which upgrade path to take

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Dolby

Guest
Hi all,
I am looking to upgrade from my HK AVR80 pro-logic thx receiver to provide the digital imputs I require.

I have a number of options:
1) buy a processor/preamp and use my current amp as a power amp.
2) Buy a new receiver such as the Denon AVR3802/3
3) Buy a second hand product like the Denon 1se or 10se.

If anyone has had a similar dilema, any suggestion or alternative idea's would be much appreciated.
 
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hobbes

Guest
I'd be tempted to go for either option 1 or 2.
A new amp such as the 3803 would offer you all the latest formats and good performance to boot. And the 3802 can be picked up for less than £600 new.
However with second hand flagship amps you dont often get all the sound modes but what you do get is top notch sound. The A10SE is a good unit on its own but if you went for the A1SE then you can always get the upgrade from denon that gives you Pro Logic 2 and THX Ultra 2 to name a few.

I'd probably go for the A1SE, if you can find someone who's willing to let one go that is :)

Pre/Power amps is something i'm not overly familiar with so cannot comment on them.

Shaun
 

Ian J

Banned
Originally posted by Dolby
Hi all,
I am looking to upgrade from my HK AVR80 pro-logic thx receiver to provide the digital imputs I require.

I have a number of options:
1) buy a processor/preamp and use my current amp as a power amp.
2) Buy a new receiver such as the Denon AVR3802/3
3) Buy a second hand product like the Denon 1se or 10se.

If anyone has had a similar dilema, any suggestion or alternative idea's would be much appreciated.

I am not sure that option 1 would work if your existing pro logic receiver only had one rear channel of amplification.

There are big price differences between options 2 and 3 and it depends how important PL2 is to you.

A Denon AVC10SE can be had for about £450 and whilst it has processing for the extra surrounds it doesn't have built in amplification for them or PL2. This is the route that I took as I haven't the room for the extra speakers but still wanted a top quality THX certified amp
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Yeah Ian i noticed that too, very strange that he has two Denon amps for sale. There is no reserve either on the 10SE but first bid has to be over £500, which in my view is too much for a 3 year old machine in black. Can pick them up for £350-450.
 
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hobbes

Guest
sorry Ian but that fellow is actually a woman :p

she gets a lot of denon stuff and recently sold a 3802 for £520 which isnt too bad as they are practically new.
She gets them off a Denon dealer so they all come with warrantys - there basically returns from customers who dont want them or factory rejects (box wrong size etc.)

Shaun
 
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Dolby

Guest
Cheers for replying. Taking into account what you guys have said, I will look out for the 10se or 1se (depending on price), but if I dont find one soon I will probably go for the 3802.
 

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