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    Another Newbie Audio Nut...

    Hi everyone!

    Found this form while perusing links for audio equipment. I have two needs...

    1. A preamp/processor - I have absolutely no HDMI switching available to me right now. I want to re-purpose my Denon 2805 for light listening in the home office.

    2. A good two channel amp, around 400WPC @ 4 ohms, to drive my front speakers for music and to see some benefits from more power in HT mode vs. driving them with my current 5 channel amp.

    My current system:

    Denon AVR-2805
    Pioneer BDP-51FD BluRay player
    Panamax 5300 EX power center
    Rotel RMB-1075 5-CH amplifier
    Vienna Acoustics Bach Grand towers
    Vienna Acoustics Maestro Grand center
    Vienna Acoustics Waltz Grand rear surround
    Elemental Designs A5-350 powered subwoofer
    Sonus ZonePlayer 90 + ZoneBridge
    Samsung HL61A750 1080i 61 monitor
    Motorola QIP6200-2 HD/FIOS set top box
    Sony CDP-CX355 CD jukebox

    So I am thinking I will go with a Rotel 2 ch amp (RB-1572) or two monoblocks (Emotiva UPA-1) but I am really really drawn to McIntosh equipment. I had some years ago that was "liberated" from my apartment years ago. But geeeez....the dang prices leave me on the outside looking in.

    I did find an unbelievable price on a 3-yr old MC402 but I think it's a scam. More on that in a different thread.

    So, in closing, let me say I am dang glad to be here and looking forward to learning more about audio equipment!

    -Michael
    Seeking Audio Nirvana


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    personally I'd avoid McIntosh other than their tube only designs. Which then don't give you the power you want - plus IMO they're grossly overpriced - you pay for the looks and the casework.

    Since you already own Rotel you can consider their big power amps - Rotel offers big watt ratings for little money relatively speaking. They'd be some of my first considerations if I desired high watts for decent prices and from a name reputable company that will likely be around in 5-10 years if you need parts. You never know with newer companies without a track record.

    for the processor I would probably stick to the least expensive receiver you can find that ALSO has pre-outs so that you can add your power amp to it. They generally cost less than processors and when some new feature comes out you are out a lot less money when you want to upgrade.

    On the power amp side I would peruse Grant Fidelity's website - Build quality is first rate and they have big time power amplifiers.

    You may want to look at the massive Shengya SS power amplifiers - they're beasts. $4,000 for the pair but they look to be very good - Another reviewer at dagogo.com reviewed the biggest ones and I reviewed the smaller power amps but these might be the ones to consider in a SS only set-up - can easily drive 2 ohm loads.

    From their site:

    Shengya PSM-300 monoblocks are constructed with 24 high performance transistors, 1500 watts shielded transformers, 120,000 uF filter capacitors and huge aluminum heat sink for each channel. It can easily drive 2 ohm impedance speakers and can put out 100 watts in Class A mode and 300 watts in Class A/B mode.

    Features:

    * Class A or Class A/B switch button
    * Bi-wiring speaker connectors
    * 1 set RCA / 1 set XLR inputs

    http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Shengy...iers-pair.html

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    Thank you for that insight, RGA.

    I hadn't thought about using a medium priced AVR as the pre/pro. I am doing that now with the Denon but without any HDMI capability.

    I think I'll do a little research on today's AVR's.

    Dang, those Shengya's are quite the amp pair!

    Thanks again!
    Seeking Audio Nirvana


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    I would look into getting one of last year's receivers. Most of them have 99% of what this year's models have at 1/2 the cost. The Yamaha RX-V867 looks like a great deal at $400 right now Newegg.com - YAMAHA RX-V867 7.2-Channel Digital Network Home Theater Receiver
    Coupled with an Emotiva XPA-2 Two Channel Audio Power Amplifier, 300 watts RMS x 2 into 8 ohms, 500 watts RMS x 2 into 4 ohms, at $799 would knock most people's socks off.
    Emotiva Audio XPA-2 Two Channel Power Amplifier
    WARNING! - The Surgeon General has determined that, time spent listening to music is not deducted from one's lifespan.

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    Wudd up

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    Hello am from India and am glad to be a part of this website.

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    Hi,

    This is Ritesh from India, feeling great to be a part of this wonderful community. Searching some good and valuable information here regarding my audio and lighting equipments search.

    Will be glad if I found something interesting topic here to add my knowledge base and will also share my info about audio and lighting equipments experiences.

    Thanks
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