Need 3-ch amplifier recommendations

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  1. Marc Alexander

    Marc Alexander Stunt Coordinator

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    I have a Kenwood VR-2090 receiver which was Kenwood's top of the line a few years back. I am trying to upgrade the performance without replacing the receiver (I need it to control the CD-3280 dual zone CD jukebox). Unfortunately, this model does not have 5.1 pre-outs. It only has has pre-outs for Center, Surround, and Sub.

    The built in amps are rated at 0.03% THD in stereo mode but a whopping 0.7% in 5-ch mode. I believe my best solution (short of replacing the receiver) will be to add a 3-ch amp for the Center and Surrounds. I was hoping Parasound made a 3-ch amp but I cannot find one.

    Any suggestions for my dilema? I am not a critical stereophile and 95% of my listening is movie soundtracts. Speakers are Klipsch 10.5s (equivalent to RF-3s I believe) with matching surrounds and center.
     
  2. rodneyH

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    Rotel 1066 is bridgable for 3X150 and is about $600.
     
  3. Marc Alexander

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    Thanks Rodney

    Rotel 1066 is exactly what I am looking for. Looks like I can pick up a 956 (100W bridged) or 976 (same as 1076 as far as I can tell) for $250-350 used.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  4. Mike Matheson

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    Marc

    If you haven't, check out Audiogon for used gear and/or ideas of 3-chn amps. The Rotel is a great unit. There are some other brands equally as good.

    (disclaimer--I currently have a 3chn amp for sale on Audigon myself)

    Mike
     
  5. Marc Alexander

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    Mike,

    I don't suppose you are selling the amp for under $500?
     
  6. MarkO

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    I have a harman kardon PA-5800 (5 channel) im selling for 300.00. I have the original box and manual. Let me know.
     
  7. Marc Alexander

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    My choices are now narrowed down to the Rotel 956 ($250) and Mark0's H/K 5800 ($300).

    Recommendations?
     
  8. Marc Alexander

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    Marko, I sent you a PM regarding the 5800
     

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