5 channel amp

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  1. ChadLB

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    Has anyone ever used one with a Pioneer 811?
    If so how did it work out. I am thinking of trying it in the near future.
    I am looking at parasound because I can get it locally.
    Does any company make a good 100 * 5 amp or 85 * 5 amp?
    I know parasound has an old model 85 * 5 but no 100 * 5.
     
  2. Yogi

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    Parasound, B&K and Rotel have a 125x5 ch version that are all excellent. If you can find the Parasound locally go for it. You will love the sound. If you want to experiemtn with different amps you can do so but if you really dont want to get in the trouble of doing so just get the Parasound and be done. You wont be sorry. Parasound is one of the best values in amps out there.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Which parasound model is 125 * 5. I see 135 * 5.
     
  4. Brian Schucher

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    Look ino t a used Newcastle AM9080 as well. 120*5 and an EXCELLENT sounding amp for the money. They can usually be had for around 400-450
     
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    I have not seen any reviews on this Newcastle AM9080 ...
     
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    Yeah newcastle is good, 8 bucks a six pack though dang....anyways....i would look at the parasound
     
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    Yeah newcastle is good, 8 bucks a six pack though dang....anyways....i would look at the parasound
     
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    Chad,

    The Parasound 1205A is rated at 140 watts/channel X's 5, but has been tested at 157 watts with all 5 being driven simultaneously. It's a wonderful sounding amp. The only thing I'd mention is that it does run very hot and needs a lot of room to breath. On the other hand, it does come with the 10 year warranty. By the way, is there any reason you only want an amp at 85-100 watts per channel?
     
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    Look at Rotel and Sherbourn[​IMG]
     
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    Rotel, Parasound, Anthem, Odyssey, and Sherbourn should all be on your list.
     
  11. ChadLB

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    I am thinking of the parasound or maybe wait for the outlaw 7100 to come out. I am in no hurry just looking for other opinions.
     
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    ...hmmmm, nevermind.
     
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    A few months ago I was going to get an 811 and an external amp to start my way into the separates market. I ended up buying a used Rotel RB-985 MkII (100x 5) from someone here in the Hardware For Sale section. Once I got the Rotel hooked up to the 3 front channels of my Denon 1801 (only has preouts for L/C/R) I totally forgot about the 811. The improvement was so great I figured I would be better off saving up my pennies for a better receiver or pre/pro. I would highly suggest, if nothing else, getting an external amp because it'll be a great improvement to your setup.

    Rotel RB-985 Review

    Chris S.
     
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    I bought a used Carver Premiere AV-705x Home THX 5-Channel Power Amplifier on e-bay about 9 months ago for $550. (5 X 125wpc into 8 ohms) If you could find one of these at that price...jump on it!!
     
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    Can anyone else give recommendations for something under say $700 used/new.
    Do most people think that the parasound HCA855a would be enough(85 * 5)?
    Or should I look for something 100+ * 5?
     
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    Depends on the speakers your trying to drive. Also, I don't know if this will be an issue, but the Newcastle AM9080 doesn't have a 12v trigger. Actually it does, but it's proprietary.
     
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    anybody own a hca855 parasound....
    Do you think it will be enough for my speakers?
     
  19. Paul Clarke

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    Chad,

    How large a space are you trying to fill? The 855A will easily drive your speaker set which at 91-93dB is fairly efficient. The amp weighs 41 lbs for a reason. It exceeds its' rated output routinely. Mine helps drive 4 towers similar to your fronts but 88dB and 6 Ohm. While my output is higher the 3 dB difference works to negate the advantage. My 510/855A setup easily fills my 17x12 area with plenty of untapped reserve. More than that, the quality of sound and power helps me to be satisfied with a 'sub 100W amp'. But I know one day I'll need to jump up to the 1205 or equivalent. More than likely something like the Sherwood AM9080.
     
  20. ChadLB

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    My current room is about 15 ' * 14' and will be moving into a house withing 6 months hopefully
     

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