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Old 02-13-2003, 05:59 PM - Thread Starter
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How do you think these amps compare for 2 channel music? Perhaps limit the discussion to models that will cost $400-500 per amp channel on the used market: Aragon 8008st, 8008x3, 8008x5; Bryston 120 watt ST amps (3B-ST....9B-ST); Parasound 2200II. Is one model clearly "better" or "worse" than the others? Or do each have its own taste/signature and performance is system/person depedent?

On paper, the 2200II and 8008BB (which is more expensive than the others) have similiar specs.

Aragon 8008BB
Dual Mono with two 1.1kVA power transformers
200x2 into 8 ohms (under-rated, probably closer to 300x2)
400x2 into 4 ohms
First 25 watts in pure class A
Runs very hot
75 lbs
$2500 retail?
1st built in 1995

Parasound 2200II
Dual Mono with two 1.2kVA power transformers
250x2 into 8 ohms
400x2 into 4 ohms
First 10-12 watts in pure class A
Runs very hot
60 lbs
$1900 retail
1st built in 1995
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I had some bohlender ribbons a few years back and I tried the bryston 4bst, aragon pladium monoblocks, and the parasound 3200(??). Out of these three amps, the aragon pladium monos gave the best soundstage and most bass out of the 2x 6 1/2" woofers. The parasound sounded a little harsh on the very highs- as did the brystons but not as much as the parasound. I kept the aragons for a while but eventually sold them due to the dreaded upgrade bug. hope this helps. Please note that the BGs drop to 2 ohms in certain freq and after 16k hz there is steep rolloff.
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I used a Parasound 2200II with a pair of Infinity Renaissance 90s with great results. Incredible power and sound.

They run HOT.

Highly recommended.

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gchon,

You probably tried the Parasound hca3500 350x2 amp. The three amps you mentioned are very good; I'm not surprised the Aragon pladium monos distinguished themselves (and cost ~2X as much). The pladiums against the contenders' big brothers, the Bryston 7B-ST monos and Parasound Halo C1 monos, would be a nice comparison.

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I have a 2200II driving my NHT 3.3s now and love the sound (having owned several amps before).
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Hi Ricky....."having owned several amps before" Yeh, thats an understatement. ROFL Is there an amp you haven't owned?

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Old 02-14-2003, 09:45 AM - Thread Starter
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Chuck!

What's up man. Yeah, I've owned a few, but I haven't owned Aragon or Bryston ;) But if you mosie on over to htguide, you'll see that John Tompkins is the ultimate freak!
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Rick,

To follow up on your "having owned several amps" statement, which one(s) do you think has been the "best" (excluding tubes).

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Hi Greg,

Well, I think the last amp standing (to date), the Parasound 2200II would be the best amp so far....giving my 3.3s the best bass and 3-dimensionality I've had in my system.

How does the Bryston 5B-ST (or STT?) compare to the B&K 7270 and Citation 7.1 on your Aerial 10Ts?
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Just got Stereophile's Guide to HT....
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Rick,

The Bryston (6b ST - three channel)is clearly the best of the three and also the most expensive. Each is distinctive in its own right. The Citation is probably the best value. I'd love to compare the Bryston to your Parasound. Too bad I no longer live in NJ. We could have a fun time!

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Greg,

I know if you were still hear, I'm there with my parasound! I would love to hear what 250x3 bryston watts can do for Aerial 10Ts and CC3. You know, if you want solid 7 bryston amp channels all the way around, the used 8b-st/9b-st (and there Lexicon twins, NT412 and NT512) are going for really good prices right now. You can always get a baby 2 channel amp to drive your zone2.
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Rick,

I probably would prefer that option. I'm just not willing to spend the bucks for the surround channels at this time. But, since you mentioned it, I will keep an eye on Audiogon. Thanks.

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