Amps in Choices in Canada?

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  1. WaltC

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to get some input on amps in Canada. I've looked at the Anthem MCA 50 but not much has been written or reviewed on this amp? I have also dreamed about the Bryston 9B SST. Any thoughts on this 2 amps or any ideas on others that are easily purchased in Ontario? I have Paradigm reference speakers and looking to upgrade the fronts to Studio 100's. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Christopher Lyn

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    Hi WaltC. Both of those amplifiers can be found either at Kennedy Hi-Fi in Markham (only deal with Bryston) or at Audio-One in Concorde (On Steeles just west of Jane St.) Audio deals with Anthem, Bryston, and Paradigm.

    It might be easier for comparitive listening at Audio-One since they carry both lines of amps that you are considering plust they are Paradigm dealers, thus, you can listen with the speakers you desire.

    The number for Audio-One is 416-665-0749.
    The number for Kennedy Hi-Fi is 905-474-0330.

    I just bought a Studio CC to go with my Studio 80s at Audio-One. They take trade-ins. Ask for Pierro.

    These two dealers are in Ontario. Since you didn't list what part of Canada you are from, they may or may not help you. Good Luck.
     
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    I haven't heard/read/seen much reviews of the MCA50 myself. I've only seen reviews of their older, original MCA5 , not even the Mk.II. The original was great value for money, but if you wanna play it loud, it gets harsher. The Mk.II was just a minor tweak of the original, allowing it to be stable with 2ohm loads I believe. However, the MCA50 is a larger departure from the above 2 designs, with larger transformers and power supplies IIRC.

    Its a pity Canada has so many great price/performance speakers, but when it comes to electronics, Anthem is the only one I know with great bang for the buck. Of course you have Bryston and Classe, but those are way more expensive.
     
  4. WaltC

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    Thanks for the info so far. I'm from southern Ontario and actually talked to Audio One yesterday for a short while. what type of trade in do they take and what type of typically discount would you expect on amps, speakers and an Anthem AVM 20?
     
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    Hey,
    How much are you willing to spend?
    As for Canadian made, you could try Magnum Dynalab, although they might be a little on the expensive side.
    The best audio store I could find in the gta was American Sound of Canada. You would be supprised at what this store carries. They're located in Richmond hill. Phone# (905) 886-7810. Email adress http://www.americansound.com/.
    Also try BayBloor audio located at the corner or Bay and Bloor in Toronto.
     
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    I have a set of the older Anthem MCA II series (the MCA2 and the MCA3) providing 5 channels of power.

    Before I bought, I was able to borrow the MCA5 to 'demo' -- which I did against a Bryston 3B (stereo comparison only). I would urge you to demo the amp at home in your system, shop around, not all dealers are willing to let you do this -- but if you are persistent you'll find one.

    Considering the price/performance of the Anthem it was a no-brainer decision.

    The two amps (Bryston/Anthem) did have a sonic difference. The Bryston seemd to be a little stronger in the bass (or you could call it boomy) -- and it had a wider sound stage. The Anthem felt more neutral (or it had less bass?) and the soundstage was deeper (but not as wide).

    Call it a coin toss -- or preference.

    For my money today, I'd stay in the more budget amps. The Outlaw amps are a good buy, and you can pick up demo versions of the ATI 1505 at a good price in Ontario. I believe that the new digital amps are 'on the way' and will be a revolution in the amp industry.

    Roo
     
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    Christopher,
    Don't forget to post your review of the Studio CC at www.audioreview.com. I hope that you notice an improvement from the CC-300 that I believe you had.
    WaltC,
    There has been numerous posts on this forum with respect to the synergy between Parasound amps and Paradigm speakers. I received a quote over the phone from Stephane at Stereo Plus near Ottawa ((613) 830-6787) for the HCA-1205A (5x140W) amp for $1600. This was by far the best price that I could dig up.
    One last item. Yeah, the Bryston 9B SST is a beautiful amplifier. You could try to look for the 9B ST as stores are now making deals on these as the 9B SST are replacing them.
    David
     
  8. WaltC

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    Thanks very much for the input. Good description of the #B vs MCA. I understand the new MCA's have been improved to compete with Bryston but I had yet to get a chance to hear the difference. Where would I find ATI amp dealers?
     
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    Where do you find a Sherbourn amp in Ontario? Any dealers or contacts?
     

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