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Which amplifier (£250-£350ish)?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Green Man, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. Green Man

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    I'm about to upgrade from Teac Reference 500 and B&W 602s - I think I'm going to go for Focal JMLab Chorus 714s (looks and quality) but don't know which amp to go for. At the moment I'm torn between 3:
    - Cambridge Audio Azur 640A (very good value)
    - Harman Kardon HK675 (looks good)
    - Exposure 2010 (looks beautiful)
    The room is long and narrow (13ft x 25ft) with wooden floors and lots of reflective surfaces so I don't want anything over-bright.
    Any help on the amp dilemma would be much appreciated as would any feedback (good or bad) on the 714s.
     
  2. Dfour

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    Maybe you should also look at Marantz as well. What is your budget?
     
  3. Knightshade

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    714's are a nice speaker but if your looking for something that isn't bright these may not be for you. They do sound rather forward and there detail can be interpreted as bright.
    What kind of music are you listening too?
     
  4. digisocialist

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    Cambridge Audio are no longer independant, they are now owned by Richer Sounds. In my opinion from reading around the internet and talking to owners, they no longer have the quality perhaps they once did, but do draw your own conclusions.
     
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    If you can stretch to £399 then I would highly recommend the Marantz SR7400
     
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    You can also get the Yamaha DSP-AX750 in that price range, worth a listen - I love mine!
     
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    The Marantz SR7400 is currently retailing for between £480-£600, while the Yamaha DSP-AX750 is retailing for between £380-£400. Cambridge Audio Azur 640A is available from Richer Sounds for £250.

    Prior to getting the Yammie 750, I had a Yammie RX-V650 which retailed at £300, which itself was preceded by a Cambridge Audio Azur 640A as a dedicated stereo amp and Pioneer VSX-859RDS THX receiver, driving Mission M5 series (5.1) speakers (M53 fronts) and M73 as the surround back speakers. Also have Marantz CD5400 CDP and Pioneer DV-715 DVD player. If you (ie. Green Man) are thinking of getting the Azur, then you might like to know that the Yammie RX-V650 completely outperformed the Azur 640A in pure direct stereo mode, at least to my ears. When I switched to the Yammie 750, the results in stereo were even better. Don't just take my word for it - try and demo them and hear for yourself. Perhaps it's not fair comparing the Azur with the 750, but I'm certain that the RX-V650 will give the Azur a run for its money, in spite of being a multichannel receiver (hence £50 more expensive).

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    Green man,

    My room setup is identical to yours, the yamaha will sound 'bright' when compaired to your current Teac sytem. At first I thought there was a fault with mine!

    Do yourself a big favour try them both! Let me know how the Marantz sounds with your B&W's
     
  9. Mango Bob

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    Nam78, did you see my response and reservoir51's response in your poor sound thread? Check the "level" settings in pure direct that you can't access from the manual settings menu. I had no bass/midrange until finding out the auto-setup had set my fronts to -5db in stereo!
     
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    Thanks you all for your suggestions and help. Sorry for the delay in posting again....I went to a number of shops at the weekend to view some equipment. As well as sounding good I need an amp that fits into 'nice furniture' and 'high wife acceptance factor' critique. None in this price range seem to do that!!!

    The Yamaha seems like great value for money but is just too big. I don't like the look of the Marantz either. I did however buy some Kef Q4s (got them at a good price!) - thanks for the feedback on the 714s Knightshade. I've decided to keep my eyes open for a nice ex-dem amp to match up with them instead of buying new. (Nam78 - I'm getting rid of the 602's so won't be giving them a run with the Marantz - sorry)
     
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  12. Knightshade

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    Did you manage to listen to the Exposure 2010? Another one to try and listen to would be the Rega Mira 3. Very nice and would match the Jmlabs very well.
     

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