Adcom GFA-5500 amp...Questions

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  1. Alan Pummill

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    I need amp buying help. I recently upgraded my sub to a Paradigm PW-2200. I have a complete HT setup, Paradigm Monitor 7's(front), Monitor 3's(rear), CC-350(center). But I listen to more music than HT, 70/30. I like to listen to CD's with my fronts set to small along with the sub.

    Now to the GFA-5500. I saw that AudioAdvisor had refurbished units for $895. Is that a good price. Is that a good amp to use with my speakers. BTW, my receiver is a Pioneer Elite VSX-09TX.

    Do any of you, in the know, have suggestions for other amps between 2 x 125 wpc and 2 x 200 wpc. I am not really interested in a 5 channel amp, unless that would be someone's recomnendation. TIA for any help or suggestions.
     
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    I have a GFA-5500 and I can tell you that it is a great amp for the money. It will do 200 WPC into 8 ohms
    or 350 into 4 ohms. And that's continuous power, not some peak rating. I find the sound very nice and
    easy to listen to for long periods of time. And it's built quite solidly, with large heatsinks. [​IMG]
    You can get one brand new for around $900 or so, if you look around.
     
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    Thanks for the thumbs up, Lee. So you think this would be a good match with my other gear? Do you know were I can find a new one for $900?
     
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    Alan: Not having heard those speakers, that's hard to say. But the 5500 puts out a smooth sort
    of sound that I find easy on the ears, quite pleasing. And it has plenty of power.
    You want a deal on a 5500? Check this url out. [​IMG]
    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/plazaaud...omgfa5500.html
     
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    That's the best price I've ever seen for a new 5500. [​IMG]
    Personally, I'd go with the 5500. The extra power is really nice to have. It will make for
    effortless handling of challenging music and movies. Then you won't have to worry about upgrading
    for a long time, if ever. And at that price, it's a real bargain. [​IMG]
     
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  8. Alan Pummill

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    Thanks Brian, great review. What do ypu think about the GFA-5500 vs. GFA-5400...200wpc x 2 vs. 125wpc x 2...$824 vs. $540.

    Question for all, with the gear I've listed above, do I need 200wpc?
     
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    Oh, and by the way, "WELCOME to the HOME THEATER FORUM"[​IMG]
     

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