Originally Posted by dmb12679
Great post Steve. I would stear clear of the HK as there are leaving/have left the market on AVR's and Amps, and I can tell you first hand their CS is terrible, if you can even reach them concerning an avr or amp. Any other recommendations for the OP in that price range?
OK, a no on the HK3770 then. Though a bargain is a bargain.
If the Original Poster wants built-in Network Streaming, then the only two that come to mind are the Yamaha RN602
and the very similar Pioneer SX30
, both similarly priced.
The other alternative is, at considerably more cost, get an Integrated Amp and add an external Network Streaming Device, but I see that costing closer to $1000.
You can only do what you can do within the range of your budget. There are dozens of better amps that I want, but they are substantially out of my price range.
Now, if a person is more prone to Internet Streaming with little or no content stored locally, a connection to Streaming Services using the Google ChromeCast-Audio
can be done for a little as $30. I believe, though I have no direct experience, that Google Music
will copy, or duplicate, all the music you have on your computer or home network, and store it on Google Music
. That gives you access via the Internet to all the Music you own. I'm not clear about the details on this aspect, but this is the impression I was given.
So,how much Streaming and what type of Streaming capability does a given person need? That will direct him to the kind of Streaming device he needs.
But more standard and more common Streaming Devices tend to run near $500 for just that device. Combine that with $500 for an amp, and you have $1000. Now for those who don't have $1000 to spend, hard to do better than the Yamaha RN602
or the Pioneer SX30.
Are these perfect amps ... NO. But increase the budget by a factor of FOUR or SIX, and then we can start talking about perfection.
Expectations have to be realistic relative to the budget. And for that budget, the RN602 and the SX30 are pretty nice.