Power amp recomendations

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by timz_1222, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. timz_1222

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    Hello im thinking of getting a power amp and 2 500 watt speakers for me room (jus 2 defen ppl) i would like a set up that plays quite good quality music. i wish 2 spend around £600 and wud like sum recomendations :)

    thanks alot! :thumbsup:
     
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    well, for a start...wattage isn't everything.
     
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    Wattage for speakers is pretty meaningless. Is that peak or continuous, and what is the efficiency?

    Volume AND quality for that money is asking a lot. I'd see what Richer Sounds have. NAD and Rotel make good powerful budget power amps. BTW what are you using as a preamp?
     
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    hmm i dunno yet i was going to look into that l8r... do u recon its worth waiting and spending more on a amp?
     
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    You need some sort of preamp in order to select source, control volume, etc.; power amps don't do that.

    Yes, if you want quality that you will be happy with for a while, you need to spend more. What is your source BTW? CD or vinyl, you need a good signal or the rest will be a waste of money.
     
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    P.M.P.O lol, imagine the size of a real 500W 2 channel amp :)
     
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    I think there's a Krell or 2. Into 4 ohms, that is :eek:)
     
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    sure its not 2ohms? :)
     
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    just re-read original post! wants 1k for £600 lol, mate as wattage is pretty meaningless I'd look into getting a second hand rotel pre and power you should be able to get 80+80 watts of musicall lovlness for that money
     
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    Hence my earlier message :eek:). Rotel and NAD make good value high power amps. Speakers are also part of the budget...

    Some Krells will drive 1 ohm loads, but I guess you know that.

    "There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't" ;o)
     
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    1 Ohm! :eek:
     
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    Not relevant to the original question, but see
    http://www.stereophile.com/amplificationreviews/266/

    It all seems a bit much really, when people like Linn can produce world-beating sound from small boxes that don't require a direct feed to a power station ;o)
     
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    Indeed they will....try 100W into 8 ohms,and doubling all the way down to 800+W into 1 ohm...the KMA's I have will do this,but some of the newer ones are "only!" good down to 2 ohms....off topic,but fun nonetheless.

    The best of all for sheer grunt was probably the old MDA300,which would pull off the same stunt all the way up to about 2.5kW.

    I would also say that in terms of value for money and power,the Rotel amps take a fair bit of beating in all their price ranges,and NAD are also worth a look.
     
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    And I was unashamedly following the derailment to suggest there's more to sheer grunt than Krell.
     
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    thanks all!! ive read all your sugestions and there r sum cool amps in some of the recomendations!
     
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    And then you'll want some speakers. In case you didn't know, having more efficient speakers can be much more effective than having a more powerful amp, especially as your speakers might not like accepting double (or whatever) the power.

    A few basics: if you double the power, this is only a 3 dB increase; to get a subjective doubling in volume, you need 10 dB more, which is 10 times the power. Speaker efficiency is rated in dB for 1 W. Choosing a 90 dB speaker instead of an 87 dB one will give the same volume increase as doubling amp power from say, 50 to 100W.
     

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