinema.
     
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    Welcome to the forums :thumbsup:

    Out of those two I would probably lean towards the Marantz 4400. Good for movies and music :)
     
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    concert dvds = 80%
    movies = 20 %

    so... i guess i'll be using it mostly for music.
     
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    Then the marantz is possibly your best bet. Can you stretch to getting a 5400 as it uses better dac's (192/24 v's 96/24) then the 4400 and has more power.
     
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    my budget would only allow me to get either of the two...
    and this is my first receiver if ever... im new to this.
    im looking at pairing it with gale speakers
    (http://www.gale.co.uk/htpackage4.html)
    which also is on christmas promo sale right now
    here in the philippines... any thoughts on this?
     
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    Couldn't get the link to work :confused:
     
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    Both my systems are Gale Speakers + Yamaha RX-V?40 amps. Pair together rather nicely!
     
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    which gale speaker set are they? series 30?
     
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    finally got the marantz sr4400 last friday... just wanted to share. :)

    are the yamaha nsp106 speaker set okay? they're the only set i could afford for now @ PhP 10,000 (around US$180). :confused:
     
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    Marantz must be nice.. Any other speaker options, Wharfedale etc non-hifimakers? (non-receiver makers)
     
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    hmmm... i saw wharfedale's diamond8 and diamond9 series... but for my current budget it would only allow me to get a pair of front speakers. (eg. diamond 8.3 or diamond 9.4) :confused:

    i am dying to experience multi channel sound in my own room. :(
     
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    DON'T ruin it now, as you've got a great amp. Speakers are the most important piece of the whole set. My advice is forget the 8-series, forget the floorstanders. Get a pair of 9.2s or 9.1s first, and buy 9.0s or 9.1s or 9.SRs for surrounds when you have the money. For center get a matching speaker, third 9.2 for example.

    2x 9.2 or 2x 9.1 for start.

    In future:
    3x 9.2 + 2x 9.1

    5x 9.1

    3x 9.1 + 2x 9.0

    These go low for small speakers, with those 9.4 or 8.3 you get more boominess. You can ask for discounts on those. But please do as you wish...
     
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    thanks for your advice. i really appreciate it. :)

    will visit shops and audition these 9.xs... and maybe ask for discounts.

    what about floor stands?... don't they cost as much as another pair of bookshelfs? :confused:

    do u have a picture of your five 9.1s? i'd like to see how u set it up. :)
     
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    You're welcome. :)

    I don't mean 9.4 is bad, it just needs a mediocre or big room, or placement that is 0,5 to 1,0m from the wall. Bookshelves are always cheaper, because the bigger enclosure is more expensive. Of course the stands cost then.. But you can build them, DIY. Your room size?

    If you compare same price floorstanders and bookshelves, the latter is usually better. More quality for the price. They don't extend as low, but sound is finer, the sub is needed for both with movies, music don't necessarily need one.

    If you have the room and space, pair of 9.4s or 9.5s would be nice, 9.2 is equal though with lower price. Close to wall you should maybe stuff the ports, I'm just experienting with that. So the bass freqs don't come too loud. This is just my setup, in a bigger/better acoustics room I'd have bigger speaker for fronts. 9.1 or 9.sr or 9.dfs do well in the back. Three speakers with identical/similar drivers in the front is important, 9.2 would go well with 9.5s! The center is not always necessary though. If you like music more, then invest the most in two mains.

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    The stands are Apollos, A1/9 model.

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    SVS sub. :)

    (The links don't always work, try later then plz. )
     
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    hmmm... interesting thoughts. thanks! :)

    the room's quite small... http://hometheaterhifi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1623

    i moved my bed in this room a few weeks ago... (knowing that its gonna take a few months before i could really turn this into a dedicated av room)... i noticed a decrease in the echoes... must be the mattress. :rolleyes:

    haven't been able to see your pictures... it won't load up. :(
     

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