Starting out - Pioneer A-Z370

theexcitableboy

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Hello everyone, I'm looking for some advice on a budget setup, and would appreciate any help. First I'll set the scene...

I'm a student looking for an okay sounding setup at a very low price (tuition fees don't leave much left over these days!). About 18 months ago I purchased the Edifier C3 system (details here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edifier-C3-Speaker-Satellites-amplifier/dp/B001F51IVO) from Amazon for around £70, fabulous sound for the price, but the speakers left a lot to be desired. In my dad's loft I came across some Goodmans Maxim 2s (the later version) however there wasn't an amp in sight. Okay I thought, I'll just hook them up to the Edifier amp.

So I'm currently running the Goodmans Maxim 2s alongside the Edifier C3 sub and amp. The time has come now, however, when I need to upgrade the amp, as the Edifier one isn't really up to much, despite the excellent build quality. I started looking at eBay and greenhomeelectronics and the like to see what was on offer. I checked out a Cambridge Audio A1 for about £35, however without a headphone port it isn't really suitable. I also looked at a Denon PMA-255UK, a Rotel RA-930AX and a few others.

I then stumbled across a Pioneer A-Z370 for £39, which, based on the specifications (details here: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bitak.net%2F366148-prodavam-yaponski-usilvatel-pioneer-az370-za-150-lv.html) seemed pretty good. Although I couldn't find any reviews or evidence of experiences with the amp, I put in an offer for £35 (can still cancel) I was just bargain hunting I guess.

Soon after, I realised I have pretty much no knowledge whatsoever of this amp or if it's any good - this is where you come in! I'm after some recommendations for a cheap amp with a good sound (probably an old 90s one, based on my budget). Also, my Goodmans Maxim 2s, they sound fantastic to me when coupled with the fairly tight-sounding C3 sub, however these are the best I've ever heard really so I don't know any better, they may be terrible! For that reason, I'm also open to speaker suggestions but nothing bank-busting.

If it makes any difference, I tend to lean towards a punchy sound with up front mids and formidable but doesn't detract from the clarity of the rest of the sound.

Many thanks in advance! Any help much appreciated! :)
 

theexcitableboy

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As much as I hate double posters and incessant thread 'bumpers', I'm starting to get a little nervous that I've bought a real stinking old amplifier worth next to nothing. It gets delivered in the next few days, does anyone have any experience with this amp or similar Pioneer amps, and perhaps could suggest speakers to go with it?

Many thanks in advance!
 

branston153

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Hi I have two of these amps and they are very good not massive power output at 60 watts but you can have 4 speakers and 2 surround as well its got 24 bit conversion built in so with decent speakers its sound output is really quite good I have a set of Sony APM 22es on my az370 and it rattles most of the house on high volume ,in my opinion you can't go wrong with this amp a good buy for the price you paid
 

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