matching power amp

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Torsten Zurek, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. Torsten Zurek

    Torsten Zurek Auditioning

    Jan 18, 2003
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    Hi there,
    i'm currently seriously thinking about upgrading my system with a matching power amp. Obviously the choice is not easy due to the variety of available products. I also read that one should carefully select the amp so the combination of speakers,receiver and amp match. My current system consists of a HK AVR 8000 and paradigm reference V3 100's, CC470 and 20's. The sub is a crappy Yamaha but that will soon change. Now, i was told that the 100's should be BI- wired and powered by at least 200W.The HK, although pretty powerfull, cannot deliever that amount of juice. It sounds great but when i really turn it up it seems that the receiver runs out of clean power. Maybe , i don't really know , but that is what i suspect.I like to watch movies a lot but i normally listen to music only in stereo and then rather loud if i can. Since the center and the surrounds don't really need too much power i was thinking about buying a 2 channel amp maybe 3 channel. I'm planing to spend about max 800-1000$ for 2/3 channels. i don't mind used stuff if its well taken care off. i had the following ideas:

    Parasound HCA 1500A/2003
    Earthquake cinenova 3 channel used ~1000$
    Rotel RMB 1090
    Adcom 555
    Sunfire 2 channel version
    B&K 4420

    Now, my question is which of these would work the best with my receiver and speakers. Do u have any other suggestions?
    Do i really need a power amp?
    Should i go with a 2/3 channel amp or go for a 5 channel amp(from the above mentioned). Also i'm considering 2 mono amps if thats the way to go.( makes it easy to upgrade each channel later). BTW the Spouse acceptance factor is a big issue !!!

    Thanks for taking the time to read , think, if u really have to and answer.

  2. Mike_Skeway

    Mike_Skeway Second Unit

    Jan 13, 2004
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    I personally don't think an amp makes as big of a difference in 'matching' terms than a pre/pro or receiver can. Feeding you speakers with enough good clean power is the biggest factor in amps, IMO.

    FWIW, I use all 2 channel pro-audio amps for my 7.1 (including passive sub).

    I don't think it would matter much using mono vs 2 or 3 or 5 channel amps. Just my thoughts.

    A 5 channel probably has a better WAF to it. [​IMG]
  3. Alan Pummill

    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

    Jul 6, 1999
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    I bought a Earthquake Cinenova 5 channel amp and should be getting it Wednesday. 300wpc should drive my new maggies just fine.

    On a side note, I am currently selling a Rotel RB-990BX 2 x 200wpc amp. Look in the Hardware For Sale forum!!

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