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post #1 of 4 Old 10-12-2013, 01:44 PM - Thread Starter
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after many days of research, online and this forum, i came up with these choices. they are only just thoughts at this point as i am majorly overwhelmed.

NAD T 748
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NAT748
or
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NAT748V2

cambridge audio azur 351R
http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-Azur-Receiver-Silver/dp/B00D91M04G/ref=sr_1_79?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381603694&sr=1-79

marantz NR 1403
http://www.amazon.com/Marantz-NR1403-Slim-Line-Receiver/dp/B0081N916M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381383934&sr=8-1&keywords=marantz+nr1403

pioneer VSX 8231
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EPU3B4S/ref=amb_link_384479562_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo&pf_rd_r=09DKQH767KKXX4JCF1BR&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=1623280822&pf_rd_i=B00C31MNCW

yamaha RX S600
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F0H88AC/ref=nosim/8687227-rg1861-00-20?s=merchant

trying to work my way through the audio side of things and i am so freakin confused i cant see straight! as most, im looking for the best quality build and sound, for a reasonable price. there are way too many choices. since i am new to this i cant make heads or tails out of it! i dont know quality component parts from junk... i would like the simplest, least amount of equipment, most basic set up possible. tv, movies, and music are all equally important. if i had to choose most important, it would be music SQ. my thoughts are to start with the AVR first, speakers after that decision. so, for now, just AVR help would be immensely appreciated!!

dont care about wireless airplay, etc.
dont need 7.1
dont need more than one zone
not sure i care/need room correction? (where i live is temporary so room dimensions will eventually change. at present, room is approx 16 x 13 x 9)

so far, the only things i have (that i will be using) are a samsung f8500 plasma, and sony bdp s5100 bluray player. oh, and sennheiser momentum on ear headphones, and an ipad.

TIA for any advice your experience and knowledge can bring to this newbie!

Samsung PN51F8500 ~ Marantz SR5008 ~ Oppo BDP 103D ~ EMP Tek R55TiB LR, R56CiB, R55WiB ~ Sennheiser Momentum ~ Sennheiser 598
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You will likely be much better served with an auto EQ built in to the AVR; however, you are also much better served putting the AVR search off until you have selected your speakers. General rule of thumb is to spend about 2/3 of your budget on the speakers/sub and 1/3 on the AVR.

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i wondered about that, thank you! ive narrowed down speakers to either the Arx A1b or HB-1 MK2. at a bit of a loss as to which direction to go...

or pioneer andrew jones bookshelf, but im guessing these being so cheap, wont sound so great?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pioneer-4-bookshelf-speakers-pair/5086955.p?id=1218610014045&skuId=5086955

or wait for cambridge aero 2 ??
http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/aero-2-stand-mount-speaker

i just need to quit looking!

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I want to put my 2 cents in here on the Cambridge Audio 351R amp. If you don't intend to use HDMI, this is less relevant - although if you're not using HDMI, your money is better spent on another amp.

My review of the CA 351R on Amazon, copy/pasted here:

Looks and sounds great, but has a collection of annoying drawbacks that ultimately make it - for me - a poor choice.

First, there is an auto shutoff that can't be defeated, so the amp shuts down after 30 minutes and if you use a universal remote, the signals get scrambled up. Second, the display is bright and cannot be dimmed for home theater.

Third and most importantly, the HDMI implementation just stinks on this unit. There is major audio lag when performing any action from any source; this includes changing a channel on TV, rewinding or ffwding on TV/DVD/Streaming; worse, it means that during CD or even streaming playback, the unit must re-lock onto the signal BETWEEN EVERY TRACK. Since the processing speed isn't great, it clips the head off of every single new song!

Too bad, because in terms of sound quality and looks - it's great. But having every song clipped, and the annoying audio lag every time you touch the remote, is just too much here. If you plan to use HDMI, you need an amp with more powerful processing.
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