I'm thinking (just like in car audio) the brand of the amp will determin the quality of sound, actual power, and overall quality of amp. So what brand names should I stick with.
Through the little bit of research i've done i'm hearing good things about Carver, Parasound, Sunfire, Adcom and Emotiva. Is there any brands I should add or subtract from that list? I'll be looking for a three channel amp for my fronts and center, and won't be ready to buy for a few months. But, i'm also looking for a good "quality to dollar" ratio. I don't need some super expensive amp...and i'm sure there is a point to where you are paying for a brand name and bragging rights over just a good performing amp.
This will mainly be for home theater and games, in a 5.1 set-up...i'll power my surround speakers with my AVR (Onkyo 606).
Also, is this a good thing to buy used? Will an external amp "wear out" over time, like a set of speakers would?
Thanks for any advice.