Studio 20's + separate amp, how much of a difference???

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  1. Benn Dingle

    Benn Dingle Auditioning

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    How much of a difference will the Paradigm reference studio 20's get from separate amplification? I'm hell bent on getting a pair for my fronts but not anytime soon since i'm still in the process of deciding whether to forego the receiver (probably a 3802) or just get a two channel amp first. The forerunner for the two channel amp is the Stratos Odyssey but it could change in the future to maybe a parasound or bryston amp. The 20's will be connected to my computer BTW.

    I would really like to hear some input on people who have gone through a receiver, separate amp transition with the studio 20's.

    thanks
     
  2. Rich Johnston

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    Benn,

    I have the Denon 1802 paired with Studio 40's and am using a Acurus 200x3 amp. Adding the amp changed the sound. A little cleaner and didn't seem to have to use as much volume as before. Which makes sense as I think an increase of 3db requires doubling the power, which I did. However, the weakest link in my system is now the 1802. I'll be upgrading to the Outlaw 950 when available. I am happy with the upgrade and it gives me a little more insight into what all the seperate hoopla is about. I have not heard the paradigm paired with the parasound, but there are many posts on here that recommend that set-up. Good luck.
     
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    I've listened to various amps (Parasound, Rotel, Crown K series, etc.) with my Studio 40s / Denon 5700 combo. Subjectively, the differences were more noticable during very quiet passages and very loud passages. The dedicated amps had a lower noise floor (quiet passages were more quiet) and the loud passages seemed to have slightly more impact. However, these differences were very small when compared to upgrading my speakers and applying acoustic treatments to my room. In the end, I felt that I'd be better off saving the amp $$$ for a projector. The 3802 has less power, so YMMV...
     
  4. Salvador

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    would one be correct in assuming that moving from a 'mid-fi' receiver's amp to a separate amp would be a classic case of diminishing returns?
     
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  6. Doug_B

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    As a Stratos owner, the attribute that sticks out the most for me is its ability to drive the speakers at any volume I've tried while still providing full separation of instruments. With all other amps I've demoed (not to mention receivers), there came a volume at which the instruments would lose their distinctness (although in fairness, I wasn't concentrating on this attribute, as it hadn't stuck out until listening to the Stratos).
    Will the Stratos be a good match for the 20's? Don't know. From my perspective, I would start with the Stratos and ask what speakers would benefit greatly from them [​IMG] . Have you considered going up the Paradigm Reference line? You can always plan for an upgrade after the Stratos has found a home [​IMG]
    Doug
     

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