Which <$500 multi-channel amp?

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  1. Jim A. Banville

    Jim A. Banville Supporting Actor

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    I'm looking at a new Parasound HCA-885a for $500. Good buy? I only want a SINGLE amp (not much space). 85 wpc x 5 is good enough for me considiring that my receiver's 105 wpc channel rating is really something like 60 wpc/all channels driven. I will be using the 5.1 pre-outs on Denon AVR3300 recevier. My speakers are Mirage OM-10 mains, OM-C3 center and OM-R2 surrounds. Room is 14" x 20".
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    Jim
     
  2. John Tompkins

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    Jim,

    The parasound is an excellant amp. But if you need a little more power you should check out the sherwood am9080 which is 120 X 5 and weighs 70 lbs. It uses 3 seperate transformers and is a great looking piece {brushed aluminium. I had one and it sounds great!! and can be had for 400.00, its a steal.
     
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    The 885 is a nice little amp. I seriously considered getting 2 of them and bi-amping my mains, but instead decided to go with a Sherbourn 5/1500A. Given your budget and space limitations, the 885 would be a good choice, IMO. Later, if you decide you want more power, you could get the 2nd 885 and try bi-amping.
     
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    Another vote for the 855. It far outclasses most receiver amps. It definetly sounds better than the amps in my Onkyo 797. Excellent dynamic range. You won't regret your purchase one bit if get the 855. Best value for the $$$ in HT amps out there(IMHO).
     
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    I too am interested in the Parasound 855, but I'm wondering if the next model up is really worth twice the price for almost twice the power? I believe it has 130 or 140 wpc and goes for around $1100.
     
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    I have been using the 855 for a bit over 2 weeks now (using 5 pre-outs from my Outlaw 1050). It really makes a HUGE difference. I was perfectly happy with the 65wpc the 1050 provided, but I caught the upgradeitus bug and decided to preorder the Outlaw 950. I bought the 855 used (in preperation for the 950), hooked it up to my 1050 and after a few days really noticed the clarity, detail and imaging differences (all superior). I have no idea how other amps compare, but am very, very happy with the 855.
     
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    I will agree with John Tompkins in his endorsement of the Sherwood AM-9080. I got this behemoth for under $400 new from uBid. Unfortunately those closeouts are gone, but I'm sure they're showing up on EBay for less than $500. It's a 72 lb megawatt behemoth that sounds awesome with my B&W speakers.
     

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