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#416617 - 01/21/16 06:12 AM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
Ken.C Offline
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#416662 - 01/24/16 06:32 AM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: Ken.C]
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Believe it or not, Randy was the one that convinced me to go Emotiva... before he had problems, that is.

Originally Posted By SirQuack
Hi Scott,

I have the MPS-1 chassis with two emp-300 monoblocks for now to drive my m80's. I'm still using my Denon to drive my center and surrounds for now and using it as a pre pro for my Emotiva amp. Later I plan to add additional mono's and 2-channels to complete the system.

The HDMI 1.3 thing is not a biggy thing to me right now. Down the road that may change. I will most likely get an Emotiva PrePro some day. I'm sure they will be coming out with new models over the next year with advanced features.

I can tell you this....you won't be disapointed by their performance or quality. They use the best guts inside, and are designed from the ground up by Emotiva, nobody else.


I have not experienced the issues he did.

Scott
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#416700 - 01/27/16 01:33 PM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
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If you can find used Music Fidelity mono's, for less than a "reasonably priced car", they are pretty amazing. I just heard a friend's system that has 8 of them 400 watts each driving a pair of B&W Nautilus's. Wow..... glad I'm not wealthy.

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#416701 - 01/27/16 04:25 PM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
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That brings into question on how or why would high quality amps sound different.

I get that a tube amp by it's design nature distorts the sound that it is amplifying. It is this distortion that gives it the 'warm' flavour and when the amp it overdriven gives a specific sound that some guitarists crave.

But into the solid state amps, the idea is to amplify without distorting the sound. So I ask why would a Music Fidelity mono sound any different that an Axiom ADA amp unless one of them is altering or distorting the signal that is passing through it?
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#416705 - 01/27/16 08:47 PM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
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I dunno. I was just blown away with his set up is all. I think quality of build and parts is probably more important than anything else. At least from a reliability standpoint anyway. He replaced Levenson amps with the MFs. Guy has more money than sense. Probably 60k or so in just speakers and amps. He has Macintosh gear too. I was feeling unworthy. But I did supply some good wine....

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#416722 - 01/28/16 07:54 PM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
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oh no not Emotiva again smile Hey guys, wow that brought back memories. yeah yeah, I had some issues with my Emo, and ended up moving to the Odyssey monos, and still have my Outlaw/Denon combo with no plans to change anytime soon. To be honest I did like the Emos but got tired of Lonn (I think that was his name) blaming the shutdown issue on Axiom's m80s dropping to like 1-2 ohms or something like that which kicked in the limiter shut down circuit. It is all coming back, lol

I think they do make good products for the money, kinda like Axiom. Good to talk to you guys again. Been so busy brewing beer, lol.
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#416738 - 01/29/16 02:59 PM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
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I can add that I have my M80s hooked up to Emotiva UPA-1 monoblocks (I also own an XPA-5) and I am very happy with the results. I have and use a multitude of sources (vinyl, PC Hi-Rez, CD, SACD, BluRay Audio even a tape deck LOL) for both music and movies with very pleasant (for my ears) sound.
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#416749 - 01/30/16 06:42 AM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: SirQuack]
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Originally Posted By SirQuack
oh no not Emotiva again smile Hey guys, wow that brought back memories. yeah yeah, I had some issues with my Emo, and ended up moving to the Odyssey monos, and still have my Outlaw/Denon combo with no plans to change anytime soon. To be honest I did like the Emos but got tired of Lonn (I think that was his name) blaming the shutdown issue on Axiom's m80s dropping to like 1-2 ohms or something like that which kicked in the limiter shut down circuit. It is all coming back, lol

I think they do make good products for the money, kinda like Axiom. Good to talk to you guys again. Been so busy brewing beer, lol.


And while we're being honest, If I had come along six months later than I did and read about the issues Randy was having, I most likely would have gone the Outlaw or Odyssey route.
I did have an issue with one of the 7 amps - sounded like sizzling bacon or a lit firecracker fuse - but the Emo folks sent me a new one and all was good from there on out.
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#416768 - 01/31/16 01:29 AM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: a401classic]
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For many years now i've heard nothing but good things about Odyssey.
Almost went down that path myself many years ago.

Opted for an Anthem MCA 30 and am eyeballing a Parasound Halo A21 for the main floor system. Will move the Anthem to the HT room to power the M60s and VP150 (or likely a future VP160).
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#416806 - 02/02/16 11:36 AM Re: Seeking some amp advice for m80s [Re: elsewhere]
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I'm using an Odyssey Khartago SE with an Odyssey Candela tube preamp with a pair of M100s. Sounds GREAT.

Matt, not to start a discussion which could wake this place up, but my experience with tube amps is that they produce excellent sound quality. If you audition a good tube amp, or even a modest tube amp like Monoprice's $150 effort, you might agree that the difference is not "distortion." To my ears, tubes sound more "you are there," more like real life. It may be that the tube sound does not add "sweetness" as much as solid state amps miss it.

Personally, I think that tubes in the signal path improve sound quality. [Don't know about tube buffer stages]
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