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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Rainbow6, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. Rainbow6

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    Ok, I'm looking to get into the home av scene. I want an amp that's good for Music and DVDs, as I'd be mostly listening to music but maybe a DVD a week.
    Will spend up to £400. See Richer Sounds is selling the Marantz 7300 for £399. But I've read some disconcerting threads on this forum about problems with that one. I've also looked at the 5300, the 4300, and the new Yamaha amps.
    Can anyone steer me through the maze of options? The new Yamaha 640SE looks good, but I'm wondering again about the musicality of it. Can anyone advise?
    Cheers!!!
    Jim
    PS - will also need a speaker pack for up to £600. Smaller the better. Have seen the JM Sib and Cub, the Mordaunt Short Premiers. Any thoughts?
    Also like the idea of Multi Room, to have speakers in two rooms, but to choose which room you want to hear in - or both. Do most receivers do this?
     
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    I just bought the JM Labs Sib & Cub, with Pioneer AX3 receiver., can reccomend both if you can push your budget up a bit.

    Otherwise the cheaper range of pioneer receivers are supposed to be very good. The 812 and 912.
     
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    IMHO the Marantz models give a nice balance of musical and film quality .. they're not the 'best' for either but provide great results for both.
     
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    THanks for the replies - keep em coming. Is there one that is best for music, and good with film? Or would the Marantz pretty much fit that category. Thanks.
     
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    Well, Denon has a long history of producing 'audiophile' hi-fi amps ... of course it's also highly dependent on the speakers the amp's matched to, I think you'll need to do some auditioning if you want to be able to select what you think is 'best', clearly many amp designs these days produce pretty good results.
     
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    If your after a marantz you may aso want to check the new sr5400 & sr5400 OSE, £333 & £383 respectively at unbeatable.co.uk
     
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    Rainbow6

    If it was me, I would be picking the speakers first and then selecting an amp to match the speakers and your other requirements.

    It is your ears and tastes, but the JMLab and Marantz is a good place to start.
     
  8. Rainbow6

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    Thanks for the posts. Can anyone tell me what OSE means - after the Marantz sr5400, I mean? Thanks.
     
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    OSE = Original Special Edition
    means the product is specially tweaked by marantz for better sound
     
  10. Rainbow6

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    Thanks. Is there an OSE edition in the SR4300 or 5300 range?
     
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    No I am afraid not they do not usually tweak the AV stuff, they have only tweaked one of the DVD players so far. Shows how much effort they are putting into AV, apparently the new SR7400 will be the first new amp to market with Pro Logic IIx.
     

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