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Any suggestion for an affordable a/v preamp?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by ManW_TheUncool, May 8, 2003.

  1. ManW_TheUncool

    ManW_TheUncool Well-Known Member

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    Hi, y'all. Not sure if this specific question came up before since I don't frequent this section of the forum.

    Anyway, I'm looking for an a/v preamp that provides all of the following in order of priority:

    1. Component video switching w/ HD bandwidth capability -- well, I'd be ok w/ something at 40-50Mhz bandwidth since I want it affordable and will probably only switch between 480p DVD and the occasional X-box game.

    2. 5.1 channel switching for separate DVD-A and SACD players.

    3. Analog bass management and time alignment and maybe even downmixing capability for something like phantom center channel.

    I know #3 might not be possible at this time (at least not affordably), but not sure about #2. Also, I don't necessarily need digital surround decoding (ie. DD, DTS), but not sure if that matters.

    I don't have a set price range yet, but I'm pretty sure I want to stay close to $500. And buying used is perfectly acceptable to me as long as I can get it in excellent working condition -- many of my equipment were bought used.

    Thanks.

    _Man_
     
  2. ManW_TheUncool

    ManW_TheUncool Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm... Seems like maybe the Outlaw 950 is my best bet although it doesn't do multi-channel switching. But does ANY a/v preamp do multi-channel switching?

    Given that it doesn't do #2 and only does part of #3, not sure it's worthwhile spending $900 for one. Maybe I could get one used for something closer to my ballpark? Any thoughts or suggestions on this?

    Thanks.

    _Man_
     
  3. Craig_Kg

    Craig_Kg Well-Known Member

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    Why not just get a Sony STR-DA2ES or 4ES and use it as a prepro with an ICBM?

    Or else use a TAP9000ES along with a prepro + ICBM.
     
  4. Paul Clarke

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    Craig is right. The lower ES line would be the simplest way to go and stay close to your price range. They are very flexible units and VERY quiet.
     
  5. ManW_TheUncool

    ManW_TheUncool Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm... Thanks for the suggestions. I might actually need 3 component inputs though for the video switching since I'm thinking about running 2 DVD players plus an X-box, so the DA2ES and DA4ES aren't good options besides the wasted amp section.

    If I go w/ the TAP9000ES, then I'll still need to get a video switcher and the Outlaw ICBM. The total cost would probably be similar to the Outlaw 950 me thinks, but I'd need 2 extra sets of cables for the 5.1 analog path and still need to use my outdated DD/DTS decoder.

    Given my order of priorities, maybe I should just go back to shopping for a video switcher first and not worry about 5.1 channel switching since I'm not really set on jumping into both DVD-A and SACD together just yet.

    _Man_
     
  6. Philip Hamm

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    The Outlaw 950 comes closest to your needs. You may want to look for used items.
     

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