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Stereo Amp Recommendation ~$200


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted December 22 2006 - 12:15 AM

My parents want me to buy them a good stereo amp for 100% music listening and have around a $200 budget. I know this is a pretty small budget, but I was thinking bang-for-your-buck stuff (NAD, perhaps?). Anybody have any thoughts?
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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted December 22 2006 - 03:50 AM

Are you willing to buy used?
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted December 22 2006 - 04:32 AM

Used NAD would definitely be a good choice.

Do they need an FM tuner? If so, a stereo receiver migh be a better choice and your price range should be in the right ballpark for most.

If they don't need an FM tuner, an integrated amp will easily be a better choice. New, will be tough to swing one in that price range though, so you would be looking used most likely.
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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted December 22 2006 - 10:35 AM

Used doesn't bother me in the least. That's a good point about the FM tuner. They'll definitely need one.
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#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Mark Russ

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Posted December 23 2006 - 03:44 PM

How about a refurbed HK 3480 from their direct store or their ebay auctions?

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Posted December 24 2006 - 02:46 AM

Are you looking strictly for an amp or an amp combination? If strictly an amp, how about a Behringer A500. It is a two-channel amplifier, but does not have a tuner, etc. I got mine shipped for $200. Plugs into my Yamaha avr receiver's pre-outs.

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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   FeisalK

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Posted December 24 2006 - 03:01 AM

I wouldn't buy pro-amps for my parents tho.

I second the NAD receiver .. something like an L40 or something
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Carl Gaff

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Posted December 28 2006 - 06:26 PM

If you are just looking for an amp, have you looked at B&K? Used B&K amps with 105-140 amps per channel that will drive any speaker are available at your price. They sound excellent and are very dependable.

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Posted December 28 2006 - 11:37 PM

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#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted December 29 2006 - 07:46 PM

Given that your parents want a tuner, you should check out Onkyo's refurbished stereo receivers at www.shoponkyo.com. Excellent performers with AM/FM tuner, phono pre-amp (for play vinyl records) and remote. Has 1 year factory warranty as well.
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