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Well, I hate to say it, but I am now a believer... Receiver vs. Separates

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by JohnKings, Feb 8, 2003.

  1. Bryan Salzman

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    Will I see the same results when I upgrade my YAMAHA RXV-2095 receiver to a ROTEL RMB-1095 Amp and just use the YAMAHA as the pre amp?? I hope so!!!
     
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    Me too, and congrats!

    I think that a receiver around the 100WPC range benefits from an external amp. I also think it is less critical with some of the flagship type receivers that have more robust internal amps.
     
  5. Dave Jewett

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    What about adding a 2 channel preamp to an existing receiver, using the receiver's amps? I have an HK AVR 520, and would like to improve my 2 channel performance... what's the best method to accomplish this? I'd like to use my existing speakers (Swan Diva 4.1's) but still be able to have good performance for both music and HT.

    Dave
     
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    John, Congrats on the new addition. I know exactly how you fell. I recently added 4 Adcom GFA-535 stereo amps. I bi-amped my mains and center with 3 and used the 4th to power the surrounds. Although rated at 60wpc, they were bench tested at nearly 80wpc.

    The sound quality after adding the Adcom's was substantial. Especially at the higher volumes, the crispness, detial and mid-bass punch is amazing. I am currently using my Marantz receiver as the pre/pro and plan a dedicated pre/pro sometime within the year.

    Enjoy! [​IMG]


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  7. Eujin

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    Dave,

    I recently did exactly what you're contemplating: improved 2 channel performance while using the same speakers for both HT and music. Adding a 2 channel preamp is a very good idea and certainly well worth doing because the preamp section of the AVR520 is not going to be anywhere near as good as a separate music preamp.

    The other thing you can consider doing is to get a quality integrated amplifier and connect your 2-channel music sources directly to it. This is the option I went with, mainly because I didn't want my receiver--an AVR320--in the signal chain for 2-channel. There is simply no comparison and I feel like I'm truly hearing my speakers for the first time. I'm off the merry-go-round now. Except for power cords, power conditioners, vibration isolation accessories and such of course.


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  8. Dave Jewett

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    Eujin: I like the idea of the integrated amp versus just a preamp... my HK is excellent for HT but is somewhat lacking for 2-channel. What did you end up getting? There are some nice Jolida integrated amps at Audiogon, I'm thinking this might be a decent way to get into tubes... [​IMG]

    Dave
     
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    Dave: it appears that we are on similar wavelengths [​IMG]

    I came this close to pulling the trigger on a couple of Jolidas. For the tube integrateds, I was thinking of the 202A and 302B. I also considered the 1501 hybrid integrated. In the end, I decided to go with an Audio Refinement Complete which is a tubey-sounding solid state. I use Triangle speakers and the AR Complete matches particularly nicely with them. I think if you want to go with tubes, the Jolidas are a good bet and excellent value too. There are also a number of places that have upgrades and modifications available for various Jolidas if you think of upgrading down the road. For me, the limitations of my rack and the presence of my cat just made an all-tube option a little too nerve-wracking. What speakers are you using?
     
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    The Jolida 302b is a great tube integrated.

    My cat stays FAR away from it. When I first got it he looked at it, but he could sense the heat and stays clear.
     
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    Eujin,

    I have Swan Diva 4.1's as my mains. One question I have though is if I use an integrated amp, would I also be able to use a sub for the low bass? I have an SVS 25-31pci crossed at 100hz and I'd like to keep using it for music if possible...

    Dave
     
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    Ah...the subwoofer issue. The SVS amplifier has speaker-level inputs, so I'd imagine that you'd be able to run speaker cables to the sub and out to your Swans. The crossover on the sub can be set at the 100Hz setting that you like--the crossover setting in your 520 doesn't have to be touched. Just check with SVS and make sure that you can have both speaker level and line level connections simultaneously. I don't see how this would be a problem as I know, for example, that Adire recommends that their sub amps be connected this way for optimum music and HT performance.
     
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    John congrats, it's a beautiful thing!

    Last summer I went totally crazy and re-did my system.
    I bought 4 Onkyo M-501 power amps.
    A Rotel rsp1066 pre/pro.
    An OHM Sat-3CC (Center channel) speaker to compliment my still sweet sounding OHM I's (L/R fronts).
    A pair of Bose 901 Series VI's are the surrounds.

    Each Ohm I has a 12" subwoofer with a "SubBass Activator" circuit and are bi-amped using two of the M501's. That's why I don't have a separate sub.

    The center speaker uses one side of a M-501 (the other side is reserved for a another Sat-3CC Center speaker.
    The Bose are powered by the fourth M-501.

    I will admit is was very tricky getting these speakers to sound right. I was very concerned with the timbre match between the Center speaker and the I's and blending in the 901's, but Dr. John Strohbeen of Ohm Speakers gave me great advice and it all works beautifully.

    When I fire up the system it's like going to Home Theater Heaven. I'm sure the 4 separate Amps play a major role to that end especially since they are all matched too!

    Now if my wife would just let me replace my 35" JVC monitor with that 50" plasma flat screen I need(who cares about the mortgage).

    Happy listening and good luck.
    Roly [​IMG]
     

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