Parasound HCA855 w/ Paradigm Studio 100's

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  1. Ken Custodio

    Ken Custodio Second Unit

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    I am very close to buying a pair of Studio 100's. Currently I am using a Parasound 855 (85wpcx5) to drive my mains and center (Paradigm Monitor 9/cc370). Would I be better off using my receiver (Denon 4802 120wpc) to drive the studio's or would the Parasound Amp be better?
     
  2. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    Go with the Parasound.

    If you are using the 5 channel Parasound to drive the mains and center, why not biamp the mains and use the remaing channel on the center?
     
  3. Ken Custodio

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    Ken, I would suggest the parasound for now even though it is less wattage per channel you will get more bass extension and detail. Eventually you would benefit with a more powerful amp for your mains I use a 2205 and may upgrade to 300-350 two channel amp in the future not that the 2205 doesn't sound great cause it does but more power would be awesome[​IMG]
    Good luck Bob
     
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    Ken,the other post is right the 100's like power! I drove my 100's/CC450/ADP450's with a Parasound 2205 which really opened the system up.Before I drove them with a Yamaha DSP-A1 and a RX-V1 which sounded nice but with the Parasound it sounded like a new system.BTW I have a 2205a for sale.If interested give me a e-mail

    Cheers,
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  6. BobRoulier

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    Steve Morgan, Just curious why are selling your 2205? are you upgrading your gear? whats the scoop?


    Bob
     
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    Ken,

    The HCA 1500 (205 x 2) matches the 100's like a charm!!!!
     
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    Bob, I am going to try the Cinenova Grande. Like you said more power!

    Cheers,
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    I am using the Parasound HCA-3500 350w x2 with the Studio 100's and couldn't be happier.
    The high current (120 amperes per channel) of the 3500 most likely is the reason for improvement in sound quality over my Denon.
     
  10. Ken Custodio

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    Trevor,
    That is some nice gear you got there on your HT Site...a lot of gear too. You have alot of the type of equipment I would want to get if I wasn't so poor [​IMG]
    Ken
     
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    Trevor,

    I would love to add the Parasound 350x2 to my 2205 for my 100s but I see that parasound does not offer it anymore! What was retail on it? Also what interconnects are you useing and speaker wire for the 100s




    Thanks Bob
     
  12. JoelM

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    Ken, Ken, Ken, back again trying to convince yourself the the Parasound855 isn't what you intended. I see you bi-amped your mains, but do not assume that because your calibrated levels did not change that there is no difference. It's all in the volume...The louder the more noticeable. After weeks of listening to my Denon2802 I finally hooked that baby up and it sings like a charm. Now I have a Para2003 on the front/center(200x3)and the 855 for surrounds. I must say that I am a very happy customer.
     
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  14. Ken Custodio

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    Joel,

    Where did you get the Parasound 2003, I was looking to get one of those amps, but have been having a tough time finding one. There was only one on Audiogon
     

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