Newcastle AM-9080 vs Soundstream THX M-3

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    After much whining and pouting today, I finally got the go ahead to get a separate amp for my Denon 3802. I've found deals locally for these units (used), but I haven't been able to find much info on them. Aside from the difference in the number of channels, which one is the better overall performer and would be the best choice?

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    The Aragon 8008ST's are selling for $1K, plus shipping, at Ubid. These are brand new units with Aragon warranties. Only 2-channels, but it will make a noticeable improvement.
     
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    I am curious to know if anyone has heard the Soundstream amp. Anyone out there have an opinion on the M-3?
     
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    I have the 2 channel version(M2) that I'm using on my 2-12" subs. I purchased it over a year ago and it's worked great. I've only used it for the subs, so I can't comment how it sounds for the mains.

    The Soundstream M1, M2 and M3 are THX certified mono block amps. Spec'd at output power 120W @ 8ohms, 230W @ 4 ohms and 260W @ 3.2 ohms per mono block. The max output ratings are 160W @ 8 ohms, 270W @ 4 ohms and 300W @ 3.2 ohms per mono block. Each monoblock has a signal to noise ratio of 113db, THD 350. Features both 3-pin XLR and RCA Phono inputs.

    The M3 is basically 3 monoblocks connected together by a front panel and an angle bracket in the back.

    If you can get both at the same price then I would go with the Sherwood just because it's a five channel amp versus the 3 channels of the Soundstream. The Sherwood is considerably heavier and larger if rack space is a concern. The M3 is 42 lbs. 5.75" X 17.0" X 16.0" (HxWxD).
     
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    The Sherwood is 72 lbs and five channel. A beast to say the least. I am very happy with mine. I'm completely unfamiliar with the Soundstream unit.
     
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    I've owned both a Soundstream M-2 and the AM-9080 and if I had to pick one, I'd take the Sherwood unit. For a relatively inexpensive amp, the Sherwood Newcastle unit was pretty good, only lacking in a slightly compressed top end which most folks would not even notice on their systems. Get the SN.
     
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    Thanks for the input, but it looks like the issue has become moot. I was trying to avoid buying in haste and repenting in leisure and sought the advice of you folks, so the AM-9080 is now sold. At $350 I thought it was quite a bargain, but it looks like I'm going to have to shop around for something else. Are there any good three/five channel candidates out there in this price range, perhaps up to $500, for a used model, or should I keep looking for another AM-9080? Also, are there any good sites for used/refurb'ed equipment other than Ubid, Ebay, and Audigon?

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    Dean,

    Recently Sherwood dumped a lot of AM-9080s on uBid and elsewhere (I got mine for $350 brand new from uBid - incredible deal). Look at Ebay and you may find bargains.
     
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    I'm back! [​IMG] I really appreciate all the excellent advice. I've found a good deal on some Marantz MA-6100 monoblocks for a bit more than the SN. I had to whine and pout some more to get the go ahead to get them, but I'd like to get your opinions of them before I commit myself. I haven't found much about them in the archives or audioreview, so what do you all think - would these be a better choice for me?
    They'll be used with a 3802 and Infinity Interlude 40 fronts, IL-36 center, and IL-30 rears.
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