Amp question plus HT opinions

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by MattAnder, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. MattAnder

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    First my amp question. When somebody says they have a 300 watt amp does that mean the same as when the specs say 150 watts X 2? I'm thinking of getting a Rotel RMB 1075 amp and the specs say that it has 120 watts X 5 into 8 ohms. Does that mean that particular amp has 120 watts or 600 watts (12 x 5)?

    Now onto my other question. I want to upgrade my home theater setup. Here's what I'm thinking of getting.

    Fronts: Paradigm Reference Studio 100
    Center: Paradigm Reference Studio CC 570
    Surround: Paradigm Reference Studio ADP 470
    sub: either Paradigm Seismic 10 or Seismic 12

    I was also planning on getting some kind of power conditioner from Panamax and an amp. Like I mentioned above I was looking at the Rotel RMB 1075.

    Right now I have a Marantz SR8200 receiver, but I was thinking of upgrading that as well.

    What do you think of these choices and what do you think I need to change and what sort of recommendations could you give me? Thanks.
     
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    Matt,

    A 150Wx2 amp could indeed be called a 300W amp, but as you noted yourself, it's a bit unprecise to do so.
    People might say "a 300W amp" when in fact they mean a 300Wx2 amp. Just ask them what they mean.

    Indeed your 120Wx5 amp could very well be called a 600W amp. Of course it will very seldom use all that power at any given moment. This apart from the fact that manufacturers generally are a bit, uhm, optimistic about the specs.


    I moved your question to the Receivers/Separates/Amplifiers Forum, where people will undoubtly give you their expert opinions about the suggested gear.


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  3. MattAnder

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    Thanks. Yeah I guess I really didn't know where to put it because I had 2 different questions in my post.
     
  4. MattAnder

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    Ok. I did a little more research and also enlisted a friend of mine to help me come up with some ideas for upgrading my home theater. I'm still pretty set on the Paradigm Reference speakers--fronts, center and surrounds. I'm not quite sure about a subwoofer though. Anyway, here are a couple options for amps/pre-amps. Let me know what you think.

    Anthem AVM30 pre-amp
    Anthem MCA50 amp

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    Either Rotel RSP1098 or Rotel RSP1068 pre-amp
    Rotel RMB 1095 amp

    Any opinions?
     
  5. SethH

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    Both sets of those are well reviewed and respected. You should also consider Outlaw which would probably be a little less expensive.



    Have you searched around in the speaker/subwoofer forum? If you do, you'll notice that SVS and Hsu are the two big brands around here . . . and they are for good reason. If I were you I'd look at those two brands and possibly the Paradigm Servo15 if you wanted to stay with the same brand or dealer.
     

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