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I've been out of college for 3 years now and I've finally decided to upgrade my home theater system I bought in high school... I currently have an old sony pro logic receiver and some Infinity SM speakers so this is a huge upgrade for me.


As far as speakers go I've already decided to go with an NHT Evolution setup which comes with an amp and crossover to connect the left/right subs and the left/right speakers. Now I'm trying to find out what to get a receiver or a pre/pro and amp setup. My max budget for Receiver or pre/pro and amp is right around $2000. I'm willing to spend a bit more if I find something worth it.


The NHT setup comes with a continously variable crossover so I'm leaning towards a Pre/Pro setup so I can properly connect the crossover (NHT recommends sending the LF/RF + LFE through the crossover). A receiver with a main loop would also work, but I have been unable to find one. Because of this I have ruled out all receivers and am now looking at Pre/Pro and amp setup.


The only pre/pro/amp combo's I've found in this price range are from Outlaw or Rotel. The Rotel 1066 only comes with 2 optical inputs so I had to cross it off the list. I will need at least 3 optical inputs. That leaves me with the Outlaw setup, but everything I've been reading about the noise issues has me concerned.


Here are some of the questions that have been haunting me lately. Hopefully some of you very knowledgable people can help me out!


1. Should I really care that much about using the crossover with the NHT system? If I can hook up the LFE channel to the crossover and let the receiver handle everything is that good enough?

2. Are there any good receivers with a main loop where I could properly hook up the external NHT crossover?

3. Are there any other pre/pro/amp solutions I should be looking for in the $2000 price range?

4. If I purchase a Denon 3803 and add an amp later on will I get performance that's close to a Rotel 1066 + AMP or Outlaw 950 + AMP setup?

5. Am I really going to notice a noise problem with the Outlaw 950? Or has it been blown out of proportion?

6. Should I spend an extra $600 on speakers and go with a 7.1 setup from the start?
 

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A receiver with a main loop would also work, but I have been unable to find one. Because of this I have ruled out all receivers and am now looking at Pre/Pro and amp setup.
The Onkyo 989 has this feature for the front center, left, and right. It's also a hell of a receiver from what I've read. I used to have a 919 and it was a true beast.


I now have an Outlaw 950 and I think it's a great choice.
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5. Am I really going to notice a noise problem with the Outlaw 950? Or has it been blown out of proportion?
I can't answer that. The hiss problem is from what I've been told created only in certain circumstances. It is highly dependant on the particular amp/speaker combination that's being used with the 950. This is why many people have no hiss at all.
 

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The NHT setup comes with a continously variable crossover so I'm leaning towards a Pre/Pro setup so I can properly connect the crossover (NHT recommends sending the LF/RF + LFE through the crossover). A receiver with a main loop would also work, but I have been unable to find one. Because of this I have ruled out all receivers and am now looking at Pre/Pro and amp setup.
Have you looked into B&K?

There are some real fire sale deals now available with full or near full warranties on Audiogon. B&K AVR-305 @ about $1400+ and the AVR-307 around $1600+. This should leave room in the budget to purchase the upgrade when released. Some great amp buys also.

Or have you ruled out used with or without warranties?

Jerry
 

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H/K 8000 comes to mind. Killer deals lately with the new models coming out.

Some are getting it for under $1400 shipped, some slightly under $1200. This would give you tremendous value as the 8000 makes an excellent pre/pro and has quality amping and Main Amp Inputs for all channels. See the January Home Theater Magazine for a timely review. The money left-over could be put towards a strong 2-3 channel amp. Result---superb HT and Music.
 

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Your dilemma sounds very similar to mine. I wanted to go separates but I decided to go with a Denon 4802 for the time being. I then decided on NHT VT2.4 towers, 5 NHT VS2.4 center/surrounds, and 2 NHT sub2i subwoofers. That sub controller will allow you to blend your mains with your sub(s) seamlessly. It is a great tool to get your subs to sound great in your listening environment. I tried the other options as far as integrating my subs go and using the controller in your system as they recommend, which should be the same or similar to my instruction, will definitely yield the best results for home theater and music listening. I cannot be happier with my system for both 2 channel music and HT.


Doug
 
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