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#1 of 49 OFFLINE   Kevin. W

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Posted March 20 2002 - 06:52 AM

Rotel RMB-1066Posted Image

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Power Configurations:



6 x 60W

3 x 150W Bridged all channels driven

unbridged, 8 ohm load, 20 - 20 kHz, 0.06% THD 60 watts



THD (20 - 20kHz)

cont. rated power

0.03% maximum



one-half rated power

0.03% maximum



one watt per channel

0.05% maximum



Intermodulation Distortion

(60 Hz: 7 kHz, 4:1) 0.03% maximum



Frequency Response 15 Hz - 100 kHz (±1dB)



Damping Factor

(20 - 20,000 Hz, 8 ohms) 150



Input Overload Level 5V



Signal to Noise Ratio (IHF A network): 116 dB



Input Impedance/Sensitivity 1.5 V, 22 kohms



Power Consumption: 700 Watts



Mainly because of the upgrade itch and limited funds. This little baby is a work horse and it really out does its specs.



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#2 of 49 OFFLINE   Legairre

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Posted March 20 2002 - 07:17 AM

I was able to demo three of the four amps I narrowed my serch down to at home. I was able to home demo the Parasound 2205AT, Rotel 1095 and ATI 2505. To my ears the 1095 sounded the best with my other equipment even though the ATI 2505 had more power. I really wanted the ATI(it must have been a power thing), but in the end I had to cave into the one that sounded the best. I was also able to get an in-store demo of the Sherbourn 5/1500A, but do to a lousy setup the demo wasn't very impressive. I blame this on the dealer and not the amp. But since I couldn't get an in-home demo I had to exclude the Sherbourn. It's a great amp, but I really needed to hear it at home before laying down my money.

#3 of 49 OFFLINE   george king

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Posted March 20 2002 - 07:26 AM

Rotel 1075. This sounded the best while auditioning amps. However, in the spirit of openess, I won mine about 2 weeks before I was going to purchase one Posted Image (First time I had ever one anything in my life).

#4 of 49 OFFLINE   Legairre

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Posted March 20 2002 - 08:20 AM

Oh, man you WON yours. I wish I had won mine. I would have saved a bunch of money. Way to go George.

#5 of 49 OFFLINE   george king

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Posted March 20 2002 - 08:53 AM

Legairre,



I do not know if you are familiar with the Secrets page www.hometheaterhifi.com But they are a great site, and run constests every month or so (you have to identify a film from a picture that the disguise). The prizes are generally items that they have reviewed in the past (the last contest which someone just won was a Yamaha 2095 receiver).



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#6 of 49 OFFLINE   Kevin Deacon

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Posted March 20 2002 - 10:47 AM

I own a Parasound 2003A 3x220 and a 2200II 2x220. The reason I purchased these is because they are good looking and they impress my friendsPosted Image Well, that's not the only reason; They are built solidly in and out as well as sound superb with my DIY Audax A652's, Audax center, and surrounds. I was not able to demo these, but used the advice from this board to make my decision. The amps were purchased used and are in mint condition.

#7 of 49 OFFLINE   MikeAF

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Posted March 20 2002 - 04:17 PM

There are a lot of great amps out on the market right now and you can drive yourself nuts trying to decide which one is best for your particular setup. In home auditions are not always possible. I have had a Rotel 2 channel amp, a Bryston 4BST, 2-Sherbourn 1/300 monoblocks, and a Cinepro 12kSE. I was working on the music side first and later I will add a 5-channel amp. For my ears and system I preferred the Sherbourn over the Rotel and the Cinepro over the Bryston. Are all the comparisons fair, probably not. But the amp that remains is the Cinepro. Again, because of the power, maybe not a fair comparison to some of the other amps. I could have been happy with any of the amps but I can spend a little more money than can others. When I get a 5-channel amp it will either be the Sherbourn or the 6-channel Cinepro. I will try and save for the Cinepro so my amps are the same all the way around. This site is great for heping to narrow your choices down but in the end it's your ears which must decide as everyone has different tastes. Just my 5 cents worth. Mike
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#8 of 49 OFFLINE   Evan S

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Posted March 20 2002 - 04:57 PM

I got my Anthem MCA-5II in December because I had a limited budget, wanted to buy new and it got a ton of great reviews. I figured if it lacked in any way, I could always use it to power my surround channels and upgrade to a better amp for the front soundstage. So far, this baby has exceeded my expectations and it will definately remain around the house in some capacity even if I decide to upgrade someday.
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#9 of 49 OFFLINE   Mike_Ch

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Posted March 20 2002 - 07:17 PM

Its been a slow upgrade path for me, but I bought a Rotel RB-993 a few months ago. Can't tell the difference between the 1095 and this, and also got it for a great price! However, when I get a full-time job, I'm contemplating an Australian Elektra audio Reference amp- 250*2W. This never stops does it? Posted Image



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#10 of 49 OFFLINE   David Judah

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Posted March 20 2002 - 09:21 PM

Sunfire Cinema Grand (200x5)



I bought it because I liked the design concept. Basically it is a modified Class D amp that constantly adjusts the rail voltage, so that it is 6 volts above the signal demand. It makes for a very efficient amplifier that runs cool and weighs only 45 lbs.(it doesn't need huge heatsinks because it doesn't generate alot of heat). It is also very powerful and it doubles the wattage as the impedance is halved.



