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Old 01-07-2012, 12:30 PM - Thread Starter
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Can anyone recommend some quality 2 channel amps that can be had for less than $100 each. Tri-amping a system and considering jumping right into dedicated amps vs a powered AVR if its economically feasible to start.

I don't care what decade there from, what fancy gizmos they have, ect. Here's what I do want:
1. Less than $100 each
2. Less than 100WPC- even 40-50wpc is enough
3. Quality amplification- Near audiophile level as possible.
4. If used- Pops up on craigslist/ebay/forums often enough to actually find a set within a few months.

Thanks!
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:33 PM
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Price seems too low..
I would suggest looking for HK 3380, 3385 either used or refurbs..
Maybe Craig's List or E-bagger..

Just my $0.02...
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:56 PM
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If you can live with less than 100 watts, there's this -

http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AM.../dp/B00026BQJ6

If you can live with the cheapest amps on the market, there's this totally overrated amp (bit more than $100). Probably closer to 100x2 watts, than it's stated ouput (which is clearly BS)

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...umber=248-4524

Used might be best

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:09 AM
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You may be able to find ebay deals on used Adcom 535's. Rated at 60 wpc. Bidding sometimes ends right around $100.

here's one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-ADCO...a#ht_821wt_934

here's another:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adcom-GFA-53...5#ht_500wt_950
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You could use a power supply with an old class AB car amp found cheap at a pawn shop or eBay. Any power supply up to 30 amp could work off a single dedicated outlet.
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Which 3-way electronic crossover are you using. Please don't say it's a car audio one running off of a 12v supply LOL.
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You could use a power supply with an old class AB car amp found cheap at a pawn shop or eBay. Any power supply up to 30 amp could work off a single dedicated outlet.

The 12V power supply would add quite a bit to the cost, not to mention that car amps usually don't sound so great.
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You could use a power supply with an old class AB car amp found cheap at a pawn shop or eBay. Any power supply up to 30 amp could work off a single dedicated outlet.

except a 30 amp 12v power supply exceeds the budget all on it's own...

i'm curious as to the xover as well...

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:50 AM - Thread Starter
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Most likely a MiniDSP from the guys at diyaudio forums.
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You might search eBay or Audiogon for a H/K PA4000, an 8 ch amp with 4 bridgeable pairs. As I recall power was 65 watts X 8 or 130 watts X 4. It is out of production now, but good used ones are probably still around. You might want to research multi-room amps from other manufacturers if they fit your power specs. Most have 8-12 channels of power in the 25-50 watt range and could be used as you need, though I can't say they are "audiophile" quality. Better yet buy a pair of regular 5 ch HT amps for about the same price as $100/ch. Emotiva HT amps are pretty cheap even new and a couple of them will probably fit your budget.

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I could of swore my vintage Cerwin Vega VS-12's are powered this way just fine with a California two channel amp with no problems. If fact the gain is only turned up 1/3rd if the way to match the center & surrounds... it is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying from behringer or emotiva. I guarantee you won't notice a difference.
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