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Best Multi-Channel amplifier under U$2000,00


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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   JohMabe

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Posted October 16 2003 - 03:56 PM

I've checked out the Anthem MCA-5, the Rotel and the Parasound. What other brand and models would you guys recommend? Or you would recommend getting another stereo system and going 4 speakers only?

#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Frank joe

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Posted October 16 2003 - 05:36 PM

check out this , i bough tis a month ago simply awsome.i bought the ati 2505 250 watts by 5 not sure if they still have any but you can call to see frank http://ww3.onecall.c....nufacturerID=0

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   JohMabe

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Posted October 17 2003 - 02:06 AM

Apparently they are out of it. Anyway, it seems a little off my price range. Any others?

#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Yogi

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Posted October 17 2003 - 02:50 AM

My favourites are B&K (new/used), Rotel (new), Classe (used) and Parasound (new) in your price range. All have a nice and smooth laidback sound which will be musically satisfying for years (and ears) to come.

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#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Christopher_Ham

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Posted October 17 2003 - 03:06 AM

Check out the ATI amps. They are built like tanks and have the best customer service I have ever dealt with, plus, I love the sound!!

#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Dan Driscoll

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Posted October 17 2003 - 04:47 AM

Add Sherbourn to your list, the most neutral amp I have heard in the sub $2K range.
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#7 of 34 OFFLINE   gregD

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Posted October 17 2003 - 05:59 AM

Don't know if their 5-ch is available yet, but Odyssey makes serious-quality, moderately-priced amps.

http://www.odysseyau...m/products.html

#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Lance Dahl

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Posted October 22 2003 - 11:49 AM

I have been very happy with my Sherwood Newcastle 5 channel amp, I bought it new off ebay for 450.00.

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   BrianKR

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Posted October 22 2003 - 12:22 PM

Sherbourn 5210

#10 of 34 OFFLINE   MichaelDDD

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Posted October 22 2003 - 02:12 PM

Why no mention of Outlaw amps? I thought they were considered to be among the "good yet affordable" amps?

My budget for a 7-channel amp is under $2K as well and I'm considering Outlaw products.
Yeah, I base all my HT purchases on the WAF, too. Wallet Acceptance Factor.

#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Richard_B

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Posted October 22 2003 - 05:22 PM

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Why no mention of Outlaw amps? I thought they were considered to be among the "good yet affordable" amps?


I would take a look at the Outlaw amps, I am also a little surprised no one else mentioned them as I have heard wonderful things about them. The Model 770 looks very solid at $1799 to stay under the $2000 budget.
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#12 of 34 OFFLINE   MichaelDDD

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Posted October 22 2003 - 06:00 PM

The Outlaw 770 looks like a "best buy" for well under $2K. If I go the separates route (still undecided due to money considerations...go figure) it will be my amp, unless something better for the same money pops up.
Yeah, I base all my HT purchases on the WAF, too. Wallet Acceptance Factor.

#13 of 34 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted October 23 2003 - 05:31 AM

I am running an ATI 1505 with the Anthem Avm20. My speakers are (don't laugh) Paradigm Monitor 7's.
I love the sound. I got to borrow a Parasound 2205AT that I have been lusting after from a dealer friend of mine. This amp is according to Stereophile's guide to home theater is one of the best. Well in my system it sounded damn good.
But gone was my tight bass and the extended highs. I had a friend over when I did it and he said the same things I was thinking.
Now I'm not saying the ATI beat the Parasound. I am saying in my system I like the ATI. It is a little more forward while the Parasound is a little more rounded. If you get what I mean. They are both good and extremely powerful amps and both can be had well under the $2000.00 mark.
Just my two cents, and not written to cause a debate.

#14 of 34 OFFLINE   Richard_B

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Posted October 23 2003 - 06:13 AM

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I am running an ATI 1505 with the Anthem Avm20. My speakers are (don't laugh) Paradigm Monitor 7's.


Why would anyone laugh at those speakers? Paradigm makes good stuff.
Richard

#15 of 34 OFFLINE   JohMabe

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Posted October 23 2003 - 07:51 AM

I might be going 2-channel in the end. What is the best I can get used for under $1000,00?

#16 of 34 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted October 23 2003 - 07:56 AM

Because I have $5000.00 in electronics powering $600.00 in speakers. Isn't there some over-kill going on here?
I think I did the whole thing backwards.

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Posted October 23 2003 - 08:32 AM

Chris, my system was sort'a like yours but I did live in an apartment back then,...well, I got a pair of Monitor 11's for the front and made the Monitor 7's the side speakers for M/C music. I too had nicer electronics than speakers, relatively, Marantz AV9000, Rotel 993 amp, ect. The 11's move alot more air. Best wishes!
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#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Ricky T

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Posted October 23 2003 - 10:16 AM

Not a bad deal 1k deal (denon poa8300/8200): 5 power transformers for 5 amp channels in two relatively small (5inch tall) chassis:

http://cgi.audiogon.....2117155&2&3&4

Chris,

I do think your ratio is a little skewed! Your electronics can definitely take one speaker upgrade.

#19 of 34 OFFLINE   Mat_M

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Posted October 23 2003 - 10:58 AM

You may also want to check out the Earthquake Cinenova Grande 5. There is a small following (including myself, John Casler, Khoa Tran, others) on this board and other boards and we LOVE this amp.

#20 of 34 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted October 23 2003 - 11:36 AM

Gee Ricky, thanks for rubbing it in.
What would you suggest?





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