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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Earl J, Sep 6, 2001.
anybody have any experience with the 1504 or 1505 models?
Yes .. I have the AT1505 mated to a Denon 3801. Great piece of work.
How does your 3801/ATI combo compare to the 5800?
I've been using the 1505 for several years before upgrading to the 2505 (night and day difference due to power). Again, power is definitely great to have. I'm currently using the 5800 as a preamp for my 2505 and it's definitely an improvement over the 5800 by itself.
I suspect that you'll have better results in certain areas by going with the 3801/1505 combo and a 5800 by itself. I think the 5800 will yeild a slightly more detailed sound, but the raw power of the 1505 will give you more focus in the bass and a brighter sound overall. But, it also depends on your speakers. If I were you, Invest in the 1505 first. You can always upgrade your preamp down the line. The 5800 or 5802 with 1505 down the line will still be better than a receiver by itself..
I owned the AT1505 briefly. I originally bought it for HT. I agree with Anthony. It's adequate for HT duty, not spectacular. It's nothing special for music. I have sold it since.
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I would agree with getting an amplifier for the mains and using the amps in your receiver for the surrounds. I would recommend an Anthem(which can be turned on by signal or voltage trigger)MCA-3. This would allow you to power the front 3 channels(so that they match) rather than the main L/R. You should be able to get the MCA-3 for about $600-$700.