Audio Equipment and Home Theater Audio : Calling all amp experts...

Calling all amp experts...

Apologies for appearing thick, but I'm in need of a new amplifier.

My current one is just a standard Nad amp for my turntable & cd player but is also connected to my dvd player/recorder so I can listen to movies through the speakers (& achieving virtual surround).

I presume it's possible to buy an amp that would serve my musical needs, but also as a home cinema amp with which I could also connect some surround sound speakers & a sub woofer?

Would my old hi-fi speakers be ok for the cinematic left & right channels?

Any suggestions on which amp to go for?

Thanks

Fud.

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....Funny you should mention NAD amps. Just last night I was reading...

....http://www.retrothing.com/hifi_audio/index.html

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Thanks for that dep - it looks good, but unfortunately has no phono input, nor the capacity for a home cinema set-up which is most important.

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That's great gatorboy7, many thanks for your sound (ha ha) advice. I saw a rather tasty looking Yamaha at a Richer Sounds store just down the road, so will investigate.

Cheers,

F.

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Will consider too, thank you...

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Yamaha is very good stuff, the other depends on your ears, if you use no center, though you will lose much of the surround feel but it preserves much of the front stage. If you add a center that is different than the fronts, especially if it is a different brand that does not use the same tweeters, pans will sound "off" (as a airplane or such pans across the front it will change tone when it hits the center which does not sound natural.

The nice thing is there is no downside. I've never heard a great system that was done this way but I have heard many good pleasing ones. (Depends on your ear of course).


But if you like it you have saved some cash, and if you don't and the proper L/R speakers. No downside in trying it with what you have.



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Speakers, if they are old enough to be made of paper cones, should be changed every 3 years or so, depending on how much and how loud you used it. The reason is, due to constant pressure from the coil, paper experiences mechanical fatigue much more earlier than synthetic cones. The result softening with loss of HF response and distortion.

Paper is still better than Synthetic materials in terms of damping.

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Depends on what you want to spend. How much specifically do you want to spend on a system?

The conundrum here is that systems span a huge range.. I can tell you gear that will cost you $500, I can tell you gear that will cost you millions... and most of which will be roughly indiscernible from one another in quality.

I'm saying this as an engineer of soundtracks and red book CD audio.

Nature abhors a moron. -H.L. Mencken
http://www.cinemalogue.com

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Would my old hi-fi speakers be ok for the cinematic left & right channels?


it will!

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