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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by mevetts, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. mevetts

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    Hi everyone,

    I have got £600 coming to me in September/October - income tax rebate no less! What a joy spending tax on av equipment!

    I am going to get the Canton CD1's from a German online dealer for around £220. :)

    However, the Mrs says that I can not spend all 600 on AV :suicide: !

    Therefore, I have to get an amp/receiver, speaker cable and stands for a max £200 :eek: I know!

    Can this be done? What should I be eyeing up so to speak.

    I have only got my S75 and VCR to connect to the amp.
    Should I scrimp on cable for the time being and get the best amp/rec I can afford?

    Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.

    Many thanks,

    Mark.
     
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    For some budgetary savings,

    have a look at the tnt audio site, I've made the HiFi rack, took a day, very tempted to tweak their custom stands for my rears as I've floorstanders out front.

    The Cat5 project is also stunning but larger than say QED Siler anniversary, but cheap especailly if you haev access to cat5....

    leaves you money to spend where it counts i.e. reciever...

    Oh the url http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/diyracks.html

    Simon....
     
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    Mevetts where are you? i like the Pio's simplicity, and is WAF with good inputs not heard the Yam but would try for something a bit higher spec.
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I think a rack is probably near bottom of the list at the moment, but in time I appreciate they will be a worthwhile investment.

    Hornydragon, I am based in Cheltenham at the moment with the possibility of a move to Worcester in a months time. I was wondering, would I get a better deal if I were to build my 5.1 using separates rather than a sub/sat package. The Cantons would be around the 220 mark all in. Perhaps I would get a better set-up for less with an easy time of upgrading when the time comes? The problem lies in that I do not have the knowledge to match fronts, centres , rears and subs. There always seeems to be fairly reasonable discounted pairs of speakers in the usual haunts, but my lack of knowledge makes me wary of going down this route. Do you, or anyone else, have any suggestions of a good 5.1 set-up that would significantly beat the Canton CD1s? Any money saved could then be invested in a better receiver!

    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
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    erm well considering CD1 sell for 450-500 then i guess at 220 they are the best you will get for the money! Have you heard them??? very nice, weeker in stereo, but thats where a pair of CD100's come in for the upgrade to 7.1!!! £220 speakers £150 on amp £30 on cables (plenty) see www.TVcables.co.uk
     
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    Would you say the Pio amp would suffice in driving the Cantons. I have basic knowledge on the whole power issues with amps and speakers!

    I'm not really going to be using them for stereo, will carry on with the old hi-fi!

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    currently running a set off a slimline panny amp SAXR10 specs and manual can be found on Panny siteBasically yes but take full advantadge of RS money back guarantee.
     
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    How do you rate the Pannie amp? I have got a S75 player, would it be worth considering a Pannie amp to match? Does the Pio fair better?

    Seeings as this is my first tentative steps into SS, will I be pleased with the Cantons? I am no expert and am generally easily pleased!
     
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    I have printed off the specs, so will give them a read tomorrow. Just noticed that on the RS website it says 'last few', they may not be available in 8 weeks! Noooooo....!
     
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    The CD1 is pretty good and served as one of the benchmarks for the Genie system we designed to sit above the Prems- now they have WAF.
     
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    Any thoughts on the Pio VSX-C301-S driving them Tons? Will it be up to the job?
     
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    They would do but the 501 would probably be a better choice under the circumatances as it has a bit more poke.
     
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    I agree, but the jump in price is too much for my starter budget. The 301 at £160 seems a good buy?
     

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