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post #2281 of 2378
I did, you must have much more decerning taste than me in terms of audio.
post #2282 of 2378

No, the sound/unit is great. I just need a new system for AV and I have built-in speakers and subs in both zones I need music.

 

lefty

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I'm thinking of upgrading my receiver. My current set up is as follows:

Rega RP3 TT
Cambridge Audio 640P Pre Amp
HTPC
Marantz NR1501
1 pair of Paradigm Studio 40 V4
1 pair of Paradigm Studio 20 V4
1 Paradigm Studio center channel
1 Klipsch RW-10D subwoofer

I bought the Marantz receiver due to space constraints with my old TV stand. My new one is more accommodating, and I would like to have some extra power to push my speakers more. I like the sound from the Marantz receiver; so, I'm strongly considering the SR500x and SR600x series receivers. Are there any other receivers that are worth looking at around the $500 price point? I need to have at least 3 HDMI inputs.
post #2284 of 2378
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Originally Posted by gam29 View Post

I'm thinking of upgrading my receiver. My current set up is as follows:

Rega RP3 TT
Cambridge Audio 640P Pre Amp
HTPC
Marantz NR1501
1 pair of Paradigm Studio 40 V4
1 pair of Paradigm Studio 20 V4
1 Paradigm Studio center channel
1 Klipsch RW-10D subwoofer

I bought the Marantz receiver due to space constraints with my old TV stand. My new one is more accommodating, and I would like to have some extra power to push my speakers more. I like the sound from the Marantz receiver; so, I'm strongly considering the SR500x and SR600x series receivers. Are there any other receivers that are worth looking at around the $500 price point? I need to have at least 3 HDMI inputs.

You have a pre-amp... why do you also need a receiver? For the tuner? I don't understand.
post #2285 of 2378
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You have a pre-amp... why do you also need a receiver? For the tuner? I don't understand.

I need a separate phono preamp because by receiver does not have an integrated one. The reason for this is because the magnitude of the signal from a turntable is very weak. The preamp amplifies the magnitude of the signal to be at the appropriate level for it to go into a standard receiver (without an integrated phono preamp). Some turntables also have integrated phono preamps, but I bought a standalone one as the jury is out as to the quality of these units.

I also need the receiver to handle/amplify sound for multiple inputs (turntable, htpc, cable, video game consoles, etc.).
post #2286 of 2378
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Originally Posted by gam29 View Post

I need a separate phono preamp because by receiver does not have an integrated one. The reason for this is because the magnitude of the signal from a turntable is very weak. The preamp amplifies the magnitude of the signal to be at the appropriate level for it to go into a standard receiver (without an integrated phono preamp). I also need the receiver to handle/amplify sound for multiple inputs (turntable, htpc, cable, video game consoles, etc.).

I see. The Cambridge is a phono preamp, not a preamp.

Unless you use a tuner, you don't need a receiver. You just need a good 5.1 integrated amp, you can even get one with a phono preamp stage so you could sell off the cambridge.

I'm not going to be able to provide recs on 5.1, I don't do home theater as it generally sounds like complete shit for music. I like 2 channel with a subwoofer.
post #2287 of 2378
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

I see. The Cambridge is a phono preamp, not a preamp.

Unless you use a tuner, you don't need a receiver. You just need a good 5.1 integrated amp, you can even get one with a phono preamp stage so you could sell off the cambridge.

I'm not going to be able to provide recs on 5.1, I don't do home theater as it generally sounds like complete shit for music. I like 2 channel with a subwoofer.

I don't really use the tuner. The main reason I am considering sticking with a receiver is because they tend to be more attractively priced relative to integrated amps (at least for Marantz - though I'm not sure why this is). My set up is actually great for music; not so great for home theater unless I change the balance of treble and bass (raise up the treble significantly and reduce the bass significantly). For music listening, I do not adjust treble or bass on the receiver.
post #2288 of 2378
As somebody who used to have an amazing 5.1 setup I feel that it is kind of a novelty. It's really awesome right when you get it, but it gets kind of old really quickly. Especially if you're not watching blockbuster action films all of the time. Id much rather have a super high quality 2.1 setup any day than an overblown 5.1 setup.
post #2289 of 2378

I'm with you. I tend to hate surround sound for TV watching.

 

I'm ripping out the front speaker wires that run on each side of my fireplace and picking up a soundbar when I get my new TV. Using the existing built-in side speakers and sub for music only.

 

lefty

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My father got this Energy sound bar for his 80" TV. I think it is owned by Klipsch, or something. It is ok. It has that typical "scooped mid" tone that is really popular. Sub gets a bit boomy and the crossover frequency is set too high with no way of adjusting it.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

As somebody who used to have an amazing 5.1 setup I feel that it is kind of a novelty. It's really awesome right when you get it, but it gets kind of old really quickly. Especially if you're not watching blockbuster action films all of the time. Id much rather have a super high quality 2.1 setup any day than an overblown 5.1 setup.

Just wondering, what was your 5.1 setup? I'm not sure that I would be able to discern much of a difference between the Paradigm Studios and other higher end speakers. Not to say that there isn't a difference, but that my ears probably couldn't pick it up.
post #2292 of 2378
I don't even remember. It was technically my parent's home theater back when I lived with them.
post #2293 of 2378
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Originally Posted by gam29 View Post

I don't really use the tuner. The main reason I am considering sticking with a receiver is because they tend to be more attractively priced relative to integrated amps (at least for Marantz - though I'm not sure why this is). My set up is actually great for music; not so great for home theater unless I change the balance of treble and bass (raise up the treble significantly and reduce the bass significantly). For music listening, I do not adjust treble or bass on the receiver.

That's strange since the tuner circuitry will add to cost.

We probably have different views on music listening, but personally I find it hard to listen to properly imaged and balanced music with speakers blasting at me from behind.

I've never heard a 5.x setup that even remotely sounded good. 2 channel with a subwoofer is still by far the best sounding setup for music, movies, you name it.

If I were you, I'd invest in a nice integrated amp like a Sugden, Naim, Linn or even a Rotel. The money invested out of the extra channels and into improved quality of the amp will pay dividends. In addition, sell those extra sets of speakers and invest in a good quality pair and a nice subwoofer.

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I'm not sure that I would be able to discern much of a difference between the Paradigm Studios and other higher end speakers. Not to say that there isn't a difference, but that my ears probably couldn't pick it up.

You can, but it takes a lot of hours of listening. Things will start to make sense for you when you level set by listening to your first $200,000 system. Go to an audio show, they happen pretty regularly, there you'll be able to develop your ears. Once it happens, most everything will sound like shit.
post #2294 of 2378
If I had my way I'd have a rack of McIntoch tube bullshit. But I is teh poor.
post #2295 of 2378
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If I had my way I'd have a rack of McIntoch tube bullshit. But I is teh poor.

No holds barred... I'd probably go with Shindo.
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