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matsj
01-14-2006, 08:05 AM
Im on amplifier hunt now to my stereo / cinema at home and i wonderer what you use at home.

regards mats

stevem
01-14-2006, 12:28 PM
Bryston 4B ST, 3B ST and 7B NRB. All are excellent, and I highly recommend them.

Steve
01-14-2006, 12:28 PM
Yamaha R-V1105
Old...still kicking, been working since day one with no problems.
I like it.
Has DTS and optical in and as I remember still uses power transistors instead of the lousy sounding chips.
One of my favorite audio settings effects is "jazz club"
The others settings are fun to play with and there are a lot of them.
Having a good center speaker is a must for movies or theater effect setting. Using the tv speakers didn't cut it for me.
It is powering 2 modified Valencia's, left and right, Iconic home made copy from late '50's for center all orginal still, rear - Tannoy C-6 speakers...Also on "B" speaker setting, L65's in the kitchen.
The RCA's out feeds my two Altec 9440A's amps for my contrabass sub and second set of speakers, 4343's. It is fun with all of them on.
Even with the volume up...the clarity is amazing. Never have it over 1/3 volume yet. The Star Wars #2 dvd at the end when all the troops are boarding the star ships and some of the ships are taking off. Nothing is lost or distorted and it is very clear.
The only problem I have had in the past is that with the high effeciency Altec speakers, the built in overheat cut out would cut in about once a week or so after several hours of listening. I was using only about 1/8 volume on the dial.
Moved the settings in the receiver to have the amp see the speakers as less effecient. Fixed that.

Someday I'll upgrade when I can figure out how to put a 70mm 22 foot screen in my living room.

Steve

boputnam
01-14-2006, 01:02 PM
(THIS THREAD NEEDS BE MOVED TO "OFF TOPIC")

But, at last count, there are 310 answers to your query, here:
http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=147

matsj
01-14-2006, 01:20 PM
Sorry for this, you can move it.


regards mats

boputnam
01-14-2006, 01:39 PM
(Not to worry - that message was for the Moderators to move the thread...)

toddalin
01-14-2006, 01:51 PM
Yamaha RX-Z9 for L,C,R,LR, RR, LP, and RP, a modded dBX 150 Watt sub amp (to be replaced by a Yamaha or Carver with LOTS MORE POWER) on the W15GTI, a Sunfire Signiture True Subwoofer (has its own 2,700 watt plate amp), and two Aura 35-watt amps for the couch shakers.

Rolf
01-14-2006, 02:41 PM
E.A.D Pre/processor + Perreaux R200 i's as Power Amps only(For 2ch hi-fi listening) + some "crap" amps for 5.1 movies.

Rolf

invstbiker
01-14-2006, 02:56 PM
MAC 501 MONOBLOCKS

I'M OLD FASHION. TWO CHANNEL ONLY

Rolf
01-14-2006, 03:03 PM
MAC 501 MONOBLOCKS

I'M OLD FASHION. TWO CHANNEL ONLY

The look is :cheers: . Hope they sound the same way...:)

Rolf

majick47
01-14-2006, 03:47 PM
(1) Yamaha PC4002M (2) MX2000 (2) Adcom 565

jim campbell
01-14-2006, 03:54 PM
Bryston 4B built like a tank and 20 year warranty,great sound and control.Still dreaming of those big ol Mac monoblocs...............sigh

norealtalent
01-14-2006, 05:03 PM
300 wpc Perreaux PMF3150 ss for bottom, 100 wpc CJ Pemiere Four tube top end. Did somebody imply there is something other than 2 channel?:bouncy:

boputnam
01-14-2006, 07:21 PM
Im on amplifier hunt now to my stereo / cinema at home and i wonderer what you use at home.Same as I do everywhere else: QSC.

But I'm simple - I just like results! :thmbsup:

DAVID POHLER
01-17-2006, 03:22 PM
Bryston 4BST & 3BSST Very nice amps...Good company with a great warranty!

hapy._.face
01-17-2006, 04:44 PM
When it comes to solid state: I'm in the Bryston camp, too. Surprised to see so many others that are! Bryston amps are excellent home theater choices- lotta muscle yet relaxed. But if you're gonna listen to a lot of music with your HT- my choice changes. Personally, I love the STASIS based amps. Find vintage Threshold- and buy. These things have great musical quality and NEVER get hot (very flat though- may not be for everyone) IMO, they make perfect choices for HT/Music set up. You can even pick up the older Nakamichi (which utilized the STASIS circuit) for a song these days on eBay. I have one that if I blindfolded you - you'd swear you were listening to an amp costing 20X it's price (some for as little as $200). Older Acurus amps rock, too. I find the Japanese designed circuit amps are too nasal for extended listening (again, IMO). I start to get a headache after a while (listener fatigue). Brit amps have no ass. Go American! (macs always a good choice if you can swing the ransom these days- valve or solid state). But, at this point- If you're up late at night posting on a forum like this- It's too late for you; I don't think you will ever find an amp that stays parked for long. ;)

Don Mascali
01-17-2006, 05:07 PM
All Yamaha.

