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looking for advice on first power amp purchase

As the title reads looking for some advice on an amp.



As for a little background I have owned a few AVR's in the past and currently have Pioneer Elite SC05 which is running a pair of Def tech BP7001's in my garage. I finally decided to bring my BPX's and CLR 3000 out of storage and put them in my living room. I know sounds back wards but a couple cross country moves and keeping the house out of state and renting where I'm currently living the floor plan doesn't work with such big components, plus I spend alot of time in the garage working on stuff. I almost pulled the trigger on either a Marantz NR1609 or Marantz Sr5013 the other day but a friend of mine sold me an Emotiva UMC 200, honestly it will work perfect for my application.



So what I am looking for is advice on a nice 2 or 4 channel amp I can use now & in the future for a dedicated two channel which will eventually be some form of B&W's All the def tech equipment and sc05 will go back to a theater room when we move back into a house next year. I would most likely be purchasing a used unit as I'd like to keep my budget under 1K
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I like Parasound.

Others may recommend matching an Emotiva amp.

Outlaw Audio is popular too.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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I like Parasound.

Others may recommend matching an Emotiva amp.

Outlaw Audio is popular too.
Best bang for your buck is going to be the monolith amplifier series from Monoprice which is actually made in the United States for Monoprice by ATI

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So it appears there are a bunch of secondhand Parasound amps for sale. Red flag or just a saturated market because they were popular? Particularly the HCA series which is well in my budget. Although I didn’t see many that said “for parts only not working”so that's a good sign.
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I like Parasound.

Others may recommend matching an Emotiva amp.

Outlaw Audio is popular too.
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Monolith look solid. 2x200 or 3x200 would work well for me.
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I like Parasound.

Others may recommend matching an Emotiva amp.

Outlaw Audio is popular too.
Best bang for your buck is going to be the monolith amplifier series from Monoprice which is actually made in the United States for Monoprice by ATI

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Any thoughts on a B&K amp? My good friend has had a Ref 200.2 for many years powering his Martin Logan’s and always thought it had a great sound. I guess the only issue would be if you had to have it services sourcing parts might be a problem.
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I wound up getting two Parasound HCA 1000's and a Parasound AVC 1800. I did try out the Emotiva UMC 200 and was not to impressed with the overall sound compared to the Parasound pre. It was a direct comparison switching back and forth between the two while the music was playing. It was actually night and day I was pretty shocked to be honest really. The bass output was about half of that of the Parasound and it seemed like the stringed instruments and piano was lost in the background where as the Parasound brought everything right up front.
I couldn't tell you how many times I read reviews on gear and have read similar statements, It's actually pretty fun to sit down and demo it for yourself just to see how different all this gear reacts with each other.
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