3 channel amps (Parasound/Anthem/or Acurus)

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  1. Craig Woodhall

    Craig Woodhall Supporting Actor

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    I am looking for a 3 channel amp to finish off my 7.1 setup.. Right now I have a Lexicon dc-1 with Paradigm studio 40's in the front and 2 pairs of studio 20's for the sides and surrounds. I have 2 (200w x2) Cinepro amps powering the 40's in the front and the 20's on the side. I need this amp to power my center and surrounds, I was looking at the Acurus 200x3, the Parasound 200x3 and the Anthem MCA 3. Don't want to spend over $1300 CDN. I would have to ship the Parasound or Acurus(used around $700) from down in the States.. I could get the MCA 3 locally brand new for about $1200 but have no experiences with Anthem.. Any opinions?

    Thanks guys,

    Craig
     
  2. Tan_N

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    Craig,

    I have 2 Parasound HCA-2003A and I love them. Very powerful amps! Un-clippable! They are built like Tanks. 55 pounds each. They are also very very quite.
     
  3. Craig Woodhall

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    Tan,
    Wanna sell one [​IMG]
     
  4. Mike Gl

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    You might also consider the Rotel RB993, which was discontinued a couple years ago. It is rated at 200 watts X 3. It received a positive review in Stereophile Guide to Home Theater in November 1998. (The review is accessible on rotel.com, if you are interested.)

    I purchased a Rotel RB993 used for $700 and have been very pleased.
     
  5. Craig Woodhall

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    Mike,

    I forgot all about that one, yes I like Rotel and I will keep my eyes open for one of those too. Thanks for reminding me.

    Craig
     
  6. Edward M

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    Out of curiousity....how do you like having 2 pairs of 20's as surrounds? I have 40's up front, 20's as backs and want to add either 20's or the ADP's.

    Thanks!

    Ed
     
  7. Craig Woodhall

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    I like having the 20's as surrounds, directs just sound right.. I don't want to open a whole can of worms but to me, I don't like the sound being 'difused'..

    Craig
     
  8. John Tompkins

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    Craig, theres somebody on audiogon selling two parasound 2003 amps right now for 700.00 each..very good deal. These are fine amps that have good specs. I had the rotel 993 and now a parasound 2205, I prefer the parasound which seems to mate better with my nht 2.9s which are simalar to paradigms in that there revealing and ever so slightly bright speakers.
     
  9. Craig Woodhall

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    John,

    I tried emailing that guy and he never got back to me.. I thought that was quite a deal.. I will try him again, thanks for the heads up!

    Craig
     
  10. Kevin C Brown

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    I personally don't think you can lose with any of them. They are all very fine amps.

    But, I would think that you should definately be able to find a used Acurus A200x3 for cheaper than $700.

    I got 2 brand new ones for around that price about 4 months ago. (6.1 system.) Very excellent amps. Audio did a review a while back on the *older* 200x3, where they measured 350W into 8 ohms, and 550W into 4 ohms. 1995-ish.

    Acurus/Mondial Designs has fantastic customer support too. Which is being continued in their new relationship with Klipsch.
     
  11. Craig Woodhall

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    Kevin,

    That's what im starting to think.. Whatever comes up first I will probably scoop. Any leads on the Acurus? did you just buy it off ebay?
     
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    I to am interested in the Anthem products. I am in the states, but only 45 minutes from Sarnia Ontario. The exchange is a big incentative.

    I am most interested on how the Anthem amps compare to the Rotel amps. At this time I am 90% sold on the RMB-1095,but am always open.

    As for Acurus amps there are some good deals on ones over at Avalon Audio Video.

    Joe
     
  13. Craig Woodhall

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    Joe,

    yes I wish I made money in USD, hehe! I might give the Anthem a shot, it would be nice to buy new, avoid shipping and have a warranty.. The Parasound sure looks like a monster, though.. I emailed Avalon and he told me the Acurus was $1000 USD..

    Craig
     
  14. Edward M

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    I've seen people looking for amps from Avalon Audio / Video before. I live about 1 hour from them but have never been there. Why do people seem to favor Avalon Audio / Video? Is it their pricing?

    Thanks!

    Ed
     
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    Yeah, I got my Acurus' on ebay. Audiogon sometimes has them too.

    Ubid sometimes too.
     
  16. Scott H

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    Of the brands mentioned, I would favor Acurus.
     
  17. John Tompkins

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    Craig, sent you an email, very good deal to be had
     
  18. Craig Woodhall

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    John,
    I didn't get your email, could you re-send to [email protected] I have been having problems here with my mail server..
    Thanks for the tip,
    Craig
     
  19. JackM

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    I recently bought an Acurus A200x3 on ebay ($560) to power the front three channels of my home theater. I have a Denon 3801 and have built the Audax Home Theater speakers. The difference the Acurus makes is unbelievable. Very clean and natural. I have the bass cranked up a bit for home theater (not using a sub now: trying to solve the 3801 -> Crown K2 voltage problem for my HE-15 sub) and thus the front three channels are carrying more of a load. The amp is effortless.

    Watch on ebay. Last year, there were closeouts in the $600-700 range on this amp, and I believe that the resale prices are artificially lower than they should be. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
     
  20. Craig Woodhall

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    Thanks Jack, I definately have my eyes open.. Does it ever suck to have a brand new studio-cc without an amp to power it.. What a difference I notice when I set center to "none" and just use my front 2 speakers... I miss my center.

    Craig
     

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