It has two sets of outputs for the front channels, as well--a current source output that has a more "tube-like" sound and a regular voltage source output. I run the current source to the tweeters and the voltage source to the midrange and woofers. It has a very smooth, musical sound.





OK, OK, that is all well and good, but the real reason I got it is because I got a great price through a dealer accomodation.Posted Image



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Posted March 20 2002 - 09:44 PM

ATI 1505 and a pair of SoundStream monoblocks. I got the 1505 after a lot of demoing and loving the clean power from it, not to mention that i got a good price on a package deal with on the 1505 and a B&K Ref 20. The Soundstreams I just bought on here a month or so ago. I just picked them up to power the rears in my 7.1 system. They got good reviews on here, and I wasn't too terribly picky on auditioning them for the rears.

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Posted March 20 2002 - 10:18 PM

ASL Waves. Tube amps, 8W each. And they drive 88dB speakers. And they sound much better than the 50W NAD they replaced. THD... probably a lot Posted Image

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Posted March 21 2002 - 12:11 AM

I also own an Anthem MCA5 mKII. Sounds great, looks great, and has good build quality. I recently got a McIntosh MC-202 200Wx2 to power my mains. Pretty dramatic difference over the Anthem. Much better dynamics and soundstaging ability. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Mac amps for any application.

#14 of 49 OFFLINE   Larry B

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Posted March 21 2002 - 05:00 AM

Levinson 335 for music. Reason: the way it sounds. Rotel 3-channel (RMB-1095, I think) for center and surrounds. Reason: My dealer carried it, and it seemed that it would be adequate for my needs. Larry

#15 of 49 OFFLINE   John Tompkins

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Posted March 21 2002 - 05:40 AM

Parasound 2205, simple because it sounded better on my system then the other 10-12 amps I've owned. It is the only one that was good for both HT and music. Samson S1000 PLENTY of power, runs cool and you cant hear the fans.

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Posted March 21 2002 - 06:03 AM

Amps I currently have:

(2)ATI 2505 - I use two of these in my primary HT (I loved their very articulate, totally uncolored, revealing sound which also just plain kicks loud butt)

Crown K2 - Primary System Subwoofer Amp (Pushes my SVS Ultra to the max without distortion or fan noise)

ATI 1502 - I use this for my backyard speakers (I just kept it when I bought my second ATI 2505)

ASL MG Head OTL - Headphone Amp (best sounding match for my headphones within my budget)

Parasound 1205 - Messing around with this, my second 1205, in my bedroom HT.(Have always liked Parasound amps and got a great deal on it - bought this primarily to test pre/pros on second system in bedroom)



Some other amps that I've owned and sold, or tried but didn't buy during the last few years:

California Audio Labs CL-2500 MCA

Anthem MCA5

Cinepro 2K5

Carver 705

Sherwood Newcastle AM-9080

Parasound 1205

Adcom 555

NAD 208THX

NAD 218THX

Marantz MA-500s

Soundstream DA.1

Soundstream DA.2

Soundstream Monoblocks

Parasound 2200II

Sherbourn 5/1500 - Oops almost forgot this one.



Damn... I feel like an amp slut! Posted Image


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Posted March 21 2002 - 06:11 AM

Merc:



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totally uncolored...

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Oh how I wish that such a thing actually existed... Posted Image



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Posted March 21 2002 - 06:23 AM

[quote]

Oh how I wish that such a thing actually existed...

[quote] Larry B: Posted Image Okay, so I should have said... "compared to the other amps I tested". Actually, I also detected just a very slight hint of grain with the 2505s when compared to the ATI 1502 amp. Still, I preferred the 2505 to every amp, for one reason or another, except for the CAL CL-2500. Dang that amp was sweet!


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Posted March 21 2002 - 07:08 AM

Merc:



My comment wasn't meant as a criticism; it was merely some wistfullness (sp.) on my part.





Cheers...



Larry



Edit: P.S. You are an amp slut. Posted Image

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Posted March 21 2002 - 07:19 AM

[quote]

My comment wasn't meant as a criticism; it was merely some wistfullness (sp.) on my part.

[quote]Larry B: No sweat! It wasn't received by me as criticism. I just wanted folks to know that as much as I love my ATI's, they aren't perfect. But, heck, in this hobby, what is ever perfect?





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