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  • Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

    My 1973 Accuphase P-300 power amp has quit - for the moment at least. The protection circuits have kicked in and I have flashing meter lights and no sound. I will get it repaired at some point.

    I've subbed in the Anthem PV-2 (105W - 8 ohm).
    http://www.anthemav.com/products/ant...a-series/pva-2
    Not beefy enough for me.

    In any event, this has triggered thinking about a new amp. <$1000 total.

    1) High power, 200W/channel 8 ohm min, with lots of reserve capacitance.
    2) I'm not a fan of etched sound - more a fan of a warm sound.
    3) Monoblocks OK.

    Anyone have experience with the Emotiva XPA-2 or UPA-1?

    Other recommendations?

    And please, don't tell me silicon amps all sound the same. I'm not accountable for your inability to hear the differences.

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    Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

    Fits in the budget... and I know it'll not disappoint!
    Carver M-1.0t MKII op 2 upgraded
    I recently bought one. They are old amps that are completely gone through and modified. There are basically 2 guys that do this. I got mine from Russ Kall. If you're interested, I'll send him a message to see if he has any close to being done. He had one on fleabay yesterday, but it appears it has sold. His are $700, but he also changes out the LED's to blue and warranties the product for his lifetime... can't beat that!
    Hope this helps,
    Chris

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    • #3
      Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

      http://emotiva.com/xpa2.shtm

      Brand new to it Maynard. But this much I know:
      • The bass is more authoritative
      • The mids are richer, and...
      • My Eros MK II's are happier than they've ever been.


      I definitely need a pre-amp to compliment it, but it's been one heck of an investment/Christmas present!

      Marty

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      • #4
        Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

        Sorry to hear about the P300. A friend let me borrow his XPA-2 for my Acoustat 3s. I currently use an Adcom 5800. The Acoustats are a tough load. They put my P300s into shutdown mode.

        The Adcom is fine with the load and I thought sounded pretty good until I heard the XPA-2. Better in every way. HF is grain free and airy, LF is tighter. I paid $450 for the Adcom, used. A new XPA-2 for $800 is a steal.

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        • #5
          Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

          Originally posted by dwigle View Post
          Sorry to hear about the P300. A friend let me borrow his XPA-2 for my Acoustat 3s. I currently use an Adcom 5800. The Acoustats are a tough load. They put my P300s into shutdown mode.

          The Adcom is fine with the load and I thought sounded pretty good until I heard the XPA-2. Better in every way. HF is grain free and airy, LF is tighter. I paid $450 for the Adcom, used. A new XPA-2 for $800 is a steal.
          Yes, I'm not sure what happened. The load was a new set of speakers I'm working on - should not have been a problem. Never goes below 3.5ohms, no weird phase angles.

          I'll probably send it up to Glen McDonald in KC for repair. I hate to abandon it. But, perhaps technology moves on.

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            Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

            Originally posted by dwigle View Post
            Sorry to hear about the P300. A friend let me borrow his XPA-2 for my Acoustat 3s. I currently use an Adcom 5800. The Acoustats are a tough load. They put my P300s into shutdown mode.

            The Adcom is fine with the load and I thought sounded pretty good until I heard the XPA-2. Better in every way. HF is grain free and airy, LF is tighter. I paid $450 for the Adcom, used. A new XPA-2 for $800 is a steal.
            That grain that you hear in the HF on the Adcom is what the proponents call 'Warm'.

            I picked my Crown XLS 402D with a 5v supply thrown on the fans was a steal at $179 NIB. Compared to my recently sold Adcom 5503 and the Parasound HCA 1000A that I own. Well I prefer the 402D.

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            • #7
              Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

              Outlaw Audio M200/M2200 Monoblocks. 200@ 8 Ohms, 300@ 4 Ohms.

              Class D Audio kits.

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              • #8
                Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

                I would probably lean towards...

                Hypex NC400
                ATI 2002 from classic audio parts / audiogon
                Crown XLS1500
                Emotiva UPA-1 Dual mono

                The above four would be my leading candidates.
                :blues: Flat frequency response, a smooth sound power response free of resonance, careful driver-integration, and high dynamic range both upward and downward :blues:

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                • #9
                  Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

                  Used Wyred 4 Sound ST500(250 8ohm/550 4ohm)
                  "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

                  http://www.diy-ny.com/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

                    Anything like this appeal to you?
                    http://www.zzounds.com/item--CWNXTI1002 or

                    http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHNU3000DSP


                    Straight power amp:

                    http://www.zzounds.com/item--CWNXLS1500
                    I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
                    OS MTMs http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=220388
                    Swope TM http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=221818
                    Econowave and Audio Nirvana AN10 fullrange http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=216841
                    Imperial Russian Stouts http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...=1#post1840444
                    LECBOS. http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...ghlight=lecbos

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                    • #11
                      Re: Slightly OT: Need a two-channel power amp recommendation

                      I have two recommendations: A used (don't know that you can still get a new one) Adcom 5802 which puts out 300 wpc into 8 ohms and usually available on Audiogon for $700-850. I've never heard one, however, so I'm basing this on others' comments and reviews. My second suggestion I listen to every day, a Quad 909. It doesn't quite have the power you want, 140 wpc/8 ohms but it has a wonderful midrange and is highly regarded. You can get a used one on Audigon for $900 or less.
                      Paul

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