Power-wise, could I tell the difference? H/K AVR 525 -vs- AVR 7200

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  1. John Pine

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    I’ve considering an offer to trade-up from my H/K AVR-525 to a new 7200. My system is used almost exclusively for music playback (80/20). Media or input used is SACD/DVD-A, concert DVD’s and of course redbook CD’s. In the past I’ve read on this forum that you really need roughly twice the power to be able to tell a real difference. But, a chance to move from 70 to 100 watts per channel for a few hundred dollars is tempting. I’ve been happy with my 525, it’s just at moderate-high listening levels it seems to straining slightly. Possible the large room I’m asking it to fill (14’ ceiling) may have something to do with it (23’Lx18”Wx14’H). Or, maybe “Upgrade-itis” is getting the best of me. With my setup and room size do you think I would be able to tell an audible difference? Would it be worth the dough?


    My setup: Toshiba 35"
    harman/kardon AVR 525
    Denon DVD-2900
    JBL S310-II's
    JBL S-Center II
    JBL S36-II's(rears)
    Velodyne CHT-12(sub)
    23'x18'x14' (LxWxH)
     
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    Wow, I have the same speaker set as you [​IMG]

    I'm powering them with a Yamaha RX-V2400, but I'm 95/5 HT/music, so the Yammie might not be right for you, but it has plenty of power for that speaker set, and sounds incredible.
     
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    MuneebM: I actually upgraded from a mid-level Yamaha (RX-V630) to my 525. Good receiver, but I've found it too bright at moderate to mod-high levels with my speakers. For me, the H/K warmness slightly offsets the slight brightness of the JBL Studio Series. I love my JBL's! I've been a JBL fan since I bought my first (used) L40's, almost twenty years ago.

    p.s. same speakers, but your sub would probably blow mine away.
     
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    John, unless there is something else about the 7200 that really turns you on, I don't think you'll realize a substantial benefit in terms of power.
     
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    Hey John, I would look into a 2 channel amp.

    Aaron
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys!
     
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    Have any 525 owners moved up to the 7200?
     
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    This might be of interest...

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=352019

    Do a search of "sks12" posts, I think he upgraded from the 630 to the 7200 and reported it sounds much better, with lower noise floor. Not the 525.. but you get a idea of the lower v upper end newer models..


     
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    I agree, with aaron, go for a seperate 2 or more channel amp.
     
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    JohnSmith: Thanks for the link!

    aaron & John: At this point no room for seperates guys.
     

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