Originally Posted by Cal68
I just wanted to give you an update on my weekend purchases. I finally decided to go with the Integra 80.2 pre-pro and the 70.1 amp combination. I got a package deal on the two units and the dealer also agreed to take back the 70.1 if I felt that it was underpowered. He will bring both units on Thursday and set them up (biamping two front speakers using the extra set of outs from the 9 channel amp). So if I'm not happy with the power in the 70.1 amp, I'll return it and get something else. I won't be able to do much movie watching/music listening this upcoming weekend as I will have guests at home, but I'll post my thoughts after the following weekend.
Many thanks to all of you who took the time to respond to my message requesting suggestions for an amp to go with the Integra 80.2.
Let me know what you think. I've been running the same combo for the past six weeks (bought both new) and have been thrilled with the performance. In my old set-up, I had an Earthquake Cinenova powering the front three channels (using a Yamaha RX-Z11 as the receiver/processor) and the Z11 powering the four surrounds. When I recevied the new Integra units, I thought I would use the 70.1 amp for all channels to see how I liked it - before putting the Earthquake in the signal chain and thus not really getting a good feel for how the 70.1 performed on the fronts.
Well, like I said, it's been six weeks and I have been very, very pleased with the performance. I'm running Atlantic Technology 8200e THX speakers all around - and a pair of SVS PB-13 Ultra subs - and I have found the 70.1 to be very efficient at powering the 8200's. Initially I felt the amp was a bit brighter than the Earthquake, but over the last few weeks that has tamed down a bit. Maybe the amp is breaking in? Overall, the sound is much more dynamic than my previous Earthquake/RX-Z11 combo, but that also could be do to Audyssey XT32, which has completely opened up the soundstage in my dedicated theater. I'm roughly 90% movies, but do listen to some music - and a lot of concert blurays and DVD's. Music also has sounded very good so far with this combo.
I'm still holding on to my Earthquake (for now), as I may want to put it back in the chain and see if there is a difference. However, each time I watch a movie I am very pleased with the overall sound (very pleased!) and am somewhat hesitant to mix things up in fear it may not sound as good - and then trying to get back to the sound I had before (with Audyssey settings, mic placements, etc.) may be "hard" to achieve.
Let me know what you think once you're up and running with the combo. There is not a lot of talk on the 70.1 amp, so I took a chance and - like I said - have so far been very happy with the results. I would give the amp a good week or two to break in and settle down - at least that's what seemed to work for me, and I'm still in the "audition" stage, waiting for the amp to let me down (which it hasn't yet!).