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Hello...


I have a choice of either a Parasound 5125 (125W) or a ATI 1805 (180W).

I can get either one at the same price ..new in box from authorized retailers


The amp will be driving 5 Paradigm Reference speakers (Studio 40 and matching ctr and surrounds)


The pre-amp will probably be a Yammie 1900 or Denon 2809ci..


The room size is 12X28 and 90% will be watching movies...


Help me decide!!!!!!!


Thanks for any and all input
 

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Do you need the features the Denon or Yamaha provide? If you can get the same features in a lower priced receiver why spend the money on all that power? It'll only be idling anyways.


As for amps, have you considered the Emotiva line? Watt for watt they are some of the best amps going.
 

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Those speakers really need all the power you can give them. The more the better. I'm with Knucklehead go for a Emotiva XPA-5 and a good mid-level receiver. An Onkyo 805 or 875 would be bargains to connect with that amp. Yor could also go for a Yamaha 663 or 863 if you prefer the Yamaha's. Your receiver choice is really dependent on how many bells and whistles you need. I'm using the Rerence 40's and center with a Parasound 2205AT and would go for the Emotiva next time around.
 

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Those speakers really need all the power you can give them. The more the better. I'm with Knucklehead go for a Emotiva XPA-5 and a good mid-level receiver. An Onkyo 805 or 875 would be bargains to connect with that amp. Yor could also go for a Yamaha 663 or 863 if you prefer the Yamaha's. Your receiver choice is really dependent on how many bells and whistles you need. I'm using the Rerence 40's and center with a Parasound 2205AT and would go for the Emotiva next time around.

The XPA-3 would also be an excellent choice, its on sale right now. The XPA-5 is out of stock.


I have the UPA-7 and I love it. I drive moderately inefficient Infinity IL40s in the front, most time is spent in 2 channel but it performs in 2 or 5 channel very well. No second thoughts here.
 

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Well, Im kinda "locked in" to the Parasound or the ATI...But WOW the price on that Emotiva is simply amazing!!!!


As far as the Denon and Yammie models..my dealer can get me a great deal on either of these pieces....and I do like the bells and whistles....


So..would it be the ATI or the Parasound???


Again, thanks for any and all comments.....


 

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Well, Im kinda "locked in" to the Parasound or the ATI...But WOW the price on that Emotiva is simply amazing!!!!


As far as the Denon and Yammie models..my dealer can get me a great deal on either of these pieces....and I do like the bells and whistles....


So..would it be the ATI or the Parasound???


Again, thanks for any and all comments.....



I'd go for the ATI and Yammie combo. More power with the ATI, I know its not that big of difference but some just the same. I love the Yamaha and Paradigm mating. But you need to listen to both receives if possible, your opinion may vary. Is there anywat your dealer will let you bring this equipment home. If not you may want to bring your fronts there and hook them up to each combo and then make your decision. To me the Denon's seemed to throw a blanket over my Parasound, Yamaha, Reference 40, setup. Your take on the way it sounds may be very different.
 
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