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What receiver ? Rotel RSX-1067 OR ARCAM AVR-300

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Horse, Dec 19, 2004.

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  1. Horse

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    I am getting a new receiver and DVD combo and it seems like its tough choice between my shortlist of the Rotel RSX-1067 OR ARCAM AVR-300 (I also looked at the Denon, Yamaha and NAD).

    Can anyone help ??
     
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    I have also been looking at both of these receivers and have decided that the extra cost over the avr-300 is better spent on a better dvd player, so my choice would be the arcam avr-300 teamed with the arcam dv79 player.

    I have heard the avr-300 on my quad speakers and it blew me away!

    Hope that helps :)


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  3. Tejstar

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    Which Quads have you got? Must be an awesome combo!

    I'd personally go for the Arcam :thumbsup:
     
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    Cool - i preferred the Arcam because of the DVD dv-79 player

    Now to decide on the speakers. I wanted something that wasnt too imposing on the living room. I currently have some Bose Lifestyle speakers but i have found these arent too good - lacking depth.

    I wonder if the Mordaunt Short Genie would be better (which to me sounded like a huge improvement over my Bose) ... or will i find the same problem as the Bose ... (just not enough range out of the speaker compared to a bigger box).

    Any ideas ?
     
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    Are you looking for a sub/sat system or floorstanders and what is your budget?

    The Castle compacts are great satellites for around £1k :thumbsup:
     
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    I was thinking around GBP1k but i have a flexible budget.

    I was thinking of a sub / sat system but could be convinced otherwise ... i have been really disappointed with my Bose speakers

    I have seen the Monitor Audio Radius speakers that look good. I guess you could use R90's for the rear and R270s for the front. R180's probably for the centre. Havent heard these yet though.

    I will add the Castle to the shortlist.

    So far I have

    Castle Compact
    The Monitor Audio Radius
    Mordaunt Short Genie
     
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    Out of those, I think the Castle would be clear winners. But go for a demo and see for yourself! :smashin:
     
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    Tejstar, have you heard the MA Radius ? MY problem is that the hifi shops near me only have one of these brands ... hard to do a side-by-side comparison

    I think the Genie is definately off the list. Its a nice compact satelite speaker but while its very good am concerned it will end up being disappointing in a bigger room ( and I alraedy have the Bose speakers) which I am upgrading.
     
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    I demmed the Arcam with the Genies last weekend. OK with the movies, but really quite poor with music. I think the AVR300 probably deserves some better speakers to be honest.

    I ended up buying the Denon 3910/3805 with some Quad 11L fronts and Quad 11C Centre, Radius 90 rears and a MJ Ref 100 sub. A bit of a mixed bag, but works really well. Great with anything thrown at it, which is what I wanted.

    I really wanted the Arcam 300/79 combo, but I couldn't have lived with the Genies, and had a tight budget. In the end I saved money on the electronics, and got some better speakers in. It was a smart move in the end and I am more than happy. The Denon kit is great kit in its own right anyway.

    Sorry to ramble, but I'm trying to argue the merits of a well balanced system. Its no good bottlenecking the Arcam with the Genies IMO.
     
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    I have heard the MA Radius, very lovely looking speakers (especially in black lacquer :smashin: ) I heard the R270's as fronts; R225 as centre; R90's as rears and the R360sub. The only problem is that the above combo is a bit above your budget, they retail at £1300.

    However, the Radius are great speakers only let down by the weak sub imo. I'd go for a MJ Acoustics Ref 100 instead!

    Whatever you decide I really would recommend to try to demo and avoid blind purchasing, especially if you are spending that sort of money :)
     
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    Can you tell me how you came to this conclusion?

    Have you actually heard all of these or do you just think they would be better :confused:

    Adrenochrome.
     
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    Adrenochrome - Yep I have demo'd all of those.

    The Genie's were great for movies but were let down in 2-channel, also the styling wasn't to my taste.

    The Radius (270's; 225's; 90's & 360 sub) were better than the Kef 5005's which I demo'd against on the day, they had a better mid-range and the treble was excellent. They also looked lovely, very WAF :thumbsup: However, the package was let down by the sub, and in stereo felt they were flat at higher volumes.

    On to the Castles, given that they were £300 cheaper than the Radius was a plus point straight away. Plus additional positives were the choice of finishes available as well as their diminuitive size! What I liked about them though is that they were brilliant in stereo as well as movies - not as good as a floorstander but for a sub/sat system was the best I'd heard for £1k!
     
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    Tejstar.....

    I have Quad 22L's for the fronts, Quad 12L's for the rears and a Quad Centre with of course a Quad Sub
     
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    What are you waiting for? Buy the damn thing!
     
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    Saving up..... very slow process!
     
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    Wow, very nice :) That Quad sub is superb, hope you don't put it too loud, you wouldn't have any neighbours for long if you did :laugh:

    What colours are you Quads in btw?
     
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    It'll be worth it in the end though, you'll have a very fine setup :thumbsup:

    What are you running your Quads with at the moment?
     
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    They are all black which normally I dont like, but these look very good in that colour, at the moment I am using my good old sony str-db1070 which isnt really coping very well right now!
     
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    Thread started as what av receiver and ended up all about speakers !!!!
     
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    Piano black... lovely :thumbsup:

    At least you'll notice a significant difference when you upgrade :D
     
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    Sorry, back on track now...
     
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    Ive demoed the Radius and they are simply awesome. I agree with Tejstar the Genie lacks in stereo.

    My dealer didnt have any Quads or Castle. Since im not in the UK is a bit harder to find these dealers.
     
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    Which Radius package did you demo Horse? Was it the 270's as fronts; 225 as centre and R90's as rears?
     

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