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Cheap or Expensive AVR + Amp?

1305 Views 1 Reply 2 Participants Last post by  MichaelJHuman
Ok, If SQ is paramount is there any benefit in going to say a Yamaha 2065 (the cleanest and best i've heard) as opposed to say the 1065 or Onkyo 707 if you are going to add a dedicated AMP to the mix like a Naim or Emotiva.

You are using the pre-outs of the avr to the more powerful amp but is there any benefit at all in going for a more powerful expensive avr if the amp is going to do all the work?

Logic tells me no - but i just ask as i was all sold on getting a Onkyo 707 even started contemplating the 2310 but then for 2 channel music I heard the yamaha's on a A/B test and the Yamaha 1065 was by far the best cleanest sounding. Jump up to the 2065 and it was even better. On the other end of muddy sounding crap the denon was woefull.

So can you get away with a cheaper avr to do all your switching and the features that you want/like and get a 3 or 5 channel amp to take care of the speakers. Or do you need to have the better sq in the AVR as well? I guess to it depends then on the AMP that you are connecting. I would like to be able to connect a proper cd player directly to the amp as well to take the avr out of the noise add on.

Cheers people.

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Probably obvious, but the pre amp section of different receivers could sound different. DACs, op amps, volume control, etc. I would not expect a big difference given how well pre amp stages have measured in bench tests. Of course, some people will claim big differences. It's debated endlessly on here, whether such things matter.

Many receivers don't put out a high pre amp signal - one Volt RMS. Some will put out more. Depending on the amp, that might be helpful.

Assuming you are not worried about pre amp level, or pre amp sound quality differences, the next factor would be features.
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