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Buying decision. Help needed


This is a duplicate post from General forum. Sorry for the inconvenience but I need some opinions fast.

I have an Adcom GFA6000 amp and matching pre-amp that I haven't used for a while. They were replaced by a Denon AVR-2805 receiver, so I could update the movie/Dolby modes and save some space.

I was told that the new receivers "sound just as good as separates". I thought this was wrong and it was. I have learned to live with the slightly degraded sound coming out of my B&W Matrix 805 speakers. I imagine you could learn to live with being waterboarded eventually also.

The receiver has crapped out and a buying opportunity has arisen.

Do I buy a USED Integra DHC 9.9 pre-amp ($625) to run with the GFA 6000 or do I buy a NEW Anthem MRX300 receiver ($900)? New pieces have a full 3 yr warranty, used comes with a 30 Day warranty. Either piece would be from a highly respected store.

Obviously the Anthem receiver takes less space and is simpler to install, costs $275 more and has a better warranty. I could sell the Adcom amp and probably cover most of the price difference.

Would the Adcom/Integra pair SOUND BETTER enough to be worth the extra wiring/space, shorter warranty, etc? I also keep $275 in my pocket.

Thanks in advance.


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Topic - Buying decision. Help needed - JoeyG 05:05:54 05/28/12 (12)


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