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Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by rjanezic, Jan 7, 2013.
Hello everyone just looking for some powerful integrated Amplifiers, any help would be useful
Why does it need to be integrated?
Because I really don't need an AM/FM Radio
Cool, I was just making sure you knew what integrated meant... How much power do you need? http://www.krellonline.com/s300i.html
I am going to be powering a Cerin Vega Xls-12(300watts) or an Xls-15(400watts)
So you don't need much power...(not being sarcastic, you don't need much) http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha--S500BL-Integrated-Theater-Amplifier/dp/B0044779HW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1357608584&sr=1-1&keywords=yamaha+integrated
Ok thanks, will this be able to push the speakers to its limit (not that I want to do this)
No. The limits would be a 400wpc amp/integrated.
Ok, what integrated amplifier would you suggest if I wanted to get close to that
How much cash you got?
Hahaha I knew this was coming, Um probably not even close to what I need to get wha I asked for but. Around $1000 maybe more if I'm feeling frisky
How about a stereo pre-amp and 2 channel ammplifier? http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/processors/products/usp1 or http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/upa200 http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa200 Or, just get an H/K 3490. Ignore the radio http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554381-REG/Harman_Kardon_HK_3490_HK_3490_Stereo_Receiver.html
Ok thank you this has been a big help
I know I just feel like I'm paying for the AM/FM on the HK when I probably won't use it
No matter what you buy there will probably be some part of it you won't use. Instead, concentrate on the things it has that you will use. I've never owned an integrated amp but I'm not sure if it would actually perform that much better than a regular (hi quality) stereo receiver would. If my assumption is wrong then hopefully someone will correct me. I have owned the Emotiva USP-1 stereo pre-amp and it was an improvement over a regular receiver, but much of it would depend on the quality of the outboard amp. A stereo pre-amp external amplifier combo would be quite a bit more expensive than a good quality stereo receiver would be. High power integrateds seem to be very expensive as well. Moderately priced ones seem to be less powerfull. But my guess is any of the three would power those CV's to irritating levels. 1) Stereo receiver. 2) Integrated amplifier 3) Stereo pre-amp/external amplifier I'd rate them in that order of performance and cost.
The only reason(any more) to buy integrateds is to get pre-in/out. Granted, not all of them have them...but it isn't tough to find. Then you can run external EQ, crossovers...or whatever else you'd like. I run a bi-amp set-up with my HK3390(whatever the 120wpc version is that was out before "this one"). It runs out to a Dahquist LP-1, which the upper runs back into the HK, the lower runs into two different sections(effectively running two MBM with a sub). That is disappearing in even stereo receivers...but continues on with int. amps.
So basically just get the HK 3490 and if I really want a seperate amp i can
And if you want to save some money H/K sells 3490 refurbs on their ebay store for $299 /free shipping. Warranty is same as new, 2 years.
Alright Ive decided to go with this amplifier http://www.cerwinvega.com/pro-audio/high-performance-amplifiers/cv-2800.html This Pre-amp http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IWWLO0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=AX5NYQPT332XZ These Speakers http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JGTOI2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=A1GO776JZJGBGT Ok what cables will I need to connect the Amp to the Pre-amp