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While there are some great pro amps out there, for the sub you have, I would look for a decent used stereo amplifier which can be bridged. Two easy reccommendations would be any of the mid to upper end Parasound amplifiers or an Adcom. Getting a stereo amp will also afford you the capability to add another 20-39CS if you so desire without buying anything else. If you really want to get into a high power amp, check out a Crown K1 or K2, which doesn't have any fans, otherwise, for about $400-600 you should be able to find a great stereo amp.

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Consider getting a used Carver or Adcom from audioreview.com, audiogon.com, or ebay. I have a Carver M 1.0t which I bought for about $290 from e-bay and it does a great job with my 16-46.

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I have a pair of 20-39's and have tried a bunch of amps.
There is no question in my mind you would be best off with
a "pro" amp. I tried using two ch of an ATI 1505 which is a bit less than your Parasound and though it sounded good it was not comparable to the amp I ended up with. (QSC MX1500A)
The QSC has 500X2 @4ohms. You should have no trouble finding
something like it for about $500 or considerably less. I tried quite a few amps and the only other that was as good/better was a Cinepro 1K2 which is a $2000 unit and also has 500X2. Most Pro amps have 1/4" inputs but you can get an adapter or even order cables with 1/4" on one end and RCA on the other from Markertek for short money. Though the SVS subs sound good with 150 watts or so they are so much better with 500. Some pro amps have fans which can be heard but even the louder models are not that bad. Many are close to silent. The Crown K1/K2 is considered to be about the best for this application as it has the power and is
air cooled but they are expensive.
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I am currently using one of the channels of my Parasound HCA-2205 5-channel amp to power my SVS 20-39CS subwoofer (great sub!). I want to add a front speaker, and get a separate amp for the sub.

There seem to be a lot of Pro-Amps available (Samson, QSC, Mackie) that have a lot of power at a lower-price then equivalent rated amps from Parasound, Bryston, etc.

What are the disadvantages of using a Pro amp for the subwoofer? I know some of the amps have fans (which are suppose to be quiet). Also, some amps only have balanced-inputs and I need RCA.

Thanks for any help.

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Radio Shack sells a bridgable to 250W stereo PA amp for $279. It has a cooling fan, 2 Vu meters, and 2 peak LEDs to keep you from destroying your sub. I use it for my subwoofer, and I am very pleased with it. Fan noise isn't a problem.
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I'm running 2 svs 16-46cs subs with a Crown k1. Unbelievable clarity, detail, speed and control. The unit runs warm, but is ok in an enclosed rack. If you are willing to spend around $1k, this is a great amp for subs. I found the best price was at abcdj.com.

Tom V at SVS believes this is one of the best available amps for this application available. I don't have his experience, but the results I got were awesome.
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I am also a happy Samson owner. I use the S1000 to drive dual 20-39s. It has more than enough power. All you need to hook it up is a rca to 1/4 converter. Radio Shack sells them for less than $5. Last time I looked SVS was recommending the S700 with their non-powered subs. The fan is very quiet on both. But, may be a little more so on in the S700. I don't know how much the S700 costs. But, the S1000 could be bought online for $425 shipped, when I got mine.

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Boris,

I have 2 16-46cs SVsubs and am using the Samson 700 amp. It is a great amp for these subs. I was previously using a coupld of Adcoms, a 585 and the 5300. I was not happy with the results. The over load lights came on several times.

I am sure other pro-amps would work, but I have only used the Samson.

These subs are a danger to my house! What power and clarity.....http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/cool.gif

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I called abcdj.com by phone and a woman said they do not sell amplifiers. They are a DJ company obviously. Have I got the wrong abcdj.com??

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try www.123dj.com I don't know what they sell the K2 for, but they will match prices, and deal a bit. I'd be very curious what you find.

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Just called 123dj.com and they quoted $1399, same as net price listed. I'll try emailing them and see if it gets any better.

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Sorry Tony! abc, 123, I guess I got confused... 123dj sold me a new k1 for $999 plus shipping about two months ago. I didn't price the k2, but wouldn't be surprised if it's 2-400 more. The k1 with the 16-46s has probably put irreparable cracks in my home's foundation from demoing for friends.
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