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What are the top three 7 channel amps for under $4000 new

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Any recommendations? Will be driving Polk LSiM system.
post #2 of 31
Power rating makes no difference? You'd pay $4000 for a 7 x 25wpc? smile.gif
post #3 of 31
At $4000, go with separates.
post #4 of 31
What receiver are you using with your LSiM setup?
Also, are you using the towers or bookshelves?


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post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by GaryWA View Post

At $4000, go with separates.

Hmm...I assumed he was talking straight power amp, abbreviated "amp". Assumed he already had a pre amp or he would have asked about pre-amps.....or AVR's, or integrated amps...at least you'd think someone spending 4k would be specific?
post #6 of 31
Well, I was just curious what he was using because I'm actually planning on using those speakers as well for my 7.2 setup...


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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

Hmm...I assumed he was talking straight power amp, abbreviated "amp". Assumed he already had a pre amp or he would have asked about pre-amps.....or AVR's, or integrated amps...at least you'd think someone spending 4k would be specific?

Just noticed that.. My bad..
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by GaryWA View Post

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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

Hmm...I assumed he was talking straight power amp, abbreviated "amp". Assumed he already had a pre amp or he would have asked about pre-amps.....or AVR's, or integrated amps...at least you'd think someone spending 4k would be specific?

Just noticed that.. My bad..

Time will tell.
post #9 of 31
ATI 3007 is (was?) $3,995 and is 300 Watt @ 8 ohm x 7.
Edit: found the current price: $4,500 (though you would buy it for $3,895)

http://www.ati-amp.com/AT3000.php

Maybe the ATI 2007 is more than enough? That's now $3,440 MSRP (sells for $2,995). It does 200 Watts @ 8 ohms x 7.

I have the Emotiva XPR-5 ($1,999) which is a great 5-ch amp with 400 Watt @ 8 ohm / channel. You could add the XPR-2 ($1,699) and still be below the price of the big ATI. The XPR-2 is 600 Watt @ 8 ohm x 2...

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpr5
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpr2

There's the Sherbourn PA 7-350 7-Channel Amplifier which is what the XPR-7 was supposed to be, but at $4,799, I'd take the ATI 3007/ 2007 instead if I wanted a one-box solution.

http://www.sherbourn.com/collections/theater/products/pa7350
Edited by erwinfrombelgium - 2/4/13 at 1:50am
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by erwinfrombelgium View Post

ATI 3007 is (was?) $3,995 and is 300 Watt @ 8 ohm x 7.
Edit: found the current price: $4,500 (though you would buy it for $3,895)

http://www.ati-amp.com/AT3000.php

Maybe the ATI 2007 is more than enough? That's now $3,440 MSRP (sells for $2,995). It does 200 Watts @ 8 ohms x 7.

I have the Emotiva XPR-5 ($1,999) which is a great 5-ch amp with 400 Watt @ 8 ohm / channel. You could add the XPR-2 ($1,699) and still be below the price of the big ATI. The XPR-2 is 600 Watt @ 8 ohm x 2...

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpr5
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpr2

There's the Sherbourn PA 7-350 7-Channel Amplifier which is what the XPR-7 was supposed to be, but at $4,799, I'd take the ATI 3007/ 2007 instead if I wanted a one-box solution.

http://www.sherbourn.com/collections/theater/products/pa7350

+1 to ATI, i have a ati 3006, weird config but paid very little money for it.

leaps and bounds ahead of the emotiva XPA series, and the others before that, no experience with the XPR series though.
post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
I don't think I need any more than 200wpc. Towers will be LSiM707, LSiM706c center, and LSiM702F/X rears. I would use a Denon 4311 for pre-pro right now but interested in getting a separate pre-pro. The combo would have to be under $5000 though. Thanks for the replies.
post #12 of 31
I have the ATI AT3007 amp. It is simply incredible in sound quality, build quality and flexibility. Made in the USA, and the support I got from them when I bought was incredible.
post #13 of 31
This would save a bunch of money:

http://outlawaudio.com/products/7200.html
post #14 of 31
I'd go with Wyred4sound or d-sonic. You can configure each channel with the desired power.
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by crussader View Post

This would save a bunch of money:

http://outlawaudio.com/products/7200.html

Could save even more by just plugging the speakers directly into the big Denon AVR. I'd recommend trying that first, and only moving to a power amp if it is deemed necessary after lots of listening. If the system won't play loud enough without distortion under that scenario, a power amp may be called for.

While those big Polks aren't the most sensitive speakers around, they are specified at a quite reasonable 88 dB sensitivity. That can take you to pretty decent volume levels without dedicated amplification, unless the room is really very large.
post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by JD in NJ View Post

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Originally Posted by crussader View Post

This would save a bunch of money:

http://outlawaudio.com/products/7200.html

Could save even more by just plugging the speakers directly into the big Denon AVR. I'd recommend trying that first, and only moving to a power amp if it is deemed necessary after lots of listening. If the system won't play loud enough without distortion under that scenario, a power amp may be called for.

While those big Polks aren't the most sensitive speakers around, they are specified at a quite reasonable 88 dB sensitivity. That can take you to pretty decent volume levels without dedicated amplification, unless the room is really very large.

Little to be gained not using the 4311, that's for sure. If anything run a 3ch amp for the front three and use the avr amp for the rest.
post #17 of 31
Denon AVR-4520, Onkyo TX-NR5010/Integra DTR-80.3, Pioneer SC-68... plus add you own additional choices here.
You might even consider a processor/preamp like the Onkyo PR-SC5509/Integra DTC-80.3 plus separate power amps. But the improvement might no be that audible.
You could add a separate 3-channel power amp like the Emotiva XPA-3 to the AVRs mentioned, offloading some of the front load to this amp and thereby increasing the load handling capabilities of the remaining power amp channels(surround) within the AVR.
You would gain a substantial and State of the Art room correction system by those combinations, all of them, which probably could make all the difference in SQ.

