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Old 01-24-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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Im Looking for a 3 channel amplifier to power my front speakers as well as my center channel for under 2000$

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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Emotiva XDA-3

best of luck.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:38 AM   #3
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emotiva xda-3

best of luck.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:44 AM   #4
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I have heard that Emotiva is a little bright, do you guys find that to be true?
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:08 AM   #5
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I have heard that Emotiva is a little bright, do you guys find that to be true?
buy it, audition it for 30 days and find out. if you don't like it, send it back for a refund.

while i hate the term "bright" (and i do with a passion) i will say for amps that offer an in-home audition periods, you should take advantage of it (no matter the brand) and listen for yourself.

i own 3 emotiva amps, so i guess i like "bright"! they sound find to me, but, that's me. my receivers sound good too; i'm easy and don't buy into what something sounds like or looks like until i've heard it myself.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:15 AM   #6
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buy it, audition it for 30 days and find out. if you don't like it, send it back for a refund.

while i hate the term "bright" (and i do with a passion) i will say for amps that offer an in-home audition periods, you should take advantage of it (no matter the brand) and listen for yourself.

i own 3 emotiva amps, so i guess i like "bright"! they sound find to me, but, that's me. my receivers sound good too; i'm easy and don't buy into what something sounds like or looks like until i've heard it myself.
Well said
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:17 AM   #7
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Have you heard any other 3 channel amps. Parasound halo series, Odyssey, NAD, etc?
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:29 AM   #8
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why not buy 3 mono blocks?

small, have dedicated power supplies, good power ratings and specs, dont have to worry about crosstalk....

http://outlawaudio.com/products/2200.html
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:34 AM   #9
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why not buy 3 mono blocks?

small, have dedicated power supplies, good power ratings and specs, dont have to worry about crosstalk....

http://outlawaudio.com/products/2200.html
great idea, i would have suggested it but the OP specified a 3 channel amp.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:38 AM   #10
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Great idea! after further research Emotiva is really the only 3 channel amp that fits my budget(2000$) atleast that I found. What other monoblocks do you know that would be under 2000 for 3 of them
Canton Vento 820.2
Canton Vento 856.2
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:45 AM   #11
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http://www.odysseyaudio.com/products-stratos-ht3.html

thats in your budget
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:55 AM   #12
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Thank you everyone I now have a list of product to consider. Researching 3 channel amps is difficult considering my low budget (Compared to price of many amps)as many non internet direct 3 channel amps are upwards of 5 or 6 thousand dollars, ie bryston, Macintosh, krell, plinnius
Canton Vento 820.2
Canton Vento 856.2
SVS SB13 Ultra
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:56 AM   #13
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Thank you everyone I now have a list of product to consider. Researching 3 channel amps is difficult considering my low budget (Compared to price of many amps)as many non internet direct 3 channel amps are upwards of 5 or 6 thousand dollars, ie bryston, Macintosh, krell, plinnius
Are you willing to go used? If so, there is alot to be had in that price range.
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Emotiva XDA-3

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I vote for Emotiva as well.
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Are you willing to go used? If so, there is alot to be had in that price range.
That's what I would do.
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The new Behringer iNUKE NU4-6000 4-channel amplifier may be a good option. The amplifier channels can be bridged. It will be available soon.


Behringer iNUKE NU4-6000 Manual.







Product Features:
  • Maximum Output Power:
    • Normal 4-Channel Mode:
      - 4 x 450 Watt into 8 Ohms
      - 4 x 860 Watts into 4 Ohms
      - 4 x 1600 Watts into 2 Ohms
    • Bridged Mode:
      - 2 x 1600 Watts into 8 Ohms
      - 2 x 3000 Watts into 4 Ohms

  • Weighs less than 12 lbs / 5.5 kg
  • Ultimate reliability through revolutionary cool-running High-Density Class-D technology with "near-zero" thermal buildup
  • Ultra-efficient switch-mode power supply for noise-free audio, superior transient response and low power consumption
  • "Zero-Attack" limiters offer maximum output level with reliable overload protection
  • Built-in Subwoofer/Satellite crossover for perfect subwoofer operation
  • Detented and illuminated gain controls for precise level setting
  • Precise 4-segment Signal and Limit LEDs to monitor performance
  • XLR and 1/4'' TRS combination input connectors for compatibility with any source
  • Professional twist-lock speaker connectors for ultimate reliability
  • Independent DC, LF and thermal overload protection on each channel automatically protects amplifier and speakers without shutting down the show
  • “Back-to-front” ventilation system prevents thermal buildup for reliable operation
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

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Two-Channel Room: XiangSheng Tube Preamp., Carver TFM-45 Amp. (375 W/Ch), Behringer EPX4000 Amp., Onkyo CD player, Denon Turntable, Yamaha Tuner, 2 Vintage Polk RTA-15TL Speakers, 2 LCY 100 Super Tweeters, 2 DIY Folded Horn Super Towers with 15" Sub., 1 Modified AA HD-SUB12
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:25 AM   #17
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How would he use that, there are no terminals for speaker wires or banana plugs? Only terminals for pro audio speakers...
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How would he use that, there are no terminals for speaker wires or banana plugs? Only terminals for pro audio speakers...
You can buy Speakon to Banana speaker adapter cables or make them yourself.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_3i0nynr6j9_b
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Two-Channel Room: XiangSheng Tube Preamp., Carver TFM-45 Amp. (375 W/Ch), Behringer EPX4000 Amp., Onkyo CD player, Denon Turntable, Yamaha Tuner, 2 Vintage Polk RTA-15TL Speakers, 2 LCY 100 Super Tweeters, 2 DIY Folded Horn Super Towers with 15" Sub., 1 Modified AA HD-SUB12
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:24 AM   #19
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As far as the price of the new Behringer iNUKE NU4-6000 amplifier is concerned, the 2-channel Behringer iNUKE NU6000 costs around $400 and the DSP version Behringer iNUKE NU6000DSP version costs around $500. My guess is that the new 4-channel amplifier will be a couple of hundred dollars more expensive. Perhaps, $600 for the iNUKE MU4-6000 is a reasonable guess. One site is already advertising it for $549.

http://musicgearforless.com/NU4-6000


Prices of the 2-channel Behringer iNUKE NU6000 and iNUKE NU6000DSP:

http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-NU60.../dp/B005EHINFI
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page...3Ainuke%206000
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NU6000DSP
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-a...nuke-nu6000dsp
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...umber=248-6710
http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHNU6000
http://123dj.com/amps/behringer/nu6000.html
http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/B...face-NU6000DSP
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...ger+inuke+6000
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Two-Channel Room: XiangSheng Tube Preamp., Carver TFM-45 Amp. (375 W/Ch), Behringer EPX4000 Amp., Onkyo CD player, Denon Turntable, Yamaha Tuner, 2 Vintage Polk RTA-15TL Speakers, 2 LCY 100 Super Tweeters, 2 DIY Folded Horn Super Towers with 15" Sub., 1 Modified AA HD-SUB12
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I have heard that Emotiva is a little bright, do you guys find that to be true?
From my experience , the XPA-3 was not bright when i had it in my system.
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