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#240297 - 01/14/09 09:08 PM M80's on the way, need advice...please
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Hello all,

I've been reading and researching for 2 months now & finally purchased a set of M80's, I told my wife you ALL are to blame \:\)

I'm very excited as it's been almost 20 years since I've purchased speakers, yea I know, I'm getting old...I'm 46. Anyway, I really need advice on a 2 channel power amp. I have reserved $700.00 to buy one.

I'm now kinda frustrated...90% of my listening is 2 channel music with a sub. I just can't for the life of me settle on an amp. Most frustrating is the rave reviews and comments on the emotiva amps (I was looking at the RPA-2)only to read emotiva'a are not recommended by Axiom, most have a shut down issue with the M80's (not all of them I know).

I have researched NAD, Outlaw, Rotel & Emotiva models that fit my needs and price range. But some of the comments on these amps, even pro reviews (or lack of reviews) just don't have that "excitement" or "glow" about them.

I don't know, I know I should just order something and try it, send it back if I don't like it. But that just seems depressing. I've even looked at audiogon, now I'm more confused.

BTW, I have a yamaha HTR-5760 to use as a pre-amp. That emotiva amp issue with the M80's is drivin my crazy. I can't believe the 2 companies have not worked this "shut down issue" out. Axiom say it's them and emotiva says it's axiom...geez!

Well, I hope someone can help me out, I know me being happy with an amp is all relative and such. I really wanted to get 250 to 300 watts in these 4 ohm axiom's. I'm sure someone will tell me I don't need that much power, but trust me, I do.

I really didn't want to spend any more than $700.00. Well sorry for the ranting \:\) Just need some advice...

Respectfully,

Dduval

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#240299 - 01/14/09 09:17 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: Dduval]
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Get a couple of these Outlaw monoblocks and call it done. Unless you listen to music really loud on a regular basis, you don't need huge amounts of headroom. These amps are rated at 300W into 4 Ohm, which is more than enough for ear-splitting sound.

You would be hard-pressed to hear a difference between any of the amps you listed (and hundreds that you did not list).
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#240300 - 01/14/09 09:18 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: Dduval]
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Axiom has been around for 30years, you can't say the same for Emotiva. I was one of the unlucky ones that had an MPS-1 amp that would keep shutting down, after Emotiva sent me 2-3 replacement monoblocks. Since I went to my Odyssey Mono's built by Klaus in Indy, I've never had a problem. Heck, my 5 yr old Denon alone played to louder levels and had not signs of strain.

I think Emo is a great company with great people, and they do have some very nice products. I'll probably give them a chance again at some time in the future. I know Outlaw has a good track record with m80's as well.
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#240301 - 01/14/09 09:20 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: Dduval]
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You can also look at Odyssey Audio Khartago amp. I have one and it's been a champ. Scroll down to the bottom and call Klaus at the phone number there. Explain to him what you're looking for and your price point and he'll help you out.
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#240302 - 01/14/09 09:20 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: SirQuack]
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Peter, didn't Dennis have some bad luck with Outlaw years ago, before he got his Halo mono's? I don't recall which model though... He did like to listen to levels far beyond most users to fill his huge space...
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#240303 - 01/14/09 09:21 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: SirQuack]
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yeah Sean, my Stratus mono's within Khartago cases really shine.
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#240305 - 01/14/09 09:22 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: SirQuack]
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I don't think Dennis had monoblocks, but a multi-channel amp. Also, he listens at insane levels.
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#240306 - 01/14/09 09:24 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: pmbuko]
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Your right now that I think about it, he tried various multi and stereo amps before going with the halo's. Heck, I think he even tried Parasound stereo amps at one time...

another option DDuval would be Rotel.
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#240307 - 01/14/09 09:27 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: pmbuko]
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That's what I'd do with a $700 budget (Outlaw Mono Blocks), a couple of us use the Rotel 1080 @ 330 something watts into the 4 ohm 80s and we find the the power is plenty sufficient. The 2200's shouldn't be any different for you.

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#240309 - 01/14/09 09:32 PM Re: M80's on the way, need advice...please [Re: SirQuack]
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WOW! Thanks so much for the suggestions! "St Patguy, I'll give odyssey a call for sure.

Oh, and I was really set to pull the trigger on the 2200 outlaws, but I've read forums posts about "hum" so,so reviews (I couldn't find any reviews on the newer 2200's just the M200). Most are using these for their surrounds as well, not the mains. It's just one of those things I guess I'll have to try, I'm just paranoid I won't like them...or I always have that "what if" feeling I could have gotten something better...

Respectfully,

Dduval
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