Pre/pro and Amps: what influences sound more?

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  1. Jeff.bart

    Jeff.bart Stunt Coordinator

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    I can't quite figure this out. Which has a bigger influence, and why?

    Furthermore, can an AVR ever duplicate the best of the lower-echelon separates?

    And finally, what is the one thing that makes separates sound better. The one crucial factor. Is it something that AVRS can ever overcome?
     
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    I've always thought that power amps made the difference, until I started auditioning equipment for my own purchase a couple of years ago. I discovered that I could more easily tell the difference between the prepros then I could with the power amps.

    As for AVRs, yes, the top of the line AVRs from Pioneer, Integra Research, Denon and B&K, to name a few, at least approach if not best the lower-echelon separates.
     
  4. Yogi

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    IMHO, preamps will make a bigger difference in detail resolution, soundstaging and imaging and amps will make a bigger difference in sheer dynamics and impact.

    So if you are into movies then getting a bigger badder amp will be a better upgrade and if you are into music getting a better preamp would be the way to go.

    My 2 cents.
     
  5. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Actually, speakers and room acoustics "influence" the sound the most. Simply make sure your preamp and amp are well matched, and that the amp in turn is a good match for the speakers. Preamp and amp "sound" should not even exist if the units are well-designed.
     
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    Since I've moved from having a receiver, then adding a power amp, then replacing the receiver with a dedicated pre/pro, I'll sound in. For me, the power amp made much more difference. A large part of that can be attributed to the opinion that the amp section of a Parasound is much warmer than the amp section of an Onkyo. A warm amp compliments my Klipsch speakers, so, to me, it sounded a lot better. But things such as the dynamics and definition of different sonic tones also improved dramatically. When I updated to a pre/pro, the sound improved somewhat in home theater, but much more noticably in two channel sound. So, between the two, my vote would go for the power amp, but with extenuating circumstances.
     

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