Is it worth adding a seperate amp to Yamaha RX-V1?

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  1. adamb

    adamb Auditioning

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    Hello

    I'm fairly happy with my Yamaha RX-V1, and watch more movies than listen to music. However, would I benefit much by adding a seperate amp to my Yamaha and using the RX-V1 purely as the processor? I'm interested in your thoughts regarding movies, not music. Would it improve my overall experience?

    I am running Mission 782 speakers at the front (not sure if you guys have much experience of these floorstanders).

    Opinions needed, thanks !!

    ADAM
     
  2. Scott-C

    Scott-C Supporting Actor

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    Hi Adam,
    Don't be surprised if you get lots of different opinions on this topic. Many feel that the supply of power is better when it's in its own box (separate from processing), while others disagree. You might want to check out this thread because you'll get some responses to your question from some who have added an amp to a high-end receiver such as what you have. The short answer is that the posters in this thread for the most part have noticed improvements in movie soundtracks (as well as 2-channel audio though I know that's not what you're interested in at this point).
    I too currently have a receiver (Yamaha DSP-A3090) but plan to migrate to separates in the near future. From what I've read it's my understanding that using a separate amp and dedicating your receiver to processing/switching duties will improve things, and getting a dedicated processor to go with the amp will improve things even more. But as I said, some may/will disagree! One idea, if you can do this, is to get a demo amp from a local HT store and try it out in your HT. You may be able to tell if you hear a difference this way.
    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Len Cheong

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    It depends on the amp. It may be hard to improve on the sound you already have. However, your speakers may be "happier" with more dedicated power. I just hooked up external proceed amps to my system and it sounds improved. Of course, the receiver I had to begin with had only half the power of these amps. Give it a try; the fun is in the experimentation.
     

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