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[EU] Amplifier for the Bedroom: keep the Denon AVR-X2400H or trade it for something more suitable?

engio

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Hello All, newbie here.

After reading this forum for a long time I've decided to start two projects I wanted to do for a while: upgrade the Living Room to a 7.1.4 Atmos setup and get some decent listening experience in the bedroom.

So, for the Living Room, I'm retiring the Denon AVR-X2400H I've been using for the current 5.1.2 and got an Denon AVR-X3600H coming (couldn't afford the 3700 and don't care for 8K), which is very highly reviewed here and also sit nicely within my budget (815€ amazon warehouse deals here in Italy). For the bedroom, I got a pair of also very positive reviewed Elac Debut Rerefence (DBR62) which I'm loving so far.

In the beginning I was thinking to sell the bulky X2400H and get a small Class D amp with bluetooth for the bedroom. After all, it doesn't make sense to keep an AVR for powering just two speakers and, best of all, no TV... Right?

But then I tought of it again and realized that there might be more to consider. The 2400 got AirPlay (which I love, and has a much higher Wife Acceptance Factor than bluetooth), Audissey for room correction (which I have no idea how to do, again, I'm a newbie) and can be completely controlled from its app so I don't ever need to use the remote or plug a TV to it, whch means I can hide out of view for an even higher WAF.

Moreover, "decent chinese" Class D amp are around 70-90€ here (and they're based on the last generation TPA3116D2, not even the newer TPA3255... I've tried a few, they have a background noise even a newbie like myself can hear) and selling the 2400 will get me maybe 200€ so I'm doubting it will worth the tradeoff. I tought of selling the 2400 and getting a better stereo amp, but even if there is no review for the 2400 to compare it to I believe it will sit in that sweet spot of "higher than average, far for perfect" a cheap newbie like me likes... Will I be able to get something better without spending some serious cash? I'm looking at the Amp comparison chart and it doesn't look like.


So, back to my question... Am I being dumb for considering keeping an hidden AVR in the bedroom just to power two speakers? Or, given what I own now, it can be a reasonable option?

All advice is welcome, cheers!
 
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engio

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I can definetly hide it, and yeah, once you select it on AirPlay it starts playing without ever touching it. You then control the whole volume volume from the phone slider: I've been using it in the Living Room for a long time and it turns on when needed and then back off by itself after a while.
 

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Set up the 2400 out of sight and try it out. I think The best most affordable solution is the one you already have. Also I think it's better for the environment and more fun to repurpose your existing equipment when you can. You will have more budget for your new Atmos setup too!
 
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