5 channel amp pricing( what did you pay?) and recomendations needed please

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  1. Fred DeGrandis

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    After posting several threads on this topic, and doing countless hours of research, I have narrowed it down to these choices. Please let me know what you folks think of these, and if you own them, what price should I expect to pay. I know the MSRP of these, but I'm looking for a price to walk into the dealer with and expect to pay. I would love to know what I should be willing to pay for any of these. I am only 22, so when a dealer sees me, I am expected to pay full price The only place that takes me seriously, and doesn't expect full MSRP from me is 2.5 hours away, and in Canada. I have no objection driving up there, but it would be nice to be taken seriously in my own state

    I can get the Anthem in Canada for around 1100-1200.00 US.

    My local Parasound dealer wants full MSRP for the 2205, but I read on this forum that someone said the 2205 can be had for 1500.00 US, If this is true, please tell me where, and If they are an authorized dealer.

    The Rotel 1095 retails for 1999.00 US, but does anyone have any idea what I could possibly get one of these for?

    And as for the B&K reference 7250 (MSRP of 2500.00 US), There is an online dealer that claims to be an Authorized dealer of B&K(I called B&K and they confirmed this), who has the Reference 7250 for 1899.00 US plus shipping. Is this a good deal for this amp. Also, is this amp a quantum leap from the Anthem and Parasound? I don't really want to spend 2,000 on an amp, but if it's a huge difference, I may consider it.

    Like I said before, I don't mind traveling a few hours for a better deal.

    I value all of your advice, so please let me know what you think.

    Thanks again,

    Fred M. DeGrandis Jr.
     
  2. Donald Shrum

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    ATI has a 5 channel amp that is unreal. Not too expensive either. Sorry, don't have the model number tho.
     
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    For the money your best bet is the parrasound 2205 for build quality and proformance it cant be beat.[​IMG]
     
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    With the advent of 7 channel surround becoming "the norm", 5 channel amps are being cleared out by some manufacturers. I've heard of Harmon Kardon Signature 2.0 amps going for under $500. I got my new Sherwood Newcastle AM-9080 for under $400 shipped. Shop around.
     
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    Fred, I got my Anthem in Montreal for $1625 Canadian, which equates to $1020 US.

    My recommendation? Get the Anthem...it's a very good performer for that price and I doubt the Parasound is twice as good for twice the money.

    What I would do is enjoy the Anthem for 4-5 years, then when you've saved a little more money, get a dedicated 2 channel amp for your main speakers and use the Anthem to fill out a 7.1 system. When you have a little more money to play with, you can get a Bryston or an Odyssey or the Parasound if Music is critically important to you.

    That being said, the Anthem is a tremendous value and will definately hold it's own with those other amps IMO.
     
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    The ATI model is the AT2505 which retails for $2,695. It has 250 watts per channel. Requires a dedicated 20 amp outlet, 12 gauge electrical wire, and a 20 or 30 amp fuse. It's supposed to be pretty darn nice.

    Dan
     
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    Dan, your comments just reminded me of something. Thanks.

    Fred,

    Whatever amp you get. Definately get a dedicated 20 amp circuit put in. No use having a big amp and starving it for power. Also either get a really good surge protector. (Do a search. Several members have recommended good ones that don't starve/choke the amps power) or go straight to the outlet.
     
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    Fred,

    An alternative to your narrowed choices would be the Outlaw 750 or the upcoming 7 chan amp the 770-also by Outlaw. The 770 is has a higher watts per chan rating and may be more what you are wanting. I have the 750 and it is really nice for the money. I have it paired with the ATI 1502 and it works well together. I am just waiting for then new Outlaw preamp to come out. Good luck.
     
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    Hey Fred,

    A friend of mine just pointed out this thread to me. I am selling my ATI 1505 which is in mint condition, original boxing materials, 5 months old, never used at levels louder than 80db (live in apt), 6 1/2 years left under warranty. Etc. Etc. I am selling it because it does not make sense for me living in NYC in small apartments to do a real HT so I am going 2 chan only. I will sell for $1000 shipped. Let me know if you are interested. FWIW, I auditioned the parasound, the B&K (I have a B&K pro) and the ATI was far superior dynamically imo and ran much much cooler.
     
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    I bought the AT1505 a couple of years ago from Reference A/V (www.reference-av.com) for $1199 plus shipping, which equaled $1240 shipped. to say that i have been happy with it would be an understatement.[​IMG]
     

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