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I'm looking to replace my Denon 3311CI Receiver with a strong power amp and pre/pro separate. I'm open to purchasing an older and less expensive model amplifier to save money, and either a new receiver with pre outs or new pre/pro separate. I would like recommendations on the best price performing amp to meet my needs. My room is 33x23x9.5. My speakers are definitive technology bp7004 main, clr2002 center, (2) velodyne hgs15 subs, and b&w dm602 surrounds.
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Is there a reason why you want to get rid of the Denon? From a video (input) perspective, does it work for you? Without knowing more details, I would just buy an external amp and hook it up to that first. Certainly wouldn't buy a pre/pro and cheap out on the amp. Check out the Emotiva and Outlaw lines. The Emotiva XPA3 is 200x3, use that for L/C/R and then power the surrounds of the Denon.
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I've been rather disappointed in the Denon 3311ci as a standalone receiver. Although it has all of the bells and whistles I desire at the present time, the sound quality and power is lacking. My old 12 year old Sony DA50ES receiver sounds much better than the new Denon.
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I've been rather disappointed in the Denon 3311ci as a standalone receiver. Although it has all of the bells and whistles I desire at the present time, the sound quality and power is lacking. My old 12 year old Sony DA50ES receiver sounds much better than the new Denon.

Have you fully run Audyssey yet? Your speakers are relatively easy to drive, so unless you are in a huge room, it's hard to believe that power is the issue.
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Yes, I used audyssey XT and didn't see what the hoopla was all about. For some reason, my front speakers were always shown as being out of phase, and the rear left was set much higher (+4) than the other (-4).
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Have you fully run Audyssey yet? Your speakers are relatively easy to drive, so unless you are in a huge room, it's hard to believe that power is the issue.

Yes, I used audyssey XT and didn't see what the hoopla was all about. For some reason, my front speakers were always shown as being out of phase, and the rear left was set much higher (+4) than the other (-4).
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Originally Posted by toddnappi View Post

Is there a reason why you want to get rid of the Denon? From a video (input) perspective, does it work for you? Without knowing more details, I would just buy an external amp and hook it up to that first. Certainly wouldn't buy a pre/pro and cheap out on the amp. Check out the Emotiva and Outlaw lines. The Emotiva XPA3 is 200x3, use that for L/C/R and then power the surrounds of the Denon.

Good suggestion. I was looking at the Emotive xpa3 and xpa5. I'm also looking at the Rotel 1075 and 1095. What do you believe is the best deal? Rotel 1095 ($750), Rotel 1075 ($350) or brand new Emotiva XPA3 ($700).
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