What are you powering your RTiA9's with? I am amp hunting

gentlejaxgentlejax Registered UserPosts: 18
my current amp is a pro amp Crown k1 thats fully rebuilt. its not bright at all. but I want to try out a home amp because I have been told my a few people that i am missing something using a pro amp.

so what amp matches well with the A9 so i dont buy an amp that makes these sound like you know what

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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    Parasound, B&K and Rotel are ones I would be looking for. Maybe try Emotiva XPA Gen 3 or BasX.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,266
    Musical Fidelity, BAT, Pass Labs, Conrad-Johnson, Audio Research, Mark Levinson, Cary, Bob Carver (tube amps), Boulder, Ayre, T+A and Jeff Roland to name a few.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,155
    Budget makes a pretty big difference here...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Parasound HCA-1000A, PSB Imagine B, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • gentlejaxgentlejax Registered User Posts: 18
    ive had B&K and Parasound. B&K isnt making amps anymore and I dont want to have to pay for rebuild. Parasound is always possible but budget stops at $750 .

    I have aquired 2 amps and they are on their way now.

    #1 Wyred 4 Sound St-500 class D dual mono ice powered class D
    #2 Adcom GFA-555MKII fully rebuilt/upgraded
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,452
    edited December 2018
    Adcom 555II fully rebuilt...NICE ! B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • I use the Emotiva XPA3 Gen 3 with the A9's & CSiA6 center connected with AQ Rocket 88's. Many feel this speaker/amp combo is a "bright" combination but I've not experienced that whatsoever. Maybe the cables influence it as I was not so happy with the original home-made Belden wires used during the room build-up but only listened to a few movies before making a snap purchase at a Best Buy on the AQ cables. Been thinking of swapping in a set of MIT avt1's I have on the shelf but been too busy lately with travel and other projects. Wife is currently very happy with movie nights and in the end, that's what matters most!
    SDA SRS 1.2TL x2 - SDA SRS 3.1 x2 - SDA 2BTL
    Adcom - Carver - McIntosh amps
    HT = Polk RTi A9s, CSi-A6, RT-65 -RTi-A3's - Marantz SR5012 - XPA3 - Epson 5040UB


  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 319
    RobbyKY wrote: »
    I use the Emotiva XPA3 Gen 3 with the A9's & CSiA6 center connected with AQ Rocket 88's. Many feel this speaker/amp combo is a "bright" combination but I've not experienced that whatsoever. Maybe the cables influence it as I was not so happy with the original home-made Belden wires used during the room build-up but only listened to a few movies before making a snap purchase at a Best Buy on the AQ cables. Been thinking of swapping in a set of MIT avt1's I have on the shelf but been too busy lately with travel and other projects. Wife is currently very happy with movie nights and in the end, that's what matters most!

    The Gen 3 amps are not bright compared to the older units. Gen 1 amps are way bright on anything.
    I am planing on trying one of the DR2 Gen 3 channel amps soon.
    Main room- RTiA9 x4, CSiA6, in ceiling Atmos RT-70 x4, SVS PC 4000 x2, Marantz 7704, OPPO 203, Emotiva DR3 Gen3, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen3, Emotiva XPA-5 Gen2, Emotiva X150, Sony 75" 940E, Panasonic Plasma VT50,PS Audio Power Port X2, Perfect Wave AC-5 x5, Douglas jumpers, SVS Ultra speaker cables, Transparent IC, Furman PFi20, SoildSteel S4-4 rack

    Office-LS90s, CS350LS , in ceiling Polk RC80i, SVS PC 2000, Marantz 5010, OPPO 203,Pioneer Elite PDF-59 CD, Emotiva X300, Sony 48"

    Master BR- LSi7, LSiC, LSI700 in ceiling, SVS-PC 2000, Marantz SR5012, Adcom 7500, OPPO 203, Pioneer DVL-919 Laser Disc, Sony 55" 800B

    Workout room- RT2000P, CS1000P, Pioneer Elite SC81, OPPO 103, Panasonic Plasma VT 42"

