Need suggestions for 5ch Amp

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  1. David Ely

    David Ely Supporting Actor

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    I'm starting to do research for my Christmas HT upgrade [​IMG]
    I've decided that it's time to go with a separate amp. Here's my current audio setup.
    Pioneer Elite VSX-21 Receiver
    Polk Audio RT35 Fronts
    Polk Audio CS300 Center
    Polk Audio M3 II Rears
    Paradigm PW-2200
    I'd be looking for a high-current 5 channel amp rated at 100W - 125W per channel at 8ohms with all channels driven.
    I was hoping that you guys could point me in a good direction to start my search for a good amp. Right now I think my budget will be around $600US, but I'm more than willing to spend less [​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin T

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    if you look around on ebay you can get the acurus a125x5 for around $600-$700. i found a great deal on the 200x5 model for $885. you might also be able to find a parasound hva-1205a used for $600. i'm not sure of any five channel amps in the $600 price range but if you could stretch to $800 or so, you're choices would improve. the only 5 channel i'm aware of for $600 in new condition is the parasound hva-855a which is only 85 watts per channel. naturally 85 watts is enough for most applications but you indicated you wanted 100-125 watts at least. hope this helps.
    kevin t
     
  3. Kevin. W

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    Dave,
    In the price range you are looking at you will be hard pressed to find something new in 5 channels, especially here in the great white north. I too was in the same boat when looking for an AMP. I settled on a Rotel RMB-1066 which is configurable from 6 channel down to 3 channel bridged at 150w per. I have had no problems driving my Paradigm Mini Monitors in bridged mode. I was able to pick the AMP up for $875CDN/$550US(List $1000CDN). You'll more than likely have to get someting used. Checkout e-bay and remember you'll get hit with duty and taxes if you buy out of the US.
    Kevin
     
  4. David Ely

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    Hmmm ... I had a bad feeling that a decent amp wouldn't fit in my budget.
    Anyone looking to upgrade theirs? [​IMG]
     
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    If there's a Good Guys around your area, try buying their Parasound HCA 85A. It's a 85 x 5 amplifier that they're closing out for $499. They didn't have any in stock at the two Good Guys that I checked, so I bought their display unit. If you buy their display models, they take off 25% off, so I paid $375 for the unit. Sounds very good, definitely an improvement from my receiver, which was a Yamaha. You can get more info about the amplifier at www.parasound.com Current price for the unit is $699. The reason that good guys is selling it at $499 is that they're not carrying this unit anymore, and are clearing the out. Good luck.
    -Vic
     
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    I bought the last harman/kardon Signature 2.1 5 channel amp from J&R on thursday ($499.00 referb). I spent the last 4 hours listening to it with the matching Signature 2.0 pre/pro which I ordered from them 3 weeks ago. Im quite impressed with the pairs performance. You can still get the 2.1 from the Harman outlet website I belive. The site may still be down for maintenence tho. The Parasound 855A is also a nice buy at $699.00. Altho its only rated at 85 watts into 8 ohms it should be more than enough power for most folks.
    [Edited last by MarkO on October 09, 2001 at 12:21 AM]
     
  8. TomH

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    Ubid has a lot of four Acurus A125X5's up.
    Tom
     
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    These are not recommendations, just alerting you to the fact that 5 channel amps for $600 can be found, you just have to dig a little.
    Parsound HCA855A (new) 85wpc x 5 for $595
    Sherwood AM9080 (new) 120wpc x 5 for $599
    If you can up your budget a little:
    Chiro C500 THX Ultra (new) 110wpc x5 for $799
    And for a little more than that:
    Anthem MCA5 (new) 200wpc x 5 for $999
    B&K AV6000 (new) 125 x 6 for $999
    Chiro is now defunct so you may so you may want to ask about service.
    http://www.soundcityoutlet.com/bin/p...gory_name=hamp
    AMC 25100 (new) 100wpc x 5 $499
    http://www.soundcity.com/bin/product...roduct_id=2097
    Harman Kardon Signature 2.0 DD/DTS pre/pro with Signature 2.1 100 wpc x 5 amp for $999 (factory refurbed)
    www.harmanaudio.com
     
  11. MarkO

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    J&R has the Harman/Kardon Signature 2.1 back in stock. 100x5 $499.00.
     
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    Dave, if your going the E-Bay route, try looking for the Carver AV-705x, 125 x 5 watts/ch rms, rack mountable, front mounting handles, THX-Ultra certified. I just saw one for $550. Very clean, neutral sounding amp. It got great reviews. 180 x 2 watts/ch rms in stereo, power steering ability up to 200 watts rms from unused channels. If you want any more info send me an e-mail.
     
  13. David Ely

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    Thank you all very much for your input. I'll definately keep my eye on E-Bay and this forum for good deals.
    Maybe I'll get a good bonus this year and will be able to spend more on the amp.
     
  14. Kevin. W

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    Dave,
    If you haven't checked out the link to Yahoo shopping above the AMC can be had for $399(100wx5). Well within your budget.
    Kevin
     

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