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Need 3 channel amp recommendation

i see emotiva doesnt have one
looking to add to my denon x3300
would like to power front lrc
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Personally I would get the Parasound A31.

Are you sure Emotiva doesn't have one-

https://emotiva.com/products/xpa-3-gen3
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Emotiva does (XPA3) but since they changed the transformer in the gen3, I like many people don’t trust them anymore. I went with an Anthem MCA325. Another great 3 channel amp is the Parasound A31.
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i see emotiva doesnt have one
looking to add to my denon x3300
would like to power front lrc
@mariogonzalezzz I recently bought ATI AT523NC clsss D amp and really happy with my purchase (comes with 7 year warranty). I've initially considered Parasound A31, Anthem MCA325, D-sonic 3 channel amp and after spending weeks researching I went with ATI. What's your budget like?
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was looking to spend $500 at most
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For $500 I would definitely look for used. Not necessarily a bad thing but you’ll have to make sure what your buying is in good working condition, especially if buying used. I’d even suggest going on USaudiomart and search 3 channel amp, see what you find in that price range.
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another vote for parasound
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would like to power front lrc
What are your speakers Mario?
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$500 budget means either used or something like Monoprice Unity.

You may not need dedicated amp but it depends on your speakers.
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What are your speakers Mario?

they will be jbl 530 on monday when i receive them.



not sure why people are recommending such expensive amps.
just want something to supplement my denon x3300



what about the emotiva a-500? its $500
still, only wanted to power the front 3 channels
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not sure why people are recommending such expensive amps.
just want something to supplement my denon x3300

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Maybe they're assuming that you want more power than the 3300 can deliver. Something like an Emotiva A500 won't do that.
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they will be jbl 530 on monday when i receive them.
You're jumping the gun then Mario. Without hearing the JBL's hooked up to the Denon in your room at your preferred maximum volume levels, you've got no idea if an amp is actually warranted. A separate amp is going to make no actual tangible difference unless the AVR's internal amps are audibly clipping in routine use.

You seem to be fairly budget conscious; I recommend you hold off on making a decision to spend money on an amp until you've done the above.
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I agree with GIEGAR. I would at least set up the speakers your having delivered tomorrow, test and go from there. Perhaps based on your room size, some acoustic treatment may suffice the need to add additional amps. I myself added an Anthem MCA 325 for my front LCR’s because they’re power hungry speakers, I want the head room to drive the speakers at reference levels, and importantly, take some strain off my avr. Honestly for $500 your selection is limited. My suggestion is to at least set your speakers and avr up to its potential (based on your LP and AV room acoustics) and go from there.
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I recently purchased a two channel Emotiva model A-300 for my Denon x4200w for $399. I then added a Emotive Monoblock PA-1 for my center channel for $299. They both sound amazing!
This is just one way to do it, buy 2 channel for now and add center when money is available. I also see Outlaw has their monoblock's on sale for $299.

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