Has anyone used the Onyko M-282 amp?

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  1. Joe Tilley

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    My wife & I are moving into a new house & I have been thinking about adding a 2 ch amp two drive my back rears. Right now I'm using a Sony 5ES receiver & I'm running a pair of Polk RT55i's on the rear center in series. I have had the intinchion to run a separate amp to drive them I just haven't done it yet due to set up & space. I have thought about getting the Onkyo for awhile but I've never heard of anyone thats had one. Dose anyone have any opions on them?

    PS I know there are several other amps out there but as it is Im only interested in the Onkyo. I can get them bran new for 150 bucks & all I'm after right now is something for the back rears.
    Thanks for any help...
     
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    $150.00 for a brand new not B Stock M282? Buy it....

    I paid twice that for my M282B and it was worth every penney.

    I use my M-282 with my Onkyo TX-DS787 Receiver and I also
    use it with my Parasound Halo P3 Pre Amp to drive my mains
    and it's done a fantastic job.. Not too bright not too dull
    tyical great sound from Onkyo. (Well built too!)
     
  3. Joe Tilley

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    Thanks for the response Brett. Yes that is new direct from Onkyo. I only have till Dec 31 to do it,t will be through accommodations from my employer. I've thought about getting one for some time now & I figured for that price I cant be going all wrong.
    I may just go for it...
     
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    Joe,

    Nope for that price you can't go wrong.. It's a solidly
    built amp that weighs in at 30+ Pounds has lots of on board
    capacitance and a decent power supply (it's not a toroidial
    but it's still a massive transformer). The sound is very
    pleasing not fatiguing.. It has lots of hook up flexability
    with line level inputs and outputs, gain control and a 12
    volt remote trigger plus auto signal sensing switchable.
     
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    Well I think come pay day I'm just gonna go for it. I've been wonting to get a good seven channel amp like the Outlaw 710 or 770 but cant hand over that much cash right now. So at least this will give me something to power the back rears separately with for awhile.
     
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    Yep!

    Like I said I use mine for main duty.. I don't use the 7.1
    functionality of my Receiver (that's what the M282 is for..
    to add the 2 channels of amplification for 7.1)

    But for main duty it has way more guts than my 787's
    internal amps ever had.. I could trip thermal protect on
    my 787 with bass heavy music and movies.. Not with the 282
    it just chugs along and doesn't even get real hot..

    I think you will like it.
     
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    Brett, that'a very good point. I have a very similar situation, a HK 8000 receiver and I am using a HK PA2000 amp for the rears. Maybe I'd be better off to reconfigure everything to use it for the mains.
     
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    Mark,

    Certainly a viable option.. As good as most receivers are
    (my 787 weighs in at nearly 50 pounds) it's internal amp
    will never be as good as the external version from the same
    company when just the amp weighs 30 pounds..

    They can only cram so much capacitance and so big of a
    transformer into a receiver when it has to share space with
    all of the DSP Circuitry and Switching Circuitry.

    My 787 is a fantastic receiver but I have big mains and
    even though my mains are efficient (93Db 1 Watt 1 Meter)
    they have low impedance swings thanks to the passive 10"
    sub in each main. Before I went with an external sub solution
    I always had problems with the 787 going into thermal protect
    when playing loud and low dynamic passages and my guess is
    the lack of capacitence coupled with not enoug low ohm
    stability caused the problems.

    Switching over the the M282B cured the issue when I used
    the internal subs but I later switched to my own DIY powered
    sub so I just removed the Shorting Straps from my AR9's and
    I just use the M282 to push the Midrange and Tweeters now.

    It sounds very good to say the very least..

    I understand where the "seperates" guys are comming from.
    Seperate amplification is the only way to go, really.. But
    Receivers do have thier pro's and if you run bookshelfs or
    moderate sized towers without thier own subs... Then most
    good Receivers will drive them without running into power
    issues.
     

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