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Keith TDI 23rd March 2002 05:11 PM

AV receiver suggestion for DIY speakers?
Now that my 1st DIY speaker project has been built, it would be
great to hear some suggestions on a budget priced AV receiver.

My current setup consists of a Van Alstine preamp and an NAD 2140
power amp. Given that I don't like extreme volume levels, will any
of the highly regarded budget AV receivers such as the Outlaw 1050
or Onkyo TX-DS595 deliver the quality I'm currently experiencing, or
is it "once separates - always separates"?

Any feedback from people that have used separates and now have an
AV receiver would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

griff 23rd March 2002 11:20 PM

what is your budget?

Keith TDI 23rd March 2002 11:56 PM

I'm currently looking at the $300-$500 price range.

Given that I bought my current preamp and power amp 19 years ago,
I have no idea what improvements receiver amps have undergone
since then. I just know that "back in the day", receivers didn't really
cut it for people that have a passion for this stuff.

If my selected price range "cut it", which receivers should I consider,
or should I really save up and go with AV separates?

Thanks in advance,

Super 25th March 2002 02:48 AM

I can't think of anything really high fidelity in that price range. Granted there are a few good receivers I've heard (high end Denon and Meridian), I would suggest saving up for the separates. It will be less expensive to upgrade in the future, and is more versatile.

Keith TDI 25th March 2002 11:51 AM

Here's an idea.

How about the Outlaw 1050 since it has pre-outs. Is the D/A conversion
decent where it would be worth it to by one of the "better of the low-
end" AV receivers w/pre-out, then buy power amps when ready?

Would this be a decent plan for starting "easy", but still have
satisfying music fidelity as budget allows?


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