I started researching separate amps, and pro amps. Finding a good affordable amp, with low floor noise, low distortion, and gobbles of power was not as easy as I though.
The darn things had distortion, had lots of floor noise(hum and hiss) or was close to $1000cnd.
I shopped the Toronto area during my Christmas vacation. I went to a "high end" store. They had suggested an Ashly ftx-2001 amp. They stated it had the best sound for my application, that they carried. However, It was $1700cnd plus taxes on sale!!!
They sold every flavor of amp thinkable, even HK, Lexicon(starting at $3kcnd,)Merantz.....Crown..QSC..ect......................... ...... yeah, I was drooling...
Next day, I went to a chain Music and Instrument store, and found a used Ashly FET-2000 M, same specs as the Ashly ftx-2001 amp , but for $400 with a 3mth warranty. Instead of asking a sale men to help me, I went straight to the technician in the back. I pumped him for info, without telling him my interest in the Ashly.
After telling him my situation, he steered me to a Ashly amp and a Yorkville studio amp new or used. He said they are the smoothest, most transparent amp out there as a proamp goes, used in a home or studio application. So I picked it up.
It sounds amazing! No hum or hiss even at very low levels. My speakers have more dynamic range and lower details that they lacked. I even have good bass.
The mids slightly improved, but the highs did not improve, but sound"ed" Good before the change.
Once my 3mth warranty is over I will replace the fans for whisper quiet ones, However the current ones are quieter than my home computer.
Athena AS-F2.2 mains
Ashly FET-2000 M
LG 7832 DVD
15" sub custom box driven by Old Sherwood high current amp
Bell expressvu 6100HD
Hitachi 51S500 rptv
A special thanks to Ron Temple for all the help. My system is finally done...
Well for now anyways.
Here is the spec sheet of the amp.
Ashly FET-2000 M
EIA Rated Output/ch
8 ohms 300W
4 ohms 500W
2 ohms 675
8 ohms mono bridged 1000W
4 ohms mono bridged 1350
1KHz, 8 ohm 0.004%
20 Hz, 8 ohm 0.01%
20-20KHz, 8 ohm 0.05%
IMD (SMPTE) 8 ohms 0.004%
IHF, 8 ohms 0.01%
Damping Factor >100 20Hz--20KHz
Slew Rate 50V/uS
Frequency Response +/-0.5dB 10Hz--50KHz
Rise Time 2uS 10%--90%
Full Power Input Sensitivity 1.7V
Hum and Noise >110dB below full output