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2ch Amp for Music Under $500

Seeking at 2 ch amp for 2.1 music setup. Driving the Polk LSiM703s for now.

Probably something in the 100 to 200 wpc, for under $500.

New, used, refurb..what are your top 3 choices?
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Yamaha RN803?

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Great choice, but I meant dedicated/power amp, not stereo amp/receiver.
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I too am curious as to the responses. I'm running elac uni-fi ub5s. Heard good things about the Emotiva basx a-300 and the Behringers. Anything else out there for under $500?
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the Crown amps provide plenty of headroom for your speakers, can handle 2-4-8 ohm loads, run cool have both xlr and rca inputs whats not to like
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I run a Behringer amp for my subs in the "man cave". Love them, can't beat these Crown/Behringer amps for price/performance.

However, for a living room setup; these looks too DJ/professional ish. I prefer something that's aesthetically pleasing and blend in well with the receiver and other devices.
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I too am curious as to the responses. I'm running elac uni-fi ub5s. Heard good things about the Emotiva basx a-300 and the Behringers. Anything else out there for under $500?


Also hear good things about the Emo amps as well. They look compact, affordable, nice, and has solid SQ. Perhaps Parasound, but that's probably out of the budget; even used.
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I've seen quite a few used Adcom's on ebay, specifically the GFA 555, GFA 545, and the GFA535. I read online that they are solid amps, but those reviews are between 10 and 20 years old.
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Consider getting something used. Amps generally have good reliability, and a very long life. Audiogon, or EBay are good starting points


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I've seen quite a few used Adcom's on ebay, specifically the GFA 555, GFA 545, and the GFA535. I read online that they are solid amps, but those reviews are between 10 and 20 years old.


Yeah....I read solid reviews on Adcom too but those are too damn old.
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2ch Amp for Music Under $500

The older HK stereo receivers were excellent, but you can only find them used.


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The older HK stereo receivers were excellent, but you can only find them used.


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I had a vintage HK stereo amp with my Klipsch Cornwalls some years back. Awesome amp.

But I need HDMI these days, along with Bluetooth and wifi for the various devices.

I am looking for external power amp.
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I think I am down to these 2 choices in the used market, what are the other alternatives?

Emotiva A-300
Emotiva XPA-2
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I think the Emotiva A-300 is the way to go.
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Anyone have experiences with the Parasound 2125v.2?


https://www.parasound.com/2125-v2.php
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check out nuforce STA200 https://www.ebay.com/itm/NuForce-STA...wAAOSw8gddiLav

I have seen a couple for <500

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check out nuforce STA200 https://www.ebay.com/itm/NuForce-STA...wAAOSw8gddiLav

I have seen a couple for <500

Thanks. Looks like a nice amp. Never heard of it before, will have to read up on it.
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Strange, can't find any discussions or reviews of the STA200 on these forums.
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I think I am down to these 2 choices in the used market, what are the other alternatives?

Emotiva A-300
Emotiva XPA-2
Tow good choices... I'd get the XPA-2 if you can swing it. Much better amplifier.

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The Crown amps are wonderful. Power to spare, stable into 2 ohms, and run cool.
I have a 1002 and a 2502. Ridiculous bang for the buck and sound great!
I use my XLS 2502 to drive a pair of JBL SRX835 passive pa speakers to
great effect. A ridiculous and heretical stereo system for the house, it sounds
absolutely magnificent. And loud...very, very, loud.
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I got my Crown X1000 when Guitar Center was running a $99 deal 3-5 years ago. Couldn't pass it up. Great amp with lots of power.

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