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What is the better upgrade, receiver or speakers

Blaise Haguinet

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Hello,
Having a denon avr-x2600h with dali oberon vokal as center speaker and tannoy mercury M4 as fronts.
What is your advice for a good upgrade, a denon x3700h or two dali oberon 7 ?
I've not enough money to replace the whole
 

Al ears

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Big jump up to the Oberon 7, perhaps get the Oberon 5 and save a couple of hundred to put towards a future amp upgrade.
do you only have front and centre speaker? If so why a 9.2 channel receiver?
 

Blaise Haguinet

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Big jump up to the Oberon 7, perhaps get the Oberon 5 and save a couple of hundred to put towards a future amp upgrade.
do you only have front and centre speaker? If so why a 9.2 channel receiver?
No, i've also tannoy mercury m1 as rears. From whathifi source, the denon avr-x3700h is the best avr for sound quality (over the Sony) in their avr chart, even if you don't use the extra channels
 
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giggsy1977

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You'll notice more sound difference with a speaker upgrade, but better processing from a better amp also improves the feeling of surround sound, if not the individual sounds themselves in my experience.
 
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millennia_one

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It's a difficult one because, on one hand, you'll notice more of a difference with the speaker but if the amplifier doesn't have the guts to drive those new said speakers then you might not notice much of a difference and feel you have wasted your money.

In general, I prefer to buy cheaper speakers and drive them really well. It constantly surprises me how far budget speakers can be pushed and speakers always respond to power.

Personally, i'd drop the budget of the speakers even with a 1k amp, 5-600 quid would be the sweat spot. I'd look at the Spektor range, still a very nice step up over the mercury and rather than Denon look at Yamaha its a much better match. As the Dalis are a very smooth and rich sounding speaker and the Yamaha will counter that with a bit more zip to make them come alive a little more.

Edit, I don't mean to be rude saying "budget" as I know its still a good chunk of change, its just what the market segment refers to them as.
 

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