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Originally Posted by FensterBos
I have three Proceed amplifiers - 2 x HPA 2, 1 x HPA 3. The HPA 3 only powers the center channel and the HPA 2 won't even turn on. The fact that Proceed isn't around anymore is making me think that I should get used to the idea of spending some money on a new amplifier - more specifically, a seven channel amplifier.
I've done some quick research and have found some good reviews and information about the Marantz MM8077 and NAD Masters Series.
Here is my current setup:
Pre-Amp: Marantz 7.2
Center: B&W Centre 2
Fronts: B&W CM10
Sides: B&W DS3Bs
Rears: B&W Nautilus SCM1
The two mentioned amps provide around 150W to 165W per channel (all driven). Are these quality amplifiers for my sort of system; specifically, is there any benefit in having a Marantz amp and pre-amp matched together? Are there other brands/models of seven channel amplifiers I should look into at the same price point, $2500 to $4000?
Thank you for your opinions and help!
ATI also makes multi channel amplifiers within your price range. I currently run a ATI AT 2007 which is 200W X 7 channels, and a ATI AT 2004 which is 200W X 4 Channels. This give me a total of 11 channels to use with my Yamaha CX-A5000 preamp. These amps have soft turn on circuitry, are built like tanks, and built right here in the USA. The ATI AT 2000 and 3000 series are also pure balance design with both XLR and RCA connections.
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