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It's certainly possible that the volume levels at which I listen (sometimes)are high enough to strain the amp in the Denon. I definitely turn it up loud on occassion but I've never considered it to be overly so.

I'm not entirely sure I would recognize the sound of the amps clipping if I heard it.

I'm not certain if the improvement I hear with the new amp is due to it's higher output or if it's simply due to the fact that the Acurus is a higher quality piece than the denon's internal amp(s). Most likely it's a combination of both.



Heresy Mains (Birch)

Heresy Surrounds (Walnut)

RC-3 Center

(Because a C7 won't fit!)

SVS 20-39cs/Samson S700

Denon 2801

JVC D-Series

Pioneer DV-525

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External amps are a great improvement to a reciever.It takes the load off of the poor overworked transformer,frees it up to do a better job with the pre-amp section.

When my Denon AVR-2800 was being used with Fortes it could play very loud,but it didn't sound great loud,just loud.About +12 or so on the 2800.

Now have the 3801 with older Denon POA-2800 amps and the difference is great.Detail,soundstage,but then the mains aren't the same anymore.cwm35.gif


Main HT:'77 Klipschorns w/ALKs,

'75 Heresy center,modified with,K-Horn sqauwker & AA network.

KSP-S6 at sides

2 KSP-S6's rear.

Denon AVR-3801

2 Denon POA-2800 200X2

1 driving the Horns

1 driving the bi-wired Heresy center.

2 DIY 12"4ohm subs,Carver A500x 400 watts per ch.feed.

1 12" powered sub(behind the couch)feed from the surrounds pre-outs.

Sony DVP-C650D.

Dishnetwork Echostar 4700 w/DD


Pioneer CDL-D501 laser

Music in "Direct"only!

DH Labs T-14 speaker wire to the front 3.

Room size;15.5 X 25' opening into dining room.

Old RCA 52"RPTV w/matching cabinets

Bed room HT:

KSB 2.1 mains,SC-1,SS-1's,2 SW 8 II subs.

2 Heresy's for music.

Denon AVR-2800,

Dishnetwork,Sony SLV-975HF VCR,Panasonic DVD-RV31.


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