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    Default 5 Channel Amp for $200 or less (new or used)

    I may be hunting for a snipe here. Is there a certain 5 channel amp(s) that I can find used and in working condition that can be had for under $200 or even $100?


    I'm even ok with a 3 channel amp for my front and centers if not. I'd prefer a one amp fix due to space and the wife. I am aware of the Adcom 2535 and 2545s but they always seem to be out of my reach once shipping is added and it seems as though no one in the south hardly uses an amp or at least sales them.
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    Good luck finding a 5 channel amp for $200. That is next to impossible IMO for anything worthwhile. There is a Sonance in the FM here for $325, but will be more if you can talk into shipping. Thats a pretty good deal and about as low as you'll find for a 5 channel amp. If you willing to drop down to 65W/ch or something like that, it might be a little more doable, but something I wouldn't necessarily recommend.

    Here is the link: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115780

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn474 View Post
    Good luck finding a 5 channel amp for $200. That is next to impossible IMO for anything worthwhile. There is a Sonance in the FM here for $325, but will be more if you can talk into shipping. Thats a pretty good deal and about as low as you'll find for a 5 channel amp. If you willing to drop down to 65W/ch or something like that, it might be a little more doable, but something I wouldn't necessarily recommend.

    Here is the link: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115780
    I figured $200 would be tough and $100 was dreaming . I feel that 65W/ch from a dedicated amp would be superior to what I currently have and I figure if it wasn't I could bridge the rears to the front speakers.
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    It would be very very difficult to come by something like that. It's not impossible, but improbable. I got my Parasound HCA-1205A 140x5 THX amp for $200 cash on CL here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn474 View Post
    Good luck finding a 5 channel amp for $200. That is next to impossible IMO for anything worthwhile. There is a Sonance in the FM here for $325, but will be more if you can talk into shipping. Here is the link: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115780
    I considered a road trip but my wife would kill me for spending the $325 plus the road trip. If I could sale my care I wouldn't get in trouble though...it's just that I can't bring myself to post it for sale just yet...It's been my baby for so long but I've outgrown it though and need to sale it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nguyendot View Post
    It would be very very difficult to come by something like that. It's not impossible, but improbable. I got my Parasound HCA-1205A 140x5 THX amp for $200 cash on CL here...
    Well I do have time to be patient if anything and I've been searching but everything is so far away I can't justify the deals I have found just yet. I use jaxed for CL.
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    I guess my intentions are to take a list of all 5 channel amps that I may find close to my price point and search them until I get lucky enough to find one close and cheap enough for me to purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn474 View Post
    Careful, If that Carver hasn't been serviced, it will need to be soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nguyendot View Post
    Careful, If that Carver hasn't been serviced, it will need to be soon.

    Maybe so, but it fits his price range and according to the description is working fine now. Worth a shot considering his price range and expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn474 View Post
    Thanks! I may have to do some begging with the wife
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn474 View Post
    Maybe so, but it fits his price range and according to the description is working fine now. Worth a shot considering his price range and expectations.
    I'm not sure I call them expectations as much as I would call them hopes
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    Here's some more:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Carver-AV-505-Fi...item25610e4d9e

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Carver-AV-405-5-...item2561335931

    http://cgi.ebay.com/B-K-AV5000-SERIE...item2561669a10

    I have the B&K and it is has performed flawlessly (except for that time I blew a fuse and it cost me .45 cents to replace it).

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    Here's a nice B&K just slightly over your budget:

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....Video-5-Sonata

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    Adcom GFA-7300.
    Please. Please contact me a ben62670 @ yahoo.com. Make sure to include who you are, and you are from Polk so I don't delete your email. Also I am now physically unable to work on any projects. If you need help let these guys know. There are many people who will help if you let them know where you are.
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    I just picked up the adcom gfa 7300 for 224 on ebay.

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    I got my Adcom gfa7000 on craigslist for $260. I use a craigslist ap that searches for keywords and emails me the ads that match. It took a few months of searching for amplifiers but I found it and snagged it the same day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Run View Post
    I got my Adcom gfa7000 on craigslist for $260. I use a craigslist ap that searches for keywords and emails me the ads that match. It took a few months of searching for amplifiers but I found it and snagged it the same day.
    Yeah I use that search engine also but there is never anything in my area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn474 View Post
    Here's some more:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Carver-AV-505-Fi...item25610e4d9e

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Carver-AV-405-5-...item2561335931

    http://cgi.ebay.com/B-K-AV5000-SERIE...item2561669a10

    I have the B&K and it is has performed flawlessly (except for that time I blew a fuse and it cost me .45 cents to replace it).
    Of the ones you've listed which one do you recommend? Also how about the Sonata 5 mentioned also?

    Thanks all.
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    Also look for an Adcom GFA-6000. I bought and sold mine for around $200 or less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    Adcom GFA-7300.
    This amp is rated 60watts per channel and I often read people saying not to pay attention to watts but I can't help myself. My Pioneer 1120k was tested to put out 47 watts through all 7 channels in HTM lab measurements. Would the Adcom GFA-7300 be a noticeable improvement still?
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    Here are the ones I found around 200.00 on Audiogon.

    From what I can tell this B&K amp was made between 1989 and 1993.
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....ideo-5-Sonata-

    NAD, don't know anything about this one
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....83529&/NAD-906

    A couple of nice Adcoms
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-channel-power

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....Adcom-GFA-6000

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    I was thinking on this Sonata. What the chances of it needing servicing real soon? Isn't capacitor life expectancy approximately 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by MADGSF View Post
    Here are the ones I found around 200.00 on Audiogon.

    From what I can tell this B&K amp was made between 1989 and 1993.
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....ideo-5-Sonata-

    NAD, don't know anything about this one
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....83529&/NAD-906

    A couple of nice Adcoms
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-channel-power

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....Adcom-GFA-6000
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    Don't know what the average life of capacitors are and it would nice to know how much actual time is on those amps. There is a good chance it will need servicing soon but at the 200.00 price point there are not many options. The Adcom GFA-7300 looks newer than the others but I would reach out to the sellers to get more information.

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    Well I got a money boost so now my budget for a used amp is $200-$450. If I went new I might spend a bit more say $599 as it's worth it for some extra piece of mind but if I can get a superior used amp that I can probably trust I'll stick with that. Funny thing is now that I can spend more money I'm more confused than ever.
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    you could still keep it around $250 and get yourself some decent cables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knucklehead View Post
    you could still keep it around $250 and get yourself some decent cables.
    I've always been under the impression that buying expensive cables was a waste. Don't get me wrong I buy larger gauge speaker wire but I don't go out of my way to buy the most expensive kind...say the 16 gauge Phillips from Wal-Mart.

    Might I ask what kind/brand of cables should I buy? I'm open minded and I definitely don't want to hold my system back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knucklehead View Post
    you could still keep it around $250 and get yourself some decent cables.
    Oh I see you run a Rotel amp. What do you think of the Rotel RB-976 MkII in a 5 channel setup? Do you think the 60watts will hold it back?
    I'm considering the Emotiva UPA-7 for its price right now and the fact it's new. Is the Rotel going to sound better despite it's lesser power rating?

    I'm also strongly considering this one. Does anyone think this amp is too much of a risk or that I could do better?
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....ideo-5-Sonata-
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    I have my Rotel bridged to 150w x 3 to my front three and couldnt be happier, I wouldnt hesitate to buy another Rotel product. All things considered, The Rotels 60w will sound much nicer than the Emo amp. As far as the cables, you just have to let your ears be the judge. Look at monoprice.com for some 14g speaker wire, works good for me. These are what Im using http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=184-202 works good for my crap.
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