A newbie's pre Amp/Processor question...

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by shivesh_k, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. shivesh_k

    shivesh_k Auditioning

    Jul 30, 2004
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    I was just checking out some separte combos and was astonished that all most all of the pre amp/processor costs more than a full blown a/v receivers e.g. Yamaha 2400/Denon 3805. Why is that ?
    I'm searching for a not too expensive solution to drive the power hungry 4 ohms Polk Lsi. Whats the down side of using a slightly lower model Denon as a preprocessor and feed it to a multichannel power amplifier ?
    Also I'd appreciate suggestions and comments on a 7 channel power amp for less than $1500.
  2. Frank joe

    Frank joe Stunt Coordinator

    May 28, 2002
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    check out the outlaw . for the money you cant go wrong
  3. ChrisHeflen

    ChrisHeflen Supporting Actor

    Sep 9, 2002
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    Getting an amp either way won't hurt. At the least.
    What is your total budget? You mentioned $1500, but was that just for the amp?

    For around 2500, you can get into seperates. Here are some examples;

    Sherwood Newcastle
    p965 and a965 can be had for less on the street providing you can find them. They are working on upgrade to the pre-pro meanning they are gonna support that product for a while. Heard great things about this piece.

    Rotel 1068/1075 combo. Friend has the 1068, sounds great and has had a few software upgrades come out already.

    Adcom, 860II and bunch of amps to choose from
    check this link out for a killer deal.
  4. Richard_B

    Richard_B Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 14, 2003
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    I have also heard some great things about the Sherwood Newcastle set.

    The only downfall to the Rotel set is the amps at this time do not come with more than 5 channels. So you would have to buy a 2 channel amp and the 5 channel. This is not a problem for a lot of people but if you are limited on cabinet space it can be an issue.

    The Outlaw set is wonderful for the money.

    As far as using a receiver as a pre/pro vs a dedicated pre/pro, it's very common. I use a receiver as a pre/pro myself and I have been pretty happy thus far. The dedicated pre should offer a better overall sound, lower floor noise levels and a better upgrade path since you can usually keep your amp(s). I think for movie watching it would be harder to tell the difference between a receiver+amp and a pre/pro. The music side is what typically sets the pre/pros apart from the receivers. Receivers however seem to adopt newer technology faster than pre/pros, examples are the mic setup offered by Yamaha, Denon and Pioneer. I think the Sherwood Newcastle is suppose to add this technology to their P-985 pre/pro very quickly if it's not already done.

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