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Newbie - First AV amp - budget £150-£250

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by matt_symes, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. matt_symes

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    Hello knowledgable ones,

    Would really appreciate some help - just bought a Sanyo Z2 projector. Getting a pair of M71i's for £60. Want some advice on an AV amp. Will need a few digital inputs for PS2, XBox, PC, DVD, Freeview and also video inputs/outputs would be useful to streamline the route through to the projector.

    Current thoughts are:

    Sony STR-DB795 for about £220 (except what about that buzzing problem I read about)
    Panasonic SAXR50 for £243 (but can't find a *single* review - anywhere)
    Denon AVR-1905 for £220 (but no one has them in the UK at the moment AFAIK)

    This will be my first separates Amp and I'm not going to be adding surround speakers for 6 months or so (rental accom at the mo and nowhere to put them).

    Any and all advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance,

    - Matt
     
  2. Dfour

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    What is the amps main function going to be music or movies/tv? any preferences of black or silver?
     
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    Thanks for your reply! :hiya:

    Probably about half and half. However, I'd rather have something that was better for music and acceptable for movies rather than the other way round. Also, I've a smallish living room in the middle of a block of flats - so I don't think power output is much of an issue - my days of ear splitting house parties are in the past (and hopefully, one day, in the future again :) But not somthing to concern this purchase!)

    Also just noticed the Yamaha RXV450 which I can get for under £200

    Colourwise - Silver over black.

    Thanks,

    - Matt
     
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    The Yamaha RXV-640 can be got at a very good price too. Not exactly the latest model, but the difference is really only in the styling.
     
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    :eek: you recommended a Marantz product Dfour, you feeling ok? :rotfl: Just joking mate :)

    If you can find the Yammy RXV640, then that is also a good amp, the Denon 1905 isn't too bad either :), I'd avoid the Sony due to the Quality control issues, and the Panasonic as it is a bit of an unknown.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation :thumbsup: How does the 5400 differ from the 4400? - that's only £200 from Empire and more in my price range. :)

    I'm not concerned about buying the previous generation of models as it's going to take me a while just to get myself a 5.1 setup. I just want something good with music and to do the job with movies and to last me a few years before upgradeitis sets in...
     
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    Nothing wrong with Marantz at all mate :)

    I love the brand and the Marantz sound, :) it's an inside joke between myself and Dfour :):):)

    The SR5400OSE linked to by Dfour is a great buy, and is a VERY musical AV amp. Very good with movies too, and is a steal if one can get it for around £250!! :eek:
     
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    I bought the Marantz 5400 but swapped it for the 640 Yamaha because I didn't like the way it handled prologic TV brodcasts, in every other way it was very good though and I seem to recall it getting excellent reviews.

    Obviously I'm therefore biased and say the RXV640:D
     
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    Marantz amps need a bit more care with setting up for DPLII, getting the amp to send enough bass to the sub is a pain sometimes, and it doesn't help that the LFE info on standard TV broadcasts is awful. I have a Yamaha HTR5630 in the bedroom, and that thing loves to send bass to the sub in DPLII mode :)

    Once configured properly though, the Marantz sounds awesome :D
     
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    Well just purchased the Pioneer 814 and find it fantastic for the price !!(£211)
    Some say it looks butt ugly but to me it looks just fine :cool:

    Put with Ms prem plus speakers its got one hell of a sound, tempted now to include a 6th speaker to try the benifits of a 6.1 system .

    So that is my reconmendation Pioneer 814,,,,hope it helps.
     
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    Hmm - how about the Yamaha RX-V650 - probably a bit overkill for my current needs I guess - but is it a bit of a steal at £270 from Richersounds? Big advantange to me would be that there's a Richersounds 5 minutes away and if I need to change / take back this is a big plus point compared with a random web supplier.
     
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    sorry matt_symes about butting in on your thread :)

    killabeez - where did u find the 814 @ £211??

    Thx
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    I also got the RXV 650 from Richer Sounds for £269.00

    Get one you wont regret it.
     
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