How Important Is That New Amp?

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  1. JustinP

    JustinP Stunt Coordinator

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    Is adding separate amplification really that important? Or is second to other upgrades, such as upgrading a music source.

    I ask, because I want a separate amp, but I have a terrible cd player (Panasonic A105 DVD player using digital coax out). Would upgrading my source to a decent CD player or a DVD player with good audio DACs be a better idea?
     
  2. Pete H

    Pete H Stunt Coordinator

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    Upgrade order:

    Speaker
    CDP
    Preamp
    Amp

    or

    speaker
    integrated
    CDP

    and the room is more important than all of the toys.
     
  3. Jason.Soko

    Jason.Soko Stunt Coordinator

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    I personally start at the cheaper end of the spectrum. Add the CD player. See how much better it sounds and where it's losing. Then upgrade to a better amp, see if it makes a difference, then finally add a nice set a speakers that match the amp. A crappy amp isn't going to do anything for the speakers. YOu might as well upgrade that first.
     
  4. Chris PC

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    If your CD player is connected digitally, the CD player is nothing but a transport. How are the DAC's in your receiver? A better CD player might be better than your receivers DAC's but you'll need to connect via analog RCA's.
     

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