Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
481 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 5


  Reply # 790264 1-Apr-2013 18:32
Send private message

joker97: just to clarify to you: amp is actually useless - it doesnt generate ANY sound. what you hear is 100% speakers - so i suggest get the cheapest amp you can afford and save money for good speakers

A number of people would consider that there is a flaw in that logic.

The most that any component in a sound system can do is efficiently deal with the input it is given without loss of any audio detail, it certainly can't add anything that isn't already there. Speakers are the last link in the chain, and they can only play the sound that is presented to them by the amplifier. Matching excellent speakers with a very modest amplifier will often just highlight the poorer quality of the amplifier.

Mad Scientist
18614 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2365

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 790288 1-Apr-2013 20:22
Send private message

i don't have time to write so much

the OP has a budget of 2-3k and wants to buy an amp

the best way to highlight the situation to the OP is that buy a decent amp but don't forget the speakers

for this budget in no way will the amp be a limiting factor as long as they buy the correct amp

for this cost of amp if you have rubbish speakers you might as well use an iphone

i'm not a good politician

Mad Scientist
18614 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2365

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 790299 1-Apr-2013 20:29
Send private message

of course if you have endless amount of money buy the best of everything and use 24carat gold wires one inch diameter, absolutely no compromise

but if not, spend 60-70% of cash on speakers and the rest on amp, interconnects etc ... under about 10grand setup, you really mainly listen to the speakers

1160 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 147


  Reply # 790480 2-Apr-2013 09:49
Send private message

berman002: yo, i am thinking around 2-3k.


for 3k you won't find a better sounding avr than the rotel rsx-1550

http://www.paulmoney.co.nz/shop/amplifiersreceiversprocessors/av-receivers/rotel-rsx1550home-theatre-ampl/

it has none of the bells and whistles of your pioneers, denons et al.

all it does is sound good, looks goood too.






Mad Scientist
18614 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2365

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 790485 2-Apr-2013 09:58
Send private message

You should then spend 6-7k on a set of speakers unless they are already up to scratch to bring out the awesomeness of the rotel engineering wiring power delivery ... Not to mention I hope u are watching hd sound ie uncompressed sound from certain blurays and no mp3s

3348 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 452


  Reply # 790521 2-Apr-2013 10:52
Send private message

This thread is making my head hurt...
There's next to no way you can make a decision on a new AVR by reading about them. Sure you can spot some trends in potential software / hardware issues... but the emphasis on your decision should come from listening / hands on.
First up, know your speakers, and know them well. Where do they excel, what are their weaknesses (sonically). Amps can add to / take away from areas of your speakers performance, so you know what traits to listen for.
When you demo the units, make sure you find the GUI easy to navigate, that the system can be tweaked (speaker levels individually adjusted etc) and that the remote is well laid out. Ensure the connectivity / multi-zone capability etc is what you want...
And then listen!


1160 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 147


  Reply # 790541 2-Apr-2013 11:19
Send private message

joker97: You should then spend 6-7k on a set of speakers unless they are already up to scratch to bring out the awesomeness of the rotel engineering wiring power delivery ... Not to mention I hope u are watching hd sound ie uncompressed sound from certain blurays and no mp3s


nothing wrong with lossless compressed audio codecs like dolby true-hd or dts master audio

Wink

445 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 106


  Reply # 792262 3-Apr-2013 12:35
Send private message

I've got a Onkyo TX-NR609 (now the TX-NR616) driving a 5.1 Mission Setup, M35's at the front, M31's at the rear\surround and a M3C1 centre with MS10 sub.

I've got no complaints around the Onkyo Receiver, I had a Marantz Sr5400 before the onkyo, and I don't find the onkyo to overly bass heavy.

258 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 8

Technical Solutions Aust

  Reply # 792316 3-Apr-2013 13:27
Send private message

I have an Onkyo TX-NR1010.... and I am absolutely loving it... Audessey XT32 is amazing

74 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 12

Trusted

  Reply # 792469 3-Apr-2013 15:43
Send private message

I have a Denon AVR-3313 and couldn't be happier - sounds great with my Polk A9's :)



44 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  Reply # 793092 4-Apr-2013 12:22
Send private message

callumb: I have a Denon AVR-3313 and couldn't be happier - sounds great with my Polk A9's :)


Polk speaker? you get it from USA? or in NZ?
NZ is way over price......in USA is cheap....

983 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 155

UberGroup

  Reply # 793274 4-Apr-2013 15:19
Send private message

I picked up a pair of Polk Ti300 for $800 in NZ. Best I could find them online was $250 USD but shipping was going to push the price up ALOT




Most problems are the result of previous solutions...

All comment's I make are my own personal opinion and do not in any way, shape or form reflect the views of current or former employers unless specifically stated 

732 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 130


  Reply # 800448 16-Apr-2013 20:12
Send private message

Don't forget second-hand.

You can get a lot of sound for the money as people upgrade their old gear. Of course that always comes with some small risk of a lemon, but I can't complain about the Yammy DSP-A1 I picked up for a few hundred bucks a couple of years back. Sure it doesn't have the latest HDMI bells and whistles, but it does have very, very nice sound and immaculate build quality.

1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.