which upgrade path to take

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Dolby, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Dolby

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    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.
     
  2. hobbes

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    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
     
  3. hobbes

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    Having just looked on Ebay there are both A1SE's and an A10SE but god knows what the reserve is.

    Shaun
     
  4. Smurfin

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    Does anyone know how the A10se compares to the Yamaha DSP A1?
     
  5. Ian J

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    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
     
  6. Ian J

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    Interesting that the same fellow is selling both.
     
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    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.
     
  8. Ian J

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    Audio T have a second hand AVC10SE for £495 in Gold
     
  9. hobbes

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    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
     
  10. Dolby

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    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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