I tried a few different volumes, approximately 12 oclock on the behringer gave me a 0db volume reading in the audyssey set up menu. The noise floor was acceptable but i was losing some of the power of the amp. Around 1-2 oclock was a fair balance but not ideal.A-ha, I think that explains it. I had a Denon 4400 and a Marantz SR7011 before my Arcam AVR550. The pre-out voltage was much higher on those, so the gain on power amps were lower.
I tend to balance my power amps so that the volume from those speakers are more or less the same volume as tho speakers that are powered from the AVR. If you do the same with yours, do you still get an audible noise floor?
I am excited to hear your feedback with this comparison, because I am between that very crown model xls1502, and either an A500 if I can find one, or the new A800 if I can determine it's at least as good...Ive been playing with one of these, stonking value!
Sounds perfectly fine to me although i get some slight noise due to my speakers being fairly sensitive.
Overall I really like it but ultimately its going back as i wanted to a/b it against a crown xls1502 but none were available at the time.
I may return to it if the crown doesn’t better it.
So putting aside the power ratings, the new version is at least in one qualitative way a downgrade, in going from class a/b, to class d, amplification type? Will I still notice a SQ difference, if I'm only powering a subwoofer with it? The a500 is hard to find now, but I see crown has a similar priced class a/b amp, with rca's and binding posts, in their xli800.No, i don't think i want to have a class d amp (have had one hifi class d amp)
Just an observation, i had my system close to reference yesterday and the inuke was barely showing 2 lights, so it may well be overkill for me but i just noticed it sounded a fair bit fuller with the inuke.I was considering the A500 and A800 for two reasons, over the iNukes/NX- 1. They have no fans, which may not be an issue since it'll be behind my tv & l am aware of the fan mod; and 2. RCA ins and binding posts vs. speakons & XLR only. Plus I already borrowed an A500, which proved more than enough power for my application.
They do seem to be the best value, and even have DSP. I'll reconsider, look into converter cables, thank you.
Just an observation, i had my system close to reference yesterday and the inuke was barely showing 2 lights, so it may well be overkill for me but i just noticed it sounded a fair bit fuller with the inuke.
The downside is the inuke sounds like a jet engine, im actually thinking about routing it to a cupboard that backs on to the cinema room.
Overall i think the A800 is great when ran with my speakers and @Rambles suggestion about using xlr did indeed reduce the noise floor a bit.
Hi, so far so good! I am using it in stereo to run my two upfiring atmos speakers. Sounds great, no issues at all. I am tempted to try it bridged on my centre for a bit of extra headroom, I haven't got round to trying that yet. It will require a new Dirac calibration, so not a trivial undertaking.