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Originally Posted by blackjack616 View Post
Probably getting the 803 diamond (getting them at a very cheap price from a friend); what do you recommend to power them (the cheaper the better) but not so cheaper where it diminishes quality
Throwing a question like that out, you will get 20 different, all great, responses from 20 different people. There are also many variables to consider too that you don't mention....room size, room quality, average volume you listen at, type of music, price range, etc...

I have heard Emotiva with CM10s and 802 Diamonds and was not impressed at all. My friend who had the Emotiva stuff sent it back within the 30 day trial period and replaced it with Rotel and was much happier. I have no experience with Outlaw.

My vote would be the McIntosh MC452 stereo amp pumping out a rated 450 wpc of kick ass power.

I heard it with the 803s and 802s, using the 4 ohm binding posts with both, and it was outstanding.

Throw this guy out an offer of $4,800 or so and see what he says...


I also know a McIntosh dealer that has a demo model MC452 with very low hours on it, I can message you his contact info if you are interested.

If that is out of your price range, Rotel is excellent quality at a lower price point than McIntosh. They just came out with a new stereo amp, RB-1590 at 350 wpc, MSRP is very reasonable $3,000. You can probably find a dealer offering 10% off list and get it for around $2,700. It would be an excellent choice for the 803 or 802, and a hell of a bang for the buck.

At the end of the day, take what we say with a grain of salt and get out there and audition for yourself....or better yet...get dealers to loan you stuff to try in your environment.
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I have a friend driving his 803D's with XPA-1 monoblocks and he's happy with them. He was using an XPA-2, and that was fine as well, but decided to upgrade when the XPA-1's went on sale shortly after he purchased the XPA-2. There are lots of good amplifiers around...

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Does anybody know what Amp class is this Amplifier - Roksan K3


Coz i bought this Amp for my CM9 s2.
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Originally Posted by blackjack616 View Post
I was thinking of emotiva or outlaw.. but i just don't know enough

I might end up getting 802 diamond, he's got them for sale too but a few thousand more
I have my 803's paired with a XPA-2 and it sounds great to my ears! Sure Mcintosh, Classe, or Rotel would probably sound better but for my budget Emotiva was a great option. I definitely don't feel like I am missing anything with the XPA-2.

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B&W 803d, Emotiva XSP-1, Emotiva XPA-2, Oppo 105, Project 2Xperience Classic, Panamax M5300-PM, Panasonic 60ST60
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