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Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Jim Ed, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. Jim Ed

    Jim Ed Stunt Coordinator

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    I have got the wives approval to spend some cash... I am currently running an older Sony STR-DE945 with NSP1 JBL's and a PB12. I am trying to decide most bang for the buck... I have looked at Seprates and nice intergate amps. How much difference are entry level seprates (ie Outlaw 750 / Amp) and a nice mid level intergrate piece (ie Marzantz 7200 Denon 3803 etc etc). I have a hard budget of 2500 american....

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  2. Jim Ed

    Jim Ed Stunt Coordinator

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    arrrrggggg 24 hours of research later...

    here is what I am thinking of building next week....

    Marantz 7300
    Marantz Mono Block Amps x3 for the Front Sound Stage
    SVS Sub
    S36 JBL's for the front
    S-Center for the center
    S26 for the rear surrounds
     
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    I wouldnt want to tell you what to buy, but imo the speakers make the biggest difference first(including the sub), after that would be the processor (be it a reciever used as a processor or a pre-pro)..I would definately buy your amps on the used market to save some cash for other areas.
     
  4. Jim Ed

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    Could someone suggest some speakers and or places to listen to them in the DFW area? I was going with the JBL's based on all of the reviews on this site.
     
  5. Jim Ed

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    Well after all of the marantz problem post, I am now having second doubts.... I am 99.9% sure I will be going to 3803 Denon and a Parasound 1205A. Any other suggestions?

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    I second that...

    A good rule of thumb to follow is to spend about 1/3 on electronics and about 2/3 on speakers... with your particular budget, I'd strongly suggest a decent receiver rather than separates.

    Why don't you visit a couple audio retailers and get a feel for how some of the various speaker systems sound first.

    Here are a couple reviews of HT speaker systems in the $1500-2000 range:
    http://makeashorterlink.com/?V5CF25B24
    http://makeashorterlink.com/?P41022C24
    http://makeashorterlink.com/?R12052C24
     

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