Anybody have one of the new Aragon amps?

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  1. Dalton

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    I was wondering if anybody has one of the new Aragon Multi-Channel amps. I have seen the 200x5 model(the 2005) go for around $1200 on ebay brand new. I was under the impression that Aragon amps were mostly "high end" usually costing $2000 or more for their multi-channel amps. Are these new models as good as some of their previous models? Aragon owners(and anyone else with Aragon experience), I would greatly appreciate your input.

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    if i'm not mistaken, the only new aragon amps with the same lineage as their previous "high-end" predecessors are the 8008mkII and the paladium 1k. all the other amps are equivalent to mondial's acurus brand. granted, i have not heard any of their new amps...but as a aragon and ex-acurus owner, the specs on their new amps (2002, 2005, 2007, 3002, and 3005) are roughly the same as their acurus counterparts.

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    Thanks Kevin,
    I would be curious to hear if anyone has done any comparison of the new amps to the older Aragon amps. Sounds like the older ones would be a better choice.
     
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    the older ones are definitely a better value (choice is subjective and thus up to the actually buyer) because you can get a used aragon 8008bb for around $1200-$1500 versus the $3000 retail for the new 8008mkII. i got my aragon 8008x3b and 8008bb for less than retail on the 8008bb alone!

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    If weight is any indicator, then consider the following:
    Aragon 8008x5 : 107 lbs
    Acurus A200x5 : 50 lbs
    Aragon 2005 : 46 lbs
    Aragon 2007 : 49 lbs
    Aragon 8008x3 : 68 lbs
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    Dalton,

    I have not compared the older amps to the next generation products that Aragon/Klipsch produce. I do own the Aragon 8002/2 X 125 @ 8 ohms that is powering my fronts for stereo listening. It does a marvelous job with the combination of components I own.

    I have heard through the grapevine that the 8008x3b - 200 per channel @ 8 ohms, Brand New with warranty will be available on ubid.com in the next few weeks.

    A lot of the older/new Aragaon line amps that are on ebay, Audiogon, etc. were purchased on ubid when Aragon/Mondial was moving their excess inventory. I know they had the 3 and 2 channels channels on there.


    As Kevin states, "The older ones are definitely a better value (choice is subjective and thus up to the actually buyer) because you can get a used aragon 8008bb for around $1200-$1500 versus the $3000 retail for the new 8008mkII."

    The new line of Aragaon's look really cool with the latest design. However,if they are similar in output and I suspect they are, then saving a few thousand dollars IMHO is well worth sacrificing appearance/cosmetics.

    Try audioreview.com for some reviews on all these older model amps. They are well received by the writers there.

    Good luck,
    Charles
     
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    Thanks guys. Chas, what kind of speakers are you running with the 8002? I really only need a 2 ch. amp because i am happy with my Carver 705ax 5 ch. amp. I could power the mains with the 8002 and use the Carver to power the rest.
    Thanks for any info.

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    Dalton,

    I own Paradigm speakers at the moment. I had Studio 20's for fronts and it was like night and day for ME when I connected them to the Studio's. I used a Sony STR DA-777ES 5 x 125 to power them initally. I then went to the Aragon 8002 as a seperate amp using the pre-outs on the Sony.

    I then took the 20's and a PDR-10 sub and moved them into my computer room. Then I picked up a Parasound 855A off of Ubid (309 plus 52 for shipping) to drive them in my computer room using passive-biamping. They sound really great with this setup too.

    I then purchased Paradigm Monitor 90P's ver 2 for mains. CC350 and mini monitors for rears. I am limited with space in this room, so I needed a speaker with a powered sub/driver. I also wanted to match my other Paradigms without having to purchase new speakers all the way around. Eventually in time, I will upgrade to a high end speaker like Dynaudio.

    Even though the amp is only powering the tweeter and the midrange driver in this speaker, there is a huge difference in sound stage and clarity. As the amp is breaking in, (another hot topic here) the sound is warmer and much better.

    If you are interested in a 2 channel Aragaon, (there are other competitors of course) email me here and I can provide someone who has these new, unopened. He is a reputable seller and was a pleasure to deal with. Audiogon.com is where I bought the 8002.

    Some of the reviews I've read about the 8002, written by people with far more expertise then me, write that this amp sounds better then the 8008 series and is conservativly rated at 125 x 2. Again, I have no experience in this area. Only what I've read.

    Hope this helps. I am sure others will provide great feedback as this site is always a pleasure to read and learn about the world of audio.
     
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    Frank,

    What did you find was the major difference between the 8002, 8008X3 and the 8008 SOUNDWISE if you can remember what your ears told you?

    Thanks for your feedback..
    Charles
     

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