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#420159 - 08/25/16 05:49 PM Why No Love for ADA Amps ???
Tico Offline

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 43
Loc: Orlando, Florida
Hello gentlemen. Been a while since I participated on this forum. I usually buy, enjoy, return to upgrade, enjoy some more….. Anyhow, I’m curious about the Axiom ADA amplifiers – particularly the ADA 1500. Considering this amp for my front stage (M100s and VP180). Actually considered the ADA a while back but other priorities popped up – but now I’m interested again. Maybe also an EP800 sub.

I have read a lot on this forum concerning amplifiers. Some argue they’re not necessary, some prefer tube over solid state – some just like to argue (lol). Axiom member recommendations include Monoprice, Rotel, Anthem, Emotiva, Outlaw, Integra, Crown, Odyssey, etc. But rarely do I see anyone recommending the Axiom ADA amps.

What’s up with that? Am I missing something? Should I look elsewhere for an amp?

Like always, your insight and advice are greatly appreciated.

Muchas gracias.

Note: Would have posted this in Advice from Axiom Owners but for some reason I don't get a New Topic option in that section.

Edited by Tico (08/25/16 05:54 PM)
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#420164 - 08/25/16 07:35 PM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
2x6spds Offline

Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 3280
Loc: CA, USA
The Axiom ADA amps have received extremely positive professional reviews. I have not heard them myself, but am confident that as with all Axiom products they are terrific and backed by the best customer service around.

I expect they would be superior to the Odyssey offerings. I have an Anthem PVA5 5 channel modest powered amp (125 wpc) and it sounds very good and has lasted for about 10 years no problems.

I'd expect Axiom to be among the highest quality amps available.
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#420171 - 08/25/16 11:52 PM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
brwsaw Offline

Registered: 10/12/12
Posts: 2014
Loc: Canada
I've got the 1500 on my wish list....for my next room.
The two years? or so that I've owned my 1000 it's performed flawlessly. The triggers never failed and after all the moving room,changing cables, etc it still looks and feel like new. I'd pick up another one in a heartbeat if I had the cash.
It's never heated up either, never more than warm to the touch.

#420172 - 08/26/16 10:16 AM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
Mojo Offline

Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 7060
For all 3-channels driven, the ADA-1500 is capable of cleanly delivering 500W into each of your fronts for about $US900 per channel delivered to your door. As a bonus, it's a 3U form factor. Do you know of another manufacturer that can deliver that kind of power for the price? And form factor?
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#420176 - 08/26/16 08:40 PM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
craigsub Offline

Registered: 12/15/03
Posts: 1994
I have been pounding an ADA-1000-5 pretty hard for over a year, and have never gotten it to clip, even at some pretty high levels.

I have had amps from Adcom, Aragon, Outlaw, McIntosh, Emotiva, Marantz ... and cannot say any of them was better/more powerful in real world use than the 1000.
LFR1100 actv, LFR1100, M100, M50, VP180HP, VP150, 3xEP800, M3, EP350, ADA1000-5, ADA1500-4 + 1500-6

#420177 - 08/26/16 09:26 PM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
Gr8_White_North Offline

Registered: 07/12/09
Posts: 2281
Loc: Whitehorse YT
In all honesty I really wanted to get the ADA but I just couldn't afford them. I have my spoon in too many pots all the time. I still hope to try one some day.
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#420191 - 08/28/16 01:52 AM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
CV Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 11743
Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I've been very happy with my ADAs (1500-4 powering the LFR-1100s, 1000-4 powering my 4 surround channels). They may be overkill for my space, but that's what I was going for. I never wanted to worry about power, and I haven't. After I upgrade to a full-fledged Atmos receiver, I'd like to get another to power the remaining channels, but we'll see what my budget is at that point. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

#420196 - 08/28/16 11:41 AM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
Tico Offline

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 43
Loc: Orlando, Florida
Thanks for the replies. Appreciate the feedback on what looks to be my next purchase.

I'm in the process of upgrading my home theater. Have a Denon X6300H on order (October delivery) and next week my Sony 75X940D arrives. Need to be ready to watch The Walking Dead to see who got their head bashed in (in HD).

Edited by Tico (08/28/16 11:48 AM)
Epic 100-800-180
Denon X6200W

#420234 - 09/01/16 09:17 PM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4872
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
I've eye balled them for a long time....

I'd say pull the trigger and the report back with your impressions!

#420391 - 09/20/16 03:08 PM Re: Why No Love for ADA Amps ??? [Re: Tico]

Registered: 05/17/07
Posts: 8
A few years ago I acquired an older model Axiom amp, my girlfriend (who has much better musical ears than I) insisted it stay in the music room (replacing a Bryston 8b). There were some issues with the earlier Axiom models - this one included (seemed to die randomly then work when it cooled off if I recall) and I purchased an ADA 1500-7. We're using it to bi-amp B&W 703's (I don't have a home theater) - the Bryston is still in storage.

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