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Hi All,

Wanted to post on here to get peoples opinions on Home Theatre Amplifiers. I have been contemplating allot past few months on amplification required for Home Theatre Environments. Especially when we are building High End Home Theatre Systems.

After using the ATI 3007 Amplifier and running all 7 Channels driving Danley Speakers I realised the amplification would run out of steam during explosive scenes. The dynamics would sounded more constrained causing some audible level of distortion. The Danleys are 100 DB speakers yet the amplifier would still struggle. This has lead me to start moving into Mono Blocks for the front LCR where all the action takes place. Leaving the rest of the channels being driven by a Multichannel Amplifier. The balance of power needed for the front LCR would not matter anymore as each amp has its own power.

At the moment im running the Following:

Datasat RS20i
ATI 3007
Danley SH50 (Front Two)
Danley SH69 (Centre Channel)
SH100 for all 4 Surrounds.
Seaton Subs X 4.

I would like some opinions and recommendation on Front LCR Amplifiers.

I have considered the following so far:
ATI 6007 Amplifier
Crown (Which Crown series is the best)
ADA Amplifiers PF2500 & there 7 channel amplifiers.
Moon Audio Titan
MC2 Amplifiers S Series (Designed for Studios)


If I am looking into Mono Blocks, I have look at some Class A Amplifier Such as the Pass Labs or the MSB Amplifiers 203. However Class A will run hot in the room and not sure if anyone actually uses Class Amplifiers for home Theatres and even high end??? Or am I being silly about this all.

Can Pro Audio Amplifiers give high level of Sonics with enough clean power? If So which are one of the best available today with low SNR? Low Distortion and good clean power?


My Sound taste is slightly Warmer tipping close to neutral. I may be interested in a Monoblock setup for the front LCR
 

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I agree, Emotiva is a great option and you dont need to break the bank with them.
I have two Samson amps in my rack that have been trouble free as well.
 

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Emotiva Amps are out of the questions, they do not suit well with High Sensitivity Speakers. I was looking for more a High End or Pro Studio Amplifiers which have low Noise floor. I had the UP1 over a year go drove me nuts with the hiss noise. The amplifiers are too noisy for anything above 93db.
 

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Emotiva Amps are out of the questions, they do not suit well with High Sensitivity Speakers. I was looking for more a High End or Pro Studio Amplifiers which have low Noise floor. I had the UP1 over a year go drove me nuts with the hiss noise. The amplifiers are too noisy for anything above 93db.
Hmmm I'm surprised you think that. The XPR series from Emotiva has a lower amp gain. I have JTR speakers which have a very high sensitivity and I know from other threads that there's quite a few owners of JTR speakers that have used Emotiva amps with no complaints.
 

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No Parasound Halo recommendations here? I'd love to get my hands on the A51.

I have a Crown XLS 1500 Drive Core. It's pretty good, but I'm not 100% happy with the noise floor - though I haven't ruled out dirty-power issues yet.
 

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Emotiva Amps are out of the questions, they do not suit well with High Sensitivity Speakers. I was looking for more a High End or Pro Studio Amplifiers which have low Noise floor. I had the UP1 over a year go drove me nuts with the hiss noise. The amplifiers are too noisy for anything above 93db.
FWIW, I own an Emotiva XPR-5 and had it temporarily connected to a pair of Klipsch with 96db sensitivity and the noise floor was dead silent. I now have it connected to a pair of James Loudspeaker's with 95db sensitivity and still dead silent. You may want to take another look at them.
 

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I used to own all McIntosh gear but several years ago a friend loaned me two Bryston 4BSTs. I liked them so well that I replaced the whole rack with Brystons. They've worked well with any speakers I've hooked up to them.

I'm curious about the Emotiva amps but have never had one to compare with anything else. They offer a 30 day trial. Might be worth trying. I bought one of the processors and am very pleased with it.
 

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I used to own all McIntosh gear but several years ago a friend loaned me two Bryston 4BSTs. I liked them so well that I replaced the whole rack with Brystons. They've worked well with any speakers I've hooked up to them. I'm curious about the Emotiva amps but have never had one to compare with anything else. They offer a 30 day trial. Might be worth trying. I bought one of the processors and am very pleased with it.
The Emo is nice ...and not just for the money value! Heard an xpa2 I believe driving a pair of very tall Maggie's, beautiful!!!!

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Did you come to a decision? Datasat is a nice processor.

Hi All,

Wanted to post on here to get peoples opinions on Home Theatre Amplifiers. I have been contemplating allot past few months on amplification required for Home Theatre Environments. Especially when we are building High End Home Theatre Systems.

After using the ATI 3007 Amplifier and running all 7 Channels driving Danley Speakers I realised the amplification would run out of steam during explosive scenes. The dynamics would sounded more constrained causing some audible level of distortion. The Danleys are 100 DB speakers yet the amplifier would still struggle. This has lead me to start moving into Mono Blocks for the front LCR where all the action takes place. Leaving the rest of the channels being driven by a Multichannel Amplifier. The balance of power needed for the front LCR would not matter anymore as each amp has its own power.

At the moment im running the Following:

Datasat RS20i
ATI 3007
Danley SH50 (Front Two)
Danley SH69 (Centre Channel)
SH100 for all 4 Surrounds.
Seaton Subs X 4.

I would like some opinions and recommendation on Front LCR Amplifiers.

I have considered the following so far:
ATI 6007 Amplifier
Crown (Which Crown series is the best)
ADA Amplifiers PF2500 & there 7 channel amplifiers.
Moon Audio Titan
MC2 Amplifiers S Series (Designed for Studios)


If I am looking into Mono Blocks, I have look at some Class A Amplifier Such as the Pass Labs or the MSB Amplifiers 203. However Class A will run hot in the room and not sure if anyone actually uses Class Amplifiers for home Theatres and even high end??? Or am I being silly about this all.

Can Pro Audio Amplifiers give high level of Sonics with enough clean power? If So which are one of the best available today with low SNR? Low Distortion and good clean power?


My Sound taste is slightly Warmer tipping close to neutral. I may be interested in a Monoblock setup for the front LCR
 

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I used to run the Classe amps... nice warm to neutral sound, but they are out of my league now. Now I will be running the Yamaha P2500s amps, and T chip amps (I am not sure if the T chip amps would be high end or not, but I think the Yamaha Pxxxs amps are very nice, built like a tank, and have no fan noise problems like other Pro amps. :T
 

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I'm running a Crown XLi series for my fronts and the only problem I have had is an annoying ground loop which I'm still trying to resolve.
The Xli series have the selectable input voltage. You can set the amp's sensitivity to .755 or 1.4 volts.
 
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