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post #1 of 17 Old 01-13-17, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure if this is the correct are to ask so sorry if I guessed wrong. My current set-up I am using three BIC DV84's as my LCR and they are powered by a Samson SX2400 for the L and R and another Samson SX2400 for the Center. Not complaining on how it sounds but was curious what would be better. Going by best bang for the buck pro audio amps do a great job but I was wondering if I went for a home audio 3 ch. ( not sure of the different brands ) or going with a 4 ch. like some of the cheaper ( used ) Crown, nu4-6000 ( there are a few on AVS that use these for their mains ), Crest, etc or am I just wasting my time? I am thinking of the nu4-6000 its cheap looks blah over rated but even taking all that its hard to find an amp that can do what this does for the money so any feedback please??
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Given you already have Samson amps you would be unlikely to gain any benefit to changing them out for something else.

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Okay I can go along with that one more question. My Yamaha at least according to the manual puts out 140wpc x 9 ( maybe ? ) I am only using the amp to power my surrounds 2 pairs of DIYSG Volt6's one pair for the rear surround and the other for the surround. Once again would there be any benefit in adding a separate amp to power these. They have a sensitivity of 93db so I know it does not take much. Just thinking if I gave them more power it might make the perform a little better my analogy would be a 4cyl car vs an 8 cyl car. Both engines will push the car to 65mph but the 8cyl will not have to work as hard to get there.
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I agree with tony on the samsons. My setup is similar to yours. I'm using a Yamaha p2500s on my mains, and an onkyo 808 on the rest(for now). It's rated at 135x7 and in my case I'm not wanting for more. I guess I don't think you will any further ahead. Sounds like a nice setup.


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I agree with tony on the samsons. My setup is similar to yours. I'm using a Yamaha p2500s on my mains, and an onkyo 808 on the rest(for now). It's rated at 135x7 and in my case I'm not wanting for more. I guess I don't think you will any further ahead. Sounds like a nice setup.


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Your response makes me curious you wrote the 808 on the rest for now have to ask what are you thinking about? The Samsons do a good job for the mains being a glutton for punishment I have been thinking of the what ifs?? In my case the first had to do with the front heights the second on whether or not to replace the the Samson amps for something better and now the last leave the Samsons alone and get another amp for the surrounds. Right or wrong I am leaning toward the nu4-6000 sounds like overkill but at 8 ohms its only around 330wpc which should be about perfect for the Volts they are rated at 300w. I have been excuse this expression screwing around with this system for almost 4 years buying then selling always trying to improve finally at the point where I can say I am almost done. To complete the speakers I need to buy 1 Volt 6 this will give me two pairs, one pair is in place once I get the 2nd Volt I will take down my Polk RT-35's ( I like having the same brand for my mains and surrounds not several different mixed in ). Then the very last thing is the amp. I have come to the conclusion it will never be perfect but this by far is the best system I have ever had and as long as I am happy with it who cares!!
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Lol. Agreed. The one seat that counts the most is mine! I also am a believer in timber matching ALL speakers and I also don't believe, as some do, that you can just plop surrounds anywhere and you'll have a good experience. That's just lazy. My 808, while it is a beast is powering my side and back surrounds, and also my center. My plan is to put a Yamaha p3500s on my mains and move the 2500 to side surround duty. Atmos in my future will be an uphill battle to say the least so I'm trying to maximize what I've got. Except everything in my system I'd like to upgrade, or update LOL!!!


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Lol. Agreed. The one seat that counts the most is mine! I also am a believer in timber matching ALL speakers and I also don't believe, as some do, that you can just plop surrounds anywhere and you'll have a good experience. That's just lazy. My 808, while it is an easy is powering my side and back surrounds, and also my center. My plan is to put a Yamaha p3500s on my mains and move the 2500 to side surround duty. Atmos in my future will be an uphill battle to say the least so I'm trying to maximize what I've got. Except everything in my system I'd like to upgrade, or update LOL!!!


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The Yamaha P2500s is an awesome amp, and sometimes I regret selling mine... Sounded better than the Crest 8 channel amps, and had zero fan noise!

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The Yamaha P2500s is an awesome amp, and sometimes I regret selling mine... Sounded better than the Crest 8 channel amps, and had zero fan noise!


Agreed Ron. I thank you again for your input on my buying it. I would probably be fine with another 2500 for my rears and keep one on my mains but I think I'd like a 3500 on the mains just because. Lol


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Once again would there be any benefit in adding a separate amp to power these. They have a sensitivity of 93db so I know it does not take much. Just thinking if I gave them more power it might make the perform a little better my analogy would be a 4cyl car vs an 8 cyl car. Both engines will push the car to 65mph but the 8cyl will not have to work as hard to get there.
No benafit to adding an external amp. The Yamaha would have no issues driving the soround channels. Unless you plan on driving those speakers well above reference levels even 100watts per ch would be more than enough.
The front three channels would use the most resources and you have those on the external amps so your good to go.

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Lol. Agreed. The one seat that counts the most is mine! I also am a believer in timber matching ALL speakers and I also don't believe, as some do, that you can just plop surrounds anywhere and you'll have a good experience. That's just lazy. My 808, while it is a beast is powering my side and back surrounds, and also my center. My plan is to put a Yamaha p3500s on my mains and move the 2500 to side surround duty. Atmos in my future will be an uphill battle to say the least so I'm trying to maximize what I've got. Except everything in my system I'd like to upgrade, or update LOL!!!


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Your thinking the same way I am. Sure my Yamaha can power my surrounds the same as your Onkyo the only real point it almost seems we both want more!!The bad thing at least for me as it stands I already have way too much just playing around no accurate testing all I did was take my RS SPl meter and hold it by the front of the corner subs I was getting 120db at MLP I am at 110 approx. Yes Tony is right do I need it no but then again why not?
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