I just can't afford all of this esoteric gear in the power levels I need.http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

H/T receiver is an RX-V1400

5 way mains:

P2500S
P5000S
P7000S
P7000S
and an old P-2050 for the tweeters.

Steelyfan
01-17-2006, 05:14 PM
Before, A second-hand Harman Kardon HK6300 , now a second-hand Yamaha RX-V396RDS. It is not an expensive piece, but it sounds very good to my ears. For the moment I use it in stereo, or 2.1 mode. :)

hapy._.face
01-17-2006, 05:29 PM
Yikes, Don! That's a lotta juice. LMAO- You're an addict, man! You must be single, eh? lol.

JuniorJBL
01-17-2006, 06:10 PM
Musical Fidelity KW 500 for mains and L/R HT. Proceed HPA3 center/sides and rotel RB1080 rears 2 Crown K2's for subs. Other 2 channel system uses 2 Proceed HPA2's bridged for L/R.


The KW 500 is a nice amp but on the more expensive side.
The Proceed HPA2's on the other hand sound pretty good and can be had for quite a bit less on audiogon. They are very heavy.
The Rotel is just for rears and I have never tried it for mains.
The Crowns are great for subs however I did use them for main amps for about 2 years until the upgrade bug bit:biting:

toddalin
01-17-2006, 06:14 PM
All Yamaha.

I just can't afford all of this esoteric gear in the power levels I need.http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

H/T receiver is an RX-V1400

5 way mains:

P2500S
P5000S
P7000S
P7000S
and an old P-2050 for the tweeters.


I have a DSP-A1 with a matching tuner if you want to upgrade it.;)

lfh
01-18-2006, 02:32 PM
Pre: Audio Research SP3A
Crossover: JBL M552
HF: Nelson Pass DIY Zen Amp (Class A MOS-FET)
LF: Albarry S 508

Quite some bang for the bucks IMHO.

Fredrik

kingjames
01-18-2006, 04:07 PM
I use A Harmon Kardon Avr-520 as my surround receiver and use the Classic Pioneer SX-1250 as my main receiver.

Bernard Wolf
01-18-2006, 06:08 PM
Hey that makes 2 Perreaux amps and counting.. I'm using a 1150B 100 watts a side with an Audio Note M2 Phono Tubed pre.. works real well. The Perreaux is a mosfet amp and for what its worth I have hard time telling the diff between it and my Jadis Defy DA30 tube amp.

And whats with evertyone talking about gobs of power all the time..? I hardly ever hit more than 1-2 watts.

Bernard

QwertyAccess
01-19-2006, 06:08 PM
lol i need to look into amplifiers more (and speakers for that matter), im using a Denon DRA-625RA (and i love it tho) what would one suggest i look into if/when i move onto surround sound. :) Also that MAC 501 MONOBLOCKS looks like a monster.

Mike33
01-19-2006, 06:55 PM
I am using Bryston 4B pro's and a Sansui 9090DB on a second system for FM.

Mighty Saturn 5
01-21-2006, 03:45 PM
Im on amplifier hunt now to my stereo / cinema at home and i wonderer what you use at home.

regards mats

For absolute dampning, dynamics and headroom perhaps you should consider a Crest CA-18 for your mains or sub woofer set up. Although a bit expensive, it will last a lifetime and has more clean power then just about anything else out there (other then the Crest 10001). As far as the rest of the system I tend to agree with many of the other posts- its difficult to choose any one amp with so many listening prefences. Some prefer the warmness of tubes while others like the tightness of solid state, I myself think that the lows or large mains might sound excellent with the Crest amp I mentioned with the rest of the system being driven by some nice tube amp(s).

Ian Mackenzie
01-21-2006, 04:21 PM
Yep ,

The Bryston stuff is nice but not cheap.

Nice to see a Zen Lover among us.

I am going to try a Kenwood 7 channel wonder box for grins shortly, has a Shark chip in the decoder.

My theory is I prefer a more engaging and romantic amp for cd's and vinyl and very dynamic amps for HT. Perhaps its a blending of the titanium in the drivers and the right amp that gives the "right " sound.

