Power Amplifier recommendation

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Vince_B, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Vince_B

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    Just got my tax refund and am now ready to shop for a power multi-channel amplifier in the price range of $900-$1400... hopefully this will help take my home theater to the next level. Something new or a couple of years old would be great. Ones I have found are:

    Outlaw 755: 200x5 @ 4 ohm
    Rotel RMB-1075 (used): 200x5 @ 4 ohm
    Marantz MM9000: 150x5 @ 8 ohm
    Parasound HCA-1205A (used): 200x5 @ 4 ohm
    Sherbourn 5/1500A: ???

    My current 5.1 setup is:

    Receiver: Yamaha HTR-5760
    Fronts: Polk LSi-7
    Center: Polk LSC
    Surrounds: Polk LSi-7
    Sub: SVS PB1-ISD

    Do I really need a 5 channel amp or will a 2-3 channel be enough and let the receiver drives the rest of these 4 ohm speakers? What would be a good wattage on the amp for these speakers? I usually listen at -20 below reference level and it sounds good. Heard that I'm really not getting the most out of these speakers at the moment. What would be a good amp in the $900-$1400 to go with the HTR-5760 and these 4 ohm speakers?

    Thanks for any help I can get.
     
  2. Robert Hoffman

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    In that price range, you can get the Rotel RMB-1095 used, instead of the 1075. I don't know if you need that much power, but you should be able to find it used for around $1200.
     
  3. John Garcia

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    I don't think you need that much power for LSi7s either, but it isn't going to hurt anything. I think the 2 or 3 ch. amp would be your best bet.

    IMO, I'd sell one pair of 7s (or keep them for 7.1), get a pair of 9s and a 2ch amp.
     
  4. Vince_B

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    Too much power? Should I be looking something in the 100x5 @ 8 ohm instead? Is a used Rotel RMB 1075 Silver amplifier for around $700 a good deal?
     
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    Maybe just a little overkill, not exactly too much power. The LSis really sing with a lot of power, but the 7s don't really need as much as the rest of them. Any decent 100-150w amp should be plenty.

    I can't say if $700 is good for one of those or not, but it seems to be around the going price.
     
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    You can never have too much power.
    Also add:
    Acurus - used
    Anthem MCA-5 for less than $1000 used.
    Aragon
    Ati


    Search Ebay or Audiogon
     
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    Vince,

    I'm not sure about the other amps mentioned but I know that the 755 is rated at 300x5 @ 4ohm. The 200x5 is @ 8 ohms. The 755 is a great amplifier and is a perfect match for my existing Marantz MA-700A monoblocks, which I already owned and are the reason that I didn't get an Outlaw 770 (300x7 @ 4 ohms).
     
  8. Dan Driscoll

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    The Sherbourn 5/1500A is 200 wpc and IMO is a steal used for $1K-$1.2K. Before I purchased mine I demo'd it against the Rotel (the 1095) and the Parasound. All sounded good, but I felt the Sherbourn had better bass response and was cleaner across the mids and highs, without being bright or fatiguing. However, I could understand someone with different electronics or speakers preferring the sound of the Rotel or Parasound over the Sherbourn.
     
  9. Tim_

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    I was gonna suggest you go with NAD T763 but looking at you list you seem to look for more exotic brand with higher power out put. I'm sure you'll be happy with any of them as long as you can make sure the Ohm is matched between Speaker and the Amp.
     
  10. Stephen Hopkins

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    Might wanna look at the new Emotiva UL amp from AV123. It should be shipping soon.
     
  11. Dan Driscoll

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    The T763 is a receiver, not a separate multi-channel amplifier.
     
  12. Frank joe

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    take a look at the ati amps. i own the ati 2505 its 250 x 5 and i have seperate 100 x 100 for the 7.1 setup . it cost me 1,500 on close out from one call and man it sings and i never run out of power. read this http://www.parasound.com/service_inf...2205a_ws33.pdf
    you can add this ot your list of choices
    frank
     

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