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Cheap Pre/Amp setup

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by TyreeS, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. TyreeS

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    i'm looking at getting a pre/amp setup but dont have the big budget that i would like to. can anyone suggest something around $700 that will work.

    i was looking at the Pioneer 914k w/ a carver av505 what do you guys think?
     
  2. ChadLB

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    That would work fine. I have a Pioneer 811 and a Parasound HCA855a. I might recommend the parasound over the Carver but that is just my opinion. So you could buy a Pioneer 812/814/912/914 and a 5 channel amp.
     
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    thx for the repsonse. why do u like the parasound better?
     
  4. ChadLB

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    I have not heard a carver in a while so the parasound has grown on me....that is all.
     
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    what are the xover settings for the 914?
     
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    Most likely 100hz is the lowest it will go. I still don't understand why pioneer doesn't have them go down to 80hz. I think almost all other entry level receivers do that.
    Personally I don't like the looke of the new Pioneers either.

    It looks like they have decent dacs and the MCACC setup though.
     
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  8. TyreeS

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    so are their better options that still fall into my budget?
     
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    We are not saying it is a bad option it is just that the pioneer crossover is lowest a 100hz.
    A couple other options would be a HK230 or used HK 325, Onkyo 701s go cheap now, Not sure what Yammies have pre-outs as I have not kept up with the Yammies that much.
    Basically with HK's you get triple crossover meaning you can set the crossover point for front, center and rear speaekers (not sure of the range). I think with yammies and onkyo's they go as low as 80hz.
    The pioneer will probably due great with a amp. They use dual
    motorola chips.
    I had problems with Drop outs on my Onkyo 600 and I hear nothing but problems with the HK units though I still might
    test out a HK 230 or one of the other ones.
    Also note the Onkyo 600/601 doesn't have pre-outs.

    They all seem to have something negative about them.
     
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  11. TyreeS

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    i want a setup that offers all the surround sound formats available. is there a setup to be had that does DVI switching also?

    i know you guys have options plz chime in
     
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    I don't think any entry level receiver will have DVI Switching. I think you will have to spend some big bucks to get that....
     
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    Why do you need a cheap separates setup? Why not just get a good receiver for that price?
     
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    i can agree with that can you give me some suggestions in that same price range that can outperform or match that setup?

    thank you
     
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    audiogon. Look for receivers from Marantz, Denon, Pioneer Elite...maybe even an Arcam AVR200 if you're lucky...the Rotel RSX-1055 might be a bit of a stretch, but it's worth a shot...
     

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