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#305763 - 05/10/10 09:01 AM Best Amp For M80's?
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Just ordered my M80's and would like opinions for amps to power the M80's for mainly 2-Channel Stereo? My system will be used I would say 60% for music and 40% for home theater. I will be using the new Onkyo TX-NR5007 as a Processor and to power my 4 QS8's.

I have a budget of rougly $2000 for the amp and I do not mind buying quality used equipment (Audiogon, Ebay, etc).

As far as music goes, I mainly listen to classic rock (Beatles, Zepplin, etc).

Historically what amps do people like with the M80's?

Thanks,

Josh





Edited by beatboy77 (05/10/10 09:02 AM)

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#305777 - 05/10/10 09:46 AM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: beatboy77]
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Welcome Josh. I would certainly think that any quality amp well within your budget range would suffice, such as NAD, Rotel, B&K ect. You might even have a look at a couple of Outlaw 2200 M blocks as a less expensive, quality alternative too. There are a couple of Rotel guys here so hopefully they'll give you their impressions.
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#305782 - 05/10/10 10:17 AM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: Adrian]
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If I was doing that, I'd be all over Parasound Halos or Odysseys. But I'm a sucker for brushed aluminum.
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#305786 - 05/10/10 10:30 AM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: Ken.C]
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How about the Parasound 5250 or 5125? I forgot to mention I am looking for a 5-Channel amp, so that I can bi-wire the Mains and power the Center.

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#305799 - 05/10/10 11:45 AM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: beatboy77]
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I don't know about the M80s, but I run my M60s with a couple Outlaw 2200 M-blocks. They play very well together. \:\)
I wouldn't worry about bi-wiring. It does nothing sound wise.


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#305801 - 05/10/10 11:53 AM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: TonyMc]
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Agreed on the biamping/biwiring.
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#305802 - 05/10/10 11:55 AM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: TonyMc]
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I was thinking of going ith an Emotiva XPA-5 bi-wired. I know the M80 and some of Emotiva's XPA series have had issues, however it seems that bi-wiring may solve this issue. Thoughts?

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#305804 - 05/10/10 12:02 PM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: beatboy77]
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#305808 - 05/10/10 12:08 PM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: beatboy77]
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 Originally Posted By: beatboy77
I was thinking of going ith an Emotiva XPA-5 bi-wired. I know the M80 and some of Emotiva's XPA series have had issues, however it seems that bi-wiring may solve this issue. Thoughts?


Bi-wiring will do nothing for you. Bi-amping is a whole different animal and requires an active crossover to benefit from it, but then you're talking more and expensive equipment.

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#305811 - 05/10/10 12:10 PM Re: Best Amp For M80's? [Re: TonyMc]
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And also the likelihood of destroying the sound you've got from the M80s (active bi-amping, that is).
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