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People automatically assume that an amp with more power will be louder at every former volume setting. This isn’t necessarily the case. If the amplifier section of the integrated amp, and the new outboard amp, have about the same input sensitivity, then they will both play at the same level at the same volume control setting. The difference will be when you crank it up. The higher-powered amp will have more headroom before clipping. At 4 ohms the ATI has a bit more than double the power of the Anthem, which really only gives a few dB more headroom.

A change in output level (one way or the other) relative to the pre-amp volume control setting will only happen if the new amp has a lower or higher input sensitivity.

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Wayne
 
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