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Advice. Choosing Amplifier For father.

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Hey ,

I don't have much knowledge about amps but fathers day is almost here and he has always been a fanatic about sound.

So I bought some Wharfedale pacific series Evo 8, 20, pacific center and a dx12

What will be a suitable amplifier for this system. He will be running it with his TV and perhaps his laptop.

He uses it mostly for music and movies.

Thanks in advance.

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Hey man

What s the budjet ?

There is an excellent NAD Viso 5 going for 999 on ebay from Vic if u want to look.

This has DVD/CD, AM/FM tuner and is a 5.1 amp with inputs as well.

Cheers Chewie

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Harmon Kardon are good with Wharfedale, plenty of grunt.

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What you are looking for is an AVR with good stereo sound.

Consider Cambridge, Yamaha, Marantz as well as those mentioned.

Because of frequent changes in the video technology there are great bargains to be found.

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Thanks for all your inputs.

I am budgeted to around 300 - 500.

Ill keep an eye out for the brands mentioned.

How many watts would be ideal? is there any particular amps in that price range that will be good??

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That's a good father's day gift! Is he the kind that will be happy with what you choose, or the kind that would want to be part of the hunting process? Something to consider as many enthusiasts are particular about certain things.

First one that comes to mind is Denon. They are well regarded by HT enthusiasts and seem to have a good mix of features and overall quality. You can get new units in that price range, but second hand you can get some not too old that would have been 1 - 1.5k not too long ago. Last I checked they were more like $400 on ebay.

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I know he isn't sure whats good either and is just listening to a salesmens advice so i rather get some real good advice like yours and buy it with that knowledge.

Ill keep an eye out for all the suggested amplifiers.

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That's a good father's day gift! Is he the kind that will be happy with what you choose, or the kind that would want to be part of the hunting process? Something to consider as many enthusiasts are particular about certain things.

First one that comes to mind is Denon. They are well regarded by HT enthusiasts and seem to have a good mix of features and overall quality. You can get new units in that price range, but second hand you can get some not too old that would have been 1 - 1.5k not too long ago. Last I checked they were more like $400 on ebay.

+1

My HT stuff is Wharfedale and Denon and I've always been reasonably happy with it.

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Missed the replies somehow. Well in that case, it's probably mostly a matter of getting a good deal and seeing what you can find. I'd probably look first for Denon and Marantz for their combination of sound quality and features. They are pretty well regarded. Harman Kardon are considered to be sound quality oriented and it doesn't hurt that they are easy on the eye. The power ratings are a bit lower but don't be fooled by that, the numbers are often not what they seem. Nad are also SQ oriented and seem to keep things simple and I like that all of their models have "pre outs." You need those to add on a power amplifier, so it's a nice upgrade path. Generally you need to spend $1k or more on a new one to get that, sometimes even 2k. Nice to have if you want to upgrade without replacing the receiver.

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have a look at Cambridge Audio 540R or 640 R on ebay??

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