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#281375 - 12/03/09 10:08 PM Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system
embeleco Offline
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Hi.

This is my first post however I'm always reading most of the threads. Pardon my english as I'm from San Juan, PR.

Currently I'm using a Harman Kardon AVR354 receiver to drive my 5.1 Axiom System with HSU VTF2 Subwoofer. I would like to provide more power for my Front Speakers (M60v1 Speakers) and I was thinking in using the Emotiva XPA-3 (3 Channel AMP) but I don't know if that is ok or if I can find a cheaper but good AMP.

Thanks in advanced,
embeleco

Update - How do I change my Display Name if it is possible at all? I can't find it on edit profile, edit preferences.



Edited by Jose Mujica (12/03/09 10:22 PM)
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#281378 - 12/03/09 10:38 PM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: embeleco]
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Concerning display name, Try link at bottom of page "contact us" and then choose link for "Web related site". It may be that the web person can change it for you.

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#281380 - 12/03/09 10:49 PM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: CatBrat]
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Welcome Jose, some people have had problems with Emo amps shutting down with 4ohm speakers such as M80s, but you should be fine using it on your M60s which are rated at 8ohms.

HK AVR354? nice, I almost bought that one myself.

Regarding your Display name, I'm not sure how to change it since I didn't really intend to use my name either...my username was totally different!

Your English is fine, BTW. \:\)
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#281384 - 12/03/09 11:00 PM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: Adrian]
embeleco Offline
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Thanks CatBrat... I already sent an email to the webmaster.

Adrian,

Thanks for the info on the Emo. Is there any other good AMP to drive my M60 front speakers and still use my HK AVR354 to drive the rest of my speakers?

Thanks.
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#281387 - 12/03/09 11:21 PM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: embeleco]
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You could have a look at "pro" amp such as a Behringer A500(fanless) or one of their more powerful EP or EPX lines(fan cooled), or maybe a QSC GX3/GX5. Pro amps seem to give the best bang for the buck, but I have yet to delve into a separate amp myself, so hopefully someone who has will chime in.
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#281408 - 12/04/09 05:10 AM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: Adrian]
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I would take the Emotiva, it is a great price for what they offer and you have the M60s so no problems what so ever.

Another option is Outlaw Audio, they a small monoblock, the M2200, so you can buy as many as you desire but it does cost slightly more than Emotiva when you look at it as $/channel.
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#281418 - 12/04/09 07:57 AM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: jakewash]
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Welcome, you should be ok with Emotiva and the 60's, but as Jake said the Outlaw m2200s are nice as well...Just curious, does the HK not give you enough volume?
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#281420 - 12/04/09 09:21 AM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: SirQuack]
embeleco Offline
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Sirquack,

To be honest with you I think the volume is ok with the HK. The higher volume I've used is -20db. I was thinking that with the Amp for just the front speakers at the moment I will gain other benefits.

Will that only help me with a higher volume? Louder setup? Or are there other benefits?

Probably a silly question... but how do I connect the AMP to the AVR354. It is from the PreOut on the AVR to the Amp?


Remember that when talking about Amp and dedicated equipment I'm not an expert. All my life I've been using only A/V Receivers with the latest the HK AVR354 that is an excellent receiver even though I'm checking the HK AVR3600 (new receiver from HK) just because the firmware upgrades is done via USB instead of serial cable.


Edited by Jose Mujica (12/04/09 09:50 AM)
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#281428 - 12/04/09 10:25 AM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: embeleco]
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If all you're hitting is -20 on the H/K (it goes up to +15, right?), you probably won't see an advantage from an external amp.
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#281441 - 12/04/09 12:52 PM Re: Advice for first AMP for my 5.1 system [Re: Ken.C]
embeleco Offline
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The M2200s small footprint is definitely a plus. I was going to by the emotiva xpa-3 but the shipping to Puerto Rico is outrageous. For continental US the shipping is 25 dollars... and for Puerto Rico that is 3 hours from Florida the shipping is a whopping $195 dollares... That's outrageous.

I will check the M2200.
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