Originally Posted by ellisr63
I say buy the pro amp and give it a demo at home... I think you will be surprised. I demoed some pro amps years ago from Guitar Center and they were awesome! Most of the places will have no problem with you buying one or more amps and taking them home to try out, and returning the one or all if you are not happy.
I tried to find a Guitar Center close to my house, but the closest one is about an hour away. I really do want to try one out though! I'll find a way.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
Matt I've owned a few crown amps. I have always been pleased with them. They are owned by Harmon and the amps have outstanding quality given their stupidly low prices. That $99 amp I linked blows away my Denon AVR3312. Especially if all the channels are being driven. I just bought one for haha just because it was only $99. It's sold out though now. Musicians friend and Guitar center are same parent company and they get those special prices and models because they are a big crown customer. It's as simple as that. It's basically the old crown amps design just continued to be mfg in china. Crown has some new lines, but the quality of those special sale models is there given the price.
Go buy one and test is yourself. You'll be surprised. There's a thread about the $99 crown in the DIY forum right now, you can learn some more there too.
Very interesting amp culture, I've found. Pro amps really do have a following. I don't mind amps being manufactured in China, as I'm not rich and will not be an extra $400 for a product because it's American made! I'm trying to figure out how to get a couple in my house, and A/B them with the Emotivas. It would also be a great reason to take the CinemaPlus Platinums out of their shipping crate. heh heh.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
It's a good temp hold over solution for your extra and less important channels like the back, height, wide, Atmos etc.... For such cheap money you'll get your theater rocking and can upgrade to a better amp in time and funds allow. Run the main speakers from your amps now.
That's a good point--it can even be a hold-over solution. One can never have too many amplifiers, as there will always be points when amps are out for repairs, etc.
Originally Posted by wilfredent
I used to be a DJ trust me now these Amps get cheap , there are crown amp $4000 anyway dud pro amps is the way to go with all these speakers u going to have , give them a try
Ah, DJ WIlfred! I appreciate the advice :-)
Originally Posted by idreaminhd
I have been following this informative thread for a while now and the knowledge in home theater on this thread is way above me. But I do know a bit about crown amps or other pro amps because of night club sound systems.
Some of the best night club sound installers have used crown for many installs but they are using a different line.
Gary Stewart (RIP) who I think used to build some of the best club sound systems in the world used crown macro tech amplifiers. He also used crown ct amps and another different brand called powersoft amps. You will notice that those amps I mentioned are much more expensive than what was listed earlier.
I probably will catch a lot of flack for this but it is my belief that once you get to a certain quality (ie not junk but something decent) you cannot hear a difference in one amp to the next.
I believe the Pre-Amp has much more to do with the sound we hear than the amp does. This is definitely the main reason I'm thinking about pro amps.
Originally Posted by thebland
I need to look thru my emails. I had a quote for install many years back. It was to go in th attic and the air tunnel went through a portion of my wife's closet! Eventually, she said 'no'. One issue I recall is some soundtracks have a lot of garbage below 5 Hz which might have caused chuffing like sounds and distraction.
None the less, huge output!! Hope you install it!!
Ah, really? I never thought about that....sub-5Hz garbage, eh? I guess I thought mixers give it their all--even with the stuff we can't normally hear.
Originally Posted by mhrischuk
OMG that video only needed to be about a minute long