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Old 03-22-2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Question Opinions On a Few Amplifiers Please

Hey guys, I'm in the market for a multi-channel amplifier. I've been searching the forums for "Official ___ Thread" for specific manufacturers to no avail so I thought I would make a thread asking for some input and insight on some amplifiers I am looking at. I know auditioning is key, but I'm just curious to hear what others think of these.

1) Rotel RMB-1575

2) Parasound 5250

3) B&K 200.5 or 200.7

4) Outlaw 7500 or 7700

5) Emotiva XPA-5 (I know there is plenty written about this one on this forum, but just curious to see the comments in comparison with the others mentioned)

Any input, personal experience, feedback etc. is welcome.

Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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I can tell you that the Parasound and Rotel are great amps, I've demoed both of them at a local shop. What kind of budget are you working with.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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Hey guys, I'm in the market for a multi-channel amplifier. I've been searching the forums for "Official ___ Thread" for specific manufacturers to no avail so I thought I would make a thread asking for some input and insight on some amplifiers I am looking at. I know auditioning is key, but I'm just curious to hear what others think of these.

1) Rotel RMB-1575

2) Parasound 5250

3) B&K 200.5 or 200.7

4) Outlaw 7500 or 7700

5) Emotiva XPA-5 (I know there is plenty written about this one on this forum, but just curious to see the comments in comparison with the others mentioned)

Any input, personal experience, feedback etc. is welcome.

Thanks.
All the amplifiers mentioned above are good amplifiers. I do not believe anybody on this forum has had enough experience with all the above amplifiers or has enough technical knowledge and background to give you an honest and reliable information.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:57 PM   #4
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I'm currently using some Polks (in my signature) but will hopefully be upgrading to some B&W's down the line. Needless to say I want this amp to outlast my Polks and beyond.

I would say my budget is not set in stone right now, but I'd probably be willing to go to about $1500 max. I know some of the ones I listed are beyond this range but I have been seeing some on Audiogon...
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:58 PM   #5
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All the amplifiers mentioned above are good amplifiers. I do not believe anybody on this forum has had enough experience with all the above amplifiers or has enough technical knowledge and background to give you an honest and reliable information.
Thanks Big Daddy. You always chime in with the most thoughtful and wise advice (no sarcasm intended whatsoever).

I know I am going to have to take everyone's opinion with a grain of salt...just curious to hear of some opinions.

What would your choice be?
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:59 PM   #6
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I'm currently using some Polks (in my signature) but will hopefully be upgrading to some B&W's down the line. Needless to say I want this amp to outlast my Polks and beyond.

I would say my budget is not set in stone right now, but I'd probably be willing to go to about $1500 max. I know some of the ones I listed are beyond this range but I have been seeing some on Audiogon...
You can demo the Rotel with B&W's at Worldwide Stereo, I was there on Saturday.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:02 AM   #7
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Thanks Big Daddy. You always chime in with the most thoughtful and wise advice (no sarcasm intended whatsoever).

I know I am going to have to take everyone's opinion with a grain of salt...just curious to hear of some opinions.

What would your choice be?
All of the above
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:05 AM   #8
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Thanks Big Daddy. You always chime in with the most thoughtful and wise advice (no sarcasm intended whatsoever).

I know I am going to have to take everyone's opinion with a grain of salt...just curious to hear of some opinions.

What would your choice be?
i also agree with BD, and from my experience which is with various Rotels (1080,1075,1050,991,993) they were all great amps. that said I currently own an Emo XP-3 and find it sounds as good as the much more expensive Rotel, so if budget is a concern go with emotiva a great value for the dollar...
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:11 AM   #9
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i also agree with BD, and from my experience which is with various Rotels (1080,1075,1050,991,993) they were all great amps. that said I currently own an Emo XP-3 and find it sounds as good as the much more expensive Rotel, so if budget is a concern go with emotiva a great value for the dollar...
thanks for the input, always good to hear i can still get some bang for my buck with emotiva even compared to rotel
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:12 AM   #10
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For the record, I've owned 2 Rotels(985,1080) and 5 Parasounds(2003A,855Ax2,1203A,1205A) so I'm a little biased towards these brands, all the choices are great so you'll be very happy in the long run.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:28 AM   #11
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Thanks Big Daddy. You always chime in with the most thoughtful and wise advice (no sarcasm intended whatsoever).

I know I am going to have to take everyone's opinion with a grain of salt...just curious to hear of some opinions.

