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My main setup is primarily for music listening - but I do want to plug the TV, Gaming device, Blu Ray Player into the system as well.

Speakers are in a 2.0 setup with no intention to move to surround sound anytime soon.

 

My current amp is an Onkyo A-9030 (https://www.intl.onkyo.com/products/hi-fi_components/amplifiers/a-9030/) which doesn't have the digital connections - so I find myself connecting the sound from the blu-ray and tv via an optical cable to my DAC (Cambridge Audio DacMagic). I'd like to update my amp to try and simplify things a bit.

 

I find myself drawn to Stereo Receivers, as they seem to be regarded as being semi-decent for music audio as well as having all the A/V connections. 

 

Yamaha RN-803D - https://au.yamaha.com/en/products/audio_visual/hifi/r-n803d/index.html

Denon DRA-800H  - https://www.denon.com/en-au/shop/avreceiver/dra800h

Marantz NR1200  - https://www.marantz.com/en-us/product/av-receivers/nr1200

 

  • I'd like to hear from anyone with experience (good or bad) with the above - or if there are other models I should consider. Budget ~$1500, but can be convinced to stretch.
  • Is there a huge difference in sound quality between the above and similarly priced integrated amps without the A/V bits?
  • Would the DAC in any of these models be equal/better than the DacMagic?

 

Please and thank-you.

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I think a stereo receiver may be a step down from your Onkyo.  They generally aren't as good for music as true integrated amps and often have exaggerated power specs that look better at first glance but fail under further investigation.

 

A Marantz 6007 or a Pioneer A50DA would be better choices than your list above, at least in my opinion.

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42 minutes ago, Cafad said:

I think a stereo receiver may be a step down from your Onkyo. 

Since my original post I have also come to this conclusion..  The fact that I can achieve my A/V requirements via Optical In, has led me to move more towards the idea of an integrated amp.

 

So yes. ~$1500 integrated amp. 2 x Optical In, and Bluetooth.    That's where I'm at currently.

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Maybe a Quad Vena 2? I heard the version 1 and enjoyed the sound, apparently the v2 is a further step forward. Also +1 for a Marantz stereo integrated.

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36 minutes ago, Tone Malone said:

Maybe a Quad Vena 2?

Interesting. Not heard of Quad before - enjoying reading about them. Nice looking units!

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Yes, the Vena 2 is the sort of unit you'd be happy putting *on top* of an entertainment unit which is a handy plus!

 

Quad is a long-standing brand famous for their speakers and amplifiers. They don't have a high marketing profile in Australia, but at least some hifi retailers here do sell them.

 

Anyway, everyone's ears are different so hopefully you can try before you buy. Whatever you choose, good luck and let us know how you go!

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