Future Amp upgrades for $1500 or less

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  1. JamieS

    JamieS Stunt Coordinator

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    Good thing my wife doesn't read this forum as she would kill me for even thing about this.

    Sometime in the next 6-8 months we will move into a house with a room I can have just for HT. I'll be keeping my Monitor 7s CC370 and PW 2200 Sub. I'll probably sell or trade my Denon 1603. For $1500 US (or less) what would be my best options for an upgrade either as a reciever or if possible a processor and separates of some type. I know $1500 is not a lot but when you consider my current reciever is about $300 US ($600 Canadian) it would be a big deal to me (and even bigger to my wife). Just want to dream alittle and maybe start sneaking money in to a "separate " (pun intended ) account for when the day might come.
     
  2. ChadLB

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    You are better off to go to seperates..my opinion..outlaw is one option. You can always go the used route...there is lots of stuff out there..
    I am going that route. I own a Pioneer 811 and I am going to probably add a parasound to it..already demoed one and it sounded a lot better...more depth, clarity and bass.
     
  3. Chris Tsutsui

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    I've heard good things about the Outlaw 950 ($900). Then a 5 channel amp such as the Parasound HCA-855A which goes for around $350-400.

    Or a Rotel 1066 for $1200, and a used amp.

    I don't think there are a lot of choices for separates in the $1,500 range. I think the next price jump would be processors in the $3,000 range which would be the Anthem AVM-20.

    Or consider an expensive integrated receiver like a Pioneer Elite.
     
  4. Jim Garbern

    Jim Garbern Stunt Coordinator

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    As mentioned, the Outlaw 950 is the least expensive pre/pro out there, and the new version seems to have the main bugs worked out (I'm happy with my 'red dot' version). Outlaw is coming out with an economy 7 channel amp. The whole package can be had for $1700 (US). Their cables are nice, so don't forget to add those to the upgrade costs, more if you plan on adding SACD or DVD-A.
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