Currently I use a PSS amp on the bass end (of a 4345 system) and a Passlabs Aleph 60 Hot Rodded to 6amps bias current for the mids and highs. Its a hyprid approach but its seems to work okay.

At the moment I am building a 150 watt / channel A/b Vertical mosfet amp designed by an Australian engineer Greg Ball (ex Mark Levinson and Usher), its a Beta version and will let you know how it goes. About 10 years ago he put out a thing called the Eidetic, it was so good that rumour has it Krell forced him out of the market.

PSS AUDIO
04-25-2006, 02:16 PM
Yep ,

...

Currently I use a PSS

A PSS Amp ....

If reveiwers and magazines are right, probably the best audio pro amp and one of the very best "Hi-Fi" amp ...

What do they say?

02/2006 - DIAPASON - STUDIO B :
Page 1 = http://www.pssaudio.com/presse/DIAPASON_02_06_STUDIOB_uk.jpg

Note = 5* Ease, a great deal of ventilation and information. Very good stereo picture. Thierry Soveaux.

02/2006 – HIGH FIDELITY - STUDIO A :

http://www.pssaudio.com/presse/Haute_Fidelite_02_06_STDIOA_UK_1.jpg
http://www.pssaudio.com/presse/Haute_Fidelite_02_06_STDIOA_UK_2.jpg

The PSS Studio can boast that it takes the listener a giant's step forward in the world of music reproduction. Christophe-Emmanuel LUCY.

11-12/2005 - SONO ACHAT - STUDIO A

Its main advantage, in our opinion, concerns its ability to stay perfectly true to the dynamics of the original source, with a balance of tonality always impeccable. Ghislain Prugnard.

11/2005 - Revue du Son - STUDIO A

Sound that is very "pro", to be taken in the noble sense of the term, for a reasonable price. Jean Hiraga.

09/2005 - WHAT HIFI - STUDIO A : http://www.pssaudio.com/presse/WHATHIFI_09_05_studioA_uk.jpg

The STUDIO A reproduces perfectly the various kinds of music one feeds it. G.P.

-----------------------------------------

(Moderator note: Yuri has a financial interest in PSS Audio)

Mr. Widget
04-25-2006, 03:57 PM
Was that last post an advertisement?

I'm currently using a pair of 22 watt mono block 845 based tube amps on my mids and highs... they're sounding pretty darn good to me.:)


Widget

Zilch
04-25-2006, 04:31 PM
Yuri RETURNS!!

:p

Ian Mackenzie
04-25-2006, 05:33 PM
Ding Dong!:p

Hi Yuri,

Please Pm me about your amp review here down under..update required:bouncy:

matsj
04-26-2006, 12:32 AM
I recently bought 3 Crown K2 for mid bass. 1 Qsc Plx 3402 for my 4 subs.
And now im building a 5 channel Hypex Ucd 180 for my 2446/2450 drivers.

regards mats

Varvet
04-26-2006, 02:12 AM
3 Harman Kardon Citation 22

Guido
04-26-2006, 03:39 AM
2 Harman HK870 in "quasi" mono mode for my 250ti's

Adcom GFA 555-II for my 4425 (4435 soon)

Still searching for the right amps for my 4313 and XPL160

Guido
04-26-2006, 03:41 AM
(Moderator note: Yuri has a financial interest in PSS Audio)

Come on! We know this.

hapy._.face
04-26-2006, 06:27 AM
I think I know what it is:

Yuri Gutsatz decided to promote his products in an unusual way, never before attempted in the music sector and launched his own Eau de Parfum, Dcibel!

http://www.pssaudio.com/images2/decibelsmall.jpg (javascript:AfficherImage('images2/decibel.jpg'))

"Dcibel de PSS " has a rich and warm fragrance blended into a perfumed composition of lemon essence from Italy to which is added a selection of spices that gives it an originality and a lasting quality that the Italian essence, the elusive head-note, does ot possess.
In this spiced bouquet, you find a whisper of Pepper essence, Pimento, Cloves and Cinnamon blended with the freshness of Paraguayan Petitgrain and African Geranium.

boputnam
04-26-2006, 08:34 AM
Come on! We know this.Guido, there are many, many new members here since Yuri's last post.

It is only fair - and should be required here - that any financial interest of any kind in respect of a product being reported on be fully disclosed in the post.

hjames
04-26-2006, 09:17 AM
... there are many, many new members here since Yuri's last post.
It is only fair - and should be required here - that any financial interest of any kind in respect of a product being reported on be fully disclosed in the post.

