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View Poll Results: How much did you spend on your amp? (whatever happens to drive your speakers, interated, avr, separa
0-300$ 11 8.66%
300-500$ 16 12.60%
500-750$ 19 14.96%
750-1000$ 19 14.96%
1000-2000$ 26 20.47%
2000- Dont even ask....... 36 28.35%
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post #1 of 127 Old 12-05-2013, 09:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Just what has the average user here at avs allocated for funds to drive their 2 channel system? If you could do it again would you have spent a little more, a lot more, less?

If you have more than one system you can answer more than once. smile.gif

Sorry, should say integrated! tongue.gif
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I have a pair of Emotiva XPA-1L's driving my Selah Prwstigios. $1400 retail for the amps driving $2800 pair of speakers. But I actually spent $1000 on the amps and $2200 on the speakers. In a second system I have a $450(paid$200) Harman Kardon 3490 receiver diving a pair of GR Research N2X. And a $349 (paid $240) UPA-2 diving a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.6.

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I spent $999 on an HK990 integrated amp to drive a pair of Emotiva ERT 8.3 tower speakers. Great combination IMO. The HK990 is actually a pair of mono-block amps each capable of delivering 300 watts to each speaker (4ohms). And has its own DACs - AND has excellent room correction. The same EZ-Set-EQ found in their TOTL HK7550HD AVR. Anyone thinking of buying something in this price range should consider buying one. It has both MM and MC phono inputs. I use the MM - sounds very good to me.

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About 800 bucks for a Denon 3311ci reciever. It's an AVR, but I use it in a two channel setup. I use it to drive a pair of Salk Supercharged Songtowers! Works nicely. I like using Audyssey. I thought about trying a HK 990 and its room correction one day.
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Great setups so far. Bell demographic so far centered on 750-1000. Keep em coming! smile.gif
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I have two home theaters and one 2 channel stereo. The amp in the 2 channel stereo was $199.
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I just got myself a Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum which cost me over 2,000. This is my first time venturing into the world of tubes. It will drive my Von Schweikert VR4JR. I haven't hooked up the system yet because I'm putting up sound absorption panels and bass traps. Also picked up new stereo rack and Music Hall DAC.
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I spent about $1000 only because my fronts are tri-amped (with active crossovers, of course). Unfortunately thought, due to wanting rack mounted gear I ended up buying much more powerful amps than I'd ever need (QSC GX5) as I was unable to figure out a better solution at the time. I wish I'd spent less as these are overkill - I have the potential for blowing out my speaker with the 500w at 8ohm amps hooked up directly to my tweeter (I have a cap in line for tweeter protection).
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I clicked 2,000+, but only because I use 5.1-channel separates for two-channel music, so, strictly speaking, I have more amplification channels than I need for this particular question. (The MSRP of my Rotel five-channel amp was $2,800.)

I prefer separates and high power, so if I were building a pure two-channel system again, my amp would probably be in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, probably a 200-watt-ish amp from Adcom or Parasound or NAD or Rotel.
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I just set up an HK 3490 in my dedicated 2 channel room - $320; this room is smallish and doesn't need gobs of amplification - the HK is fine in this application. My den houses the HT which i now use mostly for 2 channel anymore (reminds me - I need to fire up the PJ and make sure it still works) I have a vintage MC 2205 driving MMGs. I bought the McIntosh new in '77 and can sell it for I paid - around $1700. Another is in a small room w/ a large TV rather than a surround it is a 2.2 and driven by an AVR that cost about $350 a couple of Black Fridays ago.

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Outlaw Audio RR2150 @$700 driving a Pair of Paradigm Studio 40's (v4) in a 2.1 set up.
The RR2150 has ANALOG bass mgmt.....crossover set at 80hz. Sub is a Paradigm DSP-3200
with the Paradigm PBK (perfect bass kit) to smooth out any nasty peaks and nulls.

Sounds great!!

