I have bought a SR606 for HT. Wanted to know whether it performs better for music also, compared to Norge 1000.
Congratulations for buying Onkyo 606, I think you have bought it from Manu4Punjab as he had mentioned it somewhere. Now if you are really want to enjoy music from your 606 please follow the these steps:
1. Don't use Audyssey Equaliser settings while listining to music source like a CD player or Ipod, this can be easily done by selecting Pure Audio or Direct DSP from your Onkyo but in this case your speakers act as the full range speakers so make sure that they can handle the frequency requirement for a particular type of Music.
2. Try experimenting with the power cable which came with the AVR and replace it with either a DIY or a branded one from the likes of DAC or QED, this experiment you could result in a more detailed sound from the same AVR. If you know a friend or dealer who uses a fancy power cable then try borrowing the same from him to really check the difference in SQ. Also Use a decent Analogue interconnecters to connect all your source.
3. Last but not the least your source should be really good to bridge the gap between a Integrated and an AVR.
Yes, I am getting it from our fellow member Manu. I have not yet received, he will be sending it once he gets his new 876.
So what you all mean to say is that Norge 1000 will definitely outperform the AVR (assume we have done all the possible tweaks and best available interconnects and power cable)?
Being an Integrated Stereo amp it might out performe for Music reproduction but its again up to you,your speakers and source to judge the difference from both.
How to replace the power cable in Onkyo, i think we need to open the amp are do some soldering.. Any ways the interconnects will be DIY based on Belden cables.
Onkyo's come with the detchable power cords, as far as I know atleast in the higher end models I owened eg. 705, 905. and If I am right you can do the same easily.
When your AVR reaches you then connect it in your setup and then give us the feedback so that we can help in adjusting the same to your liking.
I think to get most out of norge, you need a good CDP. norge does not have DAC. Onkyo has its Own DAC. so you should get better sound if you use digital out of any standard(sony/philips) DVDp and use onkyo's DAC.
To upgrade my sound, i think i will need something like HK 3490 or above. i don't think Norge will give any better SQ if your CDP is not upto the mark. a good CDP will cost you at least 15K and DVDp(like oppo) at least 12K.
How are space speakers? they look good in pics but how do they sound?
What i am asking is that, consider I am connecting a good DAC (either a good sound card or a dedicated DAC) to Norge 1000 and Onkyo 606 (Analogue) w/ good interconnects, does 1000 outperform 606?
Expecting a clear 'Product A' is better than 'Product B' answer at this price range and product/brand type will be difficult. One of the advantages that the Norge will have is less electronics and the lack of video circuity to give it a slight edge in terms of delivery. At the same time, the Onkyo does have a method of bypassing all the unnecessary circuitry in Pure Direct mode. Frankly, between these two products, unless you spend huge amounts of money on the source, cables, and speakers, it will be difficult to make out a huge difference.
Go with what you have. Get a good card for your HTPC, buy decent interconnects and cables, and enjoy your system for some time. In the meantime, put together some money for the next 12 odd months. When the upgrade bug catches you, relegate the 606 to pure movie tasks, and get a decent amp, a CDP, and speakers to deliver just music. If you jump to something like a NAD, CA or similar amps, you will get a qualitative jump in sound quality.