3channel Amp vs. 5 Channel amp?!?!

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Trevor-H, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. Trevor-H

    Trevor-H Auditioning

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    Hi,

    I'm looking to move towards seperates and I was wanting educated input on the subject. I have around $2k - $3k to spend on the amp alone and was wondering if it was better to get a higher quality 2/3 channel amp to run the fronts/center for now and let a reciever run the surrounds (I only have 5.1) or if I should just make the plunge and get a 5 channel amp to drive all of them???

    Brands looking at: Aragon/ Sherbourn/ Lexicon/ Bryston/ Rotel/ Parasound
    I don't mind buying used at all, and I'd like my setup to last me at least 5 years or so.

    Thanks for any input,
    Trevor
     
  2. Tommy_N

    Tommy_N Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm in the same position as you, although my budget is slightly less, give or take I'd like to spend $1,500.

    IMO for my price range I would be better off getting a quality 3 channel amp. However for your price range I would probably go with a 5 channel amp, especially if you do pre-owned.

    Some questions to ask yourself:

    What type of receiver are you using? Does it have enough power? How do the rear channels sound?

    Are you into multi-channel music. If so you might want the 5 channel amp. For soundtracks IMO it is not as necessary.

    How sensitive are your speakers? If they are really sensitive and/or if you have a small room you can get a lowered power amp and save some $$

    HTH

    Tom
     
  3. Amir

    Amir Agent

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    Look for a used Parasound 2205 (~1300). Compared to the amp in a denon receiver (2800) it is a huge difference. Compared to other amps 2 or 3 time the price, your are 90% there. I have compared it to rotel 5x100 and saw very little difference between the amp in the receiver and the rotel - rotel went back. If you have money left by a good 2 channel pre amp (try a tube) for only music. The pre will make another huge difference. good luck.

    Amir
     
  4. Roger Kaufmann

    Roger Kaufmann Stunt Coordinator

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    You can find a Earthquake Cinenova Grande 5 channel in the $2000 range and a 3 Channel Cinenova in the $1100 range. Read the reviews on this amp and pole what people on this and other forums think about it and I think you see the Cinenova's have an excellent reputation.

    Cheers,
     

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