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    Need recommendation for used HT processor

    Guys, I am thinking of upgrading my Denon 3802 to a used Pre-pro with several stereo amps. I am expecting apparent improvement on my Denon in both HT and music performance for I am 50/50 on them. Here are some of my options. My budget is $700 for the processor. Which one is most "Bang for the buck" ?

    Outlaw 950------$500 7.1
    B&K Ref 20---- $500 5.1
    Sunfire Grand I --$600 5.1
    Lexicon DC1 ---- ??? 5.1 but with Logic 7
    Lexicon DC 2 ---- $550 5.1, Logic 7 with better sound quality than DC1
    EAD Encore-----$700 5.1, no buttons, only operational with remote which I dont' like, but sound is good

    Proceed AVP, I know this one is the best 5.1. but it's out of my budget.

    Let me know which one is good. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minye
    Guys, I am thinking of upgrading my Denon 3802 to a used Pre-pro with several stereo amps. I am expecting apparent improvement on my Denon in both HT and music performance for I am 50/50 on them. Here are some of my options. My budget is $700 for the processor. Which one is most "Bang for the buck" ?

    Outlaw 950------$500 7.1
    B&K Ref 20---- $500 5.1
    Sunfire Grand I --$600 5.1
    Lexicon DC1 ---- ??? 5.1 but with Logic 7
    Lexicon DC 2 ---- $550 5.1, Logic 7 with better sound quality than DC1
    EAD Encore-----$700 5.1, no buttons, only operational with remote which I dont' like, but sound is good

    Proceed AVP, I know this one is the best 5.1. but it's out of my budget.

    Let me know which one is good. Thanks in advance.
    The Lexicon's are great sounding units, however, they are dated and require a lot of time to setup and have no auto calibration features.

    Suggestion: find a nice 5/7 channel amp first and use the Denon as a pre/pro. Then, if your not happy with the results, sell the Denon and get a pre/pro. Either way, you need separate amps so why not try the Denon as a pre first?

    You can find plenty of 5 channel amps and if you go 7.1, add a 2 channel amp for your Denon.

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