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Yamaha 630 or 640 or something else?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by BigAde, Jul 10, 2003.

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  1. BigAde

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    Apologies if this one has already been answered - although a quick search didn't reveal any conclusive answers...

    I presently use the Yamaha DSP-E492 with a decoded DD output from my LG DVD player into the 5.1 inputs on the back. Front channel amplification [and stereo music] is handled by my valve amp. It works fine, but would like the added capability of DTS and PLII.

    Since I only need a processor (i.e. valve amp will still do the front amplification), should I consider the AX630 (which I can get for £199), or would the £320 AX640 offer that much better performance? Alternatively, I could fork out £499 for the Denon 3802, although I really don't want to spend that much cash, unless I will REALLY see some serious performance gains (remember I won't be using the front channel amplification of it).
    Of course any other suggestions would be highly welcome (second-hand AVR200?) - I don't go much on raw watts, I would rather concentrate on decoding and sound quality...

    Thanks in advance.
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    Stick with the Yamaha sound which you know already. Get the 630, it's a big step up from the E492. Personally I'd avoid the Denon with a valve amp. The 3802 is a bit bright for my tastes, very unlike Yamaha.
    I have the Arcam and reckon the Yamaha 630 is better in surround with films (my mate has one), but not even close in stereo.
     
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    Cheers Nobber22 - many thanks - I guess that's what I wanted to hear. :)

    Not worried about the Yamaha's stereo capabilities since I won't be using it for that. Now... just need to convince the missus that I "need" to spend £200, now where's that florist? :suicide:
     
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    So anyway, out of interest, what ARE the differences between 630 and 640????
     
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    Just about bugger-all IMO. I think the 640 has a bit more power and er.....?
     
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    Bigade

    I upgraded my E800 to a 640 a couple of months back. I thought the difference was quite noticeable in all types of surround sound. I particularly enjoy Prologic II on Sky stuff which the E800 lacked.

    Stick with Yamaha, I’ve got no complaints at all with the way it integrates with my Meridian system.

    Cheers
     
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    Got my rx-v640 receiver from germany for £300 incl. delivery, just over a month ago. For that price you can't go wrong. Also comes with a two year european warranty.
     
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    I just bought a Valve power amp to try out the 'valve' sound.

    It's running on the main channel pre outs of my AX630 and.. it doesn't match well at all :(

    Stereo is nice with the valve amp and 5.1 films are just about OK but DPL2 in music mode is a disaster. It's been an education to me that matching amps across the soundstage is pretty important.

    The decoding on the Yamaha I have found to be very good, just as usual avoid the sound field enhancements.
     
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    Cheers guys - thanks for the info.
    Have so far failed to persuade the missus that it will be £200 well spent :( "The old one works just fine..." etc etc

    ...The chances of getting approval for the Panasonic 6-series plasma does not bode well. :rolleyes:
     

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