Looking for relatively inexpensive amp power...

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  1. Yousaf

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    I currently have a Harman Kardon 320 receiver, but as I upgrade to new speakers, I am beginning to think that the 55 watts/channel it puts out won't be enough, especially for speakers with a lower efficiency. The way I see it, I can either get a an external amp or a new receiver.

    If I went to an external amp, I found a good deal on a Harman Kardon PA-4000 amp (8 x 45 watts, or 4 x 100 watts bridged which is what I'd use). However, that only helps me amp 4 channels, and I am lookign for 5.1 sound. Would I then need another amp? If so, I guess I could get a Harman Kardon PA-2000 or another PA-4000 (only $150 difference between the two in case I decide to do 7.1). However, since I am in school and move my stuff in and out every couple months having to carry 3 big heavy pieces of equipment around around will be a pain, not to mention that they will take up more room when I am already space limited. BTW, the price on the PA-4000 is $400 if that helps.

    Alternately, I can get something like the Harman Kardon 7000 receiver that outputs 100 watts/channel. I imagine that the sound quality won't be quite as good as the separates but it would be a lot more convenient to carry around. Also, I could help fund it by selling my 320 because I will no longer need it. I suppose I could stretch for the 8000 but at $1200, I don't think I could put together the money.

    Also, if anyone knows of any relative solid (100 clean watts + ) 5-channel amps for about $800 I am open for suggestions.

    Please reply soon, the deal on the Harman Kardon ends Friday so I need some idea of where I'm going by then. Thanks!
     
  2. Lance Dahl

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    I have a Sherwood in this price range , 125 w per channel. It has been a great amp.
     
  3. Yousaf

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    Are you offering to sell it to me or just tell me the model? And what is the model number on it?
     
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    Parasound is well within your price range, also.
     
  5. Yousaf

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    I am interested in Parasound...since they are also high current amplifiers, will they sound similar to my HK? Also, will the HCA-855A (85 x 5 8 ohm, 125 x 5 4 ohm) be sufficient or should I try for a HCA-1205A (140 x 5 8 ohm, 200 x 5 4 ohm) for ~ $200 more? At $750 it is getting kind of pricey but I suppose it is worth it...note that those prices are used prices, new it is $1000. Also, after getting that my receiver amp cost will be approaching the cost of my speakers (I plan on spending ~$2000 on speakers minus sub, looking at Rockets, Home Theater Direct Level Fours, ACI Emeralds, Paradigm Studio 20, GR-Research, etc.)

    Am I focusing too much on one area here? Basically, I do not want to purchase the 1205A if I will see no real benefit. Any advice? Or is it better just to get the 1205A because it should last several sets of speakers?
     
  6. Ian C

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    I'm actually in the same situation as you...Looking to upgrade to an amp in anticipation of getting better speakers. I am highly considering the Parasound 1205a at $750-800 and 140 wpc at 8 ohms. I think it will definitely be worth it to spend the extra $200 to get the 1205a over the 855a, to give me more headroom for my speakers (probably Rockets or Axioms).

    The problem is, there are other 5-channel amps in that price range (Rotel, B&K, Sherbourn) and I'm having trouble picking which one I would like. Considering I'm buying used, I don't feel right going into a store and using their stuff to demo.

    For me and my speaker preferences, I'm leaning toward either the Parasound or Rotel RMB-1075.

    Ian
     
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    Rotel RMB 1075 At about $850. 120X5, but puts out more than that. Do not think you can go wrong with this AMP for the money[​IMG]
     
  9. Yousaf

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    OK, I just realized that my birthday is comign up in a little over a week, so that should help out with the money problems [​IMG]

    I am really looking now at the Rotel RB985 MKII for $550 or the Parasound 1205A for $700-750. The Parasound gives me 140 watts per channel (as opposed to the Rotel's 110) and a hell of a lot more current. Which would be the best match for my Harman Kardon 320 receiver? Will the Parasound be the better value in the long run? Which sounds better?

    Help!
     
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    Hi Yousaf,

    You might want to check out my amp on the "For Sale" section of this forum:

    Harman Kardon PA-5800 5 Channel Amp

    It is spec'ed at 5 x 80 Watts, but HK is noted for being very conservative with their power ratings. Email me at [email protected] if you are interested.
     

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