Well I guess I'll report back on the amp after owning it for a few months. I haven't been able to "utilize" it much lately. I have to be home alone to get full use out of it, and that hasn't happened in a while. With that said, I'm mostly happy. Definitely glad I bought it. I don't listen to movies very loud at all, but I love my music pretty much as loud as I can get it. I've owned a string of adcoms and an aragon. I wish I could a/b the adcom to the crown, but I've never been able to a/b an of the amps I've owned so I guess that's par for the course.
I have the amp tucked away in a tv stand behind glass doors. The fan noise is nonexistent. Plus I sit about 14ft back which I'm sure helps. If you get up close when it's loud you can hear it come on, but not an issue at all. The plethora of blue lights could be a problem for some. The glass doors have a light tint on them which slightly dulls all the lights contained within, but the crown's are the most offensive by far. The good news is it's only several inches deep(surprisingly shallow depth when you pull it out of the box) so I push it all the way to the back of the stand. I leave it on all the time so I don't need access to it really. The only problem is when I have it cranked, I have to dip down a little on the couch to check the clip lights. Speaking of, that's one of my favorite features. Why I always liked those adcoms too. When you like to turn it up, some days it sounds soooo loud and and others it feels like it's barely at 3/4 volume. The clip lights pretty much end the debate on how loud is too loud. As far as sound, it sounds the same as the receiver watching tv or even movies in my case(Receiver is Yamaha rxv-659, 100w). Just don't turn it up enough.
One area that it helps tremendously.... when I watch music videos sourced from the dtv tuner. The receiver preamp runs out well before the amp/speaker combo does. So now I can get a lot more volume out of it when watching videos. Listening to music at high volume there is a noticeable difference, but it's not drastic. Much more punch and feel of effortlessness at full tilt. I've long been a proponent of separates. I would read comments from people on boards like these that talked about there being no difference between a receiver and and amp, and think they were crazy. I realize now, most don't hammer their speakers as much as me. So if yo don't turn it up, then that strong power probably won't matter to you.
Things I like are pretty much obvious....It's tiny, it's light, it's cheap, it's powerful. I actually like the looks of it...sans the light show. So unfortunately, you never get to see it the way it's pushed to the back. There was once I noticed one channel's clip lights didn't seem to be working. I gave the gain knob a good twist down and back up. That seemed to do the trick. Haven't noticed that again. There is an audible buzz when everything is shut off. Even with the receiver off. Not sure if that's a ground loop deal or what. The conditions that have to be met in order to hear it mean that it doesn't matter. It has to be dead quiet, have to be sitting close enough and really, your ear has to be turned the right direction. So it's a non issue for me. The only cons are the lights. And of course, I wish I could have gotten the 2000 or even the 2500. I'll just have to be happy with 300w for now, lol.
Edited by Tstan7777 - 1/21/14 at 5:51pm