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Hi guys, i am sick of the tinny speakers on the Samsung LCD that we got, So i am after a half deicent AV Reciever, HOWEVER I want to be able to get good stereo sound from it, as i want it to be used as an amp for a cd player too... any ideas what i should go for?

I have herd from a hifi shop that I should go for a yamaha AV amp as it has been designed for Stereo music playback too... is this correct, if so what models and where to buy from?!?!

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It very much depends on how much you want to spend? The more musical amps do tend to cost a bit more but are well worth it.
 

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As NikB mentioned! Money money and how much you got to spend!!!

There are some decent all in one kits these days but personally my new setup will be components. (I.E. AV Amp, DVD Player etc)

My current setup is KEF KHT 2005 (5 satelites and a Sub). This is with
a Denon amp. The system sounds great with stereo but really excels when
watching a movie. Its a couple of years old now but still sounds great.

I bet there are newer setups out there which will out perform mine but just to give you an idea - this cost me just under 2K.

So how much you wanna spend? I would also second avforums.co.uk.
 

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not sure really, was thinking maybe 1000-1500, I like the look of the yamaha 757 amp, seems to be getting rave reviews and thats about 400quid, so need some half deicent speakers to run it with!!
 

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Look at the Mission Speakers and B & W, they also get great reviews, this months What Hi Fi have a speaker test on full size speakers. Don't forget to budget on speaker cable, stands and interconnect 
 

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I wouldn't rely on magazines tbh, their reviews are often biased by
advertisers. For example have you ever seen them give Sony gear a bad
review? If you're considering a budget of ?1500 for speakers and an amp
I'd consider this combination -

A Denon 3805 (last years model now discounted so hunt around) - very good amp.

Speakers - Canton CD101 or better depending on your budget. If you
register on avforums.com you can get a significant discount on these
speakers. Plenty out there and it depends on what your ears like but
its getting harder to demo kit these days.
 

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I wouldn't rely on magazines tbh, their reviews are often biased by
advertisers. For example have you ever seen them give Sony gear a bad
review? If you're considering a budget of ?1500 for speakers and an amp
I'd consider this combination -

A Denon 3805 (last years model now discounted so hunt around) - very good amp.

Speakers - Canton CD101 or better depending on your budget. If you
register on avforums.com you can get a significant discount on these
speakers. Plenty out there and it depends on what your ears like but
its getting harder to demo kit these days.
I would highly recommend the Denon 3805 as Im using the 3802 (previous
model). The power and sound quality delivery is excellent!

Regarding magazines - As NikB said dont rely on them! They are good to
see whats out there and get a general idea of products. But most of the
time it seems manufactures pay them on the side!! As one magazine will
say something different to another on the same product!

Best case scenario is to get a demo of the equipment your thinking of
getting. For example I got AudioT (Hifi Shop) to setup the same amp and
speakers I wanted to buy in thier demo room. This certainly helps as
you can listen to your music and watch your own DVDs to see if your
impressed.
 

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I wouldn't rely on magazines tbh, their reviews are often biased by
advertisers. For example have you ever seen them give Sony gear a bad
review? If you're considering a budget of ?1500 for speakers and an amp
I'd consider this combination -

A Denon 3805 (last years model now discounted so hunt around) - very good amp.

Speakers - Canton CD101 or better depending on your budget. If you
register on avforums.com you can get a significant discount on these
speakers. Plenty out there and it depends on what your ears like but
its getting harder to demo kit these days.
I would highly recommend the Denon 3805 as Im using the 3802 (previous
model). The power and sound quality delivery is excellent!

Regarding magazines - As NikB said dont rely on them! They are good to
see whats out there and get a general idea of products. But most of the
time it seems manufactures pay them on the side!! As one magazine will
say something different to another on the same product!

Best case scenario is to get a demo of the equipment your thinking of
getting. For example I got AudioT (Hifi Shop) to setup the same amp and
speakers I wanted to buy in thier demo room. This certainly helps as
you can listen to your music and watch your own DVDs to see if your
impressed.
I agreed too. The best way is to take your favourite CDs/DVDs and just listen.
 

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I found SevenOaks a very good company, I spent 4 hours in there and depsite the fact I only spent around ?900. I tried 2 different Hi FI well Teac against Yamaha and about 8 sets of speakers. They were really helpful.
 

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I'm running the 3805 with 3910 and mission m cubes. Got no complaints
whatsoever...well, apart from Denon can't make the 3910 multi region
and keep Denon-link working...

Superb sounds.
 

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Definitely try some variations at somewhere like a Sevenoaks Hifi.

I was going to buy a Marantz amp after rave reviews, but I just didn't
like the sound - I got a (lesser rated) Arcam instead - I much
preferred it.
 

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Definitely try some variations at somewhere like a Sevenoaks Hifi.

I was going to buy a Marantz amp after rave reviews, but I just didn't
like the sound - I got a (lesser rated) Arcam instead - I much
preferred it.
I can see why you prefer the Arcam. I find that most Jap big brands
(i.e. Sony) try to sound a bit too detailed (then sounding
awful).....But Denon come close to Britsih sounding Amp (imo). I.e. A
neutral sound with plenty grunt when listening at low/medium levels.

Do you chaps understand what Im going on about!!!?
 

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Definitely try some variations at somewhere like a Sevenoaks Hifi.

I was going to buy a Marantz amp after rave reviews, but I just didn't
like the sound - I got a (lesser rated) Arcam instead - I much
preferred it.
I can see why you prefer the Arcam. I find that most Jap big brands
(i.e. Sony) try to sound a bit too detailed (then sounding
awful).....But Denon come close to Britsih sounding Amp (imo). I.e. A
neutral sound with plenty grunt when listening at low/medium levels.

Do you chaps understand what Im going on about!!!?
I understand[:D]

I have a Arcam amp and it gives a warmer sound than the mainstream
brands but normally British A/V (Cyrus, Linn etc) stuff are more
senstive to match components. The high end cinema Arcams (afaik)
are manufactured in the Far East.
 

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You also want to decide a list of CD players that you might like to listen to as well, as the amp and speacker combo WILL make a difference with this as well. I did this exercise about 4 years ago and tried all the top known brands at a certain price point and found that a lot of them sounded rubbish compared to the player that I was used to which had died. Ended up getting another one of the same make (Denon) and have been very happy with it. For what it's worth, I really didn't like the Technics CD player, but the HK came a close second to what I eventually bought.

Unfortunately I don't have a DTS amp but only an HK Pro-logic one, as it is a bit old now, but still works fine, through a set of BW 602's, CC6, and some Solid rear speakers (BW brand apparently). Just waiting for the new DVD writer with h/d + Freeview to arrive....so I can get some decent audio signals from Freeview.....
 

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Thanks for you help guys going into town tomorrow and have a listen at the main hifi place in the town!

Cheers

Chris
 
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