Originally Posted by HudsonK
After lots of reading, I am going to just get an amp, and go with the Parasound a31. I just love the specs and features. I'll sell the 2020.
I have the Parasound A21 and the A51. I'm only using 3 channels of the A51, but my unit (which I purchased used on ebay, and might be quite old) does run warmer than my A21. I use the A21 to power my Martin Logan 60XTs, and found it sounded more balanced, and more controlled in the bass than an Emotiva Gen 2 I was using. I found the improvements for music to be the more appreciable improvement over previous amps I used.
I think the primary reason is that it operates in class A for the first 8-10 watts, then switches ti A/B for more power. I typically enjoy listening to music and some TV as lower volumes, so I still get to enjoy a full, and dynamic sound.
Some equipment and speakers don't open up until you turn them up, and being in a modest sized apartment, it's ideal for those with smaller setups or who prefer lower to moderate listening levels. That's the biggest advantage I've experienced going specifically with the Parasound amps should you decide that route.
Other than that, you're paying the premium for the name, build quality, and design. Also the heat dissipation is nice with those giant heats sinks on the sides.
edit- I posted this not having seen your previous post. Patience is definitely the way to go if can resist costly upgrades. Good luck in your set up!