Blowing fuses in amps of any other "common" problems with HTamps needing service?

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  1. Kyle_Y

    Kyle_Y Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm looking into buying a used multichannel amp, Parasound 1205A, 855A, or Rotel 1075, but I have heard many people saying that their amps often have blown fuses? How do these fuses get blown, and how often does this occur? Also, how reliable are these amps I have just mentioned, I am wondering becasue I don't want to get stuck with a big metal doorstop after buying it used. I probably can get the 855 new, but I really want a 1205 or 1075(unless the dealer gives me a BIG discount). Anyone got a good, CHEAP used one?:b
     
  2. John Tompkins

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    I've bought about 10-12 used amps just over the past couple of years. The only time that I ever blew a fuse on any of them was when I accidentally had the speaker wire ends touch each other with the amp on. Not many things to go wrong or wear out on a used amp, If you get it to your doorstep in working order then most likely you wont run into any problems down the road, this has been my experience anyway
     
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    Kyle,

    I haven't heard of HT amps blowing their fuses being a common problem. I have heard of it as John said though. Crossed speaker wires and things like that. Where did you hear it was common? To the best of my knowledge amps a pretty reliable.
     
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    Yeah, that's about where I've heard it, speaker wires touching. Also, how much would I have to pay to have a fuse fixed?
     
  5. John Tompkins

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    about a dollar or so as you could do it yourself with no problem, thats if you ever had to. Dont worry, buying a used power amp is the best option there is. You can get so many great deals on used amps, over 50 percent off!! go for it.
     
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    "Also, how much would I have to pay to have a fuse fixed? "
    Maybe $.99[​IMG] They are pretty cheap.
    Kyle, With amplifiers, like most electronic pieces...the problems will arise within the first month of ownership/usage if there is a problem...otherwise, solid-state electronics are pretty reliable. The big companies are also pretty willing to service their product if you do run into a problem. Switching out a fuse is about as easy as plugging the unit into the wall.
    I'm also a little perplexed by your findings that amps often blow their fuses. Whoever told you that is full of... you know[​IMG] It will happen as a safey if you cross wires or internal short, lightning strike, etc.
    Jeremy
     

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