Denon 5800 with or without separate amps...

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  1. Alex Yang

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    Hi Denon 5800 owners,

    Have any of you hooked up the Denon 5800 to separate amps and if so, is there an improvement in the sound?

    Your comments would be GREATLY appreciated...

    Thanks in advance!

    -Alex
     
  2. Trevor Schell

    Trevor Schell Supporting Actor

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    I have the Parasound HCA-3500 (350x2)

    and the Parasound HCA-2205 (220x5)

    connected to my Denon 5800.

    The 3500 drives the mains.

    The 2205 is Bi-amped on the center

    and driving the side surrounds.

    The Denon 5800 is driving the two

    rear surrounds.

    This set-up is working great in my

    rather large 20x28 room. The Denon 5800

    with all channels driven still did not

    have the juice to keep up on aggressive

    sound tracks. This set-up has taken my

    system to the next level. The clarity

    and dynamics are amazing,,never a sign

    of fatigue.

    Adding seperates to the Denon 5800

    will improve imaging and dynamics.

    A recommendation would be to add

    seperates to the front three channels

    and let the Denon run the rear 4 as it

    will do just fine in that position.

    Good Luck.
     
  3. Alex Yang

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    Trevor,

    That is ONE sweet, primo setup you've got!!! Wow, that many amps??!?? Thanks for replying so quickly! I was wondering though, after your experience with the Denon 5800 and the additional Parasound amps with the HUGE improvements, if you had a chance to do it all over again today, would you still go the Denon Receiver/Parasound amps route or would you choose lets say B&K PreAmp/Parasound amps instead?

    I'm sorry, I don't mean to imply that there is anything "wrong" or "bad" with your current system it's just that I'm in the position to make a decision on either the Denon AVR 5800 or B&K Ref30 and separate amps...

    Your insight and experience would be extremely helpful and I would be extremely grateful...

    Thanks!

    -Alex
     
  4. felix_suwarno

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    i too am wondering about this separated amp versus stand alone receiver. maybe these guys who prefer separated amp are lucky enough to live in a jungle with no neighbor around. you see, america lets people to have guns. i dont want my neighbor to shoot me!

    according to a few forumers, an amplifier will help the speakers to produce louder sound. i dont care about loudness, but i do care about the sound quality. if the amps could better the sound reproduction of the speakers, why dont we just buy a lower powered receiver and let the amplifier does its job?

    this is confusing. i wish i could try all setup side by side!
     
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    Alex,

    I, too, am using an external amp with my 5800. But, with my old efficient Klipsch speakers, I really had plenty of power from the 5800. I found the Denon to be plenty strong and dynamic all by itself. Now, that might not be the case with less efficient speakers.

    About three months ago, I added an Acurus three channel amp for the front array. I actually only bought the amp because of the great price - I thought it was worth checking it out. I wasn't, in any way, unhappy with the sound of the 5800. But, the Acurus is certainly a stronger amp and I do enjoy the added punch (especially with movies).

    Ross
     
  6. Oliver

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    I am using my AVC A1SE with a Parasound HCA 2003. This leads expecially the stereo perfomance to the next level. Besides that the center channel sound more clear an define.
     
  7. Jack F

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    I also have the 5800 with Klipsch speakers all the way around.
    For the first time in my life I don't feel the need for more power. [​IMG] WOW, I never imagined I would ever say that. The 5800 has plenty of power to run efficient speakers like Klipsch.
    Jack
     
  8. Trevor Schell

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    Hi Alex,
     

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