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Question Please recommend a $2000 or less amp for my new 3.1 Klipsch/Paradigm/Anthem setup

Please recommend a $2000 or less amplifier for my new 3.1 home theater Klipsch/Paradigm/Anthem setup.

Here's my setup:

  • 2 Klipsch Cornwall III speakers (to use as left and right channels)
  • 1 Klipsch Heresy III speaker (to use as a center channel)
  • 1 Paradigm Defiance X15 subwoofer
  • 1 Anthem MRX 720 Receiver (Edit: Got the Anthem AVM 60 instead)
  • 1 LG C8 65" OLED 4K HDR Dolby Atmos Smart TV

Any responses will be appreciated.

Thank you.

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Please recommend a $2000 or less amplifier for my new 3.1 home theater Klipsch/Paradigm/Anthem setup.

Here's my setup:

  • 2 Klipsch Cornwall III speakers (to use as left and right channels)
  • 1 Klipsch Heresy III speaker (to use as a center channel)
  • 1 Paradigm Defiance X15 subwoofer
  • 1 Anthem MRX 720 Receiver
  • 1 LG C8 65" OLED 4K HDR Dolby Atmos Smart TV

Any responses will be appreciated.

Thank you.
Those speakers are very efficient and are 8ohms so will be easy to drive. The MRX 720 is a flagship AVR with good power supplies that could easily drive those speakers so loud you could hear them 3 blocks down the street. With a sub in play and an 80hz crossover, your AVR will be cruising along since it's being relieved from playing the power draining low end. I don't think you need a power amp. Get a 2nd X15 sub instead.

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Those speakers are very efficient and are 8ohms so will be easy to drive. The MRX 720 is a flagship AVR with good power supplies that could easily drive those speakers so loud you could hear them 3 blocks down the street. With a sub in play and an 80hz crossover, your AVR will be cruising along since it's being relieved from playing the power draining low end. I don't think you need a power amp. Get a 2nd X15 sub instead.
Totally agree. Get another subwoofer. 140 wpc into two channels, probably not much less into three, you'll probably never explore the limits of your Anthem's amps.

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Agree with the above that the anthem is plenty already. But if you must, go with a Monoprice Monolith 3 or Outlaw 5000 if you want 5 channels.


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Might as well add the Emotiva XPA-3 in my list.


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Second this. I don't think OP needs a separate amp, but this would be my choice for that budget!

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Would the Emotiva A-5175 make my system sound even better and still be a safe wattage to use? Apparently, it does approximately 150 watts to each channel when 3 channels are driven. If all 5 channels are driven, it does 125 watts to each channel. Right now I am driving 3 channels and my subwoofer, but one day I might add two rear speakers to my system.

Here’s the Emotiva A-5175:

https://emotiva.com/products/a-5175

My Home Theater System:
* 2 Klipsch Cornwall III speakers + 1 Klipsch Heresy III speaker
* 1 Paradigm Defiance X15 subwoofer (adding one more X15 soon)
* 1 Anthem AVM 60 Preamplifier/Processor + 1 Monoprice Monolith 5
* 1 LG C8 65" OLED 4K HDR Dolby Atmos Smart TV
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Would the Emotiva A-5175 make my system sound even better and still be a safe wattage to use? Apparently, it does approximately 150 watts to each channel when 3 channels are driven. If all 5 channels are driven, it does 125 watts to each channel. Right now I am driving 3 channels and my subwoofer, but one day I might add two rear speakers to my system.

Here’s the Emotiva A-5175:

https://emotiva.com/products/a-5175
Would it work? Sure. Will it sound better? Probably not. I do think your MRX is fine, it's no sound quality slouch and you should have enough power. If it is working the way you want it to and it sounds good, I'd be inclined to leave it alone. Even if you add to surrounds, you'll still be fine. I'd just wait until that time - try the receiver first - then make the determination as to whether or not you need the amp.

But if you really, really want an amp - that's O.k.! Here's another one to consider that's well within your budget, though myself I'd still go with a class D:

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15593

Keep in mind - always a possibility that introducing another piece of equipment could also introduce new issues - nothing wrong with keeping it simple if it is doing the job! Not saying an amp will introduce a problem, probably won't - BUT a working system really isn't sending out an invitation....

