Whats the best 2nd hand amp/receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by rodent, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. rodent

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    Hi Folks,

    I'm new to home cinema and am thinking of building a system with a second hand amp at its heart. I've been thinking of maybe a yamaha dsp (perhaps A1,AX1 or similar) or a denon (perhaps 3801 or 3802).
    which is the best option. i'm going to use it in a room approx 5m x 8m and want some serious sounds. Eventually i plan to buy quality speakers/subwoofer but initially i'll be looking for budget speakers. Maybe i'd be better buying a new amp like a yamaha ax757. What does anyone think?

    cheers
     
  2. Falp

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    Try a Marantz 7400...
     
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    I take it that by "serious sounds" you mean "ear bleeding loud", in which case you'll need a decent amount of electron juice.

    If you're going down the Yamaha Path, the 757 has a decent power supply, as does the Marantz SR7500. The Marantz 7400 is extremely musical so its a great buy secondhand (although it doesn't have the excitement of the SR7500). Both of these are good at driving reasonably hungry loads (down to about 6ohm nominal).

    Other good secondhand options might be Denon 3805 and Onkyo 801.

    I personally own the SR7500 and think its brilliant for the money. (I got it for just over 2/3rds the retail price - brand new. Just shop around.)
     
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    I think you will get best value by trying for an amp with the more modern codecs, rather than an older 'flagship' amp. Very good value at the moment are Denon 3803's being pretty modern design wise with very capable amplification stages, but available for the same sort of money as a budget amp. The main reason to opt for these is their fexibility regarding digital inputs. They also upconvert all video sources to component with a 100Mhz bandwidth.
     
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    Yep, my vote also goes for the denon AVR 3805:smashin:
     
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    there was an HK 8500 in the classifieds recently Stonking AMP mega power and great processing possibly the best integrated ever built? Hmmmm
     

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