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Sony STR 597 - Upgrade

 

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Username: Cm73

Post Number: 2
Registered: May-05
Hello,

Been looking at upgrading my sub entry level Sony 597. Its ok for what it is, I'm looking for more UMPH. I listen to 50/50 music/HT. I am currently running in 5.1 with no plans to expand. I've been looking at the Marantz series. The Denon and Rotel are on my wish list. I'm looking at a budget of <$1000 CDN. My fronts are rated to 300w with 28-20 @ 92 db. Can anyone suggest the next step?
 

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Username: Cm73

Post Number: 3
Registered: May-05
I think I may have found what I am looking for with the Marantz 6400, by reviewing the articles/discussions found here. If anyone has had similar success with the 6400, I'd be very interested.
Thanks
 

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Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 536
Registered: Mar-05
How much are you seeing the 6400 for? Its replacement, the 5500, is going for $600 shipped.
 

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Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 476
Registered: Feb-05
workerbee: Rotel has the most grunt of the three you mentioned but with CV's you're probably looking more at volume than hifi results so I would recommend Marantz SR5500. The HK or Denon equivalents should fine as well. Anyone of those 3 receivers will give you quite and upgrade for music.
 

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Username: Cm73

Post Number: 4
Registered: May-05
My local shop has the 6400 for 699 CDN. The rotel is about an extra grand. I don't know if the rotel has a/b speaker switch.
 

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Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 537
Registered: Mar-05
Hm, $700 CDN = $557 US. If you stick with Marantz I'd up that number to $600 US for the 5500 from hifi.com, it replaces both the 5400 and the 6400.

Better yet would be a Marantz 8400 from uBid I think their buy it now price is about $1000 Canadian. You can also find the 8400 on eBay brand new from the recent massive auction on uBid but they might not come with the original Marantz warranty.
 

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Username: Cm73

Post Number: 5
Registered: May-05
thanks guys, I dont know if the 5500 is available here yet, I will inquire with the store. It could be the ticket.
 

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Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 538
Registered: Mar-05
Try ordering online; even with duties and stuff it might be cheaper, considering Canadian prices.
 

AudioVideoGuy
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Regarding the SR8400 recommendation posted above:
The 'UBuy it' for the SR8400 is sold out (was US$710 + shipping) $899 CAD + shipping.

Maybe they'll have another "regular" auction...
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