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Which Receiver?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by porker, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. porker

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    I am currently looking at buying my first AV amp plus speakers and would appreciate any help.

    My budget is around £1000 and for that I would like a receiver, speakers and cables. Sound quality is more important to me than bells and whistles and I have therefore been looking at some older discontinued gear, with less features but obviously still quality components, as well as the newer models.

    The equipment I have considered so far:-

    Denon AVR 1802 - £250 from Richer Sounds.
    Marantz SR 5200 - £333 from Richer Sounds.
    Nakamichi AV10 - £299 from Richer Sounds.
    Marantz SR 5300 - £359 from avland.co.uk

    Unfortunately I may have to compromise slightly with the speakers and opt for some wife friendly models, therefore I was considering the Kef eggs which I have seen for £635 with sub.

    Also, how much should I spend on speaker cable and interconnects?

    I haven't auditioned any of these yet as I wanted to know if there is anything to steer clear of. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Oli

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    £333 for a 5200 is alot IMHO. What about the yammy 630???
     
  3. porker

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    Thanks Oli,

    I've seen the 630 for £325 at Go2camcorder, have you seen it cheaper anywhere?

    What do you think about the choice of speakers, I know a sub/sat system is always going to be a compromise but I would like to use them for music as well as movies so I want the best quality I can afford.

    I guess I am looking for a miracle!

    Cheers,

    Porker.
     
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    Or you can get the 5300 from QED for about £345.
     
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    hi there, I bought my yammy 630 (without receiver) for 289 at Richer Sounds last week. It isn't on there website but ring and they have them.

    hope this helps

    CaM

    p.s. its a great receiver
     
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    What about the Denon 1803 going for £300.
     
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    I have never listened to the 1803 but I'm sure it is a great amp. I would guess the yamaha has better surround sound steering and is slightly better at music than the denon. The denons have very nice setups and also has true DTS ES I think (as opposed to the very slightly inferiror yamaha version).

    Also, the dsp movie modes in the yamaha are excellant. And last peice of advice, you can buy an extra kef for 100 pounds at seven oaks so that you have 6.1 (which is well worth doing straight away as LOTR is fantastic in 6.1)

    hope that helps

    CaM
     
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    If you want good stereo sound then the only one to go for is the Nakamiche. This receiver gets a very good review in whathifi and this was at a price of £1000.
     
  9. porker

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    Thanks for all the advice, I think I'm going to demo some of the above models on Friday (including the Nakamichi if my local RS has one).
    I quite fancy the idea of driving an extra pair of speakers (my old Mission 737's) in another room, can all these amps do this?
     
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    The Nakamichi has 2 set of speaker outputs (i'm looking at the review right now)

    The Nak got 4 stars for sound, 4 for build, 2 for facilities (doesn't have 6 channel input, or onscreen graphics) overall 3 stars at a price of £1000.

    Got a really good review for it's stereo sound.
     

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