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  1. adrian l

    adrian l Auditioning

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    HI ALL.WHICH ONE OF THESE POWER AMPS WOULD YOU CHOOSE.I HAVE A PIONEER VSX D912.ANY HELP WOULD BE HELPFUL.THANK YOU
    1}MARANTZ MM 9000
    2}PARASOUND HCA 855A
    3}PARASOUND HCA 1206
    4}YAMAHA M 85
    5}HARMAN KARDON PM 5800
    6}CARVER AV 505
     
  2. KyleGS

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    I've heard the Yammie, Parasound and HK. Out of those the Yammie gets it hands down IMO.
     
  3. Jarrod

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    I have a H/K PA5800 and Marantz MM9000. They are both good amps, but the MM9000 beats the H/K hands down (it costs more, too but is well worth the $$ IMO).

    I haven't heard the others.

    HTH
     
  4. James W. Johnson

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    The M-85 isn't still being made is it?... I sure wish it was because I would buy one in a heart beat.
     
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    It's been many years since I've listened to Marantz, Parasound, H/K, & Carver. Back then I wasn't impressed by any of them, even the Carvers. None of them could offer the cleanliness of Yammies. The Carvers did have a neutral sound like a Yammie though, but the rest of them didn't. The M-85 Yammies are a well known legend because of their good power, true twin mono-block design, and their reputation of being nearly indestructable. They still claim almost 50% of their $1100 LIST price, even though they haven't been made for 15 years. You can find personal reviews by users of this amp at audioreview.com. I have 3 M-85s and an M-60 in my own personal system and have no intention of getting rid of any of them. You can still find M-85s from time to time on eBay and Audiogon. I haven't had any personal experiance with Pioneer products in over 30 years so I'm unable to tell you if it would be worth the expense of the Yammies. You may want to also consider the MX-1000. It's a slightly newer version of the M-85 although harder to find.
     
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    Having owned the hk5800, carver 806 and the parasound 1206 and 855..its an easy choice...the parasound 1206 is the best sounding and best built (almost 90 lbs!).

    I thought the carvers were soft on bass, the hk5800 is nice but doesnt compete with the 1206. The 1206 is the best bang for the buck as well.
     
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    I have the Parasound HCA855 with the Pioneer 811 and it works out great. I would like to jump into the 1205 eventually. I personally think your best choice is a Parasound...
     
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    adrian l Auditioning

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    well i did it i got a used carver av505 5channel amp.iam running throught my pioneer vsx d912.and i must say the sound blu me away.
    my set up
    sony hdtv 57in tv
    carver av505
    pioneer vsx d912
    2 12inch dcm towers
    5 yamaha surround speakers
    jvc dvd player
    vcr.i would like to thank every one for helping me.
     
  10. Jerry Klawiter

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    I would take the Yamaha out of those choices. Second would be the Parasounds.
     
  12. Alan Pummill

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    I think he bought the Carver. I have a Carver AV-705x...nice amp, but I'm going to sell it due to the need for more than 125wpc needed to power my new maggies!!
     
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    Alan:

    Seriously check out the Outlaw line. The model 755 (200 watt x 5), model 770 (200 watt x 7) or even better the model 200 (200 watt monoblock). Any of these will really make the Maggies sing.

    Parker
     

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