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#1 of 8 ericks

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Posted June 14 2007 - 12:29 AM

This is my first post here, though I've been reading for a few days - this seems like a great group of enthusiasts so I'm hoping you can help guide me. I've been shopping for a 7 channel amp for my HT. Budget is $2K or less and I'm willing to go used if necessary. I like a "warm" and "open" sound overall - I love tube amps for example. I'm looking at something in the 125-200 wpc area to drive a Definitive Technology system. I've been looking at Sherbourn, NAD, and Sunfire mostly. What else should I be considering? I don't have many local dealers, so I'm going to have to make a decision based primarily on user opinion Posted Image . Those of you that sell higher end equipment that can throw me a good deal are more than welcome to send one my way Posted Image . This is just the beginning for me - once this piece is bought, I'll be looking for a dedicated pre/pro.

#2 of 8 Ed Moxley

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Posted June 14 2007 - 01:16 AM

You might want to look at Outlaw audio equipment too. They've won a bunch of awards, with their stuff. See it here: http://www.outlawaudio.com/
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#3 of 8 Robb Roy

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Posted June 14 2007 - 01:26 AM

Another internet direct company to look at is http://www.emotiva.com/. I recently added their IPS-1 amplifier and am thoroughly impressed by it.

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Posted June 14 2007 - 01:38 AM

Thanks for the input so far. I was looking at the IPS-1. What are your overall impressions on this amp? Is it fatiguing in any way to listen to?

I looked at Outlaw's website and read some reviews, but most people seem to say the Outlaws aren't "warm" sounding.

#5 of 8 Robb Roy

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Posted June 14 2007 - 01:55 AM

If I found it fatiguing in the least, I'd have returned it by now.

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#6 of 8 Ed Moxley

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Posted June 14 2007 - 03:51 AM

Ok.........here's a site to buy used McIntosh stuff.
http://www.mcintoshaudio.com/
They are supposed to be very warm sounding.
Samsung HL61A750 (LED DLP)            Onkyo TX-SR805
Oppo BDP-83 Blu ray                                  Polk Audio LSi9
Polk Audio LSiC                                  Sony SS-MB100H
SVS PC12-NSD (Sub)                       ...

#7 of 8 hodedofome

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Posted June 14 2007 - 04:41 AM

Second recommendation on the Emotiva stuff, the top-of-the-line MPS-1 is within your budget http://emotiva.com/mps1.html

http://www.audioholi..../emotiva-mps-1

http://www.ultimatea....essors/805emo/

http://sphl.audiogon....ran

#8 of 8 Shannon W

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Posted June 14 2007 - 05:07 AM

Check eBay for a use Sunfire. I got lucky and got mine when a local store was loosing there Caver dealer. so I picked my Signature cinema grand 7 for $1900 out the door.. You can fine good deals.. you just have to know what your looking for..

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