Originally Posted by deeda
ATI (Amplifier Technology Inc) produces amplifiers as an OEM and for themselves. ATI's prices are less than half of two higher end manufacturers (McIntosh and Parasound). Can someone help me to understand if the underying technology, sound quality, build quality and customer service of these three companies are noticeably different. I am interested in their 5-7 channel amps ranging from 200-300 watts per channel for HT and music.
I have experience with ATI customer service, and while I suspect most buyers won't have any experience with them at all, I can say my experience was top-notch in every respect.
You won't hear a difference between any of those three brands. IMO, the McIntosh is the one to get if you're in love with their meters and mystique. Otherwise, ATI is the one to beat. Parasound doesn't offer anything to distinguish themselves at the price, IMO. At half the price, they'd be worth considering,
(FWIW, I had the same choice, more or less. Eventually my head smacked down my heart, and I picked up an ATI AT2007 instead of a Mac 207. I could not be happier with the performance the amp)