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ShackAttack
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Receiver/Amp advice

I'm putting a system together in my living room that will be almost exclusively for music. I've got a home theater in a different room. My speakers are B&W DM601s3, no room for a subwoofer, unfortunately, unless it goes in the corner next to the couch.

My question is about amps. I have an old Yamaha HTR-5850 that I'm using on the straight setting. Will there be any benefit in replacing it with a Yamaha A-S301 or A-S501? The 301 is actually a step down in power, the 501 has similar power specs to what I currently have, but doesn't have all the home theater circuits. Or will I get similar quality using the old unit on straight? Thanks for any help.

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Your speakers are not all

Your speakers are not all that sensitive at 88DB/WATT so the HTR-5850 with its power output will be driving those speakers quite nicely with that power. Having said that the 501 has much better THD figures more suitable for music and hi-fi applications and offers generally more detailed sound and will certainly be an improvement in detail, but might lack the punch and clout of the 5850. It depends on what your looking for in your sound system, the 5850 needs to be able to sound good enough for hi-fi and be able to deliver the clout needed for movies, so its like a jack of all trades, the 501 wont have the clout, but your music will be much more detailed and enjoyable.

All Yamaha kit is very good tbh, considering they make musical instruments pianos and profesional audio equipment they know what they are doing when it comes to making kit.

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Thanks for replying. I think

Thanks for replying. I think I'm looking for detail rather than clout for this system. I have a media room/office that I use for movies. However, the office is an interior room and I tend not to use it during the day if I'm not working.

I have no illusions about this system. It's two bookshelf speakers and no sub. If I want to listen to bassy rock music, I'll go into my office, which has the added benefit of being almost soundproof. This system will be mostly classical, jazz, and acoustic so detail is better.

Unless you have another suggestion, I'll probably get the s501 at some point in the near future.

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Yeah I think the 501 would be

Yeah I think the 501 would be a great choice as a 2nd system for listening to music. You will find as time goes on, the system that delivers the clout will become more and more tiresome, and detail will be what you prefer, that's what happened to me anyway..

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