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AV Amp needed

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by IceAx, 13 Jan 2006.

  1. IceAx

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    Right peeps need some advice / suggestions!

    Dont often show my face in this section but
    am just about to spend some money!

    Stuff i have:

    Gale Gold monitors - Front
    Acoustic Solutions bookshelf - Rear
    Pioneer active - Sub

    Stuff to buy

    Eltax centre
    AMP????

    I need some suggestions on which am to purchase!!!
    Im realy on a budget of £200 very most, ideally £150.

    What can people suggest i get to power the above, im really
    not fussy at all tbh, so long as it has at least 1 optical in,
    although 2 would be nice!

    What can you reccommend peeps?

    Andy
     
  2. monkeyspank

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    Would you consider buying something 2nd hand?
     
  3. IceAx

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    Yeah i suppose i would :)

    So far have looked at Yahama 357 ;)

    Andy
     
  4. monkeyspank

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    I would go 2nd hand for that budget mate. Just had a look at the avforums and found this:
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=289119

    I used to have this amp and loved it. It handled music very nicely and movies very well. The only thing that bugged me about it slightly was that it seemed as if the centre channel was slightly muffled?? although that might have been my imagination.
    The only reason I sold it is that it only had 1 optical input (also has 2 coaxial too tho) and I needed somethign that could do component switching. It lacks pl2 but has the standard pro-logic that is basically the same IMO but only gives one rear channel from a stereo source, not 2 like pl2.

    This guy is asking for £150. I sold mine a year or so ago, to a mate, for about £100. The current equivalent model costs about £500.
     
    Last edited: 13 Jan 2006
  5. IceAx

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    Yeah been scouting there.

    Just wouldnt like to get a fault on it etc
    i like having a warranty thats all.

    Best get signed up to AV and keep my eyes open ;)

    Cheers

    Andy
     
  6. IceAx

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    Oh forgot to add, only really needed for Films and games
    have a seperate system for music :)

    Andy
     
  7. elroberto

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    The 357 is a pretty good amp for movies. Obviously, you'd get a better amp with a higher budget but I've found it to be an excellent performer for the price. Watched Wyatt Earp on DVD yesterday and the amp sounded sweet as bullets whistled past my head!
     
  8. IceAx

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    think thats the one im gonna end up getting :D

    Andy
     
  9. IamMed

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    get urself a second hand higher spec model :)
     
  10. IceAx

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    Bah not for this one mate, needs to have a nice
    warranty for it ;)

    Althou the last second hand one i bought is going strong :p

    Andy
     
  11. lordrobs

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    357 is a fantastic piece of kit. Tried sooo hard to get my mate to buy one, would have been perfect for his needs but he "needed one with the automatic set-up mic" :rolleyes:

    Available on the highstreet for £130 too which is a steal considering the quality of it.
     
  12. IamMed

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    how bout a rx357 and speaker package for £200 + 30£ postage? jus found one lol
     
  13. IceAx

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    bit expensive had them for 180 inc

    Already have speakers thou bud ;)

    Andy
     
  14. Matblack

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    Some one might have something in the members market, AVForums has a MM too and theres also hififorsale.com

    MB
     
  15. IceAx

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    Just bought a denon instead, should be here tomorrow!

    Andy
     
  16. lordrobs

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    Which model?
     
  17. IceAx

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    Denon AVR1306

    £150 delivered!

    Didnt want to spend anymore or wait for 357 lol

    Andy
     
  18. monkeyspank

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    I like Denon stuff. Good choice IMO. Hope you enjoy it :)
     
  19. lordrobs

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    Very nice.

    In your position i'd have probably gone for a Yamaha AV57 pack which seem to be in stock then sold on the speakers as a set and keep the 357 to use with your own speakers.

    Having said that i'm sure you'll be dead chuffed with the Denon :cool:
     
  20. IceAx

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    Yeah thought about that, but read some
    good stuff about the Denon and it has
    a nice extended warranty :)

    Will update after the weekend when its set up :D

    Andy