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Small AV Amps - revisited
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Ho hum.

A while back I started a thread about small AV amps (here) as I was looking for a small amp to go in my dining room (3.7 x 3.4 m), especially as Mrs. Scene didn't want any big bulky amp in there. To cut a long story short, the most discreet amp suggested was the Marantz NR1601/2, but I ended up going with the Yamaha RXV667 (as it was quite small and cheap and cash was tight).

However, now Mrs. S. has said that she wants the "amp to fit on a corner shelf" :doh: and that the Yammy is way too big, even the Marantz is too big. She thinking of something the size of a Sonos ZP120 :O and frankly I'm a bit stumped... IS there an amp that small, is there another solution. I can see my dream of second room surround sound Nirvanah slipping away...

Help!

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

This may be Sonos' big, secret news? Maybe hold off for a bit?

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

Something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/SHERWOOD-R-904NW-NETBOXX-100-Watt-Surround/dp/B003HFZADC/ref=sr_1_18?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328432025&sr=1-18&tag=5336055023-20

Not available in UK though.

Does it have to be 5.1 channel, & what's your budget?

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

Pre-empting her next request for an invisible AV amp, just go straight to these Sony digital headphones. They're actually better than you'd think, especially with Blu-ray HD soundtracks Smile

Sony MDR-DS7500

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

Wasn't there a quite compact Harmon Kardon combined BD player/ receiver reviewed faily recently?

I'm sure someone will chime in with a model number.

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

What about this?:

http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/pioneer/vsxs300/pion-vsxs300-blk

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

BenLaw wrote:

This may be Sonos' big, secret news? Maybe hold off for a bit?

I can but :pray:

Maybe this could be the solution...

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Big Chris wrote:

Wasn't there a quite compact Harmon Kardon combined BD player/ receiver reviewed faily recently?

I'm sure someone will chime in with a model number.

http://uk.harmankardon.com/harman-kardon-product-detail-uk/bds-5.html

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bigboss wrote:

Something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/SHERWOOD-R-904NW-NETBOXX-100-Watt-Surround/dp/B003HFZADC/ref=sr_1_18?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328432025&sr=1-18&tag=5336055023-20

Not available in UK though.

Does it have to be 5.1 channel, & what's your budget?

Thanks bb - 5.1 yes. The Sherwood is nice, but still too wide for m'lady's tastes...

Budget, if the ZP120 (sorry: Sonos Amp) is in price range - I'm guessing I can swing £500ish...

... But I'm sure for a truly small amp I can charm more money.

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

Are any of the home cinema in a box solutions any good yet?  If you can hide the amps in the sub and have a compact processor, that should be ideal.

 

Also, is this thing any good?  Even the processor is hiden in the sub...

ONKYO HTX22HDX & SKS22X

 

 

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

Clare Newsome wrote:

Pre-empting her next request for an invisible AV amp, just go straight to these Sony digital headphones. They're actually better than you'd think, especially with Blu-ray HD soundtracks Smile

Sony MDR-DS7500

Ho hum - not such a mad idea, if the speakers weren't already in place with the cable routed... :doh:

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BenLaw wrote:

This may be Sonos' big, secret news? Maybe hold off for a bit?

:silenced:

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

Clare Newsome wrote:

BenLaw wrote:

This may be Sonos' big, secret news? Maybe hold off for a bit?

:silenced:

Trouble is even if it's true you won't get any indication of how long you'll have to wait, Sonos don't give much away and they tend to take their time to make sure the product works properly.

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Few more:

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=283

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=897&Title=Azur++551R+7.1+HDMI+AV+Receiver+

 

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Paul Hobbs wrote:

Are any of the home cinema in a box solutions any good yet?  If you can hide the amps in the sub and have a compact processor, that should be ideal.

 

Also, is this thing any good?  Even the processor is hiden in the sub...

ONKYO HTX22HDX & SKS22X

 

 

Actually, that's really interesting...

I've already got the speakers in place - my old KHT2005.2 system, and the sub's broken...

Could this run the eggs (I've checked the back and it looks like its got clips for cable), and I could buy the cheaper 2.1 version and just use the Kefs...

:?

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RE: Small AV Amps - revisited

I like the look of the onkyo and totally failed to think of home cinema in a box solutions - thanks ph.

However, not sure if the rated 25W into 6 ohms per channel is enough to drive my existing kef eggs. Leaves me with a conundrum, do I try the amp with the eggs, sell the eggs and get the full 5.1 onkyo solution, but will that be enough to fill the room, or get a bigger one box solution; but then I may end up paying for 5 speakers I don't use... :?

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