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Hey guys, so i just got a hand me down amplifier - it is the anthem mca 50. i am currently using a Yamaha rx-v2700 that i want to swap for either the integra 9.8/9.9 or onkyo 885/886 (or whatever other good recommendations there are) depending on which i can find the best deal on. I figure i might as well jump into the seperates thing.


well, my first question is whether or not the monoprice XLR interconnects are suffice? I have been using video cables from monoprice and they are great, the hdmi and vga cables. for audio cables i have used cobalt and blue jeans cable but they are way more pricier and for 5 of them (one for each channel) it's goin to cost alot. but of course if it is goin to make a huge diff, i am going to try to do it right if possible.


my second question is, before i get the new processor, would connecting the amp to my current AVR (yamaha rx-v2700) produce any kind of good results or would it just be a waste of time?


TIA for the help. Happy new year!
 

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The cables will be fine. I switched to seperates years ago and never looked back. IMO hooking up your amp will be the next step up the ladder, some will disagree. Try it and let us know how it goes.
 

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Connecting the amp to your AVR will be a life-changing experience for you. Here's why:


You can set up a blind comparison between the sound of the same source coming from your receiver with that coming from your amp. If you are unable to tell the difference in amplification between your amp and your AVR, you will have learned something of great value. If, on the other hand, you CAN tell the difference between the two, you will have learned something ELSE of great value. Either way, you stand to gain.


Have fun.


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Originally Posted by DWAIY /forum/post/15438656


Hey guys, so i just got a hand me down amplifier - it is the anthem mca 50. i am currently using a Yamaha rx-v2700 that i want to swap for either the integra 9.8/9.9 or onkyo 885/886 (or whatever other good recommendations there are) depending on which i can find the best deal on. I figure i might as well jump into the seperates thing.


well, my first question is whether or not the monoprice XLR interconnects are suffice? I have been using video cables from monoprice and they are great, the hdmi and vga cables. for audio cables i have used cobalt and blue jeans cable but they are way more pricier and for 5 of them (one for each channel) it's goin to cost alot. but of course if it is goin to make a huge diff, i am going to try to do it right if possible.


my second question is, before i get the new processor, would connecting the amp to my current AVR (yamaha rx-v2700) produce any kind of good results or would it just be a waste of time?


TIA for the help. Happy new year!

Why the need for a new pre/pro? Are you seroiusly thinking of dropping major coin just so you can use the XLRs? Are your runs extremely long?


I've heard excellent things about Yammy preamp sections, first of all. The main possible difference with the new amplifier will be headroom, and whether you stand to gain will have a lot to do with the volumes you obtain, how far you sit from the speakers, and the speakers' own characteristics.
 

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I kind of view Yamaha as very good mid-fi equipment, whereas the Anthem is truly hi-end stuff. My experience lies almost completely in the audio arena but hopefully my comments will apply to the A/V side of things, too.


In the Anthem, you have one component of what eventually could be a LARGE outlay of cash if you want to build a system that will take true advantage of what the amplifier has to offer. Probably the next most important consideration for you would be speakers (you didn't mention what you had been using with the Yamaha). If you don't have good speakers you really won't hear what the Anthem can do (truthfully, at the Anthem stage of the game this is true of all components in your audio chain; but for the information I have about your system thus far, the speakers would most certainly be my very next concern). I hope this helps you a bit...


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...If you don't have good speakers you really won't hear what the Anthem can do (truthfully, at the Anthem stage of the game this is true of all components in your audio chain; but for the information I have about your system thus far, the speakers would most certainly be my very next concern)...

Gleg,


The point of the exercise is not really to ensure the Anthem is gainfully employed. Rather than cost efficiency, sound quality is the end game. With the Anthem in his system, the OP has effectively put a check mark in the "Amplification" box for just about any set of speakers or other components he will ever own. What precisely is the matter with that?


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thank you all for the input. i should've been a bit more clear on the initial post. the speakers im running on the dynaudio focus. i know i haven't done them justice by just running the yamaha 2700 but it does suffice for normal movie watching. the reason i was checking to see if its worth the gain on the yamaha is because i didn't want to go and purchase the cables for the connection into the amp if i am not goin to be usingit much. thanks again guys.
 
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