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Need power Amp for Meridian 565

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by C227, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. C227

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    I'm going to buy a 2nd hand Meridian 565 DTS upgraded Processor.

    I've decided this because I dont really like all the Jap stuff that keeps getting updated every 2 weeks. PLus the Meridian is a proper quailty piece of kit.

    So, what Power amps do I use?

    I was thinking of going for a Rotel RMB-1075 (THX).

    My speakers are:

    Mission 753
    Mission 75C
    Mission 751

    All quite current hungry speakers that require good clean power to get them at their best.

    I could go for 3 stereo Amps from the same company - (Cyrus, Arcam, NAD etc)

    Suggestions?
     
  2. gizlaroc

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    For meridian gear I would try and go for something a bit better than Rotel, I would try and find a Parasound 2205, Lexicon 512 (one on hififorsale.com) or a bryston 9bst for starters.

    Nice processor, enjoy! :)
     
  3. Chrissywis

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    You could try sticking with Meridian and go for a 558 5 channel power amp if you're lucky enough to find one s/h.
    Cheers,
    Chris.
     
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    I agree with gizlaroc, but I think the Rotel is good value for money and performance maybe you should try the beefier 1095.
     
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    There is a Parasound 2205 Power amp for sale at Musical Images.. :)
     
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    What is your budget??

    Where you thinking of buying a new 1075???
     
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    Budget would be £1000. I dont mind second hand stuff as long as its mint. Therefore this gives me lots of different options.

    I could buy a Rotel Brand new, I could buy smaller multiple high quailty power amps like the Cyrus ones.

    I'm not fussed about big power ratings because my Cyrus 3 is more than powerful enough to power the Mission 753's, and it takes them very loud without runing out of puff.

    I might give Musical Imgaes a call and ask them what they would use with the Meridian. They must have tried many combinations out.
     
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    I've used both the RMB1075 and the Parasound with my 565 and the Parasound was indeed better. Saying that I ended up with a combination of a Rotel 991 and a 993 which was cheaper than the Parasound and to me sounded just as good. Each to their own I guess!
     
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    Likewise I have a 991 and 993 with a recently purchased 568 and heard a significant improvement over my Rotel 1055 receiver. So whilst I know I can do better in terms of amplification the Rotels are not outclassed here.
     
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    If you can get hold of a 558.1 within your budget you won`t be disappointed. I use a 558.2 which is now discontinued and therfore prices for these will be falling, too. When I bought mine I compared it to the Bryston SST equivalent and the then-new Arcam P7. It blew both away.
     
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    I am in exactly the same position - about to get a Meridian 565 (7.1 version) or 561 (hope we're not after the same one C227 :rolleyes: ) and am looking for a decent power amp. Am using my old Yammy AX620 for a power amp at the moment feeding the 565 in to the 6ch input on the Yammy. It was fine when I bought, I had nothing else to compare it to, but I just get the feeling it's not getting the best out of my speakers now. (perhaps that's an understatement :rolleyes: )

    I want a crisp, dynamic sound, that while awesome for movies, can also just chill and give great music. I like Naim/Rega kit so I suppose I would be hoping for that sort of sound from the multichannel amp, though as AV is my thing - it must be a serious ass-kicker :devil: . My good Hi-Fi is in another room.

    Speakers are JM Lab Electra 905 / Cobolt CC 800 / KEF Cresta Rears
    (soon to upgrade KEF's to some proper speakers - M&K SS150s, & Velodyne Sub).

    I was also considering the Rotel 1075, but after reading several posts - the general opinion seems to be that while the 1075 is pretty good value, the performance isn't quite there.

    I'm perfectly happy with 2nd hand kit.

    Considering Now:

    - Bryston 9B SST
    - Lexicon LX5 or LX7
    - Sherbourn 5/5210A
    - Parasound Halo A51

    Would prefer an integrated, but may consider just getting a stack of Rega Exon Monos.

    Any thoughts / experience of use?
     
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    look guys dont want to hijack this thread but have a 565 and a roksan 5ch caspian power amp on the classifieds and this combo is fantastic but i am upgrading and also going active route
     
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    I was once in the same position. I couldn't find a combo that I liked and in the end went the active route. I don't regret my decision but I was in the fortunate position of looking for speaker at the same time so previous investment was not wasted.

    -Ian
     

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