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    Default SS Power Amp for 2 Channel- want to do it right

    I just bought Totem Hawk speakers and a Benchmark HDR (Preamp/Dac). I currently have an Emotiva XP3 but want to replace it. I want to buy a power amp that will keep me happy for a long time. I understand swapping out speakers every one in a while but I hope to keep my electronics for awhile.

    Is something like the Parasound A21 or Cambridge 840W enough of an upgrade?

    Another option is to buy a higher quality amp used on Audiogon either a Pass or Bryston. I could probably stretch my budget to 3K or so if the difference over the Parasound and Cambridge is significant enough.

    Your thoughts?
    Rig1 - Totem Hawks, Benchmark HDR, Parasound A21, Sonus, Samsung 52 LCD, Audioquest Type4
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    I have two CA 840W amps configured in mono. In mono mode they are rated as 500W/ch @ 8 ohm, and 800W/ch at 4 ohm. My speakers (PSB Synchrony One) are 4 ohm. Some part of this is in Class A, and then switches to Class B. Do some Google and you will not find a bad review. These amps sound great, and appear to be solid. I have had mine between 3-4 years, and they run for hours every day. On the weekends they get turned on Friday night, and stay on until bedtime Sunday night. Did I say they sound great?

    Their biggest drawback is they are hotter than Hades. I had to get my central air fixed for spring/summer use. On the other hand, they help with the heating in the winter.

    Audio Advisor has these at closeout prices so hurry. I strongly urge you to get two. I started with one but soon added the second since the first worked so good.

    "For those seeking a capable stereo amp for general purposes one 840W will suffice. However, those looking for high quality solid-state amplification will want to move to the “Mono Bridged” mode, that is, obtain two of these units. The performance elevation is such that it is easily merited. "

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    Thanks BlueFox. Do you feel that one will leave me wanting? I don't really have the space for two.

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    CCNJ,

    Which Rig are the Hawks going in?

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    Hi Sal - I am replacing everything in Rig 1. It will be posted in the flea market soon. I am going just two channel for music and TV in my family room. I get the Hawks and the Benchmark HDR this week. I can run it with the Emotiva XPA-3 until I decide on a better amp. Any suggestions?
    Rig1 - Totem Hawks, Benchmark HDR, Parasound A21, Sonus, Samsung 52 LCD, Audioquest Type4
    Rig2 - LFD LE IV Integrated, Harbeth P3ESR, Rega Dac, MF V-Link, IMAC, Audioquest Type4

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    Thanks BlueFox. Do you feel that one will leave me wanting? I don't really have the space for two.
    One is great, but two are better. They do did some space for airflow.

    Also, I forgot to mention in 2009 the absolute sound had them listed as one of the bargins in high-end audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    Hi Sal - I am replacing everything in Rig 1. It will be posted in the flea market soon. I am going just two channel for music and TV in my family room. I get the Hawks and the Benchmark HDR this week. I can run it with the Emotiva XPA-3 until I decide on a better amp. Any suggestions?

    CCNJ,

    You should come to my house and take a listen to my new Tri-Vista. there is currently one on Audiogon for $2500.

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    Thanks for the offer Sal. Is that an integrated amp? I am just looking for a power amp as I will be using the Benchmark as my pre.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    Thanks for the offer Sal. Is that an integrated amp? I am just looking for a power amp as I will be using the Benchmark as my pre.

    Chris

    Yes Chris it is. It's 500 watts per channel at 4 ohms and has an external outboard power supply. Both units weigh in at 115LBS! total. It is a beast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    I am just looking for a power amp as I will be using the Benchmark as my pre.
    That is what I did at first with my Benchmark Pre. However, it didn't take to long before I got tired of getting up and down to adjust the volume, so I bought the companion 840E pre-amp.

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    I bought the new Benchmark HDR which has a remote control. It is $300 more than the pre but well worth it IMHO
    Rig1 - Totem Hawks, Benchmark HDR, Parasound A21, Sonus, Samsung 52 LCD, Audioquest Type4
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    Hi Sal - I am replacing everything in Rig 1. It will be posted in the flea market soon. I am going just two channel for music and TV in my family room. I get the Hawks and the Benchmark HDR this week. I can run it with the Emotiva XPA-3 until I decide on a better amp. Any suggestions?
    Bluefox,
    Don't mean to thread jack but I am also looking at the 840w. My concern is the heat. Would it be dangerous to put it in a entertainment cabinet that is open in the back and six inches of space above it?
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