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What AV amp to go with my hi-fi and tv?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Vipen, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. Vipen

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    hi, new here so excuse any repeated requests.

    anyway, i've just taken receipt of my toshiba 36zp18q tv and 220 dvd. i have old (but lovely) mission 753 speakers as my hi-fi and part of my simple pro-logic system.

    now i'be got the new tv i need to consider an av amp for digital sound.

    my budget is £300-£400 max. it needs to be quite powerful (not sure how much though) and quite musical, probably a tall order on my budget.

    richer sounds seem to be doing alot of deals around the £300.00 mark, are any of these any good ie. sony, nakamichi, denon.

    i really don't know how powerful an amp i need to ensure my front speakers are ok with hi-fi too.

    cheers for any info..
     
  2. Jase

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    Hi

    RS do have some good prices (provided they actually have stock!) and the Denon 1602 or 1802 would be on my list. Other brands to consider are Yamaha, Marantz, Harmon Kardon. It´s also worth checking out the Hardware/Classified Forum as some good amps/receivers appear there from time to time.

    Cheers:)
     
  3. KevB_UK

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    Marantz SR6200 would be my choice, got mine for £380. But you need to listen to them all and choose which one sounds best to you.
     
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    If you get an amp with pre-outs (or Yamaha E800), you can use your existing stereo amp for front pair and hi-fi maintaining the quality you are used to. Cheap AV amps do not do good hifi.
     
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    I have the original Mission 753 as fronts, rears and centre front and rear. In normal stereo I use Naim NAC-72/NAP-250 with Epos ES11 speakers.
    Originally my single pair of front 753s were powered by my Naim, with a Mordaunt Short decoder and speaker package for pro-logic. I'm told they are a difficult speaker to drive properly, but obviously, I love 'em.
    Upgrading to Dolby Digital, I chose the Sony STR-DB930, using 753 as fronts, Mordaunt Short centre and rears. Very different sound to when using the Naim, but good all the same.
    The STR-DB930 was replaced when faulty with a STR-DB940, this didn't seem as powerful, not as good as before. I tried a STR-DB1070 this also was a backward step, but did bring DTS to try, wasn't happy with this either.
    I then changed to what I'm currently using, a Yamaha DSP-AX1, this works very well with my 753s, it's available at RS @£795. A few weeks ago, I tried a Denon 3802 with my speakers and thought it was very impressive, especially the 6.1 effects.
    Ultimately, the extra power of my Yamaha drives my Missions better with 2-channel stereo, than the Denon I thought, but I did enjoy DPL2 and so on.
    If it's any help I don't think you'll be delighted with any £400 AV amplifier for stereo performance with your 753s.
    Try them yourself, same advice always I guess.
     
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    cheers. i did actually think the budget of £400 may not be enough. looks like i'm going to have to save. may try some of these amps anyway, i had a pretty average stereo amp to begin with and i was happy with that.
     

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