Looking at getting a new amp

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Dave.L, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. Dave.L

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    Hi every one I’m new here

    Now I’m looking into getting a used amp or receiver (I’m not sure about the difference).
    My Current sound system is
    Amp- Sansui AU-555A
    Radio- Nad Stereo tuner 4150
    CD player- Teac Cd-P1120

    I also want to sell the tuner and I’m wondering roughly how much I could get for it. I would like to get a amp with a remote and about 5 inputs. My budget is about 250 but buying used I should be able to get something fairly decent. Any suggestions of what I should look at will be appreciated.
     
  2. John S

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    $250???? 5 inputs? Maybe used. new, a Pioneer 1014 is going to be about as close as it can get, to something decent close to that price range.
     
  3. Dave.L

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    how much do you think i could get for the tuner
    what ever i get from the tuner i can add to my budget
     
  4. Dave.L

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    i forgot to mention my budget is so low because im only 15
    i would say i have a fairly good system for a 15 year old

    thought my dad gave me most of it
    he has a pretty kickass system

    Cd- Cambridge audio D500
    Pre amp- NAD 116
    Power amps- Nad 2140(x2)
    Turntable- Rega planar 3
    And boston acoustics A150 speakers
     
  5. John S

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    I dunno.. Go to ebay and see what Tuners are going for.

    Sort of going to way of the Doe Doe Bird.
     
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    Are you looking for a surround receiver or stereo receiver?
     
  7. Dave.L

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    a stereo

    and i checked ebay and the tuner i have is worth 140
    the amp i have is only worth 40 but i have a spare one aswell
    so that can add about 200 to my budget i assume ill be able to get something good for that price especially used
     
  8. mackie

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    You should be able to get a decent stereo receiver for $250 if you shop around. I bought a Denon DRA-685 refurbished and had it delivered to my house for around $300. It has plenty of power for about anything you can hook up to it. It's got a solid power supply and has at least five inputs. Go to Harmon Kardon, Denon, Onkyo websites and look for their authorized refurbished dealers. I got my first stereo when I was 15 from my dad too[​IMG]
     
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    An integrated amplifier combines both a pre amp (basically volume control, source selector, as well as a small amplifier for weak audio signals) and a power amplifier (provides enough power to actually move the speaker magnets and produce sound)

    A reciever adds a tuner.

    A prepro is a preamplifier that can decode surround sound formats (dolby digital/dts), switch around video signals, and process the sound electronically to provide, for example, room correction.

    An AV (Audio-Video) receiver is a receiver that can also switch around video signals, and has some of the capabilities of a pre/pro. The Pioneer 1014 is regarded as a good AV receiver, but if you have no need for surround sound and dvd, it's probably overkill.

    You can get a stereo receiver for much less-- and many of them still incorporate phonograph amplifiers, which are not generally available on AV receivers.
     
  10. Dave.L

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    i have no need for surround sound but i do watch dvd on my ps2
    so what would you suggesy
     
  11. JeremyErwin

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    Ah, well, that does change things. Most of the people on this board would heartily recommend surround sound, though that would probably blow your budget. Some receivers do offer "virtual surround" sound, attempting to replicate the effect of the surround channels through acoustic trickery, although this is a hit or miss proposition. Then, at a later point, you can add the extra speakers, and discover how much you've been missing.
     
  12. Dave.L

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    yeah i dont have the money for surround sound im on tight budget and i would still need to pay for speakers

    it would be cool for surround sound but i just dont have the cash
     
  13. John S

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    Heck.. Do a search on an Onkyo 770 system. You may be able to get into one within your budget. Given selling the Tuner.


    That would be my suggestion. Go surround. I mean the performance is also great on 2 channel sources as well.
     
  14. Dave.L

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    yeah i just dont have the budget to go surround right now

    maybe once i get a job tho

    thanks for the help
     
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    maybe tho well see

    i dont watch many movies just listen to loud music
     
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    Send me a pm. I have an Onkyo 494 that might fit the bill and get you into the surround sound arena (when you are ready for it.)

    David
     
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    If you can increase the budget to around $550, that will buy you a used HK AVR500($180) and an HK signature 2.1 amp($350). Sig is an awesome 5 channel amp and I was very happy with this setup.
     
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    Dave, did I miss where you said what speakers you have?

    I agree with John S and think you should take a serious look at the Onkyo 770. It sounds dang good in that price range. Don't worry about it being 5.1 capable (you'll want it down the road, besides once you've played your ps2 in surround...)
     
  19. Dave.L

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    i have a pair boston acoustics a60s and a pair of a70s (wich are borrowed form my dad)

    i have the 4 speakers set up surround sound i want to be going surround but wasnt ready to pay for it
     
  20. John S

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    Well, capable 6.1 and even some 7.1 stuff is in your range.


    4 speakers is enough for it really, to do 5.1/6.1 content justice.
     

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