7.2.4 System: Display: Sony XBR-65X930D; Processing: Anthem AVM60
Mains:
Paradigm Prestige 85F and 55C; Side / Rear Surrounds: Totem Acoustic Tribe III / Tribe I; Amplification: D-Sonic M3a-2800-7 (7ch. x 400w)
ATMOS:
Definitive Technology DI8R; Amplification: Class D Audio SDS-470C (4ch. x 300w)
Subwoofers:
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Would the Emotiva A-5175 make my system sound even better and still be a safe wattage to use? Apparently, it does approximately 150 watts to each channel when 3 channels are driven. If all 5 channels are driven, it does 125 watts to each channel. Right now I am driving 3 channels and my subwoofer, but one day I might add two rear speakers to my system.

Here’s the Emotiva A-5175:

https://emotiva.com/products/a-5175
You are SOL with those speakers and will never find a good amp for them.

If you want to ship them to me and buy more efficient and better sounding speakers I will give you my address.
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Would the Emotiva A-5175 make my system sound even better and still be a safe wattage to use? Apparently, it does approximately 150 watts to each channel when 3 channels are driven. If all 5 channels are driven, it does 125 watts to each channel. Right now I am driving 3 channels and my subwoofer, but one day I might add two rear speakers to my system.

Here’️s the Emotiva A-5175:

https://emotiva.com/products/a-5175
Would it work? Sure. Will it sound better? Probably not. I do think your MRX is fine, it's no sound quality slouch and you should have enough power. If it is working the way you want it to and it sounds good, I'd be inclined to leave it alone. Even if you add to surrounds, you'll still be fine. I'd just wait until that time - try the receiver first - then make the determination as to whether or not you need the amp.

But if you really, really want an amp - that's O.k.! Here's another one to consider that's well within your budget, though myself I'd still go with a class 😧

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15593

Keep in mind - always a possibility that introducing another piece of equipment could also introduce new issues - nothing wrong with keeping it simple if it is doing the job! Not saying an amp will introduce a problem, probably won't - BUT a working system really isn't sending out an invitation....[IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG]
I ordered the Monoprice Monolith 5 Channel Amp.

Thanks!!
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* 2 Klipsch Cornwall III speakers + 1 Klipsch Heresy III speaker
* 1 Paradigm Defiance X15 subwoofer (adding one more X15 soon)
* 1 Anthem AVM 60 Preamplifier/Processor + 1 Monoprice Monolith 5
* 1 LG C8 65" OLED 4K HDR Dolby Atmos Smart TV
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I ordered the Monoprice Monolith 5 Channel Amp.

Thanks!!

Nice! Do report back once you've got it installed ad let us know what you think!

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Nice! Do report back once you've got it installed ad let us know what you think!
Also, I went with the Anthem AVM 60 instead of the Anthem MRX 720 because I wanted the balanced XLR outputs from the preamplifier.
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Also, I went with the Anthem AVM 60 instead of the Anthem MRX 720 because I wanted the balanced XLR outputs from the preamplifier.

It just keeps getting better!

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anthem and monoprice...oh please this troll thread?

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anthem and monoprice...oh please this troll thread?
The Monoprice Monolith rates better than the Emotiva XPA amps. It also weighs way more than the Emotiva XPA amps. The Monolith 5 is over 78 pounds. It's apparently a very well made amp with great reviews.

My Klipsch Cornwall III and Heresy III speakers are very high sensitivity. I didn't want to go over 200 watts continuous for the amp.

Audioholics verified the Monolith has lower noise distortion than the Emotiva XPA.

Here's a Audioholics video about the Monolith:


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well if the monolith works for ya. it would be interesting to hear how the monolith/anthem sound different.

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anthem and monoprice...oh please this troll thread?

What's wrong with the Anthem and the Monolith?


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My Klipsch Cornwall III and Heresy III speakers are very high sensitivity. I didn't want to go over 200 watts continuous for the amp.

Yeah, you totally don't need more power - though you can have more power on tap if you want/need to with >200 watts.

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Im just not a huge fan of chinese stolen tech with monoprice brand....at least many of their products pretty iffy on where designs came from.

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Im just not a huge fan of chinese stolen tech with monoprice brand....at least many of their products pretty iffy on where designs came from.
The Monolith is made by ATI for Monoprice. It is made in the USA. It is basically a bunch of monoblocks put together and that’s why the watts don’t scale down with more channels used.
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* 2 Klipsch Cornwall III speakers + 1 Klipsch Heresy III speaker
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* 1 Anthem AVM 60 Preamplifier/Processor + 1 Monoprice Monolith 5
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