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Hiya,

I am putting in two cw180R in the kitchen and need soem advice SQ wise for the receiver/integrated.

I will use appletv or apple airport express as source with optical.

I was going to grab the onkyo 8055 but started to look into used market and found Arcam avr 100 and Nad t76X receivers for decent pricing.

I don't care for bells n whistles as i will have airplay no matter what i get so i am more concerned about audio sq.

Any opinion in arcam vs nad vs onkyo ?
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I have the Onkyo TX-8050, for just over $250 from Amazon, and am quite pleased with it. I can't comment on the other suggestions.

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Do you really need a receiver ? There are more choices with better SQ in an integrated amp.


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I have the Onkyo TX-8050, for just over $250 from Amazon, and am quite pleased with it. I can't comment on the other suggestions.

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For an integrated amplifier, I prefer NAD and Cambridge and Musical Fidelity.

I recently upgraded from a Cambridge 340A to a Musical Fidelity M3i, so I might be able to fix you up with a good deal on a nice 340A.

That might work out for you.

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Hiya,

I am putting in two cw180R in the kitchen and need soem advice SQ wise for the receiver/integrated.

I will use appletv or apple airport express as source with optical.

I was going to grab the onkyo 8055 but started to look into used market and found Arcam avr 100 and Nad t76X receivers for decent pricing.

I don't care for bells n whistles as i will have airplay no matter what i get so i am more concerned about audio sq.

Any opinion in arcam vs nad vs onkyo ?

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You might want to try out the tiny Dayton DTA 100a. They really sound good and seem a nice choice for a kitchen system. . A T-amp at a nice price, $89.
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...=dayton%20100a
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Any opinion in arcam vs nad vs onkyo ?

Yep - you're spending far too much.


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You might want to try out the tiny Dayton DTA 100a. They really sound good and seem a nice choice for a kitchen system. . A T-amp at a nice price, $89.
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...=dayton%20100a

I like this option. There's also a number of stereo receivers in the $100-$300 range that would be perfectly suitable.

Alternately, to the OP - do you have a multi-zone receiver that you can tap into?
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Do you really need a receiver ? There are more choices with better SQ in an integrated amp.

More choices in an integrated amp than a receiver? Can I get an explanation please?

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Here is another option, too, if it would help to have a smaller footprint: the Emotiva mini-X a-100. No frills. Just a volume control and power switch, but smaller in size than other receivers and integrated amps in this budget range.

UPDATE: Sorry. I forgot you are looking for optical input. While you could certainly use a separate DAC with optical, this would increase the cost dramatically.

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UPDATE: Sorry. I forgot you are looking for optical input. While you could certainly use a separate DAC with optical, this would increase the cost dramatically.

Oh I've got a solution to that!
http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Digital-A...2094680&sr=8-2
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thanks for all the input guys. I was leaning towards an arcam used reciever because of optical input... if i can find a good "cheap" used integrated i would for sure do that. Dac would be an issue but i can always add a dac later as well.

I was initially attracted towards denon as it has iOS device control so i can volume up down change source via my phone and not have to go to the device itself (the amp/int/rec would be in the pantry).
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Hiya,

I am putting in two cw180R in the kitchen and need soem advice SQ wise for the receiver/integrated.

I will use appletv or apple airport express as source with optical.

I was going to grab the onkyo 8055 but started to look into used market and found Arcam avr 100 and Nad t76X receivers for decent pricing.

I don't care for bells n whistles as i will have airplay no matter what i get so i am more concerned about audio sq.

Any opinion in arcam vs nad vs onkyo ?

Waste of money. Integrated amp - waste of money.

A receiver may be a good idea because you never know when you may want to tune something on radio.

An $80 Sherwood receiver will do the job spendidly. Anything more is eye candy.
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You might want to try out the tiny Dayton DTA 100a. They really sound good and seem a nice choice for a kitchen system. . A T-amp at a nice price, $89.
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...=dayton%20100a

I have a T-amp that I use from time to time and it doesn't sound bad.

On the test bench, the same $80 invested in a Sherwood stereo receiver gets you a heck of a lot more and measures far better.
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Waste of money. Integrated amp - waste of money.

A receiver may be a good idea because you never know when you may want to tune something on radio.

An $80 Sherwood receiver will do the job spendidly. Anything more is eye candy.

That's why i was going the receiver route and or a stereo receiver route. Used market has a lot to offer in the arcam nad ht receiver world.

I will look into sherwood as well, not sure who sells them here in canada.
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