Arcam/Outlaw/Denon/Yamaha

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by kevinNY, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. kevinNY

    kevinNY Auditioning

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    Arcam's AVR-300, the Outlaw 770/950 combo. Yamaha rxv-2500, Denon 3805. I have read great review on each. Every time I think I have made a decision I read something else.

    I am starting (over again) with the receiver/seperates. So the speakers I am driving at not yet selected. Obviously I want something that will be able to take on anything I chose.

    So, am I getting that much more by going Outlaw or Arcam? Are they worth $1000.00 more than the other two? Are the Yamaha and Denon capable of fitting the bill?
     
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    Out of those, the Arcam is going to sound the best, IMO. The Outlaw stuff will give you the most power, but probably not quite as good of sound quality as the Arcam - will still sound great though. Are they worth more? Yes, but if you haven't selected speakers, do you really NEED more? How big is your room? Do you at least have a few speaker manufacturers in mind? IMO, you need to strongly consider both the speakers and receiver/pre & amp at the same.
     
  3. kevinNY

    kevinNY Auditioning

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    Thanks John. As of today, I am looking at the Def Tech BP 7002 and the Paridigm Studio 100v.3 as the mains. I would then match the center and surounds.

    Def Tech are very efficient, so I am thinking that Arcams true 100x7 is enough. I'm not sure about the Paridgms.

    My room is 15x22, but is open to the kitchen.
     
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    Lewis Besze Producer

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    Then stay away from receivers as your powersource,and invest in seperate power amps,you could still use any receiver as a pre/pro though.
     
  5. Aaron_Mum

    Aaron_Mum Stunt Coordinator

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    The Arcam has enough juice, don't worry about that. The Arcam is known as "entry level audiophile" for getting into 2 channel music. That is what you are going to get for the extra $$$. If you don't care about 2 channel I would consider the Denon or the Yamaha as they will work just fine for HT (and have more features I think) and save you some money. I'd be checking out used seperates for that kind of money as well: audiogon.com.
     

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