I thank you for that! I joined in early December and I didn't know of Yuri's financial interest - its nice to know, tho from the other recent conversations elsewhere here I suspect I should be looking for some 6290 amps instead ...
(but my JVC receiver works fine in 2channel Audio and 5ch Home Theatre mode)

Fred Sanford
04-26-2006, 09:55 AM
When it comes to solid state: I'm in the Bryston camp, too. Surprised to see so many others that are! Bryston amps are excellent home theater choices- lotta muscle yet relaxed. But if you're gonna listen to a lot of music with your HT- my choice changes. Personally, I love the STASIS based amps. Find vintage Threshold- and buy. These things have great musical quality and NEVER get hot (very flat though- may not be for everyone) IMO, they make perfect choices for HT/Music set up. You can even pick up the older Nakamichi (which utilized the STASIS circuit) for a song these days on eBay. I have one that if I blindfolded you - you'd swear you were listening to an amp costing 20X it's price (some for as little as $200). Older Acurus amps rock, too. I find the Japanese designed circuit amps are too nasal for extended listening (again, IMO). I start to get a headache after a while (listener fatigue). Brit amps have no ass. Go American! (macs always a good choice if you can swing the ransom these days- valve or solid state). But, at this point- If you're up late at night posting on a forum like this- It's too late for you; I don't think you will ever find an amp that stays parked for long. ;)

There's been a Threshold Stasis S/500 A/AB amp lounging around our office for a while now, I bet my boss would let it go if there's interest. It's out of box, I believe it used to be in his home system. We're in the NYC area. 2006 Blue Book shows value at $1,110 used retail, $707-450 wholesale depending on condition. PM me if anyone's looking for one of these beasts.

je, regretting trading my old Bryston 4B away...

Fred Sanford
04-26-2006, 10:14 AM
Every bit of my equipment has been torn down & is getting re-configured, but here's the power amp plan:

My theater has a Yamaha RX-V1000 and an NHT sub, house power amps are ADA Rhapsody (6 zones), AudioControl Architect 1250 (6 zones) and Elan Z660 (3 zones). Main music listening system will likely be using two Adcom 2535s and a Velodyne powered sub. Studio uses a Crown DC300 (main PA) and four Yamaha P2100s (control room monitors, main room playback monitors, main room vocal monitors, headphones). There's also a few Denon PMA 920 & 720 integrated amps, an M&K powered sub and a Canton powered sub in the mix somewhere.

je

Uncle Paul
04-26-2006, 05:24 PM
Carver CT-27V preamp
Carver TFM-15CB amp
Carver TFM-6CB amp
SAE 4000 crossover

Triumph Don
04-29-2006, 04:49 PM
I recently bought 3 Crown K2 for mid bass. 1 Qsc Plx 3402 for my 4 subs.
And now im building a 5 channel Hypex Ucd 180 for my 2446/2450 drivers.

regards mats


OK, my curiosity is peaked. You have 3 K2's for MID BASS? What the heck are you driving? And how much power does the Qsc Plx produce!

doodlebug
04-29-2006, 05:31 PM
Currently, I rotate between an HK Citation II with full updates of caps, power supply, etc or a set of Mac MC-225s wired in monoblock configuration. Also have a set of Hafler DH-220s with the Musical Concepts driver boards and updated power supplies but don't use them much.

The Citation and Macs are pretty much the same, sonically, once they're fully restored. All work quite well with my JBLs/UREIs.

Cheers,

David

matsj
04-30-2006, 10:41 AM
Triumph Don: I feed 8 Jbl 2226h 15" in my Home cinema. 2 2226 in each front and center :D . The other 2 as surround in Jbl 4530 scoop.
The Qsc 3402 will deliver 2x700w/8ohm 2x1100w/4ohm and 2x1700w/2ohm. In bridge mono 1x2200w/8 and 1x3400w/4ohm.

regards mats

spkrman57
04-30-2006, 10:47 AM
It should be here this week sometime and I am looking forward to hearing it as it has been highly recommeded by some folks I have talked to.

Ron;)

Mr. Widget
04-30-2006, 11:11 AM
Triumph Don: I feed 8 Jbl 2226h 15" in my Home cinema...Damn! Does your "home" cinema seat 50? That is some serious fire power.:bouncy:


Widget

matsj
05-01-2006, 12:07 AM
NO only 5 seats :D :D :D :D Mr.Widget.

regards mats

Don Mascali
05-01-2006, 05:56 AM
NO only 5 seats :D :D :D :D Mr.Widget.

regards mats


A man after my own heart, TOO much is just right.:applaud: