So you guys are probably going to throw things at me. I'm swapping out my atmos aver A2040 9.2 ch for either Marantz or Denon 11.2 aver model in the next week or so. In doing so, I'm debating whether or not to just use the Marantz prepro version as I plan on putting all chs to ext amps anyway. 2 of the chs have to go to ext amps as the units are 11ch but only 9 int amps if AVR version. This is HT only, not music.
I'm exploring a few options for the amps and am positive I will get biased opinions here....
Outlaw 7125 7@125W all driven for $999
W4S MC7150 7@120W class D all driven $1600
Emotiva XPA-5 or 7...you know specs and cost.
Crown XLS1500s 2ch@300W PA specs, class D at $199 each.
I initially need 2 chs immediately and while at it I've though why not run LCR to external too for 5 chs external. Then I thought does it really make sense to bi-amp my Monitor Bronze 6 LR? Bringing me 7 chs immediately? Goal would be to have 13 chs in the end all to external amps. I use a 19" rack that is built into the wall in the under the stair closet. I don't have too much room so weight, thermal, and size can be an issue. The rack is only 2 rails/post in the front and shelves reaching unsupported into the back. There is enough room in there for air to circulate. I'm getting ready to run 2-20A outlets into there to expand electrical, so long-term circuit requirement is in question. I don't want to rewire my whole panel and have to add countless 20A breakers into it. I can add support rails in the back and block the bottom of the rack up to support weight but I don't want to go crazy and add hundreds of pounds unnecessarily-though it can be done.
I've seen some people using XPA3 similar models with just 1U of space to the shelf or component above. Really is that advisable? For weight, electrical, thermal alone, I kind of feel like class D may be best. And for $1400 I can run 14 chs with the crown....
SO fire away. I really love the Emotiva despite extra cost and all it's AB disadvantages. And love the Crown solution for it's simplicity and ability to adapt to my specific area. What would you guys do?
Rack (7.3.4 20,000W):
Marantz AV7702mk2, Crown XLS1500 (9), iNuke3000DSP, miniDSP DDRC-88A (3), Samsung UHD HDR: UBD-K8500, Panamax M5400-PM, AppleTV Gen4
JTR 228HT (3) Surrounds:
JTR S8 & S8LP (4) Atmos:
JTR Slant8LP (4), RBH IC (2) Subs:
JTR Captivator 1400 (2), Dayton UM18-22 NF PJ:
JVC RS400 Screen:
Seymour UF 130"W 2.35 Misc:
SimpleControl, Philips Hue(15 light), Echo Control, Synology DS216play
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