Amp for 5.1 RTIA's

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  • Parasound for sure if you can find one used in your budget.

    Check out the Outlaw Audio 5000 also if you want something new. It’s pretty good 5ch amp for the money.

    I would also consider the newer Emotiva amps, probably not the gen1 amps, as many agree they’re a lil bright.
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,061
    edited November 14
    Bgoodfella wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    The Sunfire will make your speakers very happy. I should know I have one! :)

    What speakers are you using with the sunfire?[/quote



    Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers.

    I originally had a Parasound 1500A 2 channel 200wpc amp driving just my front RTA-8Tspeakers which is what introduced me to what a powerful amp can bring to the table.

    I wanted all of my speakers to powered to their full potential which is how I ended up with the Sunfire I have, which is the 405wpc 5 channel version.

    If I had come across the 200wpc Sunfire version first, I would have scooped that up.

    My amp powers all of my speakers with ease with power to spare when needed and runs very cool, and only weighs about 40lbs.

    The beauty of having a separate amp is that you can keep it through all other upgrades to your system.
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  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 801

    I would also consider the newer Emotiva amps, probably not the gen1 amps, as many agree they’re a lil bright.

    I agree, too, with the "newer" Emotiva amps. I have a XPA 2, gen 3, and it has sounded great with my LSim 703s and also my S 20s. Nice warm sound, not bright at all.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,168
    400 bucks is a good price for that Sunfire, if it's still available One might think there is a problem with it.

    Ask the owner some questions, like if there is any hum or static sound to the amp. If it's ever been worked on, and that all 5 channels are quiet at all volume levels , no added noise. Is he the original owner.
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  • tonyb wrote: »
    400 bucks is a good price for that Sunfire, if it's still available One might think there is a problem with it.

    Ask the owner some questions, like if there is any hum or static sound to the amp. If it's ever been worked on, and that all 5 channels are quiet at all volume levels , no added noise. Is he the original owner.

    The owner of the amp said that there is no hum or any noise coming from the unit, the only thing wrong with it is that the light on the joule meter is out, but other than that he is saying it works perfectly on all 5 channels... he doesnt have it posted for 400 but when i offered 400 he said he would take it since he already sold all of his martin logan speakers since that set up doesn't fit in his new place.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,479
    Meter lamp is common problem. In the past with old Carver Amp's that had the incandescent pig tailed lamps they were replaced with LED might be an option for the Sunfire.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,061
    Get it while you can!!!!
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • I'm trying to work out a time to meet up with him, it's a struggle since we have very busy schedules and they are opposite of each other haha
  • pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Meter lamp is common problem. In the past with old Carver Amp's that had the incandescent pig tailed lamps they were replaced with LED might be an option for the Sunfire.

    I'll have to look into it, but to be honest the less lights distracting me from the show or movie, the better :-p definitely not a deal breaker for me
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,985
    The NADs you listed are 2 channel units rated at 100wpc and 200wpc. The 2400 sits at 150wpc. All amps of that era are built with ridiculous amounts of headroom, easily surpassing their rated output. Good 2 channel units. I was thinking more along the lines of their multi channel amps and more specifically the master series.
  • FestYboy wrote: »
    The NADs you listed are 2 channel units rated at 100wpc and 200wpc. The 2400 sits at 150wpc. All amps of that era are built with ridiculous amounts of headroom, easily surpassing their rated output. Good 2 channel units. I was thinking more along the lines of their multi channel amps and more specifically the master series.

    I'm not too familiar with NAD, but those are pretty much all that was near by
  • What is it that gives amps the headroom? Is that something to do with watts?
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,985
    It helps that they under rate their output. The output power caps and transformers are oversized as well.
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,194
    edited November 19
    Bgoodfella wrote: »
    i could be wrong, but im seeing 5 channels on the listing for the 1205a.
    The 1205 is essentially a 5 channel Parasound HCA-1000A. If you happen across another, take it from me, your LCR will like it. So will your surrounds.

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  • gp4jesus wrote: »
    Bgoodfella wrote: »
    i could be wrong, but im seeing 5 channels on the listing for the 1205a.
    The 1205 is essentially a 5 channel Parasound HCA-1000A. If you happen across another, take it from me, your LCR will like it. So will your surrounds.

    Tony

    Thank you for the info, I still havent decided on an amp yet. I was trying to make it out to check out the sunfire cinema grand amp this weekend but the circumstances didn't allow it. Part of me keeps going back to the HCA-2205, but part of me is back and forth if i will even notice the difference from the sunfire to the parasound in mainly home theater. The other reason I've been thinking about the HCA2205 is, i could use the 3 for my mains for HT, and save the other 2 for a 2 channel music set up in another room - maybe with some LSIM's that i keep looking at online...
    Decisions decisions.
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