Originally Posted by deluxman
So guys, you don't think it's worth buying a 10 years old amp...in this case since chances of breaking is kinda high. Speaking of Emotiva XPA-5, that was my original plan to buy but my decision got altered after hearing advice from audiophile people that Emotiva amp isn't as refined and musical as the Parasound. So they recommended me to get a used Parasound or B&K amp instead, which got me thinking into the risk also of buying a used amp here. I know repair cost might be costly especially those amp are freaking heavy. Dilemma, dilemma,
You cannot do much better then the B&K, not really for the money. Then you have to find a good one, well cared for, then you will have to have it serviced, unless you do not care about problems? Consider, this is an older amplifier, very good quality, yet being old, it will need a tune-up,. most likely some capacitors replaced. I would see it this way, you may find one for around $600 to $800, if you spend the time looking, try audiogon. The shop cost may be another $300, maybe a but more, but if it is too much more, then you got a bad one and may wish to return it.
The B&K are better than the Parasound, with the exception of the HCA 2200II, which is a great two channel amplifier, they have lots of power and get very hot, same with B&K, which is a consideration. If you cannot place it on top, no gear above it, and if your listening room gets above 80 degrees, it will overheat, even at lower volume! This is one drawback with all class A, even when it is just the driver stage, not the A/B output which is typical above 6 watts. These amplifiers sound very good, yet they are prone to overheating. I use a tube amplifier, which acts like a room heater; I have to watch my room temperature, particularly in the summer months.
If you want to avoid this, then buy the less high current newer models, which are more designed for HT. Just look at Krell, they do not make anything like the KSA anymore!