    Patio- SDI Atrium8 x3, Emotiva A-100 amps x3

    Storage room at this time- Infinity Kappa 600, Kappa Center
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,673
    Parasound Halo A31 currently have also used a Adcom 5503. Signal Ultras for Speaker cables.
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    When I was looking for a big amp I looked for a A31. Nothing on the used market for under $2k+. I am glad I went with my XPA3 G3, nice amp, a little forward sounding but not bright at all. XPA3 does have very good detail and imaging,

    Was listening to Paradise Theater last night I kept having to check if the center was on. I had it to -10 and didn't think it was that loud. Wife came home and I couldn't hear what she was saying :) Nice clear detailed sound.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • The Gen 3 amps are not bright compared to the older units. Gen 1 amps are way bright on anything.
    I am planing on trying one of the DR2 Gen 3 channel amps soon.

    Ah, good to know. I did a lot of searching various forums when putting the HT room together and remember all the "bright" comments on the Emotiva amps. Don't think I ever found a Gen1 vs Gen 3 shootout but blame that on Goggle. As luck would have it, my brother bought the Gen 3 for his new house and then fell into ownership of a Parasound before the Emotiva even landed on his doorstep. The XPA3 came to me basically free so thought I would try it out and found it very easy on the ears as opposed to the reviews I had read.

    Thanks for the enlightenment!
    SDA SRS 1.2TL x2 - SDA SRS 3.1 x2 - SDA 2BTL
    Adcom - Carver - McIntosh amps
    HT = Polk RTi A9s, CSi-A6, RT-65 -RTi-A3's - Marantz SR5012 - XPA3 - Epson 5040UB


  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    Put on Rush 2112. This LP goes through some very bright and harsh areas. If your ears are not ringing at -10db then it's not bright or there is a hearing problem. with a Sony ES and RTi8 I couldn't go past -15db without experiencing some overly bright harshness.

    I did try a Gen 1 XPA5 once, it was not as bright as the Sony ES AVR. The G3 is a sweet amp and for the price can't be beat. Now would I rather have a Parasound oh yes but my wallet says no.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 319
    mrloren wrote: »
    Put on Rush 2112. This LP goes through some very bright and harsh areas. If your ears are not ringing at -10db then it's not bright or there is a hearing problem. with a Sony ES and RTi8 I couldn't go past -15db without experiencing some overly bright harshness.

    I did try a Gen 1 XPA5 once, it was not as bright as the Sony ES AVR. The G3 is a sweet amp and for the price can't be beat. Now would I rather have a Parasound oh yes but my wallet says no.

    I agree Parasound is an easy decision but you do pay. The new A21+ going for $3150. I am going to try out the DR2 Gen 3 first.
    Main room- RTiA9 x4, CSiA6, in ceiling Atmos RT-70 x4, SVS PC 4000 x2, Marantz 7704, OPPO 203, Emotiva DR3 Gen3, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen3, Emotiva XPA-5 Gen2, Emotiva X150, Sony 75" 940E, Panasonic Plasma VT50,PS Audio Power Port X2, Perfect Wave AC-5 x5, Douglas jumpers, SVS Ultra speaker cables, Transparent IC, Furman PFi20, SoildSteel S4-4 rack

    Office-LS90s, CS350LS , in ceiling Polk RC80i, SVS PC 2000, Marantz 5010, OPPO 203,Pioneer Elite PDF-59 CD, Emotiva X300, Sony 48"

    Master BR- LSi7, LSiC, LSI700 in ceiling, SVS-PC 2000, Marantz SR5012, Adcom 7500, OPPO 203, Pioneer DVL-919 Laser Disc, Sony 55" 800B

    Workout room- RT2000P, CS1000P, Pioneer Elite SC81, OPPO 103, Panasonic Plasma VT 42"

    Patio- SDI Atrium8 x3, Emotiva A-100 amps x3

    Storage room at this time- Infinity Kappa 600, Kappa Center
  • gentlejaxgentlejax Registered User Posts: 18
    I tried out an adcom gfa555II and a Wyred4Sound ST500 class D. I am keeping the class D . both sounded just fine
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