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    Smile New Amp Purchase

    After another post about a new reciever I've switched my attention to getting an amp for my current reciever. After just learning alittle bit about amps yesterday I would like more info and maybe a few suggestions on what to get. I've come to figure out that for my 5.1 setup that i need a 5ch AMP. I am going to shop in the used market for something. I have $550 tops. Someone gave me a suggestion on a Rotel RB-985 THX which i could afford. Thanks for any info.

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    A separate amp would be nice, but you'll only experience limited capability due to your current bookshelf speakers and your budget. In fact, the amp you choose may make your system sound brighter.
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    well i was told it would make my system sound better. All i want to do is make my system sound cleaner cuz right now it's alittle bland and I have an old reciever and i figured that had to be it. I don;t listen to my system very loud at all on my reciever the knob is about 10 o'clock on movies and about 8 or 9 o'clock on tv. And to make it sound cleaner i believe i would have to turn it up more and it's blarring, but then it's to loud, but clean. I'm now right back where i started if this amp thing is no good....

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    If you decide to go used and are not happy with the sound, you can always resell it, with a minimal loss. You should be able to get a decent 5 channel amp for around $500 or so. Check e-bay and audiogon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by del44
    If you decide to go used and are not happy with the sound, you can always resell it, with a minimal loss. You should be able to get a decent 5 channel amp for around $500 or so. Check e-bay and audiogon.
    Yup I have a few lined up I've been watching already. I'm Just So Confused on what to do. This Sucks!

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    Jer ry, take your time, Ask some questions, ask again, and then ask again. Go listen to some equipment if possible. I spent months researching, asking, and hunting for the equipment I own and I do not regret one purchase. Sorry, no impulse buying here.
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    Used RMB 1075's are selling for about $750. Solid, dependable amps. And the great looks are a bonus. :D

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    separates make a difference. even w/ bookshelves. just be careful what you buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janmike
    Jer ry, take your time, Ask some questions, ask again, and then ask again. Go listen to some equipment if possible. I spent months researching, asking, and hunting for the equipment I own and I do not regret one purchase. Sorry, no impulse buying here.
    Yup me too!! It's taken me 4 months to get what i got now and i love everything. Thats when i knew what i wanted to buy and just researched, but when you don't even know what to research! I know I for sure need something! I don't know this "bright sound" everyone talks about i might have heard it when i turned it up really loud it was like to much highs or something. I'm planning on keeping this speaker setup for a long time. If an amp is no good for the speakers then would getting the HK AVR435 reciever i had planned on a better buy?

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    Thats it i'm buying the HK reciever it has preouts so i can get an amp if i still feel i need it!

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    Get the HK. You'll be very happy with it. You may not even need a seperate amp. At least not now...

    BTW, you'll want to get the update for the 435 from HK's website. It fixes a few bugs, and makes some improvement to the room eq. feature.

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    Good choice. You're better off with the HK at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSkeezer
    Get the HK. You'll be very happy with it. You may not even need a seperate amp. At least not now...

    BTW, you'll want to get the update for the 435 from HK's website. It fixes a few bugs, and makes some improvement to the room eq. feature.
    Thanks I'll do that as soon as I Get it.

    Thanks guys I'm sure It'll be just what i need. I'll post back here with my results when it arrives!
    One last question i heard not to use the built in component switch for HD that it dosent do right. I wanted to know if this was true. I have a seperate component cable switcher that i currently use. Just wanted to make sure.
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    Jer ry,

    Are you sure you want to buy that HK????? Maybe the amp is not such a bad idea...Maybe you should re-think the whole thing.






















