HK635/Denon 3805/ Elite VSX56TXi/HK7300

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  1. Guy Usher

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    Well guys it will be one of these. . . But I need help making my mind up.

    Denon 3805) Not real familiar with modern Denon but I do like their looks

    HK635/7300) With prices like 1399 delivered for the 7300 and 799 for the 635 from J&R suddenly the 7300 is attractive but do I really need it??

    Elite VSX56TXi) Just sold my 45TX and I am using the venerable 1014 for now but I am most familiar with Elite.

    Lastly for about the same money I can go Outlaw seperated with their 100x7 amp and their 950 Preamp. . .couple years old but. . .

    I need your help guys. . . I will be buying one of these guys this comming Friday (18th)
     
  2. Shiu

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    You can't go wrong with the 7300 for 1,399.
     
  3. Guy Usher

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    About the time I think that I think about the 635 for half that or the Elite for around 850.00. I do like the big HK.

    Still for just about the same money I can get the Outlaw Pre and 7 channel seperate amp. . . .

    So I am still wondering. . . I think I can narrow it down to between the 7300 and the Outlaw seperates though. . .
     
  4. Shiu

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    The 7300 has the latest audio and video features, not sure about the Outlaw separates. I would prefer the 3805 over the 635, but in terms of specs the 7300 is far superior.
     
  5. Guy Usher

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    I never thought about the 3805 until very recently. . . I always thought there should be one more model between the big Denon and the 3805. . . However as I look more and more I start to like it more.

    High line 7300

    Mid line 3805

    Low Line 1014

    at least with a 13-1400 dollar budget. . .
     
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    I recently auditioned the 56Txi and the 3805 on Sonus Faber speakers and I have to admit, as much of a Denon fan as I am, the Elite (to my ears) significantly outperformed the Denon - much warmer and fuller-sounding. I have not heard either HK.
    If PoLogix IIx is not a priority, you could probably pick up a 55Txi on closeout for $900 somewhere

    Another plus for the 56Txi is the i.link input for digital SACD and DVD-Audio (Denon Link can only handle DVD-Audio)
     
  7. Guy Usher

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    I can buy the 56TXi for 865.00 new in the box and that was the one I had planned for. I bought my VSX45TX from the same bunch and they were great. I have never had a warrenty claim (knock wood) it has been my experience that if they work out of the box they will keep on working. Anyway it is worth it to me.

    DPLIIx is great. . . The only thing that will ever be hooked to the receiver will be the digital audio cable from the DVD player as it will be used only for movies. . .Plus a video cable for the menu and setting up. .I never once played the tuner on my 45 or the 1014 that I have now. However I want the bells and wistles in case I might want to use other inputs or features.

    I might very well stay with Pioneer as I know them best. .
     
  8. Stephen Hopkins

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    I'd give some consideration to a combination of the Pioneer 1014TX for use as a pre-pro and the upcomming Emotiva LPA-1 from AV123. This would give you great processing and auto-calibration along with a very strong external 7ch amp. This combo would come in under $1k (under $400 for the receiver, $599 for the amp). This also gives you the ability to upgrade processing very inexpensively as new formats and features are released without having to upgrade your amplification which could easy last for years and years with no need for upgrade.
     
  9. Guy Usher

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    I have thought about this. . . I do have a mint Yamaha M-50 while only rated at 100wpc it actually delivers 164 at clipping (both channels driven 20-20K
     

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