Samson s700 vs Yamaha 2095 to drive mains

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  1. Jason Price

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    I recently bought a used Samson s700 amp to be used to power an SVS sub (or two) in the future. I won't have the sub for at least 6 months (need to finish the basement), but have the amp now. So, I'm wondering if I should use the s700 to drive my mains (Paradigm Reference Studio 80s) for the time being. Currently, I'm using a Yamaha RXV2095 to drive my mains - would the s700 be an improvement?
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    I doubt it. You have one of Yamaha’s better receivers. Samson is a lower-end pro manufacturer, and outside of studio amps, most pro gear is built more for reliability than sound quality.
    That said, there’s no reason not to try it out—can’t hurt anything!
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    I tried hooking my samson s700 up to my Paradigm Studio 20's, just to see how it sounded. It sounded very flat and gritty.
    The Samson sounds great powering my pair of SVS 20-39's however.
    I think the Yamaha will sound better.
    Jeff Peake
     

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