Anthem AVM 20 Owners: What AMP Are You Using?

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  1. Rob Tomlin

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    I am considering the purchase of the Anthem AVM 20 for a dedicated home theater room that I will be building.

    I am curious as to which amp owners of this pre/pro are using? While I have heard nothing but positive reviews regarding the Anthem pre/pro, I have heard some less than positive reviews regarding their amps.

    Your comments are greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Bob Wilson

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    I use the PVA 7 and am very pleased with it. I have seen no poor reviews in any magazine. The AVM and the PVA basically are a matched set.
     
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    I'm using a Rotel RMB-1075. A fine amp that compliments the AVM-20 well, in my opinion.

    Matthew
     
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    I have an Anthem MCA-5 matched up with the AVM-20 and really am very pleased with it. I think it sounds great. I will add another two channel amp when I move to 7.1 and I might go with something a little higher end, but not out of any dissatisfaction with the Anthem...great amp for the $$$.
     
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    ATI 1505. THe Anthem/ATI combo sounds great to me.
    -Erik
     
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    Parasound HCA-2205A. Very pleased with the combination.
     
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    Five "modded" Marantz MA-700 monoblocks, with two more in storage awaiting the transition to 7.1.

    I just realized that your post said AMP, not AMPs.

    Michael
     
  8. Rob Tomlin

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Since I am not really familiar with all the amps out there, I should have also requested that you indicate how many channels your amp has (several of you have). Also, please indicate the price paid.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Rob, the MCA-5 is 5 channels at 170 WPC with all channels driven. I paid a little over $1000, but the amp listed at around $1500.
     
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    Sherbourn 5-1500A and Aragon/Modial 8002 in a 5.1 system. No complaints here.
     
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    Proceed HPA-2 for the fronts with a MCA-5 for the rest.
     
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    I'm the cheap amp guy. Sherwood Newcastle AM-9080, 5x120, $600
    Great combination.
     
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    I have a Cinepro 1K2SE for the mains and a Cinepro 2K6III for the rest. Lots of clean power and a great match with the Anthem.

    Mike
     
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    Like Matthew, I'm also using the Rotel RMB-1075 (120x5), plus an RB-1050 (70x2) to cover the two rear channels for 7.1. I paid $1300 for both at my local dealer.

    I think the neutral sound of the AVM 20 combined with the warmth of the Rotel amps is a great combination if your tastes lean in the neutral/warm direction. Sound is smooth and clean with my M&K THX setup, outstanding for both movies and music.
     
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    I am using Rotel RB-1090 (2x380, $1700 new, $1400 used) for the mains and RMB-1095 (5x200, same price) for center sides and rears.Marc
     
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    My Parasound HCA-2205A is 220w x 5 channels. A good used price is $1400, MSRP is around $1999.

    Good luck!
     
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    I have the MCA 5 (paid approx $950.00 US) matched with the AVM 20 and Paradigm 100's v2 and Studio CC. I am very happy with the sound. I intend on getting the MCA 20 when I go 7.1.
     
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    9 Marantz MA700's
     
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    Anthem PVA 5 but just for surrounds.
     
  20. Rob Tomlin

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    Thanks for all the responses.

    It definitely looks like there is no real consensus on which amp(s) to use with this processor. I am leaning towards the MCA-5 since I probably wont be able to hear any other amp with this processor anyway.

     

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