I'd personally agree with this....the receiver isn't the most dynamic in the world,but is capable of far better than the speakers will be permitting it to do,and upgrading the receiver will still result in it being let down by the speakers.Mentally said:I personally believe the speakers are your main problem. The reciever is very good while the speakers aren't. I strongly suggest starting the upgrade from the speakers and avoid buying satelites.
The Denon's do have a soft sound. Personally I always feel they are lacking in the excitement stakes. A good set of speakers will help but the Denon sound will always be the Denon sound and the speakers will only be as good as what's driving them.Nabs said:Ok which av amp sub £900-£1000, replacing Denon 3802, to be honest found the Denon sound to lack energy. Mainly for dvd but also for music (not often).
The amp and speakers are inexpiably linked. It's no point having excellent speakers and a rubbish amp or vice versa. The Denon Amps are known for their softer and warm sound and for a sound possibly lacking of energy and excitement. Musically they come across well rounded abut for movies they don't always cut it for some. You can hook them up with MA's to make it brighter but that's exploiting the characteristics of the speakers. Take a different brand amp with those very same speakers and you will yet again get a very different sound to the Denon / MA partnership.Knyght_byte said:the funny thing is, the people who say 'oh your amp is letting you down, change it for a different manufacturer will give you a different sound' are also the people who in another thread would tell you 'spend the money on the speakers, those are what make the biggest difference to sound'.........
No HDMI switching thoughEkko Star said:Go for a AX5Ai. Well within your budget and it's class through and through.
Talk about asking for the impossibleNabs said:My wife naturally would ideally like more compact speakers than the missions - so a balance is required.
True, but that applies to most amps out there at the moment anyway. Unless you're driving two sets of HDMI display not sure whay you would need it as a major feature on an amp ? For the money you're saving (to put towards speakers) and the quality of the amp, the AX5 combo is difficult to beat.Kazman said:No HDMI switching though .