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Advice Needed on New System

All:

I'm not overly new to being an audiophile - I got in to it about 15 years ago on a budget with NHT SuperOnes for speakers and built a home theater/stereo system from that. I was using a Denon 3300 AVR until recently - the DAC in it went out and I no longer got sound. Denon can't fix it because they no longer have all the parts. So I'm back to the drawing board with my system.

I do own vinyl, but I don't have a turntable - I don't have room for it right now and have 4 little ones running around the house. I have to keep it as simple as possible.

My question is, is it better for me go with a new AVR - since I use this for both listening and home theater, or should I build separates? I may open a can of worms here with this question. I don't know anything about building a system from separates - but it seems that if one component fails, you don't have to replace all of them.

I've been eyeing up the Marantz line. The SR6007 AVR seems to have everything that I need. I already own a Blu Ray player and have a Pioneer DVD/SACD/DVD-A player. I like that it has AirPlay - which I can use to connect my iPhone or iMac to to play iTunes (all my music is converted to ALAC from the CD sources). However, what can you recommend with separates? Is there anything else I should be looking at? I don't have a lot of money to spend and the $1200 - $1500 range is about it for me at this point. Playing my Blu Rays, watching TV and listening to music from digital sources as well as SACDs are most important. I am also only looking at replacing the receiver, speakers and sub are what they are -

Here's a list of what I have:

NHT SuperOnes FR & FL (max 150 watts per channel)

NHT SuperCenter (max 150 watts per channel)

NHT SuperZeros SR & SL (max 100 watts per channel)

Velodyne Subwoofer

Panasonic Blu Ray player & Pioneer DVD/SACD/DVD-A player with 7 analog outputs

Sony 34XBR800 Widescreen Television

 

I'm open to suggestions.

 

Thanks.

 

Michael

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It seems to me you would be way beyond your budget to build up a separate 2-channel music system in addition to a home theatre system. One system can work for both and do a good job.

You have pretty good speakers, but apparently need a better subwoofer (you didn't say which model you have). A better receiver will improve the sound quality you previously had; I recommend either Harman-Kardon or Cambridge Audio for the best sound quality for music listening (as well as movies etc.).

I use the NHT B12D subwoofer, and I think it is one of the best you can buy- $700. Highly recommended. That will give you some of the nicest bass you can get from a sub. It is a sealed acoustic-suspension design, which eliminates a lot of uneven response and resonances common in subs.

Then I would recommend the Harman-Kardon AVR 2650 receiver. IMO it will deliver more power (Harman-Kardon's power ratings are closer to reality than Marantz's) and much better sound than the Marantz 6007, and for a much lower price.

That Marantz 6007 is WAY WAY overpriced and only fair in sound quality IMO. You can get the 2650 for only $520 right now from Amazon and that is a steal. It is very good.

Marantz and Denon are made by the same company on the same production line, from what I have read. They are not the worst, but a long way from being the best.

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Emotiva represents good value, will allow you to listen in your

own room with your own equipment, and if you don't like them, they can be returned within 30 days for a purchase price refund.

Emotiva UMC-200 AV preprocessor is $600 delivered. http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/processors/products/umc200

Emotiva XPA-3 power amp for your fronts and center is $600 delivered. http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa3

Emotiva UPA-200 power amp for your surrounds is $349 delivered. http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/upa200

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The sub I am using is a

The sub I am using is a Velodyne VA-1250X if that helps.

Thanks for the reply.

Michael

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Nothing wrong with that subwoofer.

A little long in the tooth, but it is a good performer.

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