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5.1 amp

Any suggestions for a decent 5.1 amplifier on a budget? I'm thinking of modestly entering the world of home cinema. Hate to use the expression yet again, but looking for best 'bang for the buck' - $1000 would be an absolute upper limit. System's in a small apartment living room, so big volume would be unnnecessary... also not planning to use a sub.

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Re: 5.1 amp

I've heard good things about Outlaw Audio, and their 7075 amplifier might just fit the bill.

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/7075.html

Keep in mind that this is only the amplifier, and you would need a preamp/processor to accompany it. (Sorry if that was insultingly elementary )

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Outlaw was the first to come to my mind as well. Maybe NAD or Rotel if you are needing a surround receiver that has the processor in the same chasis.

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Keep in mind that this is only the amplifier, and you would need a preamp/processor to accompany it. (Sorry if that was insultingly elementary )

Not at all. I should have mentioned that I'm interested in an integrated amp.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Cheers.

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Without further ado, here is The List:

Cambridge Audio Azur 340R/540R ($680/$750)

NAD T744/754 ($700/$1000)

Outlaw Audio 1070 replacement, expected next year (~$900)

Marantz SR3001/4002/5002 ($380/$550/$800)

That would be my shortlist if I were shopping for A/V receivers. There are probably more good choices, but these are the ones that come to mind.

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Beware of an older NAD surround receiver. I bought a T752 and thought it sounded pretty bad. Measured it and found the frequency response was awful. Got a replacement, and had the same problem. Acted like I had selected speaker size as small but had not. NAD when contacted about the problem responded that they only speced the power amp and not the front end. Don't know about any other of their models. The Yamaha models with the microphone auto setup and direct audio modes are pretty good for the value.

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Yipes! Well, that's unfortunate that NAD is having difficulties with quality; The power amp is certainly worthy of consideration. Sorry to hear the 752 was giving you grief.

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Ended up using it as a background system with bookshelf speakers. Was glad that I got a response to my inquiry, but couldn't believe the response. Spec only pertains to the final stage and not the input/pre-amp portion.
Might fly with a budget system, but I would think that a company like NAD would be embarrased to offer a reply like that.

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I have recently heard the NAD T754 by coincidence and it sounded really good. Very nice control and power resources.

I can't tell how it was when it was called T752, but I do know that I had the NAD T762 (6x100w), which I bought a little over 4 years ago. It had a LOT of muscle! Much more than the watt-number could indicate. - Definitely made my B&W CM4's run fast for the money, despite the fact it is not a particularly easy-driven speaker, size and all considered. The NAD gave the CM4 deep bass and a very satisfying stereo perspective for the money.

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Re: 5.1 amp

I've heard some good things about the Denon AVR-2307 (and the new 2308). Does anyone have experience with it?

Ideally I would like the amp to be a step up in stereo playback too: I currently run a NAD C325BEE.

Thanks for all helpful suggestions.

Cheers!

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