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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by redmax, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. redmax

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    Just throwing this into the hat people?
    I currently use a Denon AVR3200 for my processing and pre out to a Rotel RB 985 mk2.
    The Denon is obviously getting a little aged now and doesnt process pro logic 2 or DTS or SACD.
    My question is:
    What should I get next? My budget is about £500.00.
    Should I just buy a dedicated processor as it seems I'll be paying for amps I won't be using or should I get another av amp with pre-outs.
    What models are considered "good". I know this is very subjective term but there must be some common agreement amongst the av enthusiasts.
    all help and advice greatfully received.
    How much would my old amp be worth?
     
  2. sounddog

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    Firstly, your old amp isn't worth much ... maybe a few hundred ...

    Second ... you're unlikely to get a new processor for the £500 that you have budgetted ... that I know of, cheepest processors would be the Rotel 1060 at £1000 and Cyrus AV8 at £1200. The only way to get the upgrade you wish is buy buying a new integrated AV amp ... prime candidates would be Marantz SR6300 or 7300 (£449 and £529), NAD T752 (£459), Yamaha RX-V730 (£479), maybe the new Denon 2803 or if you could get a really good deal on a Sony 333, Pioneer 1011 or Denon 3802.

    Victoria
     
  3. Andywilliams

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    Hi sounddog
    Where did you see the nad t752 for £479.
    thanks Gonzo.
     
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    All the prices for AV Recievers/Amps were from www.avland.co.uk - not sure if they have them in stock, etc.

    Victoria
     
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    Hi sounddog
    Ive ordered my t572 from Avland but its down as £549 not £479 .Never mind thanks anyway.
    Gonzo.
     
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    Hi redmax,

    You could always buy my Yamaha DSP-A1.

    D.
     
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    Okay ... just realised the misstype ... you're right ... it should be £549 (not £459)
     
  8. redmax

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    Thanks Soundog et al for the pointers.
    I noticed that most of the new amps advertised do not have the RF AC3 input so does that mean I have to kiss off my beloved Pioneer 2850 LD player!! It only has co-ax rf output for DD -any suggestions?
    Other than that slight prob there's plenty to look and listen to before I make a decision.

    Many thanks


    ;)
     
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    Hi redmax,

    The DSP-A1 has an RF AC3 input.

    Here's a review.

    D.
     
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    Hi

    Yes most recent AV amps/recievers don't have the RF AC-3 input required for Laser Disc unless you go for a top end player. Best bet would be to try and track down an RF modulator on the Classified forum here or on eBay ... last few I've seen go for around £60.

    Victoria
     
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    DavidR -Am I correct in presuming that the Yamaha does not process pl2? . I know some people regard pl2 as a bit of a gimmick but I am quite impressed with the difference to pl1.
    I do like the amp but not to the tune of £500.00 when I could get a Brand new (with warranty for 2 yrs) Denon, Marantz Sony or Pioneer which will do the same processing job.
    I'm sure you'll have something to say about my view!!!

    Cheers
     
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    Hi redmax,

    No, the DSP-A1 does not offer DPL2, and yes, I agree it's a big improvement on DPL. I have it on my Tag and I was very surprised by it (playing Angel Season 2 DVD which is Dolby Surround).

    I'm open to offers ;) Just not much :D

    I've just re-read your original post and I see you already have a 5-channel power amp (which for some reason I was thinking was 2-channel) so I guess the Yamaha would not be cost effective for you.

    Why not try and pick up a SH/XD RSP-1066? It has DPL2, DTS & HDCD and would be a good match to your existing Rotel. Audio-T in Oxford has a new one for £795 the Brighton store is showing an XD RSP985 at £800. I know they're both above your budget but it should give you a guide as to what the SH value would be and you may be able to negotiate a better discount.

    D.
     
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    Richard
    Thats really useful info.
    Can you point me to any reviews on either models.
    Wots the difference between the 985 & 1066
    The 985 shows as £1700 new but the 1066 at "only" £995.
    Now they both adverised as £800approx I'm wondering which is the best bargain
    Any help please
     
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    The RMB1066 was reviewed in last months What HiFi.

    The 985 was the old model ... replaced early 2002 (I think) with the 1066. The 1066 has DD-EX / DTS-ES and PLII which the 985 doesn't have. Also the 1066 is in the attractive new silver that Rotel are now using :)

    I would go of the 1066 for £800. I think that £800 for the 985 is a little rich (esp as it's ex-dem and the 1066 is new)

    Victoria

    PS... IMO PLII is well worth it ...
     
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    Who he?

    Here's a review of the RSP-976 (another option).

    Details of current Rotel processors are here. Owner's manuals for past models are described here.

    A good source of Rotel info can be found here.

    Mods: The previous link is to another forum. If this is unacceptable, my apologies. Please edit.

    I don't actually know the range that well (my first Rotel product was only bought 2 weeks ago). Seek and ye shall find.

    D(avid).
     
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    DavidR
    Sorry why did I type Richard:suicide:
     
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    Many thanks peeps
    I feel a domestic coming on!!!!:p
    Wot will the mediation service make of it all this time
    He just keeps buying hi-fi..............
     

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