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AV reciever upgrade/ Vs Stereo Amplifier

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
My current av reciever is a Yamaha RX-N600D. However, as I've just bought a pair of Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6 floorstanding speakers, I want to upgrade my amp to get the best out of the Mezzos. However, upgrading seems a bit more complicated after I spoke with a sales guy from Hi-Fi Corner, in Glasgow.

Basically, he said that some av recievers are better suited for film soundtracks while others are better suited for music - though, some are equally good at reproducing/ amplifying both.

If I had to choose which was most important to me of the two, it would be music. And on that basis I would rather have an av reciever that was better at handling audio sources. Or maybe I'd be better off buying a stereo amp and foregoing surround sound.

A few questions arise. Are stereo amps better at handling audio signals than av recievers? Are some av recievers better at handling audio signals than others? Is the sales guy just working an angle to make a sale?

Any info and experience would be extremely welcome. Links my current amp and speakers below. Thanks, windhoek.
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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Lucky you. Those speakers are wonderful!

Basically if you need a multichannel receiver for home cinema, and you want it to be good for stereo music, you have to go high end £800 - £1000 to do your speakers justice.

The high end Yamaha receivers are very well regarded for music (as well as multichannel home cinema), as are Marantz. Everyone has their own favourite brands.

Alternatively, you settle for stereo - 2 channel home cinema and get a two channel amp from the usual offenders: Arcam, Cirus, Nad e.t.c. This would be a wonderful solution for music for a smaller investment (£500+).
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I'd probably look to a 2-channel amp from the likes mentioned above in Heavertron's post, keeping your current setup for when you need rear speakers in movies. A much larger portion of money is spent per channel in a hifi amp and they don't have the source decoding electronics that cost money and add noise to the signals that are found in a multichannel amp - so you will get better sound for your pound by getting a 2 channel amp (of course the music source is also very important and needs to be up to the job, as do the interconnects and speaker cable etc, so budget in them as well and make a shortlist of setups to have a look at :))
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[SIZE="2"]Thanks Heavertron, so perhaps there are a few grains of truth in what the sales chap said. So, if I want great stereo and great surround sound, I should spend as much on an av reciever as my speakers cost. Although, I should add, I managed to haggle the price of the Mezzos from £799 down to £599 using Richer Sounds price-beat policy. Sometimes I think want Champagne for the price of Lemonade! :thumbsup:[/SIZE]
#5
[SIZE="2"]Thanks jah128 :thumbsup:, when you suggest using a stereo amp and keeping an av reciever for surround sound, how would I connect the Mezzos to both amps? It would be very frustrating at the very least to have to keep disconnecting and reconnecting speaker cables.[/SIZE]
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windhoek
[SIZE="2"]Thanks Heavertron, so perhaps there are a few grains of truth in what the sales chap said. So, if I want great stereo and great surround sound, I should spend as much on an av reciever as my speakers cost. Although, I should add, I managed to haggle the price of the Mezzos from £799 down to £599 using Richer Sounds price-beat policy. Sometimes I think want Champagne for the price of Lemonade! :thumbsup:[/SIZE]


Excellent haggling, well done. A great deal at that price. Who did you get them to price match?

If you have the cash, then the high end multi-channel Yamaha's sound lovely. As mentioned, you can have a better quality stereo sound from a 2 channel music amp from one of the big boys, for less money.

But if you have the cash, then a high end Yamaha won't disappoint and can fulfil both roles with a slight compromise. :thumbsup:
#7
[SIZE="2"]I can't remember the etailer, but after a quick google, the cheapest I can see them for just now is £649.95 - which after a £10 discount from RS = £639.95. At the time when I bought mine, the cheapest I saw them was at £625, but I just said to RS that all I could afford was £600 and they agreed to sell a pair to me for that price :thumbsup:[/SIZE]
http://www.hifix.co.uk/sku2.lasso?item=df9e02774c65d3d51801f2e534e81b10&-session=hifix:C35D154418bbc33A95XvY2E89622
#8
[SIZE="2"]Thanks Heavertron and jah128 :thumbsup:

I did a lot of online research and have decided to buy a Yamaha RX-V3800 av reciever. These recievers were £1,200 earlier this year, but are being sold much cheaper at the moment because a newer model (RX-V3900) is due to be released in October. I think I timed it well as I got one for £799.90 from Peter Tyson's ebay store (I paid via Quidco so I'll even get about £10-£15 cashback from ebay).:-D

Thanks and Rep,

windhoek :thumbsup:[/SIZE]
#9
Thanks, hope it sounds great :)

Very jealous here :giggle:

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