What would your choice be?
If money were no object and the WAF was out shopping, I would buy the Parasound, with Rotel as my second choice from the above list.

If the wife was watching my a$$, I would buy an Emotiva.

I am an amplifier power junkie. If I were to buy another multichannel amplifier, I would buy a 6-channel Cinepro 4k-6 amplifier. The one I currently own is the 3k6 model and I bought it in 1996 for $3,600. These are the specifications for the new model:

20-20KHz @ <.10% Distortion, (Typically .009%)
485w @8 ohm,
810w @4 ohm
1260w @2 ohm
1580w @8 ohm/bridged
2520w @4 ohm/Bridged

What's not to love? Cinepro rocks.

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Old 03-23-2010, 12:29 AM   #12
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Thanks Sammy. I've heard nothing but great things about Rotel. It's definitely the one I would like most from the list but is a tad pricey
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:34 AM   #13
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Thanks for the input Big Daddy. If only we could all own that CinePro

By the way, have you had any experience or know anything about B&K? I don't hear much about them
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:34 AM   #14
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I have owned a few Rotels in the past and have extensively listened to my buddy's B&K 200.5 (who has similar B&W speakers). The comparable Rotel to the B&K 200.5 is the 1095. IMO performance-wise they are just about equal. That said, a couple of months ago I was all set to get a new B&K 200.5 (at that time I had the Rotel 1085) but I decided to try out the Emotiva XPA-5 first based on the thousands of positive reviews in just about any audio forum I went to. I'm glad I did! IMO the Emotiva is just as good as the comparable Rotel or B&K at less than half the retail price. Good luck.
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Thanks Sammy. I've heard nothing but great things about Rotel. It's definitely the one I would like most from the list but is a tad pricey
They had the entire stainless series in a rack with the B&W's and it looked and sounded unbelievable! Granted I only heard it for 5min. If budget isn't an issue, the Cinepro BD speaks of is a beast and would be an awesome HT amp in my book. I've been loyal to Parasound for the last 11yrs and the make one hell of a product. Good luck, lots of great choices.
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If money were no object and the WAF was out shopping, I would buy the Parasound, with Rotel as my second choice from the above list.

If the wife was watching my a$$, I would buy an Emotiva.

I am an amplifier power junkie. If I were to buy another multichannel amplifier, I would buy a 6-channel Cinepro 4k-6 amplifier. The one I currently own is the 3k6 model and I bought it in 1996 for $3,600. These are the specifications for the new model:

20-20KHz @ <.10% Distortion, (Typically .009%)
485w @8 ohm,
810w @4 ohm
1260w @2 ohm
1580w @8 ohm/bridged
2520w @4 ohm/Bridged

What's not to love? Cinepro rocks.
Cinepro has A cool site . That things fans on the back are big enough to cool the room I also like how they have all the connections on either side of the back .
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:58 AM   #17
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I have owned a few Rotels in the past and have extensively listened to my buddy's B&K 200.5 (who has similar B&W speakers). The comparable Rotel to the B&K 200.5 is the 1095. IMO performance-wise they are just about equal. That said, a couple of months ago I was all set to get a new B&K 200.5 (at that time I had the Rotel 1085) but I decided to try out the Emotiva XPA-5 first based on the thousands of positive reviews in just about any audio forum I went to. I'm glad I did! IMO the Emotiva is just as good as the comparable Rotel or B&K at less than half the retail price. Good luck.
Great to hear
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If money were no object and the WAF was out shopping, I would buy the Parasound, with Rotel as my second choice from the above list.

If the wife was watching my a$$, I would buy an Emotiva.

I am an amplifier power junkie. If I were to buy another multichannel amplifier, I would buy a 6-channel Cinepro 4k-6 amplifier. The one I currently own is the 3k6 model and I bought it in 1996 for $3,600. These are the specifications for the new model:

20-20KHz @ <.10% Distortion, (Typically .009%)
485w @8 ohm,
810w @4 ohm
1260w @2 ohm
1580w @8 ohm/bridged
2520w @4 ohm/Bridged

What's not to love? Cinepro rocks.
What do those Cinepro amps retail for?
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What do those Cinepro amps retail for?
I don't know the new prices, but my guess is $5,000 +/- a couple of thousand, depending on the model. Call them and ask them what the list prices are.
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Where would NAD amplifiers fit into the list?

I'm not seeing a multi-channel NAD with a lot of power capabilities (highest is a 7 x 160W) but any insight on how they sound?

EDIT: also, do "THX-Certified" amps actually mean anything? Or is that just a marketing ploy?

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