Receiver to drive my Paradigms

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  1. Michael_V

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    Ever since upgrading my speakers to Paradigm Monitor 7.2s, my old Sony 30ES has, at 80W, felt underpowered. My speakers seem . . . well, bored with it. I have not shopped for a receiver in years but here are some things I am looking for:

    * good match for the paradigms
    * 100W +
    * only need 5.1 channels for the foreseeable future
    * would like but do not need DPL II

    Can anyone recommend a receiver to me?

    Thanks!
    Mike
     
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    HK does well with Paridigms. I know a Paridigm dealer who also sells Sony ES and HK, he wont demo Paridigms on Sony ES only on HK. I have personaly seen a Sony ES shut down trying to push a 11SE (not sure of exact model number) a floor standing model 2 sevens I think. . .
     
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    Any of the Yamaha line sounds great with Paradigms.
     
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    I don't know how "true" that 80 watts is on the Sony, but it seems like you need an external amp than a new receiver. You can spend 3 grand on a receiver and only get 120 wpc. I'm not too familiar with amps, so maybe someone will chime in their opinion.
     
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    I agree... H/K sound great with Paradigms.. (Thats what I have).. Denon and Yamaha Sound fantastic with Paradigms for HT. The H/K is a little more musical.
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies!

    So far I am hearing that Yamaha and HK do well with Paradigms and Sony ES does not! Any particular models I should be looking at?
     
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    Just got in on the HK avr8000 deal at onecall. Cool. The Sony ES goes in the bedroom now. Thanks!
     
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    I know you already bought an HK, great!

     
  9. Michael_V

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    Well, with all the issues people are having with these Jan 2002 HKs from onecall, and the significant problems I am having getting something this heavy delivered to my overseas address, I am cancelling my order.

    So now it's back to the drawing board! What is the best receiver I can get to drive my Paradigms?

    Revised criteria:

    * 110 W or greater
    * DPL II
    * good match for Paradigms
    * $1000-$2000 range

    I have heard that Yamaha and Denon sound good with these. Any particular models stand out? I will be using this 60% for movies and 40% for music.

    Thanks!
     
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    Marantz SR7300. Marantz/Paradigm is about as good a match as H/K&Paradigm [​IMG] Personally, I never met a Yamaha that I really liked.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply, John! Any QA issues with this particular Marantz?
     
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    One option could be getting an Outlaw 950/710 combo. I'm sure this would outperform any receiver in the sub $2000 price range. The combo would be around $1700 I would guess, but you would have to wait a couple months for the 710 amp to become available.
     
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    David,

    I like the separates idea, though am thinking of something a little warmer, like the Parasound 1205. No idea if my 30ES even has pre-outs. Will have to look into that. If not, any suggestions for a quality pre pro?
     
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    I couldn't tell you if there are any issues with the x300 line from Marantz because I have yet to even see/hear one in person. I am anxiously waiting for my local dealers to get them in so I can give one a listen, as I'm looking to pick up one myself. It has all of the current formats, and should do just fine in 5.1 as well, as well as DPL II and CS6.1 (Circle surround ver 2). I have a 6200 right now, but I am looking to get a few updated features with the 7300. I am otherwise very happy with the sound and power of the 6200 (driving Monitor 5s, CC370, rear: Titans, CC170).
     
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    Maybe an intermediate step?

    I'm using a Denon 3802 (new version 3803) with Monitor 7's: no power problems that I can discern. You can then later add some separates for the mains if you'd like.

    jdg
     
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    After scouring this forum and avsforum, I am quickly becoming sold on the separates approach. The Parasound 1205 five channel amp in particular is appealing to me right now. Wish I could combine it with my 30ES since I do like its sound, but I don't think it has pre-outs. What would you guys recommend for a pre-pro? I have heard a lot about the Lexicon DC-1. Actually, this sounds like another thread already. . . .
     

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