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    Question Why are Preamp / Processor so $$$?

    Looking over most amp/processor combos you can get a nice
    set-up for $600. DD/DTS many inputs and a fair amp to boot.

    A stand alone Preamp/Processor [DD/DTS ect] are $1500-$2500.
    Are the quality parts "that" much better/expensive? Or is it the custom design that pushes the price up?

    I would like to upgrade from a yamaha amp/DD/DTS combo that's 5 yrs old, but I need to see [or hear] what's the value. I do have a ATI 1805 amp. If you upgraded to a new combo or seperates please do tell.

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    The difference is HUGE, and well worth the price...

    When you get rid of the amp section, and it costs the same - the quality of the parts go WAY up and it definetely shows through. IMO
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    yes it is quality vs quainty. my onkyo put out 110 wpc and so do my adcom 7607 has 125 there is a big differance in the output and quaility of sound even when hooking the adcom up to the onkyo. now addinf a good pre to it realey makes it sing. also a all in 1 will sell more than a pre pro and that also drives up cost.
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    Most receivers just use a simple chip amp... its cheap, boring, not all that great sounding, etc etc. A real amp is much better.

    But all in all, I do agree with the statement of "ouch, that costs a lot!"

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    i interpreted the question as wether there is a significant difference in just the premp section of a reciver, as opposed to a dedicated preamp. yes, i notice the huge difference in price. we all seem to be on board that amps have better quality sound than the amp section of a reciever. i agree, and the price difference is worth it. but what about the pre/pro section of a reciever, compared to a dedicated preamp with dd and dts. is the quality that much better than just the pre/pro section of a reciever?


    p.s., the most reasonably priced pre/pro i've seen new is the outlaw (800-900?), the only thing i've seem cheaper is my promedia for a little over 100.00 (thank god it does the job, along with my icbm) it just seems wierd that there isnt a wider/more diverse price range for av preamps
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    I think it's partially to do with manufacturers knowing you are over a barrel. Sure there are usually better components, but I think it's also because manufacturers realize that if people are willing to pay for separate amps, cabling, rack, etc., they know most people are willing to pay a little more for a better pre/pro.
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    you probably have a sound theory there. i'm sure a 1900 dollar pre pro is better than my promedia, just not 19X better :D
    Theater - Polk LSi15, LSiC, LSi9 speaks, DIY Sub (142.5L box, SVS plus driver, 500 Watt plate amp)...Outlaw 990 pre/pro, Carver TFM45, 2 X Outlaw M200 . Rotel RB980 . PS3, Monster 3600 power center

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