2-channel receiver advice

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2-channel receiver advice

Post by FatalFuchsia » 21 Oct 2019 14:09

For someone who is totally out of the loop, I should add.

My 20-year old amplifier dropped dead over the weekend and I am looking for a decent replacement. It's been 20 years since the last one was purchased, which was an inexpensive home cinema thing from Sony (came as a package deal with husband).

I am a bit lost with all the connectivity options out there. I would like something rather simple, 2 channels. I've already got a pre-amp (Pro-ject) so I'm not really after an integrated one. Our speakers (also 20 y.o.) are probably not really exciting but working - 4 ohm, 100 Watt (brand is Avance and as far as I know it does not exist anymore).

I would like something that would last me another 20 years and I would rather spend on audio quality than on access to Internet apps, especially that I definitely want to invest in new speakers when the old ones stop working.

Besides a turntable we have a CD-player. I have no plans to use the new equipment with more than two speakers.
My budget is £500 max. My first idea was Yamaha RN303D (or similar) but all the Siri, Alexa, etc. put me off.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by lenjack » 21 Oct 2019 15:03

Your heading says receiver, but from your description, it sounds like you're looking for a power amp. Is your preamp just a phono preamp or a system preamp to be used with a power amp? If you're looking for nothing more than a super high quality 2 channel receiver, go here. https://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-HK ... 212&sr=8-1 This has a phono preamp built in.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by FatalFuchsia » 21 Oct 2019 17:11

My preamp is a definitely a phono preamp and nothing more, namely Pro-ject Phono Box.
I said receiver because I would like to have a radio in it (apologies if I mixed the terms).

The dead one is Sony STR-DE685.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by Paff » 21 Oct 2019 18:46

Are you open to getting something older? There's a whole thread on here dedicated to vintage receivers. I just bought a Harman-Kardon built in 1976 that sounds fantastic. And you can junk (or more appropriately, re-sell) the pre-amp as any older receiver will have that functionality built in. Mine just needed a bit of cleaning. If you're skittish about that, you can find someone who restores old equipment, it'll just cost you a little more. I'd say it's worth it though.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by lenjack » 21 Oct 2019 19:08

FatalFuchsia wrote:
21 Oct 2019 17:11
My preamp is a definitely a phono preamp and nothing more, namely Pro-ject Phono Box.
I said receiver because I would like to have a radio in it (apologies if I mixed the terms).

The dead one is Sony STR-DE685.
Then I stick with my recommendation for the HK3770. Mine has been going strong since mid 2008.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by zerospin » 21 Oct 2019 19:26

If I were in the market for a receiver with a tuner, the Outlaw RR2160 would be on my short list, seems to get some pretty decent reviews and for 900.00 a pretty good bang for the buck.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by PioneerFan » 21 Oct 2019 20:19

I believe Onkyo still offers some very nice two channel receiver options.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by lenjack » 21 Oct 2019 21:55

All receivers, by definition, have tuners. I agree about Onkyo. The Outlaw seems out of her price range.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by FatalFuchsia » 21 Oct 2019 22:07

I am definitely open to something older, and husband can actually fix these things (our old Sony has already been repaired once), but I feel I know too little to make an informed choice. I am going to check Onkyo, thanks!

I also get overly excited at more expensive options such as Naim and I think further down the line we have a decent turntable+cartridge, but the speakers do not justify the expense.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by lenjack » 21 Oct 2019 22:26

Speakers have the greatest influence on the sound of any music system.

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Re: 2-channel receiver advice

Post by Paff » 22 Oct 2019 20:25

lenjack wrote:
21 Oct 2019 22:26
Speakers have the greatest influence on the sound of any music system.
Certainly, but garbage in/garbage out. Best speakers on a crummy receiver will sound crummy. I upgraded my receiver from a newer HK home theater unit with external pre-amp to an old 2-channel with a phono in. Night and freakin' day improvement in the sound.

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