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    Question Adcom Amp 5006 vs.Parasound HCA 1200 II Power Amp

    has anybody owned either? im looking at buying one of these used. i'm looking to run my 4 ohm front tower speakers and who knows in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rightaway View Post
    has anybody owned either? im looking at buying one of these used. i'm looking to run my 4 ohm front tower speakers and who knows in the future?
    Not personally, but read some reviews.

    Adcom GFA-5006 Amplifiers Reviews

    Parasound HCA-1200 Amplifiers Reviews

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    in both reviews, they talk about bridging the amp, what does that mean? and i dont see if they are 4 ohms or not. the adcom seems better bc it has more channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rightaway View Post
    in both reviews, they talk about bridging the amp, what does that mean? and i dont see if they are 4 ohms or not. the adcom seems better bc it has more channels.
    Bridging means that by flipping a switch, you can turn a stereo amp into a monoblock or single channel amp to drive one speaker. You would need two of the amps in bridged mode to drive two speakers.

    As recommended earlier, google the owner manual for each to see what it says about 4ohm capability.

    All the amps I pointed you at I already did that and I'm pretty sure the list BR gave you all will drive the Danes without issue.

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    I've heard the Parasound matched up with 4 ohm PSB Stratus Gold's and they handled them just fine.

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    I think either amp will run the ohm load just fine its just which one is going to perform to your personal musical tastes and which one will pair with the rest of your equipment the best. Sometimes reviews are good but the review itself does not factor in your speakers, preamp, or other downstream or upstream equipment that might change the outlook. Either amp by itself is easily capable of doing what you are wanting it to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rightaway View Post
    in both reviews, they talk about bridging the amp, what does that mean? and i dont see if they are 4 ohms or not. the adcom seems better bc it has more channels.
    Don't worry about bridging. And just about any separate power amp will be rated to at least 4ohms. As the ohm rating of a speaker goes down the more power the amp will out put because you are lowering the resistive load on the amp. So if you use 4ohm speakers on an amp rated to only 8 ohms then you can over drive the amp and overheat it and kill it.
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    does anybody know where i can get a used Parasound HCA 1200 II Power Amp? i thought i found one but the guy wont ship.

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    I would strongly consider the ADcom GFA 555 if you can't find the Parasound. Below is a review of the Adcom.

    Adcom GFA-555 power amplifier | Stereophile.com
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    i have been eyeing up that amp for 2 weeks now and always outbidded on ebay or the buy it now is to much.

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    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    i emailed both of them and never heard back

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    I would email a second time to show that you are serious about buying one. Otherwise be patient, that model always comes up for sale again.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    ok, i emailed them both. lets see what happens

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