Before I make the purchase....

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  1. CurtJ

    CurtJ Stunt Coordinator

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    I just need a bit of advice on my first HT purchase. I am leaning toward the following and was wondering if this is a good move or should I look at any other combinations. I dont have a huge budget and would like to stay close to $1000 for both the receiver and the speakers.

    Marantz 4200 $430

    Paradigm micros mains and rears $300 (for all 4)

    Paradigm center $150

    Paradigm Sub pdr-10 $350

    Thanks. By the way has Marantz fixed the problem with their 200 series receivers?
     
  2. Arthur S

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    Curt

    I think your speaker choices are fine. Marantz is overpriced and some of their models have not come close to delivering rated power into 5 channels. For $430 I would choose something else. Denon is usually a good choice.

    Artie
     
  3. CurtJ

    CurtJ Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks Artie

    What Denon would you recommend and would you take that over a HK 320 or 520?
     
  4. Steven Simon

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    The 2802 would be in your price range. I have heard the 2802 and it's a pretty good value for the money.....
     
  5. CurtJ

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    I am sold on the paradigms, now I just have to match the receiver. Would I be skimping to go with the 1802?
     
  6. Paul_Fisher

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    You would definately not be skimping on the receiver with a 1802. I'm using my old Kenwood 208 which is 50x5 to run my Paradigm Mini Monitors and they sound fine with just 50 watts running to them. The 1802 has plenty of power for the paradigms.
     
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    yea I definatly wouldn't go with the marantz, I have monitor 7's, mini's as rears and a cc-370. I just auditioned a marantz 7200, denon 3802 and a Integra 7.1. The marantz was not much better with my speakers than the yamaha. It was bright and thin compared to the other two. I would defintaly say go with the denon.
     
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    The Denon gear will do you much better in my opinion. The price difference between the 1802 and the 2802 looks to be around 150 bucks. If you can really push the envelope, the 3802 is an awesome piece.

    You really can't go wrong with any of these pieces, but I would lean to the 2802.

    I have the 3801(Same as 3802 without DPLII for the most part) in my bedroom and love it to death. Paradigms and Denon's just fit each other like a glove!!

    Good Luck, Let us know what you go with and Welcome to the Home Theater Forum Curt.....
     
  9. CurtJ

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    Thanks for all of your help. This is a steep learning curve but you guys have made the decisions much easier and tons more educated. I will let you know what I get.
     
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    you might want to look at Integra 6.2 or the new 6.3. Integra is a derivative of Onkyo but they are built better. I just bought a 7.1 and am totally surprised how well it goes with the paradigms.
     
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    I'm suprised no one suggested H/K?

    Three of us are getting the AVR 520... (one yesterday, two more in two weeks). The 520 is overkill and out of your budget, but the 320 ain't. Oh, and it's um... all good.
     
  13. CurtJ

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    Thanks everyone. JandR has some good prices on both the 320 ($499) and the 520 ($599). I think I will take your advice and go with the 320.

    One more question, Paradigm micros vs. HTD III (with level 2 surrounds)
     
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    Steve

    How do you like the 520 , do you think going for the 8000

    is worth the extra money ??

    Robert
     
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    Curt, if I were you I would just spend the extra $100 for the 520. The 20 extra watts will come in handy if you later decide to upgrade speakers.

    Just my .02
     
  16. Mike Wang

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    For now, don't worry about spending extra money for an extra watt or two. A better set of speakers would make a much more audible difference, IMHO. I would highly recommend that you step up from the Micros to the Atoms, at least for the front speakers. The price difference isn't very much and the Atoms will integrate more smoothly with a sub. You'll be giving up a little bit too much on the bass with the smaller Micros. Many people consider the Atoms to be the best in the Paradigm Performance line.
     
  17. Jeff Massey

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    Why don't you get the 1802 and spend the extra money on an upgrade to the atoms or titans for the front.

    Jeff
     

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