Help recommend a decent 3 quality amp, please!

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  1. Lynn Johnson

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    Hello,

    I think after owning my setup for more than a year now, I am very much interested in the possibility of migrating to separates, as I hear the sound quality is much improved. Currently I have M&K 750thx speakers, with a Denon 1802 receiver. I also have a Denon 1600 dvd-a player. Problem is, the Denon 1802 only has 3 pre-amps spot available, so I thought starting off with a decent 3 channel amp would be a start. The M&K's are 4 ohm speakers across the front, so I suppose that would be a deciding factor too. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
     
  2. Yogi

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    Any decent amp from any of the decent brands like Rotel, Parasound, B&K, ATI would fit the bill. If you go used you would be able to find one within $600-700 on e-bay or audiogon. In case you want to go lower you could start off with a decent stereo amp and still get all the improvement for 2 channel music and quite good improvement for your HT since it will free up much of your receivers power supply to better control the center and surrounds.
     
  3. Brandon Blair

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    Audio Refinement Mutli-3 would with a doubt be my choice for a 3 channel amp. This amp is 125 watts/channel at 8 ohms and 200 watts/channel at 4 ohms. It retails for $1395.00. Here is the website for Audio Plus Services the North American Distributor for Audio Refinement. They a really good write up about Audio Refinement and about their Multi Series Amps. I beleive you can also find your local dealer on there too.
    www.audioplusservices.com
    Good Luck,
    Brandon
     
  4. Brian Treinen

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    Lynn,

    I saw a great price on a 3 channel Chiro amp at audiogon.com ($450 if it's still available!!), there were also a couple of B&K amps (3 channel) over there too.
     
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    There's also the $1000 or so Adcom GFA-5503:

    3 Channels
    200w/chan at 8ohm
    350w/chan at 4ohm

    There was a used one on ebay for $675 a week ago, so they do show up once in awhile.

    There's the Parasound HCA-1203, which you can find used.

    3 Channels
    140w/chan at 8ohm
    200w/chan at 4ohm

    The HCA-2003:

    3 Channels
    220w/chan at 8ohm
    300w/chan at 4ohm

    The Anthem MCA3 and MCA30, the Earthquake Cinenova Grande 3 ($1099-1500 or so, 300w/chan at 8ohm), and a few others.
     
  6. Lynn Johnson

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    First, thanks for the awesome suggestions. Definitely helping, though I have a question. Doing a little more research, I noticed that my speakers are suggested to use 50-200W. Now, my receiver does 80Wx5 channels into 8 ohms(my front 3 are 4 ohm speakers), so my question is - do you think I would notice a definite improved sound quality if the mains and center are driven by an amp that does 200W+ x 3 channels? I am not against getting an amp if I think it will make a big difference, but since I'm not UNhappy with the current config, I just want to be sure that these speakers are worthy of getting more power. Otherwise, I would just wait until I buy a house and build bigger speakers...ideas? Thanks...
     
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