New amp.. Is it working???

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  1. Sean_B

    Sean_B Stunt Coordinator

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    I just purchased a Parasound HCA-855 from E-bay for $306.00. Quite a steal I thought. I'm using a Yamaha 995 as my pre-amp and am using the pre-outs on the back of the receiver running to the amp with acoustic research interconnects.

    Now, I was really excited by my new venture into seperates because I've always been told its much better. However, there doesn't seem to be any discernable difference. Maybe I don't have it hooked up right? I would figure that the volume level would change when I turn the amp on after the receiver was on but this is not the case??

    My speakers are paradigm studio 40's.

    Thanks for any comments.
     
  2. Donnie Eldridge

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    Did you use the same material to compare before and after? I recently did the same thing with my Yamaha DSP-A3090 with your same amp and noticed a big difference in overall sound quality.
     
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    Did you adjust the knobs on the back of the amp to set the 'gain' (or whatever the right term is)? I have mine turned up all the way.
     
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    Marvin has a good point. The gain should be turned all the way up.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys.

    Jeff/Kevin, I was under the impression that just the interconnects from the amp to the receiver was all I had to do. I was told that the speaker wire could remain in the back of the receiver. Jeff, I do get sound from my speakers with the parasound amp off.

    I'm going to go connect the speaker wire to the amp itself now. I should be in for a pleasant suprise because I'm truely disappointed.

    The gain levels are all the way up.
     
  8. Sean_B

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    Well, I hooked the speaker wire directly to the amp and the difference was night and day.

    Thank you all very much. I am in audio bliss right now. I spun a few of my favorite CD's and its absolutely remarkable what seperate amplification does. Can't wait to get a decent CD player to further improve the sound quality of 2 ch. music listening.
     
  9. Geno

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    Have fun Sean, have fun. Welcome to the world of seperates.
    Depending on your music taste, Id get something like Bethoven's symphony's to test/enjoy your new setup.



    PS I'll sell you my jvc cd palyer for $75. its an older 6+1 setup but ive never had any problems with it. i upgraded to a 7 disc dvd player so a cd player to me means a larger ent. center which I dont want.
     
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    Thanks Geno, but I'm saving for a Sony SACD 222 model.
     

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