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Quad 303 & Denon AVR 3802

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Nelly, Nov 16, 2001.

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  1. Nelly

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    I am thinking of buying a Denon AVR 3802. However I love the sound of my Quad 303 amp. Does anyone know if I buy another 2 Quads, if these will work using the Pre-outs of the Denon? (Basically using the Denon as a decoder/receiver, but not the amplification section)

    Any ideas, prior experience please help.

    Cheers :D
     
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    Should work, but I don´t think you need Quad for the rear channels, just front and center, use the receiver for the rear...
     
  3. Nelly

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    Thanks for the advice Lowrider. Just wandering - do you think that the Quad 303 will give a better sound than just using the Denon? Or am I just complicating things by trying to use my old Quad?

    Cheers, M.
     
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    It can improve the sound, anyway you don´t have to spend any money to try it out for the front speakers, just need a pair of interconnects.

    If it works and the difference is noticable you sort the center later, otherwise you just leave the center and surrounds with the Denon...
     
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    What pre-amp are you presently using with your 303? The reason I ask is because I used to have quad pre and power amps. However, when I wanted to upgrade I was told by someone at a hifi shop that the quads are designed to work together and that their frequency responses were not linear ie some frequencies peaked in the pre-amp and had corresponding troughs in the power amp. Therefore mixing brands would be a disaster. I must say that I personally thought that was hogwash but I never did get to verify the truth.

    BTW I also use a Denon receiver (the 3300 which is very similar to the 3801/2). If you have a quad pre/power combo that you are happy with then I would recommend keeping them together and using your stereo sources direcly connected to them. Plug the front pre-outs from the Denon into your pre-amp (not power amp) for cinema duties - it's what I do.
     
  6. Nelly

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    That is probably the best thing Lowrider - try it and see!

    That is also a good plan dood - plugging the pre-outs into the Quad Pre amp (I have a bit of dodgy old Quad 33). The only downside is that surely the sound is gonna have to go through 2 pre-amps before even reaching the amp :( Still it does sound like the best solution, cheers.

    Incidently, does anyone know how to clean up the buttons on a Quad 33? They seem to be extremely temperamental and somtimes cause the sound to cut in and out. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your help guys :)

    Matt
     
  7. Lowrider

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    If you use the AUX input in the Quad pre you shoudn´t have much distorsion, ( I would try the Quad volume maximum and calibrate in the receiver), but if the direct to amp route works, it is always better...
     

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