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post #11 of 19 Old 04-22-06, 09:46 PM
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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

Wait...don't get me wrong...you can always buy more in one area such as your amp, etc...then upgrade your speakers to match your amp or vise versa. We all need excuses to upgrade!

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post #12 of 19 Old 05-04-06, 02:23 AM
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Most brand name receivers will sound the same in the same price range.

Therefore, in the same price range, a Denon will sound the same as an Onkyo as a Yamaha as a Pioneer as a NAD as a...etc.
Sorry, but I cannot disagree more! Maybe in the same price range a Denon, Yamaha and Onkyo may sound similiar(not the same!), but a NAD, Marantz, Cambridge Audio,HK, etc does not sound the same as those mentioned.

I did a test the past weekend to determine if the weak sound of my friend's HK 235 was due to his speakers and we also tested a Denon 2805, Yamaha RX-V657 as well as my CA 540R. Although not a true blind test, none of these receivers sounded like the other. Yes the Yammy and Denon did have the same sound characteristics, but were still different(clear highs, lacking a bit of mid-bass, "light" bass). The HK again has solid bass, good mids, but highs are a bit muffled. The CA has strong, solid bass, good mids and clear highs(tends to some brightness at higher volumes)

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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

Hello Abe and welcome to the Shack!

We'll certainly take a few cents worth. I think what JCD was indicating was that most of your mass marketed mid-fi receivers are only going to reach a certain level of quality. He mighta been stretching by including the NAD in there... I believe NAD is not really mass marketed and is definitely better quality.
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He, he, he!

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post #15 of 19 Old 05-04-06, 11:51 AM
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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

Ok, I MAY have been a little general in my statements

I'll have to admit, it's been forever since I last listened to a Nad anything (probably 15years? I really don't like the fact that I can say I remember something from 15yrs ago... ).

Now I have a new project for myself!

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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

Yes guys, yes.
The Hk 235 refurb was on my list because I liked the price. My experience with receivers is very limited as this onkyo is my first crack at it. Never did I even audition it, just grabbed it because it was on sale...

Something inside of me says I should wait for the Nad, and that is what i'll do. This seems to be a win-win route in all instances. As of monday i'll have 6 SB-2's so upgrading to the Nad will put one of them out of commision for a while... Ah well.

Can anyone compare the sound of Nad to that of HK? an in-home audition with them both would be too expensive regardless of it being temporary

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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

Well guys I saw a deal on an Hk235 on ebay, waited till 3 seconds and placed my winning bid of $230 plus shipping(thank god my cable didn't freeze up ), about what I paid for the Onkyo. I have to decide between the two now. If i like the HK better, the Onkyo goes, vice versa. I am however a bit concerned about the 50w/ch rating of the Hk. I will post back with some subjective testing. Strangly, the HK is a bit heavier than the Onkyo with its lesser power rating.

Lets say I like the sound of the HK but find it to be underpowered, will adding an external amp have any effect on the tonal quality? I am assuming it wouldn't because the sound information would still pass through the Hk's dacs.

I would've loved to have bought a NAD Just couldn't afford it on this college budget. I hope the HK keeps me happy for a while.

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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

The Hk AVR 235 arrived today. Highs are more clear (which i wasn't expecting), music is more alive. Also I find that listening at around -20db is loud enough now (very loud), as oppose to before with the Onkyo's -10 db setting. Definitely a more musical AVR and doubt i'll need more power for a while.

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Re: Goal: To awaken my SB-2's with some real power..

Woah, what is that hissing sound you hear when there is no source playing but the volume is turned up? I have NONE of that with the HK, I had plenty of this hiss with the Onkyo. Also my subwoofer's would hum once connected to the ONkyo, now there isn't even a slight hum (even with the BFD in the loop) now. Wow, I don't even know how people could find these two receiver to be in the same league.

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