Looking for a 2channel receiver

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  1. focalBlur

    focalBlur your does not equal you're

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    I am looking around for a 2 channel receiver(actually a whole setup)

    I want to use it for music

    I plan to hook it up to my computer, a CD player and a turntable
    I listen to alot of electronic music and I like the way electronic music sounds on vinyl better(thats why I want a 2 channel setup with a turntable

    so far I am looking at these 4 units:
    Marantz 4320 $400
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    Denon DRA295 $250
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    Denon DRA395 $350
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    Harman Kardon HK3480 $250
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    as for speakers I like the way Polks sound(bookshelf style) but I am open to anything


    I am looking at this turntable
    Stanton T80 $250
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  2. TFunkadelic

    TFunkadelic One Nation Under A Groove

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    How much do you have to spend on speakers? If you're only spending that much on a receiver you'd be better served putting the bulk of the money into the speakers and little on the receiver/sources.
     
  3. Ronin

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    i have owned the HK3480, it exploded, dont get it
     
  4. focalBlur

    focalBlur your does not equal you're

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    I don't know actually. It's kind of up in the air, and i have not seen that many 2 channel receivers much over what i am looking at

    i dont have $1000's to spend but I always figured it was better to have a good amp then good speakers

    I did see one at the store today however that was $1200
     
  5. SilverJettaGLX

    SilverJettaGLX OT Supporter

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    I think the opposite. Speakers IMO will have a bigger impact on the sound than electronics that drive them. Let us know how much you would like to spend.
     
  6. focalBlur

    focalBlur your does not equal you're

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    Well I want to spend less then $400 on the receiver

    and less then $300 for a pair of speakers
     
  7. SilverJettaGLX

    SilverJettaGLX OT Supporter

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    Are you OK with buying used?

    some nice equipment on www.audiogon.com
     
  8. focalBlur

    focalBlur your does not equal you're

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    I dont know if i would want to buy a used receiver, but i would buy used speakers
     
  9. Ronin

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    a shitty receiver however will ruin the potential of said speakers
     
  10. SilverJettaGLX

    SilverJettaGLX OT Supporter

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    This is true.
     
  11. Ronin

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    now that im using a temp sony for my paradigms opposed to my old hk3480, (which by the way i discovered i might be able to easily fix, when i thought the power center of it was fried my friend took a closer look at it to discover 2 fuses were blown, i now i believe it is salvageable)

    but anyway, the sony im using isnt giving me hardly enuf volume, my friend brought his sound system over to my house for a party (we are going to be running dual systems in a room) he has an old kenwood receiver and some shitty sony bookshelfs and they are outdoing my ported studio 20s, im like UGH. I had previously tested his sony speakers against my paradigms in the past. Ran both off of my HK3480 and my paradigms outdid it in all fronts, (an easy parallel test when looking for differences in a couple speakers, the overall sound might not be fair but i find this is a good way to compare speaker characteristics) volume was about the same. Now its just pathetic with this sony so hopefully ill get my HK repaired this weekend and will be able to run that instead. The power difference is what the primary problem is, my speakers are getting about half of their excursion, theyre just starved and they sound pretty flat which isnt helped by the fact this sony EQ sucks balls.

    Just an example of how receivers make a difference.
     

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