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upgraditis from marantz 8200...any thoughts?

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

  1. TommyL

    TommyL Well-Known Member

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    HI all....I currently use a marnatz 8200..great piece, but I have a few bucks to burn and want to put it into my system. What should I look at in the 3k range (I use it mostly for HT) I know rotel, outlaw etc are out there...if anyone has a thought or two drop it, so I can investigate[​IMG] btw...I use digm studio 40's/20's/ studio CC. thanks all! tl
     
  2. JaleelK

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  3. Yee-Ming

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    hear hear.

    buy some more DVDs to enjoy on your system (I also have an SR8200, and will sit pat on that for quite a while).

    on the other hand, you might want to look over other parts of the system, e.g. do you have a universal player yet? that is the next item on my "upgrade" list, but once I get that I suspect nothing more will change for at least two years, until plasmas really drop in price and improve in picture quality.
     
  4. Kevin. W

    Kevin. W Well-Known Member

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    You have a great receiver there in the 8200. If you really want to upgrade then add 3 Marantz Monoblocks to power the front should stage. That should tide you over and open up your Paradigms.

    Kevin
     
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    I'm with Yee-Ming and JaleelK. The 8200 is about the lowest thing on my upgrade priority list right now. There seem to be more and more threads about hiss, hum, and serious QC issues with new receivers and pre/pros (even the X300 series of Marantz). I'm glad to have a dependable workhorse. Besides, I'm still trying to warm the wife up to new speakers one of these days.

    Chris
     
  6. Craig Morris

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    You didn't mention a subwoofer... I'm going to assume you have a good one. If not... you could put some money there.
     
  7. TommyL

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    thank for the info guys...maybe I'll look into a good cd player, and dvd player(rp56 right now)...waiting on the denon 2900...

    Craig, yes, I am awaiting the arrival of my SVS B4+ [​IMG]

    thanks guys... helps having some down to earth ideas[​IMG] tom
     
  8. Shane Martin

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    I would consider an external amplifier. In most all cases it improves the sound plus that allows you to replace just the preamp later because you probably won't need to upgrade your amp for a long time.

    Maybe your local dealer has one you try and bring home.
     
  9. Craig Morris

    Craig Morris Well-Known Member

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    I just added a Linn Genki CD player to my Marantz SR-18 based system... I must say, a good CD player made a HUGE difference... more than I ever imagined was possible (I fall into the skeptic side of all things audio... until I hear it for myself).

    If music is important to you, I'd definitely consider a CD player.
     
  10. Pete Jennings

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    Monoblocks with the SR-8200 would be the way to go. Do you have a HDTV yet? 3K will get you a pretty nice setup.

    Pete
     
  11. TommyL

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    pete, yes, I have a mitsu 55" hdtv and use a zenith dtv 1080i receiver...can't miss HD-NET ya know[​IMG] man decisions....I'm thinking parasound 2205...at least giving it a listen...wish someone I knew had one[​IMG] its a bit more than I need right now, but ya never know...is there some kind of lock on that baby so someone doesn't walk by and crank the thing to full boar..and blow my digms?? that's my only worry[​IMG] thanks all...you have so many good opinions..I'm sure I'll use one! more are welcome! tom
     
  12. Ricky T

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    Tommy,

    Forum member James Elvick (~ 200 reviews on ebay), just listed his parasound 2003A (700) and 2205a (1300) for sale on audiogon.

    2003A is also a GREAT way for someone to add three very good amp channels for the front 3 speakers. ANY 2 channel parasound(s) would work for rear and rear centers (later). I think the 2003A will go very fast.
     

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