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Looking for a musical AV Amp

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Super Wammer

I don't think it's a question of 'trumping' it. It's that the priorities differ. Although we do play a lot of music DVDs on the AV system, it needs primarily to reproduce the sound of a helicopter traversing from one side to another and then a volcano erupting. Deep, gut-churning bass does not really need to be 'musical'.

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My main piece of advice for people buying AV hardware is, ensure it has Audyssey EQ stuff on it. I use it to calibrate the levels and run room correcting EQ on my subwoofer channel. I use a "lowly" Denon AVR-2311 and am extremely happy with it.

For the record, though possibly not relevant in terms of budget scope, using it for music with my NS1000Ms and the subwoofer had me very, very pleasantly surprised.

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Super Wammer

I use Marantz and find it superb, including Audyssey EQ. I use it as a pre-amp in the main stereo system.

Their range of receivers is wide from budget to expensive and they are all good. Although I did not have a chance to directly compare with any other brands.

With the recent refresh of models to include Atmos, the prices of the previous non-Atmos models went down significantly so if you do not need Atmos you can get a superb AV receiver at a bargain price currently. Say SR7010 or 6010 or even 7009/6009 (the latest ones are the 7011 and 6011).

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Super Wammer

I have had most of the Japanese brands, but find all the EQ systems affect clarity and musicality.

I now have an Anthem MRX-1120, the ARC room EQ is the best I have heard and all 11 channels of amplification drive my Dali In Walls and in ceilings with ease.

The sound with music is very good, better than many Hi Fi systems I have heard.

Arcam would be my second choice and also sound lovely with music, but more difficult/fiddly to set up.

I wouldn't bother with a Pre Pro and Power Amp setup, unless you intend to play at very high volume levels.

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Super Dealer

I agree with the above poster , the ARC room EQ is to my ears way better than Audyssey , to be honest setting it up with earplugs in and blindfolded will beat most Audyssey EQ system i have ever listened to..its just wrong(this is my very very personnel opinion and i know some people do like it) . We had a client with a fantastic room that sounded wrong with just about everything that was put in there . He had and was very very happy with a lot of Naim amps and B and W speakers , he had tried several AV pre amps and in the end settled on the Anthem because the ARC just made it sound right . What he is trying next when the new projector is in and set up is a big move forward and something we are really looking forward to playing with but the costings are abuot £25k on top of what he's already spent...will be good to hear how the ARC cuts the mustard against it   

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Hence why I only use Audyssey for the EQ channel. The EQ curve Audyssey otherwise applies is boring sounding for music.

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Super Wammer

 Some fine advice here - our AV receiver-thingie occasionally used for surround-sound rear-channels SX(with mm input ...) is adequate budget Technics - lacking all 'new from HDMI' inputs etc, though we use optical etc digital-in from Pioneer-Arcam DVDPs ...

If it conked out, we probably wouldn't replace it with something up-to-date - even our unsmartie tellies are still 2008 HDMI - SCART - phono ancient technology ...

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