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New HT Amp time - 3 in short list

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by spikeyboy3, May 19, 2004.

  1. spikeyboy3

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    Looking for a new AV AMP to replace my Denon AVR 3300. This is just part of a big upgrade i will be doing, listed below:

    Current...............................Upgrade

    Denon AVR3300....................Denon 3805 / Arcam AVR300 / Pioneer Ax5i
    Pioneer 656.........................Arcam DV79 or Pioneer 868 (leaning towards to Acrcam
    Philips 36" Pixel Plus TV..........Pioneer 504HDE Plasma
    Ruark Prologue One (Main's)....No change
    Ruark Dialogue One (Center)...No Change
    Mission 77DS Rears...............Will change - probs to Ruark Epligogue
    Padigram PS1000 Sub............Will change havent got a clue what to yet.

    As you can see i have short listed 3 AV Amps, im leaning towards to Arcam AVR300.

    What would people recommendations be out of the list (or other makes in the price range of around £1300).


    Thanks in advance.


    Spike
     
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    There's a link to a review of the Arcam AVR300 in the Arcam forum which might help.
     
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    Lots of glowing reports of the Denon about
     
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    Thanks for the input - done some more digging and looks like its going to be the Arcam DV79 and ARV300


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    I think that will be an excellent combination.
     
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    The Arcams are great, but with that TV you are planning to get, maybe the 868 would be better suited?

    I think the AVR300 and the Pioneer 868 would sit well together, if the TV wasn't in the equation, and you wanted a music biased system, then the Arcams win hands down.

    If you wanted a purely movie setup, with the HDMI enabled Pioneers, that would be the way to go, and with the firewire connection, it will certainly impress with multi-channel music, although the Arcam would probably destroy it in stereo.

    If you wanted the best of both worlds, but not excel to the same degree in either, then the Denon setup is the one to go for.

    I personally think the best compromise would be the 868 with the AVR300.
     
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    Thanks for the input.

    If im totally honest i was going to go for the pioneer 868 and ax5i. But then did some reading on these forums :)

    Found out about the 868 scalling the pic and then the media box doing more scalling as the 868 scalled to a non reconised res - go figure. Where as the Arcam DV79 has HDMI out with no scalling so pic would only be scalled once.

    TBH i think that I-link is a marketing tool, ive had a pioneer 656 for around 2 years now and dont own one SACD or DVD-A disk as theres bugger all out there really.

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