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Im looking for a nice 2 channel receiver with sub out.

My setup is everything is connected to my TV via HDMI and then i use optical output to my current receiver, which is an Onkyo TX-8140.


I am looking to upgrade as the 80w/channel is not enough and i want something louder/nicer.


Right now i am looking at:
Emotiva A-300 and PT-100
Outlaw RR2160

This will mainly used for TV volume and movies.


I have also looked at the NAD C 388 and considering other higher end systems.
My only issue is that i rarely listen to music, movies like once a week, and mostly TV from apple tv.


Is something like the NAD overkill for my needs? I can justify spending the money but only if i can truly hear the difference
 

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NAD might be overkill, particularly if you don't listen to music. You didn't mention your speakers. You might consider an Onkyo TX-8270 with has HDMI connections. You can run everything into it, and then just one to the TV. The NAD 388 can be bought with optional hdmi module as well, but that pushes the cost up even further. The Onkyo is 100 wpc and can be had for 499 new, accessories4less at 329.
 

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If I was doing music only I'd probably get the Outlaw, I've never heard anyone say a bad word about it.


If you want HDMI the Onkyo 8270 (100 WPC) or Denon 800H (100 WPC) are probably the best options but if you want to experiment with different amps the Marantz NR1200 has real pre-outs. There's another Onkyo, the 8390, coming soon that has a bigger amp (135 WPC at 8 ohms, ignore their 200 watts marketing number), pre outs and Onkyo's AccuEQ system. It should be around a grand in the US.


Another option would be to use one of the NR slimline surround Marantz as a pre since they also have L/R pre outs. You can get a refurb NR1608 on AC4L for under $350
 

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Getting a new receiver w/around 120wpc is't going to do much. What you probably need is more efficient speakers w/a higher db level.:)
 

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Anyone have experience with the:
Emotiva A-300 and PT-100 combo


Seems interesting, add in the Bluetooth dongle and looks like it can do everything.
Any downsides with the combo?


I read a few review, but most were short.
When they say 150 watts RMS per channel at less than 0.1% THD into 8 ohms
How does this compare with other amplifiers
 

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Anyone have experience with the:
Emotiva A-300 and PT-100 combo


Seems interesting, add in the Bluetooth dongle and looks like it can do everything.
Any downsides with the combo?


I read a few review, but most were short.
When they say 150 watts RMS per channel at less than 0.1% THD into 8 ohms
How does this compare with other amplifiers

Two of us have asked, but you still don't mention your speakers. That bit of info would help.

I like qirex's recommendation above on the Onkyo 8390. A bit more power, hdmi connections, and room correction. Do you run a sub? Room correction would help dial that in a bit better. One of the marantz slim lines mention above with preouts and the emotiva a-300 would work well in that regard as well.
 

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Unfortunately the 8390 hasn't been announced in the US yet, I'm assuming they'll release it here since I know the 8270 is pretty successful. Sale date for UK/Europe is some time in November.
 

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Im looking for a nice 2 channel receiver with sub out.

My setup is everything is connected to my TV via... an Onkyo TX-8140. ...

What are you SPEAKERS?

How big is your room? (dimensions)

What is your working Budget? It appears to be in the roughly $800 range, but can you confirm?


80w/ch channel is probably OK.

https://www.onkyousa.com/product/tx-8140/

I don't think the issue is Power, more likely it is speakers, room, or acoustics.

You won't really get more volume unless you get 10 TIMES the power, but you might find an amp more to your liking, and that is a better match for your speakers.

The Outlaw Audio Amp has received very high praise in all its reviews, so that is a generally good choice -

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/rr2160.html

EMOTIVA
has a pretty high reputation too for both sound and value -

The A300 (150w/ch) Power Amp and the PT100 Pre-Amp are a nice combination and in the same general budget range - ~$750 -

https://emotiva.com/collections/amps/products/a-300

https://emotiva.com/collections/pre-amps/products/pt-100

But I would be inclined to say - Make sure you are fixing the right thing.

At this Stage, we do need to know what Speakers you are using. That puts context on everything.

Steve/bluewizard
 
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