Hello HT And Audiophiles,
I've gone through endless hours of reading thread after thread comparing all these amps. Some of the threads go onto a tangent. I am pulling my hair out and just need to make a decision.
Essentially, I have about $2500-3000 budget, but obviously would like to save as much as I can. Many people have been stating that Emotiva XPA-5 will suit my purpose just fine.
I am also willing to buy used as well. Let me start with my story.
I was initially using my Denon AVR-3802 as an AMP. My friend said...why don't you try a real amp and lent me a Parasound 5 channel HCA amp. I was surprised at the clarity that the amp produced with both music and movie dialogue. I am not technical in any aspect, but the sound was quite impressive.
I have the following equipment:
- Marantz AV-7701 Pre/Pro
- Denon AVR-3802 (as an AMP)
- Front Speakers B&W CM9
- Center HTM-62
- Back Surround 602S2 Bookshelf (will replace with in future with floor standing speakers)
I do listen to music....but I would say the split is 70% movies & 30% music.
So....here is the question. I could wait for a great used Bryson or Parasound, or I can get a new Emotiva XPA-5.
Let me know your thoughts....I truly value your opinion.