I'm considered a n00b audiophile, although has been using a Logitech Z-5500 for at least 10 years.
Recently I've decided to go full hi-fi due to poisons by colleague and friend.
Colleague, has bought a KEF LS50 + Naim 5Si last year ... been to his house many times, and really enjoyed the higher level clarity of sounds.
Hometown friend, has a home theater setup of assorted speakers and amps ... recently he upgraded his front speakers to Q Acoustic 3020, and thinking of selling off his old KEF Cresta 30.
So, I bought his floor standing KEF Cresta 30, and wanna set up a system primarily for music listening (my Logitech Z-5500 is great for movies, gaming and bassy music but not so for real audiophile music). But I had a hard time deciding between stereo amp, and AV amp ... with budget around RM2K, I could only choose among Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha, or Marantz. Then read about Sony STR-DN1080 on WhatHiFI, CNET, Crutchfield, etc. ... with its nice reviews, and its audio enhancements, e.g. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX), etc. ... would be great for my 320kbps Spotify musics, in addition to the usual Pure Direct mode . My thinking is most probably I wanna go the Home Theather path in the near future, and this Sony AV amp seems like a good compromise.
Long story short, with the dizzying range of options from Onkyo & Denon, I chose the easy lazy path ... the only single annual AV amp budget model from Sony; the problem now is, I can't find and buy it from local sellers ... even Malaysia and Singapore Sony Centre (I'd ask even from the flagship Sony Store at 313 Somerset, they don't know when will bring in; and one of the shops at Adelphi Mall said that Sony Singapore prioritize HT integrated set over AV amp). So, I ordered one from Amazon US, coz saw that got USD100 discount the other day. After my unit arrived this week, after playing around with it a bit and listening to music at least 2 hours every night, I thought of looking for Sony AV Amp kaki in LYN here to discuss tips ... but only found Sony STR-DN1050 thread.
Hence, this new thread / topic ... (maybe moderator can merge the Sony AV Amps threads next time).
This post has been edited by r2t2: Oct 6 2017, 11:55 AM
Sony STR-DN1080 & Co., Made in Malaysia Sony AV Amp