Totally Green About Sep.Amps: Is This A Good Deal?

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  1. Dave Simpson

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    Okay gang, I'm surely going to need some advice here. Been condsidering a new receiver lately (currently quite pleased with my Yammie 795A) mainly for DPLII; thought I'd go with the new 1200 or 2200 (I like Yamaha [​IMG] ), but the prices here in Canada are somewhat steep (before any of our friends in the USA suggest various e-tailers, I've ruled that out due to brokerage fees, warranty and service issues, blah, blah, blah...I'll be making a purchase from a local B&M dealer). The prices are steep enough that I figure I oughtta grow up and step into separates, one piece at a time. To that end, a dealer in Toronto is advertising all their Adcom gear "at cost", so they say. I'm interested, therefore, in the Adcom GFA-7500, a five channel, THX-cert. amp. Power is rated at [email protected] ohms, [email protected] ohms (not exactly double the 8ohm figure, is it? [​IMG] ) Let me be clear: I'm drawn to this unit simply because of the price ($1500 CDN, just under a grand in Eagle bucks, BTW), and if I were to buy it, I'd consider it a happy fluke. I'd continue using the 795A as a pre-pro for the time being (no hurry for DPLII), so if the Adcom/Yammie combo isn't favourable, no biggie; I could live for a while with that config. Also, my speakers are currently PSB Image 4T, 8C, and 3LR (surround); these too, will likely be upgraded at some point (considering Axiom M60 or M80).
    Can anyone offer some opinion on the Adcom unit, or point out flaws in my thinking? I can take it, guys! Also, are there any other brands/models of 5-channel amps at this price I ought to know about (not too interested in any used gear)?
    One last thing: the small print in the ad says "items subject to prior sale". Is that "dealer-ese" for units that have been returned to the store's stock for any given reason?
    Thanks for any consideration or advice you may offer. Cheers!
    DS.
     
  2. Rich G

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    That sounds like a good deal for a new piece of equipment. I think used they are only a couple hundred less.

    One question I have is why do you want to upgrade the receiver? Power, features?

    There are many other amps to consider but I don't know if you will get that type of deal. Outlaw's amp is in the range too.

    Another consideration is sub. That kind of money could buy a SVS+

    All in all, if you want to get into seperates this is a good starting point.
     
  3. Andrew Pratt

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    Adcom makes some nice amps and the price seems good for the power. Audioshop in Ottawa was selling a much of Adcom stuff off as well so you might want to see what they are priced at first.
     
  4. Serge Breton

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    Dave,

    Audioshop lists this amp for $2400 so $1500 seems like a good deal.

    Please send me an email with the link and phone # to this dealers website/store. I'm in the market for an Adcom 2 channel amp, looking real hard too! I would appreciate it.
     
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    Dave I saw that ad too and was thinking exactly the same thing. I have an rxv-800 running paradigm studio 40's and Titans. Do you think you'll get a big improvement in sound quality if you still use the Yamaha as a pre/pro? I'd like to hear from anyone who has done this already. If you decide to buy let me know how it goes. Thanks.

    Mark
     
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    Dave, this sounds like a return or trade-in, but it's a great deal, my buddy picked one up a couple of months ago for $2200. you should ask them if they will take your Yamaha as a trade in and get a separate pre-amp/processor, or try and sell your Yamaha, you'll be much happier.

    My buddy tried, using his old receiver, and eventually went out and got the pre-amp/processor.

    Good luck
     
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    Dave/Mark

    Would you mind telling me what store your talking about?

    I would like to up my power to my front 3 speakers.

    thx
     
  8. Dave Simpson

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    Thanks for the input thus far, fellas!
    Kevin and Serge, the store is Kromer Radio on Bathurst. A copy of the newspaper ad can be found here.
    Rich, there's no pressing need to upgrade at this time. I thought simply that I'll evetually upgrade my current receiver for greater power and more features; figured seperates were a good idea once the receiver cost was approaching about $1500 CDN.
     
  9. Dave Simpson

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    Hey guys, one more thing: what sort of cabling is required to connect my current receiver to this amp? Is it simply five RCA cables? Do I need to blow the bank on designer cables? Hoo boy, pardon my ignorance...Cheers!

    DS.
     

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