For your personal power amp needs look at the following table here
Edited by gurkey - 2/5/13 at 3:46am
post #18 of 31
I'd have to throw a vote for ATI also. Can't go wrong with the 2007 or if you need more the 3007. I have my 2505 for many years now and have no complaints.
post #19 of 31
the ati amp is heavy as heck but its rock solid, i didn't even know that many people around had ati amps hah, My used ATI AT3006 was obtained at the price of what i paid for my used Emotiva MPS-1, which made it a no brainer.
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by DAlba View Post

Any recommendations? Will be driving Polk LSiM system.

I use a Sunfire TGA 7401. 400 watts/channel x 7 channels @ 8 ohms and runs very, very cool....even when driven hard. And it is quite efficient. I also looked at the Sherbourn PA 7-350 and the Outlaw Model 7900. The newer Emotiva amps were not out when I bought. If they were I probably would have considered a pair of the 1000 watt xpr 1 monoblocks for the main channels and the xpr 5 400 watt/channel x 5 for the rest. This would have taken up more real estate though. There are lots of good choices out there.
post #21 of 31
Emotivas new Reference XPR-5 plus Emotiva XPR-2. They sum up for just about $4000, using those often upcoming sales events at least 10% less.
post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by gurkey View Post

Emotivas new Reference XPR-5 plus Emotiva XPR-2. They sum up for just about $4000, using those often upcoming sales events at least 10% less.

They are on sale now 15% off this time smile.gif
post #23 of 31
Or if real estate is not an issue for a bit more than half of the $4k you could get a stack of 7 Crown XLS 1500 amps and run them bridged at 1050 watts at 8ohm/1550 watts at 4ohm. I just picked up two of them and am very impressed....not as pretty as some of the others but perform very nicely....could put the saved money towards a nice sub or something smile.gif
post #24 of 31
+1 for ATI

Running a ATI 2004 (4X200 W 8ohms) and a ATI AT2007 (7X200 W 8ohms) for a total of 11 channels off of a Yamaha RX-A3010 used as a preamp only. Rock solid, dead silent when on mute (i.e. no speaker hiss, humm ect.) and built like an abhrams tank to boot.

Best of all built in the good ol US of A
post #25 of 31
For a one box solution I'd suggest Outlaw Audio 7700 at 2150. Built by ATI and looks nicer than their house brand. For processor Integra would be a great option at around 2300. Or you could save some money for a sub and get a Denon AVR X4000. The room correction is key on theses units, top of the line Audyssey XT32.

I concur that you won't need more than 200 wpc unless your room is huge.
Edited by runnin' - 6/5/13 at 3:32pm
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by erwinfrombelgium View Post

ATI 3007 is (was?) $3,995 and is 300 Watt @ 8 ohm x 7.
Edit: found the current price: $4,500 (though you would buy it for $3,895)

http://www.ati-amp.com/AT3000.php

Maybe the ATI 2007 is more than enough? That's now $3,440 MSRP (sells for $2,995). It does 200 Watts @ 8 ohms x 7.

I would recommend the AT2007 (which is what I'm currently running) over the AT3007 simply because the 2007 does not require a 20A circuit, whereas the 3007 does. It's a fantastic amp. Beautifully built. The terminals on the back are nicely insulated, too. Well-designed spade inlets on the bottom, and deep enough to fit sawtooth-style bananas unlike many amps.

NOT fun to move around, though. And the ATI-OEM'ed Outlaw variant thereof is markedly inferior on that front, because it lacks handles on the front faceplate. (I wish the AT2007 also had the backside handles its Lexicon relative has, though.)

The Sunfire is an interesting amp. Amazing that they can get NRTL safety certification at those power levels.

Another similar amp to the Sunfire (Class G) is Arcam's 7-channel unit. Don't remember the name but it's a quality piece.

As for the Wyred4Sound, they'll be smaller and more energy-efficient than the bruiser ATI. But look to the ones that use the B&O ASX2-series Icepower modules. They have a more consistent FR into different loads than the older Icepower modules I think some of their amps still use. If someone does a multichannel amp based on the Hypex modules (Channel Islands Audio, maybe?) that is also worth looking into. The Hypexes have basically the same performance as Class AB amps but are a lot more energy-efficient.
post #27 of 31
The Sherbourn PA 7-350 7-Channel Amplifier is on sale now for under $2k delivered. Seems like an excellent buy at this time. 30 day free trial and 10 year warranty.
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by phantom52 View Post

The Sherbourn PA 7-350 7-Channel Amplifier is on sale now for under $2k delivered. Seems like an excellent buy at this time. 30 day free trial and 10 year warranty.

I dunno. According to their manual, that amp requires a 20A circuit, and to actually get the advertised power one needs a 220V, 30A circuit. Generally, either one will require the services of a competent electrician.

Not terribly practical for most people. IMO, an amp designed to work on the circuits a typical home actually has (that is to say, 115V/15A in living rooms) is a better choice for most people.
post #29 of 31
You have a few options :-
1. If you specifically want a 7 channel, try Arcam P777, Anthem PVA7.
2. You can also go for multiple amps - a powerful 3 channel for fronts, and a decent 5 channel one for the surrounds.
3. Since you wanted to possibly update your pre-pro as well, you can go for a higher end AV Receiver as well. I know my Arcam AVR600 is very musical, and can drive 7 channels simultaneously.

Hope this helps!
Edited by akka83 - 6/6/13 at 11:15am
post #30 of 31
You do realize the thread was started 4 months ago.
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