PS- I wanted the HK 990 but,at the time $2K was way over my budget.
Their re-furb units are now at $1K, alas too late for me.
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Nice stuff. The Outlaw 2150 and HK990 are great choices for 2.1 systems. Both are unique offerings for in this price range.

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Nice stuff. The Outlaw 2150 and HK990 are great choices for 2.1 systems. Both are unique offerings for in this price range.

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The HK990 new is $1999 - original MSRP was $2499. Seems like HK made a boat-load of these. The 'refurbished' model I bought from Harman Audio on ebay is brand new - still had the plastic on the face of the amp and on the remote. I suspect they only sell these refurbished is so they don't break the agreement with their retail sellers. The nice thing about the HK990 is the HT bypass. I stick a couple of RCA cables from my HT AVR (Yamaha RX-V3900) L/R preamp outs to the 'processor' inputs on the HK990 and use it as a power amp. But the best thing about it is the room correction - makes a nice difference in my space. Its the same ezset eq as they use on their TOTL 7550HD AVR.

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I'm definitely a fan of top performing systems at modest prices. Sounds like the outlaw and paradigm + sub would be a great setup!

I spent roughly $2500 all in for my modest 2ch setup. The heart of the system is an Arcam A19 integrated. I love this little amp! Priced right at the 1k mark. It drives a pair of Leema Xeros. What an exciting pair! smile.gif

I built the system with my spouse in mind. She even braved the audition process. She even comes with and buys vinyl! We have discovered a common love for Louis Armstrong. cool.gif
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The HK990 new is $1999 - original MSRP was $2499. Seems like HK made a boat-load of these. The 'refurbished' model I bought from Harman Audio on ebay is brand new - still had the plastic on the face of the amp and on the remote. I suspect they only sell these refurbished is so they don't break the agreement with their retail sellers. The nice thing about the HK990 is the HT bypass. I stick a couple of RCA cables from my HT AVR (Yamaha RX-V3900) L/R preamp outs to the 'processor' inputs on the HK990 and use it as a power amp. But the best thing about it is the room correction - makes a nice difference in my space. Its the same ezset eq as they use on their TOTL 7550HD AVR.

I was jealous when you got the first one and returned it. (iirc) and am still jealous with
The refurb unit you have. Your statement about the plastic still on it just adds insult to
Injury. cool.gif

Maybe I will put my Outlaw up for sale. eek.gif Nothing like a $2K amp driving
An $800 pair of speakers. LOL. Don't need it ....I just WANT it.

The 55 year old juvenile. tongue.gif
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I was jealous when you got the first one and returned it. (iirc) and am still jealous with
The refurb unit you have. Your statement about the plastic still on it just adds insult to
Injury. cool.gif

Maybe I will put my Outlaw up for sale. eek.gif Nothing like a $2K amp driving
An $800 pair of speakers. LOL. Don't need it ....I just WANT it.

The 55 year old juvenile. tongue.gif

That wasn't the first HK990 I bought. I snagged the first one off Vanns.com when they had an open box 990 for $1100 with free shipping two years ago. I wasn't too impressed with it at the time since I had a nice Emotiva XPA-2 and an XDA-1 used as a preamp. So I've had 3 of them now - I think this one will be staying. The second one I bought was damaged in shipping. HK must be stupid for how they pack some of the refurbished stuff they sell. If they want to pack a cheap-assed $40 ipod dock in a thin box with little padding more power to them. But you don't do that with a 42 pound amp. Which is exactly what they did. They offered to exchange it out but I was kind of miffed at them for how they handled it. It took them almost 2 weeks to respond - and that was all it took for me. But for $1k its about the best integrated amp available IMO. Certainly the most powerful that I know of. 300wpc from a pair of mono-block amps isn't cheap to make. With the combination of analog and digital inputs it covers everything but a tuner - and I have an old Kenwood KT-7500 that is one of the best made IMO.

I've got 11 years on you - and I feel like a juvenile too!

