Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Nassau County, Long Island, New York
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In a few of my recent posts in the Paradigm owners official thread, the topic of amplifiers came up and that they don't make that much of a difference as far as the sound you hear as long as they are presumed to be properly made. Many suggested saving some money on an amp by getting a cheaper amp and put more towards the pre-processor. I have a few questions. What do I look for when looking for a pre-pro besides all the features and formats I want? How can I tell that processor will sound good? I've been looking at the Integra DHC-80.3 and can see it's a highly liked unit. Then in a review of the monster Outlaw 7900 amp I read recently, the reviewer was using a Cary Cinema 12 processor which is nearly double the cost of the Integra, but he talked about how wonderful it sounded. I don't have the ability to audition all of these things since there really aren't any places around here that carries all of this stuff, and if they do, its not on a showroom floor.
Since I've been told amps are not as important to the sound quality you hear, I made a list in my head of the components that make a difference from most significant to least significant. Please, re-arrange my list if something is out of place.
Most significant to least significant:
-Placement of speakers/subwoofer(s), room acoustics
-DVD/CD/Blu-ray player etc.