Is the Carver AV-505 better than a 110 Watt full range Yamaha receiver?
I want to add a separate amp to my system and use the pre-outs of my Yamaha HTR-5790 into that amp. Currently I have a set of ultra inefficient ERA Design 4 speakers that really love power.
I am on a real tight budget (<$300 shipped) so I was considering a used Carver AV-505(80 watts x 5 channels and peaks of 135 watts to any one channel). Will I notice the difference with this Carver amp? Should I just wait till I can afford the $500 Emotiva LPA-1?
Here are the specs for each component:
Amp outputs 80WPC into 5 channels, with Carver Power Steering - a neat function that will output up to 130W momentarily to the channel that needs it the most. Each channel features a gold-plated RCA input jack and an individual level control.
7.1-Channel, 700W Powerful Surround Sound (110W x 7) 20 Hz-20 KHz
Configurable power output as follows: 125 watts/8 ohms x 6 channels or 125 watts/8 ohms x 5 channels plus 2 x 50 watts/8 ohms x 2 channels
Completely stable into 4 ohm loads
Rated Power Output: Channels 1-5 (All Channels Driven at 0.04%THD, 120vAC/ 60HZ supply) 8 ohm: 125 watts / 4 ohm: 225 watts