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    jesus christ....I would have been so mad with you

    i would have cussed you out and bought the HK anyways ! :D

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    I just find this ironic. A couple days ago I post asking if a HK or Denon would be smarter than my current Yamaha and everyone says "get separates". Now Jer ry, after starting some of this discussion on that thread ,asks about what separate amp to get and people say good job choosing the HK.... Whats up? ARG?!! :) LOL
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    Because we're retarded like that Stopher :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by StopherJJ1980
    I just find this ironic. A couple days ago I post asking if a HK or Denon would be smarter than my current Yamaha and everyone says "get separates". Now Jer ry, after starting some of this discussion on that thread ,asks about what separate amp to get and people say good job choosing the HK.... Whats up? ARG?!! :) LOL
    Getting separates is the ideal solution, but it's also the most expensive option. In Jer_ry's case, getting a separate 5-channel amp with a $550 budget won't buy very much power and kinda defeats the purpose. Hell, some of us spend that much or more on cables alone. It's best to be patient and slowly build your system, unless, of course, you have lots of money up front to do it right the first time. Separate amps are cool, but I used to have them, then went back to using a receiver and couldn't be happier.
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    Jerry,
    Del44 recommended the Rotel RMB 1075, and that’s a real good suggestion. Everyone is going to have their own opinion but I just don’t see how the HK 435 would even come close to the 1075 / 5250 combo. Do me a favor and go to the HK site and read about the 435 ($999 with 65wpc) and then check out the Rotel site for the RMB 1075 (~$750 200wpc). Maybe it’s just me? Also Jerry, I hate to say it but if you won't get that big sound your looking for until you move those RTi4’s to the rear and get some FULL SIZE speakers up front. But that’ a post for another day.
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    I went ahead and made a decision. I had to i would have been going back and forth and also i felt this whole HT thing was getting out of hand for me i felt i was in over my head. I started off just wanting to upgrade my KLH's that i bought for $100 brand new at BB for a 8"sub and all 5 speakers package deal. Like Early B said some people here spend $550 on just wire. Thats not what i was shooting for I don;t want a THX certified coliseum. Just a nice sounding system that would be listened to very moderately. I wanted to go better which i have with these polk speakers and more will with this new reciever added! Sounds a lot better already than those bland klh's

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    One more question. My friend told me that 6.1 and 7.1 operation can only work with a dvd that is in 6.1 and 7.1 and he said it's rare to find dvd's that do this. Is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jer_ry
    One more question. My friend told me that 6.1 and 7.1 operation can only work with a dvd that is in 6.1 and 7.1 and he said it's rare to find dvd's that do this. Is that true?
    nope.

    Dolby Prologic IIx 7.1 post-processing can be piggybacked onto any 2.0 stereo source, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, DTS 5.1, DTS 5.1 ES, and DTS 6.1 ES discrete soundtrack with full bandwidth from each speaker (20hz-20khz) and .1 bass management for the sub. There is no such thing as a 7.1 DVD.

    tell your friend to read up.
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    Well i got my HK 435 in today and i am pleased with my decision. It was a great upgrade. It's so clear and smooth. Surrounds actually work like surrounds now. I had hooked the surrounds up to the wrong surround connections and nothing came out i got alittle worried but i soon relized i had them wrong. Thought that was kinda weird how no sound came out though is it supposed to do that if you don;t have back surrounds hooked up? Anyways There was no cable to upgrade! I need to purchase one from ebay or something anyone know what the exact name is? Thanks for all the info and helping me make a great upgrade!

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    9 pin male to female RS232 cable. Radio Shack has em for $12. When you download the upgrade from HK's site, the readme file has all of the instructions. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to do.

    The HK435 is a nice receiver with enough power for most people. It does have preouts if you decide to add a seperate amp, though. Congrats and happy listening.

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    Congrats enjoy!
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    That's wonderful. We knew you would enjoy the HK.

    What's the next upgrade on your agenda? We love to taunt our fellow Polkies into mental confusion, financial ruin and marital chaos.
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    ....getting a separate 5-channel amp with a $550 budget won't buy very much power and kinda defeats the purpose. Hell, some of us spend that much or more on cables alone.
    That's just crazy talk!







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    Wingnut, stupid question and I mean no offense, but are u female?

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    Umm let's see.. give me just a minute...let me check here.....Well whadya know?! Yes I am :D .....um...why?
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    Just something that's always been on the back of my mind. You said something in a post once that made me wonder. It's not everyday you see a "lady" who's into this kind of thing. Just cool to know. :o *slowly backs out of thread*

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