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I need a 100w/channel @ 8ohm power amp. Other than that, I don't really care. I just want something that is going to last a while. Sound quality is not terribly important to me at this point. If I get something that doesn't sound so great, I can always upgrade later. On the same token, I don't want some static-y 300 mile away radio station quality of sound either.

I know from my days in car audio that a PYLE or a PYRAMID amplifier pretty much spells garbage.

Can you help me steer clear of those kinds of components in home audio?
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Budget?

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Budget?

Just for the sake of argument lets say 200-300.

I can afford a lot more than that, but realistically if this is just for background music in the kitchen, I don't think I need a 3000 dollar amp.
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Just for the sake of argument lets say 200-300.

I can afford a lot more than that, but realistically if this is just for background music in the kitchen, I don't think I need a 3000 dollar amp.

Pioneer VSX-821-K will do everything you need.

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Pioneer VSX-821-K will do everything you need.

Not that i'm getting picky, because for that price range I know that I can't be, but I thought it would be cheaper getting a power amplifier as opposed to an a/v receiver.

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Not that i'm getting picky, because for that price range I know that I can't be, but I thought it would be cheaper getting a power amplifier as opposed to an a/v receiver.


Pretty good value in avrs at your price point, in integrated amps not so much. Depends on the quality you want. Why do you want 100w/ch? What speakers are you driving?

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Pretty good value in avrs at your price point, in integrated amps not so much. Depends on the quality you want. Why do you want 100w/ch? What speakers are you driving?

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio--Ce...196078&sr=1-20

Those are what I was looking at. Not that i'm going to need to drive a full 100W to them anyway, but I had figured better to have full power and not use it all.

Again, the sound quality is not hugely important, so if you have suggestions i'm all ears. (eyes)
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The Pioneer VSX-821K can be had for $180 at Newegg this weekend in case you hadn't seen that.

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Take a look at this amp, it should drive those speakers well.


Dayton Audio APA150 150W Power Amplifier
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Not that i'm getting picky, because for that price range I know that I can't be, but I thought it would be cheaper getting a power amplifier as opposed to an a/v receiver.

Nope. Economies of scale and all that - stand-alone power amplifiers are a low-volume item; they can get absurdly expensive for something incredibly basic. The cheapest multi-channel power amplifier I'm aware of is around a grand; there's plenty of AV receivers less than that. Sure, you can pay more for less and tell yourself you're "not wasting money on features you don't need!" but the reality is; you're paying more to get less.

The Dayton isn't a bad choice, neither are a lot of cheap stereo receivers from Sherwood, Sony, and so on - the Pioneer (or some other AVR) will have substantially more features and widgets for (roughly) the same money. Just for grins, you could even run the room-correction after the fact; would probably help to be quite honest.
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Behringer A500 is about the cheapest respected stereo amp I know of. It's more than 100x2 into 8 ohms, but it's not bad to have a bit more than needed.

"But this one goes up to 11"
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Two good deals in this price range at Audiogon:

NAD 2400PE

B&K ST140

I would personally choose a receiver and expand your options for future. I have an Onkyo TX-8050 2 channel receiver with built in network streaming services that we just love. Currently running about $260.

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Behringer A500 is about the cheapest respected stereo amp I know of. It's more than 100x2 into 8 ohms, but it's not bad to have a bit more than needed.

Kind of odd they don't even show a rating for 2x (watts) @ 8 ohms,

but if it's stable at 4 ohms in 2 channel, it must be stable at 8 ohms.

Found it for 199 on Amazon.

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just as a suggestion...

someone has a pio a35r in the classified for 125 clams...

clicky

no, it's not mine... but i do have one, and have used it for many different things... nice little unit, and 4 ohm stable...

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