Originally Posted by chasw98
Should I consider one crown Itech 8000 I can get used for $2500, or two PLX 3602's? Of course the QSC's will save me a few hundred bucks, but sound quality is very important. Another helpful member is recommending the CE4000's, so I'm looking for a couple of those used too.
Let me know
I would be very surprised if you could hear a sound quality difference between the Crown or the QSC. By using 2 QSC amps, you have built in redundancy in case an amp broke. You also have some more possibilities in the configuration arena by having 2 amps with 2 channels each for future changes. I would buy 2 QSC's. My personal opinion, and this is purely personal (no scientific fact), is that I don't like the sound of Crown amplifiers when used in a home environment. Don't get me wrong, in a live environment, they are monsters. When surrounded by 10,000+ screaming audience and 20 Itech-8000's, who will hear the subtlety of an amp? But sitting at home in a controlled environment, every last little nuance will be picked up. About a year ago, I changed out my pro amps from the main and center speakers to subwoofer use only. I replaced them with very high wattage (for home), high end audio, expensive amplifiers. I did hear a difference to the good. OTOH, I am using my pro amps for my IB subwoofers and they do the job very nicely! Sound great.