ICE amps sound very interesting! Hmmm. Have to do some googling!
Another vote for Wyred 4 Sound. This is what I use in my HT: http://www.wyred4sound.com/webapps/p.../117839/339145
+1.. I agree. I would do the exact thing. Infact that is what I have done. From the beginning of my adventure in hi end HT, I went by Marantz for saving some money and did not get pio elite. Recently I upgraded to elite and I owe a big thank you to all here on the forum who strongly recommend it. I have SC-65 driving three speakers and Parasound Halo driving RIi A9. Man, the system sound great. Just my 2 cents...
I would go with a high quality 3 channel amp for up front, then a good receiver to power the rears.
There's nothing wrong with having extra power, headroom is better than clipping.
Sunfire TGA-7401, $3000. Unfortunately it is not 200 watts/channel - it's 400.
Sunfire TGR-401, $3200 http://www.independentaudiovideo.com...itemid=1010218
I agree with EndersShadow, i'd get an SC-68 with a 2 or 3 channel amp and let it run the surrounds. 7x200 is definitely overkill unless you're running 7 full range speakers blasting concert volume levels, not that the extra power would hurt anything.
So if I were to get a 3-channel amp then for the fronts and center, then maybe something like this?
I'd rather get 3 of these :cheesygrin:
3x250w @ 8ohm, 430 @ 4ohm: http://www.wyred4sound.com/webapps/p.../117839/339144
3x570w @ 8ohm, 1140 @ 4ohm: http://www.wyred4sound.com/webapps/p.../117839/332918
Personally I am a bigger fan of used amps as you can normally find a deal on a good used amp for less than the Emo run's new. If still wanting to go new, I would suggest the Outlaws and Wyred4Sound amps over the Emotiva as well.
Its not that Emotiva is horrible, its that most of us see a better price to performance ratio in used gear as its already depreciated in value since its used. That and unlike AVR's which change all the time tech wise, amp's pretty much haven't changed tons in how they work so you can get a 3 year old amp that performs very well for 50% of what it might have cost new.
Heck I have a 15+ year old amp that works great for my 5 channels of LSi's and cost me 250 total.
Where were all you people at yesterday for my thread?
I guess I should of asked if i'd hear better sound going separate amps over my Denon AVR-3313CI for LSiM 5 channel sound.
I reckon i'll be on the lookout for something used then. Too bad Outlaw doesn't make a 3-channel amp. Oh well.
hmmm, that Outlaw 7700 is sounding better and better now...lol
I would get a Emotiva amp. i think alot of the other amps you are just paying for the name on them. Not say the better performance.
Face the negative would be no transferable warranty. That would kill the resale on it if one didn't like the match with there gear.
I doubt that close to retail. No doubt still stand to loose a couple hundred.
Just looked and they have a trial plan where you can try it out for 14 days. If you choose to return it you loose shipping (of course) + 5%. Not bad. Though Emotiva has a 30 day Full Return no questions asked. You just loose shipping costs.
Hey look, a brand new Honda Accord will have a better warranty than a ten year old used Corvette... but if performance is the name of the game, then that warranty doesn't mean a whole lot.
Are you buying an amp so that you can brag about the cheap cost and great warranty, or are you buying an amp to get the most out of your speakers?
I got my 5 channel Rotel RMB-1095 for 750 bucks. Same "price class" as a new XPA-5. The Emotiva has a warranty; the Rotel does not. The Rotel sounds better. Easy decision for me.