What would you do?


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I have a budget of about $1,500 for a HT receiver or a separate amp and receiver combination.
2-channel music is at least as important as HT for me.
I am looking at 2 options:

1) NAD or Arcam integrated amp plus a mid-priced Denon or similar receiver, or
2) Arcam AVR250 receiver only.

In essence my question boils down to:

Is the well reviewed AVR250 at $1,500 as good as an equivalently powered $500 - $800 integrated amp for 2-channel music?

If the general answer is no, I'll go with option 1.


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Username: Edster922

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Registered: Mar-05
I have no personal experience with Arcam but my gut feeling would be that if you can afford separates they will always sound better than an under $1000 receiver, and probably about the same as a $1500 receiver.

Since you want to do both HT and 2-channel music I'd suggest looking into something like a Marantz 5500 ($600 shipped) or Marantz 7400 ($650 shipped from accessories4less.com) and pair it with a 2-channel amp like a NAD for around $800. That looks to me like the best of both worlds, the receiver takes care of your HT and the amp does your music.
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