Help Choose pre/pro

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Eric P, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Eric P

    Eric P Auditioning

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    I have a budget of about $2000 or less for a new or used processor. It must have proligic II for television, and good two channel sound for cd. I am currently using a B&K ref30 and while it is not a bad processor, the sound just doesn't do it for me like my Aragon Soundstage did. My thinking right now is to either wait for something on the used market, or buy an outlaw 950 and get a decent integrated such as a krell 300i used. Any options would be appreciated, but I am trying to avoid using a receiver as I feel a dedicated processor will generally sound better, and also my wife and I are becoming audio snobs.[​IMG]
     
  2. John Tompkins

    John Tompkins Supporting Actor

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    EricP,

    How did the aragon sounstage sound to you ?...why did you get rid of it and have you compared the aragon to other pre's ?...I've heard that this piece has incredible dynamic sound, clarity, seperation etc..Please describe sound etc in HT and music is possible..thanks
     
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    Kevin McCurdy Stunt Coordinator

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    John,

    The next piece to add to your never ending list of tried audio gear?
     
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    Russell _T Supporting Actor

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    You might be able to get a better pre/pro than the Outlaw 950, but not for $899.00. I like mine quite a lot.
     
  5. Michael Mohrmann

    Michael Mohrmann Screenwriter

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    Eric,

    Does the $2000 budget include selling the Ref30? If not, realize that it is probably worth at least $1200 on the used market, making your budget closer to $3200. At that price, the Stage One becomes possible. Also at that price I would consider the Anthem AVM-20 and the Integra Research RDC-7.

    Michael
     
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    John Tompkins Supporting Actor

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    Rich Wenzel Supporting Actor

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    if you can sell the ref30 and increase your budget, you might want to look at the sunfire, awesome 2 channel sound imo

    Rich
     
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    What no 1066 Rotel. . . .
     
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    Dave Ma Stunt Coordinator

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    Rotel RSP 1066[​IMG]
     
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    A used Bryston SP1 comes in at around $2000 and is upgradeable.
     
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    My mistake the Bryston SP1 doesn't have DPL II, it's available with the upgrade to the SP1.7 but that's $1500. Sorry
     
  12. Eric P

    Eric P Auditioning

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    To update all, I now have a b&k ref30 in my system and the wife says it stays for a while once they upgrade it. I went with the ref30 because it sounds pretty good and keeps many of the features I liked about my Aragon. Yes, there are better sounding pre's but they were not within my (wifes) budget. She also hates the sound my old Rotel processor I had hooked up in the time between the Aragon and B&K. While the 1066 is much better I felt the B&k was better.

    John,
    The Aragon was incredible and did something to the sound I have trouble explaining. First off it did audibly hiss quite a bit. I didn't care, because unlike the B&K, it seemed to fill the room and created a sense of depth to the movie and music. The movies and music no longer seemed to have that one dimensional sound - It was kind of like the old vinyl but not. After my experience, I believe that a processor does make difference in movie listening and would be hard pressed to find a receiver or lesser pre-pro that I could live with.
     
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    Eric,
    I just purchased the soundstage used(havent received it yet) and am glad to hear about the sonics as this is what I am concerned about. I wonder if your hiss is from your unit or is it inherent in the aragon soundstage ? I have read reviews etc..and havent heard any mention of audible hiss..
    I have read that this unit does sound special and I just moved to a smaller ht room so cant really take advantage of 7.1 enough anymore to overcome the benifit of pure sonics of a better 5.1 setup using a higher ended pre-amp...I hope[​IMG]
     
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    Eric P Auditioning

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    John,

    I don't think you will be dissapointed. My ref30 is dead quiet, but I would have glady put up with the hiss on the Aragon. The unfortunate part is that patience is virtue that I don't have and just had to have new formats. My ref30 doesn't have them either but will cost less in the long run. I know that the sound should be the most important part but money does come into play sometimes, and am happy for the most part with my decision.
     

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