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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central Illinois
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I can hear a difference between the amps in my receiver and the Crown X1000. The music, produced by my speakers is more full. Receiver amps tend to sound lean with my speakers, external amps give a fuller, richer sound.
I tend to listen at lower than live level volumes, so I am using whatever amplification used well within it's power range.
I have experienced the same sound difference in car audio. Adding a separate amp to any system I have owned provides a clarity to the sound that the amplification provided by the head unit doesn't seem to deliver.
Best way I can describe the difference is that a separate amp provides better instrument separation and fullness to the sound at my desired listening level.
My limited experience with the Crown X1000 amp has been all positive sound wise. It has added that additional richness to the sound that I was seeking, at a minimal cost.
Might be that I'm just providing the headroom and power my particular speakers require to open up and sound right. I might have a liking for distortion in my sound. Who knows.