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#226221 26-Dec-2017 12:34
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So it turns out I missed out on Christmas shopping and possibly going to miss out on boxing day shopping too.

Just putting it out there, if anyone is upgrading to the latest and greatest amp, I'll have your mid-high end last season amp for a cheap price :)




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  #1925592 27-Dec-2017 09:48
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Let me know how you get on with this, either secondhand or new. I am pretty much in exactly the same situation now myself, with the current receiver on its last legs.

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  #1925601 27-Dec-2017 10:12
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Avworld has an excellent sale on. Almost tempted to get a new amp myself, except that I already have a couple of perfectly serviceable ones ( my denon 3312 doesn’t do 4K but I just plug into my lg oled and arc back-means I’m limited to Dolby digital, but I’m only runnning a 3.1setup)





 
 
 
 




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  #1925626 27-Dec-2017 10:49
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I'm now contemplating 

 

Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon X2400H one is 700 the other 1200




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  #1925628 27-Dec-2017 11:00
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I've just recently bought the low-end Yamaha model.

 

 

 

I'm stoked with its abilities.

 

 

 

4k passthrough

 

Bluetooth

 

DTS

 

 

 

Amazing quality for the $400 I paid for it :)


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  #1925728 27-Dec-2017 14:34
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I have a want for 5.1 and active zone 2.

This stuff wasn’t high end back in the day, but it certainly doesn’t appear on many of the lower end equivalent models nowadays.

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  #1925888 27-Dec-2017 23:17
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Mistenfuru:

 

I've just recently bought the low-end Yamaha model.

 

 

 

I'm stoked with its abilities.

 

 

 

4k passthrough

 

Bluetooth

 

DTS

 

 

 

Amazing quality for the $400 I paid for it :)

 

 

 

 

Where did you score that? I might be able to win WAF at that price :-)




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  #1925918 28-Dec-2017 08:01
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Batman:

 

I'm now contemplating 

 

Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon X2400H one is 700 the other 1200

 

Just ordered the Sony, both seem to be direct competitors, with slightly different features, bit the bullet on the Sony coz it's cheaper and I really don't use the amp that much nowadays, like maybe twice a month. Can always pay the NZ Denon premium in the future. 





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  #1925929 28-Dec-2017 08:48
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Batman:

Batman:


I'm now contemplating 


Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon X2400H one is 700 the other 1200


Just ordered the Sony, both seem to be direct competitors, with slightly different features, bit the bullet on the Sony coz it's cheaper and I really don't use the amp that much nowadays, like maybe twice a month. Can always pay the NZ Denon premium in the future. 



Looking closer that (STRDN1080) does do powered zone 2.

Let us know how you get on with it.



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  #1925936 28-Dec-2017 09:13
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Apparently the Sony does everything you can think of. Hmm ...




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  #1925984 28-Dec-2017 10:33
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Jaxson: I have a want for 5.1 and active zone 2.

This stuff wasn’t high end back in the day, but it certainly doesn’t appear on many of the lower end equivalent models nowadays.

 

 

 

There's a 2-zone Sony @ JB's for under $700 (1080), there's a $700+ Yamaha @ Harvey's that is also 2-zone (RXV683).

 

Silly low prices you probably won't see again until next Boxing Day to be fair, so if you're looking either grab one or grab the amp that someone replaces theirs with after purchasing one...

 

 


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  #1926107 28-Dec-2017 12:40
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Had a mate pick up the Sony from JBHifi and raves about it now that it i s plugged in a running - initial firmware updates consumed 3Gb+

 

Great review from WhatHifi https://www.whathifi.com/sony/str-dn1080/review and at $694 (RRP$1388) cannot go wrong I would think.




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  #1926140 28-Dec-2017 13:24
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Very dodgy for an amp to transfer 3gb over the internet! The FBI has you covered now!




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  #1926143 28-Dec-2017 13:27
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PS- does whathifi ever give a bad review?

I've read reviews like "compared to the 1070, the 1080 sounds much superior, the wind sounds much crisper, and the drums in xxx is so much livelier." Hmm ...




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  #1926233 28-Dec-2017 17:32
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I was keen on the Sony as well, but have changed my mind on further research. From what I can see, it doesn't allow Chromecast/internet radio/ airplay etc to be cast directly to zone 2 exclusively. It looks as if it will turn on the main zone as well, which is a nuisance if that is being used for Hdmi on another source. Can anyone comment in their experience with this?

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  #1926255 28-Dec-2017 18:41
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Amps typically only have one DAC for network sources.

 

Yes, switching on Airplay / DLNA / Spotify etc for Zone 2 will flick Zone 1 onto the same source... but you should be able to switch it back again afterwards.

 

 

 

Of course, for many people this is a deal breaker and the trend is now very much away from single box multi-zone receivers...

 

At the price you're looking to spend, the only semi-reasonable solution I could recommend would be a Chromecast audio to allow you to cast into Zone 2 where applicable.


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