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How do you like 990 vs the Emotiva? I was considering replacing my Emotiva XPA1L and DC1 combo with it for the bass management and EQ but ended up going with a minidsp for sub xover and EQ and Marchand high pass filter for the maibs.

As you are probably aware the XDA-1 shouldn't be used as a preamp as it chops off bits unless you are at max volume.
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How do you like 990 vs the Emotiva? I was considering replacing my Emotiva XPA1L and DC1 combo with it for the bass management and EQ but ended up going with a minidsp for sub xover and EQ and Marchand high pass filter for the maibs.

As you are probably aware the XDA-1 shouldn't be used as a preamp as it chops off bits unless you are at max volume.
I added the USP-1 later on and put the XDA-1 at near-full volume which cured the mild distortion I was experiencing when I used it as a preamp. At that time the volume problems weren't known to me. I was beginning to think I'd gotten a bad example. I still have it - I just don't use it as a preamp any more.

Comparing the HK990 to the XPA-2 is easy - they both drive my speakers to levels I'll never listen at - and both do an exceptional job doing it. The HK990 is more for convenience than audio quality - but it has that too. Interestinly it has the same internal DACs as found in the XDA-1/2. If I still were using the USP-1 I would need an amp - and the XDA-1 would need to find space in the audio rack for digital sources - thats three 'boxes' the HK990 replaces. And I get much improved bass management and room correction thrown in - quite a bargain IMO. That leaves the Yamaha RX-V3900 to drive the center and two surrounds for movies. It does that job well. Overall I'm very happy with the setup I have now. I also know that'll change - I just don't know when. I like trying out new things.

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$399 for a Pioneer VSX-1018. I have had it since 2008 and it still does everything I need for home theater.
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^^ Top recommended receiver around that time. My brother has one. Still going strong. He loves it.
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I remember the 1019 were so highly recommended that they were going for $550($50 OVER msrp) while the Elite VSX-23 one step above it that retailed for $1000 was going for around $575. It was almost a no brainer to go for the Elite 23. This was before Pioneer started producing budget Elite models. I hate how there is no difference now between the top non elite models and the midrange elite models... I love the sound of Pioneer receivers.

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The 1018 was I believe the last of the top of range non-elites, that was the same receiver as the low-end Elite. It has blue display instead of amber, and a slighttly different front panel, but otherwise identical. It weighs a ton also, LOL:eek:
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Run my system w/all vintage amps. 2 modified Threshold T-50's (run as mono blocks at 100wpc in Class A) a Forte 4A for the center and a Forte 6 for the rears. Total cost $2200 for all 4 amps. smile.gif
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For 2 channel?

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I use locally designed and made ME power amps for the MF and HF. Second hand they cost me about $1k. For the LF, I have a pair of Yamaha pro amps, one channel of each driving of the 15's (2/ch). These were retired (and rebuilt) when I retired my PA, so they cost me little. Replacement would be about $1500 for the pair with equivalent new units.
In 2ch mode I can still use my DSP xovers as bass management (no AVR involved) and I am currently building the subs. For these I have 2 Quest QA4004, 1 QA 3004, 2 Yamaha P7000S and a Samson SX3200, all second hand except for one of the P7000S's. I have maybe 4 grand invested, but replacement would be closer to 10.

For the triamped surrounds there are another 6 pro amps.
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For 2 channel?
Maybe I should have clarified the Thresholds for stereo the other 2 amps are turned on when watching movies.smile.gif
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Wow, strong support in the upper price ranges. I'm happily surprised. smile.gif Some serious gear here!
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Wow, strong support in the upper price ranges. I'm happily surprised. smile.gif Some serious gear here!

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I snagged a like new used Mcintosh MC252 about 6 years ago. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but I remember it was more than two grand. It is driving my newly purchased Aerial 7t's which list for just under 10k. Got them used, like new as well for well under list. Audio Nirvana.

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