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#255747 - 04/06/09 04:32 PM General Newbie Post
poolman Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
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All,
I've been lurking for a few months in hopes that I would one day be able to begin putting together a nice HT system. The reviews on Axiom speakers have me leaning toward an Epic 80-500 set of speakers. I love the look of the M80 tower as one of my big requirements is that my hair be pushed back in 2-channel stereo. Anyway...I'm now having a hard time coming up with what to drive the beasts with. I've looked at the new Yamaha z7, Rotel separates, Marantz 8002 and I still don't know which way is up. I have about $3500 to spend on AVR & Disk Players (prefer blu-ray I think) and am looking for advice from some seasoned pros. I will try to provide more specifics on room size and whatever else you ask for as it comes in.

Looks like I posted this in a bad forum...can someone move it to a more appropriate locale?

Thanks,
poolman


Edited by poolman (04/06/09 04:46 PM)
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#255748 - 04/06/09 05:00 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: poolman]
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Welcome to the forum poolman,

You have a really big budget for your amplification. You will get a lot of good suggestions. I will keep it simple and suggest one of Denons high end avrs such as the 2809ci, 3808ci and 4308ci (I think these are the current models?). It will drive the M80's to very loud levels and also provide you with all the current features.

For Blu-ray players I would suggest players from Panasonic and Oppo. The Panasonic BD35, BD55, BD60, BD80 as well as the Oppo BDP S83.

Have fun shopping! \:\)
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#255751 - 04/06/09 05:31 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: poolman]
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Welcome, Poolman!

How big is the room?
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#255752 - 04/06/09 05:49 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: MarkSJohnson]
terzaghi Offline
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I (and many others) use a denon 3808 with the m80's. you can get one for about $1099 from 6ave.com if you call and ask for their special pricing.

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#255760 - 04/06/09 06:24 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: terzaghi]
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A1400-2 and a BR should be $3500, you just need a cheapish receiver to use as a pre pro this way and the A1400-2 would suit the bill for extreme 2 channel use, while the avr can run the rest for movies.
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#255761 - 04/06/09 06:26 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: terzaghi]
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Denon has a number of good choices, as noted, also Sherwood Newcastle and HK could be considered. That's a large(!) budget you've set aside for the AVR/BD, if it were me, I would take a few hundred off of that and add a couple more surrounds to your speaker budget if your room is medium or larger. You should be able to get a nice AVR/BD combo for less than $2G easily.

Oh, sorry, forgot to say Welcome!!
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#255800 - 04/06/09 10:33 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: poolman]
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P, welcome. You haven't given us an adequate description of your hair so that we can precisely analyse the technical specs necessary to meet your stated requirement.

However, in the meantime, if you presently have a receiver with a rating anywhere in the 100 watt area you might try that first before planning for a replacement. Yes, factors such as room size and more importantly listening distance would be helpful if described. As a generality, well-featured and powerful units such as the Denon 3808 and Onkyo 876 should be considered.
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#255807 - 04/06/09 11:04 PM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: JohnK]
fredk Offline
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P, welcome. You haven't given us an adequate description of your hair so that we can precisely analyse the technical specs necessary to meet your stated requirement.

You gonna 'splain the math for that?
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#255847 - 04/07/09 08:05 AM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: MarkSJohnson]
poolman Offline
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Mark says:
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How big is the room?



Mark,
The room isn't exactly ideal for a HT. I have a "transitional" floorplan so there is no divider between the TV room and the kitchen and only a partial wall before the room opens into a 2-story foyer. The "viewing" area is probably about 16' x 14'x 9' with the TV sitting on the 16' wall.


Edited by poolman (04/07/09 08:26 AM)
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#255848 - 04/07/09 08:08 AM Re: General Newbie Post [Re: Adrian]
poolman Offline
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Adrian says:
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if it were me, I would take a few hundred off of that and add a couple more surrounds to your speaker budget if your room is medium or larger.



Thanks for the suggestion...I just don't think I can get away with 8 speakers in my room's configuration. I'm planning to spend a bit more in the amplification in hopes that I may build a home one day that has a dedicated HT room.


Edited by poolman (04/07/09 08:28 AM)
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