Or better still, this one at an exceptional price?
My Home Cinema Pioneer KRP 500A, Yamaha RX-V1900, MA Radius R225HD LCR, R90HD rears, AW12 sub, Panasonic BD60, PS3, Boxee Box, Sky HD, Boxee Box, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech PS3 Adapter, Sonos ZP90
Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
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I had thought about that amp but I think I would really be pushing my luck if I nudged closer to £2500.
Part of my logic for the poorer amp is that it is definitely a huge step on from what I currently have, as currently I don't have HD audio at all.
Sure, but it's an investment. You don't want to be upgrading very often. Your speakers will definitely benefit from a better amp.
Definitely something to ponder there... exactly why I asked the original question
Or this for £100 less:
Not as good as the Yamaha RX-A1010, but better than your original option.
Definitely demo your shortlist prior to purchase, to make sure you're happy with it.
You might have a better result throwing your whole budget upgrading amp and speakers.
IMO A dramatic sound system with a 43" TV, is more involving than a budget sound system with a 55" TV.....more food for thought!
You should go demo some good systems to see if you agree.
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You do realise that:
1) The OP's current TV isn't 1080p.
2) The model is 7 years old & out of warranty, which can break down any time, requiring the OP to make an unplanned purchase.
3) The current speakers are working fine, and will most likely outlast the life of the TV. It makes more sense selling the TV & keeping the speakers, rather than other way round.
Looks like you love the OP's TV Cno. I'm sure the OP will be delighted to sell you the TV for a reasonable price!
You do realise that: 1) The OP's current TV isn't 1080p. 2) The model is 7 years old & out of warranty, which can break down any time, requiring the OP to make an unplanned purchase. 3) The current speakers are working fine, and will most likely outlast the life of the TV. It makes more sense selling the TV & keeping the speakers, rather than other way round.
I always like to put the other side of the arguement.....and it depends what one's priorities are.
When my AV amp had to go back for repair, the resulting drop in SQ was such, that all the involvement went out of 5.1 (The dealer lent me a cheap amp to get me by). I then decided (for me), that sound has more impact than picture.....unless you can get a big cinema screen. Just thought I'd throw this into the pot.
The TV, being a Pioneer, will in all likelihood last long enough until funds recover.......but life is full of uncertainties!
I like Pioneer Kuros.....like others on here!
Of course, sound will be important for you, as you're a Hi-Fi lover. I'm a home cinema person, & would any day prefer an outstanding picture over audio. TV picture quality has evolved a lot since 2005 & I think the greatest benefits are realised there.
I love my Kuro as well. But I was massively tempted by gel! The only reason I resisted from buying the GT50 for such a low price, is because my priorities lie elsewhere (a 4K projector in a dedicated cinema room in a self-built house in 2014-2015! )
Do we know which is more important to the OP?......in fact he may not know till he tries!
I think you would find if you put in a cheap sound system (£300 amp / £500 5.1 speaker system), you might see my point better. You get very used to a good 12" sub, with great surround speakers driven by a competent amp.
Saying all that, you could be right.
Now you're talking.
It will take something very special to part me from mine (unless it breaks)......imo they are a cut above.
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