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Budget MCH music(is it possible?)

Everyone, please feel free to post replies to this,but I'm mainly looking for a response from Kal Rubinson.
I'm looking to put together a "decent" setup if possible. I own a few DVD-Audio discs & I like the Dolby Digital mixes, so I'd like to hear the "real" thing.
To start, I've decided to stick with my 5 NHT Super Zeros & NHT Subwoofer for now. Yes, I do sometimes listen to organ music! I want to get the SACD Kal recommended recently.
Anyway,I would like to avoid another A/V receiver if possible. I already have a Kenwood for Dvd watching.
I will start with a Cambridge Audio DVD-87 universal player from Audio Advisor. I found stereo amps from Audio Source on the J&R website for 100.00. Is Audio Source a good brand? I figure to get 3 of those, 1 at a time. The problem is finding a MCH pre-amp that I can afford; even 500.00 is a chunk of change for me, but doable.
I found a brief review of the Sony TA-9000ES here from Nov.2001. Being"pure audio" would seem to be ideal. However, I'm reluctant to buy a "Mass market" product and Kal said in another column that it was noisey. Also, I'd have to buy it used. Did Sony really fix the problem? Are their other MCH preamps for a similar price? I do realize that in my price range their will be many compromises, but I would like to get the best I can afford. Thanks to all who can help.

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Re: Budget MCH music(is it possible?)

Interesting approach.
1. I have had very little experience with AudioSouce (only with an add-on processor/amp many years ago) but it was not positive. Unit was noisy and balky and sounded mediocre.
2. I never said the Sony was noisy (iirc) but others have. There were qc problems involving incorrect routing of a ribbon cable but my sample has been (and is) dead quiet.

Good luck.

Kal

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Re: Budget MCH music(is it possible?)

I misunderstood. Glad to hear the Sony is quiet. Thank you for your time. Larry

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Re: Budget MCH music(is it possible?)

Look into the Pioneer 81X (i.e. 815, 816, 817) series HT receivers. Around $250.00 new and you can use it as multi-channel pre-amps.

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Look into the Pioneer 81X (i.e. 815, 816, 817) series HT receivers. Around $250.00 new and you can use it as multi-channel pre-amps.

I will consider that, thanks!

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