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18-11-2003, 09:40 AM
My current system is a Marantz SR5200 receiver, 5 speakers and a sub, with input from DVD and CD players
I'm just in the process of tweaking the CD player with replacement Opamps and clock, which should elevate the sound quality considerably. However, to get the full benefit of this upgrade I may need to use a 'normal' stereo amp rather than the receiver for music.
My question is....how would I connect this up?
You could use the Pre-Outs of the Marantz and connect to the stereo amp. Alternatively, why not just connect the CD player to the external decoder inputs of the Marantz? This will bypass all processing and turn the Marantz into a glorified volume knob. :lol: Just bear in mind that the signal will be full range and have no bass management so you may have to rethink your subwoofer connections.
18-11-2003, 10:05 AM
The best thing to do is purchase an amp like a Arcam A75/A85/A90 which has a fixed gain on one of the inputs. Then you hook up the stereo amp to the AV receivers pre-outs L&R. That way you do not have to change the volume on the stereo amp every time. Then connect the CD to the stereo amp.
Marantz SR5200 >> pre-outs >> A85
A85 >> Front L&R speakers
A85 >> CD player
If the stereo amp doesn't have a fixed gain you can always put a mark on the volume control, which is at the correct level.
I am currently running a Pioneer 2011 with an Arcam A85, very good results.
18-11-2003, 10:10 AM
MysteryMan, what sort of budget are you looking at? There might be a amp showing up in the classifieds soon. ;)~;-)~:wink:
18-11-2003, 05:36 PM
Not sure! What have you got in mind? I will keep a look out for it, thanks. :nod:
18-11-2003, 05:47 PM
I can highly recomend the A85.
Been very pleased with mine, I think the retail at around #795 but you can get them second hand for around #500. Due to a future upgrade on the AV side it will probably have to be sold :( as I can't afford to keep it and the new AV amp.
I run my A85 with a P85 bi-amping a set of B&W CM4s, and I love it. My ideal plan is to keep the Arcam stuff and to set it up in another room.
19-11-2003, 04:23 PM
I used to use a alpha 8 / 9p with a yamaha dspe800, then later a arcam avr 200 with a few cyrus smart powers. This all used to keep it how i wanted it for both movies and music. :thumbup: If you pick av amps with 5.1. ins and outs it keeps tour options open for different set up, but be careful of system hum in big complex set ups . :(
19-11-2003, 06:42 PM
I have CDsetup -> stereo amp (s/h AudioLab 8000S)->speakers
dvdplayer ->AVamp-pre-outs->stereoamp (in poweramp mode) ->speakers
hope that helps
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