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  1. I have a 1983 Denon something 800 that does 2ch 40w 8 ohms, and was serviced five years ago, but I assume it wont be powerful enough?
  2. I remember a feature called HT passthrough that the more expensive AVRs have so that you can use a more powerful amplifier but still retain the inputs of an AVR. Would the power amplifiers I listed work in such an arrangement or would they need a pre-amp as well? Do people use more powerful integrated amps in HT passthrough to an AVR - whats the point of Marrantz offering such similar units?
  3. Thanks - do you recommend anything in particular? I can't find an integrated amp with enough power for less than $1500 retail - what could I look for as second hand that would suit?
  4. Yes, and reading them its easier to see Beginners go round in circles. I struggle to see what motivated you to post such a useless response - a waste of energy only surpassed by me responding to you.
  5. Sorry, $5k looks to be the cost of an AVR that is comparable to a $800 power amp - my budget is $1000 (and may have to go second hand to achieve this). The AMC and Emotiva I listed look to be just power amps. So I would need a pre-amp to handle all the inputs, but the cheaper ones starting at $500 dont have hmdi. A new pre-amp plus power amp is going to cost too much, I was hoping I could just add a DAC to a power amp?
  6. Hi, So currently I have nothing setup, but have narrowed down on speakers and am looking for what avr/power amp/dac are required to make work everything I desire. Id like to be able to have a 2ch setup for a main tv/kitchen/living area, with speakers to play: - music currently on a hard drive (internal and external); - tv/movies through streaming apps like Netflix through a Fetch box or a Xbox1 or a Chromecast; - streaming apps/Youtube through casting from an iphone. Sound quality of music is the priority, but I do find it much easier to hear spoken words on tv with separate speakers. I have been looking at Ascension speakers from Adelaide and talked to the guy there last year. The likely model will be around 150 wrms at 8 ohms. I will call him again to discuss, but if I remember correctly from what he recommended last time, an AVR to drive such speakers is expensive relative to the speakers just to offer extra channels that I don't need. Would a suitable alternative be a 2ch power amp plus a second device to hand all the digital inputs? Emotiva BASX A-300 or AMC: 2N100MKII-2 are both 150w 8ohm power amps for about $800, but an AVR that can do 150w at 8 ohms are about $5k - what am I missing here? Ive looked into this several times over the last year and I feel like I am just going round in circles. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.
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