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post #31 of 34 Old 10-31-2010, 07:47 AM
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good value does not equal good sound. Especially it's good value for guitar-amp.

I used to own lots of Behringer amps, mixer, effects... yeah, I got rid of them all. Even a Mackie is better than anything Behringer and only for a fraction more.

I agree, and the EP4000 is marketed for PA systems, so it's probably not the best choice for your home stereo, as PA systems generally want volume over quality. Although Mackie is generally regarded as the top of the line in mixers, so "even a Mackie is better" doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

I checked the specs for the amp and it's 550W RMS into 8 Ohms @ 1% THD, both channels driven. Not too shabby, especially for under $400.

But again, I would never get a PA amplifier for my home stereo unless I didn't care at all about sound quality.
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well, the Mackie power amps are actually not designed for studio use but for concerts. They sound harsh but at least they are clean unlike the Behringer. For mastering, I want something that is really clean and smooth sounding. So I bought a Bryston (used).

But that's during my studio days and those days are over a decade ago.

I'd recommend Emotiva XPA series if you want something clean and powerful yet affordable.

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I agree, and the EP4000 is marketed for PA systems, so it's probably not the best choice for your home stereo, as PA systems generally want volume over quality. Although Mackie is generally regarded as the top of the line in mixers, so "even a Mackie is better" doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

I checked the specs for the amp and it's 550W RMS into 8 Ohms @ 1% THD, both channels driven. Not too shabby, especially for under $400.

But again, I would never get a PA amplifier for my home stereo unless I didn't care at all about sound quality.

An exception to this would most likely be something like Crown Audio's really nice PA amps.
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Guys.... I just got a McIntosh MC7601 running bridged at 300wpc and I gotta tell ya it's incredible! I'm sure my sound has improved because of the extra power but man it really kicks asss
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