Should I get a pre/pro or an amp first to go with my receiver?

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  1. Everett A

    Everett A Agent

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    Hi, I have a Denon 2700 (lacks DTS).

    Have been quite happy with its performance, since I'm in a smaller room, but I don't have much to compare it with.

    I've been reading a lot about separates here, and I am wondering what the most logical first step up to separates would be : adding a 5-channel amp to my receiver (I don't want to get 2 separate amps to add up to 5 channels btw), or getting a pre/pro first to go with my receiver?

    Sorry if this question has been hashed over before...
     
  2. John Tompkins

    John Tompkins Supporting Actor

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    Get the amp, it will always hold its value and can be used with any pre you decide to get in the future..
     
  3. Dan Hitchman

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    First question: What is your proposed budget?

    You could get an Outlaw Model 950 pre-amp and a good quality stereo amp or two monoblocks (for the front left and right speakers) and then use the receiver's internal amps for a little while until you can totally replace the receiver.

    Quality multiple monoblocks or multiple stereo pairs can have far less interference and channel cross-talk and more power reserves than one big five, six, or seven channel amp.

    Dan
     
  4. Arthur S

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    Everett

    I would probably save up until I could afford a used Lexicon DC-1. The Logic 7 surround feature (for 5.1 sources) is unique to Lexicon. These sold for about $4,000 when new. Now you can get a fully upgraded one for less than $1,500.
     
  5. Ricky T

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    Everett,

    Here's one upgrade path:

    1) get a 5 channel amp under $500 (HK pa5800, HK sig 2.1, sherwood 9080, Parasound 885, etc)

    2) get a fully loaded Lexicon DC1 with version 4. prices are actually approaching $1k; checkout audiogon and ebay. Use your denon 2700 as a 2 channel amp to drive the rear surrounds.

    3) get a 2nd matching 5 channel amp and sell your denon. use the "extra" 3 amp channels to: drive passive svs sub(s), biamp your mains, drive zone2.
     

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