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    Default My parasound 2250 vs HCA3500

    I currently have a 2250 parasound powering my rti12s and have good results with it. However I have seen several 3500s come across ebay lately and its got me wondering if there would be any advantage to trading up? Would I hear a difference with twice the amps and another 100 watts?

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    You would probably be wasting your money. Is there something you find lacking in your present system? It requires twice the power (500 watts or 3dB increase) to obtain a noticeable increase in level. An additional 100W will bring you at most some very modest increase in headroom.
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    The HCA-3500 was a very special amp. I would think it would outperform the 2250 at ANY level, and not just because of its higher wattage.

    HOWEVER

    You will gain a much larger increase in overall sound quality by going to a dedicated 2-channel preamp instead of using a receiver.


    Since I can't see you're signature, I'm going to assume that the reason you're using a receiver is because this is a 5-channel HT setup, and you can't use a 2-channel preamp. If that's the case, stick with the 2250 and be happy. It is a very nice amp too.
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    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Yeah, when I'm mobile and signed in it doesn't post my sig. It will on this one.

    Thanks for the info, just one of those wonder questions. It is for a HT setup, but I do listen to music frequently! I love turnin' the 12s up sometime!! Just wanted to see if there was anything to be gained by moving up. Its still tempting though I have to admit! Wattage aside, thats a lot more amps for when the big knob gets turned!!
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    Mains - Polk RTi12 towers
    Center - CSi5
    Surround - FXiA6's
    Sub - psw505
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    Quote Originally Posted by snake1 View Post
    Yeah, when I'm mobile and signed in it doesn't post my sig. It will on this one.

    Thanks for the info, just one of those wonder questions. It is for a HT setup, but I do listen to music frequently! I love turnin' the 12s up sometime!! Just wanted to see if there was anything to be gained by moving up. Its still tempting though I have to admit! Wattage aside, thats a lot more amps for when the big knob gets turned!!
    Like I said, that 2250 is a very good amp. You won't see a night and day difference by going to the 3500, especially if you're using a receiver as your preamp.

    How much of a monetary difference would this upgrade be? Depending on the price, you could look at adding an external DAC for 2-channel music playback, adding a dedicated 2-channel preamp for 2-channel music playback, or even going to LSiM's for speakers. Any of these would yield a much greater improvement in overall sound than upgrading your power amp at this point.

    Cheers.
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    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    Like I said, that 2250 is a very good amp. You won't see a night and day difference by going to the 3500, especially if you're using a receiver as your preamp.

    How much of a monetary difference would this upgrade be? Depending on the price, you could look at adding an external DAC for 2-channel music playback, adding a dedicated 2-channel preamp for 2-channel music playback, or even going to LSiM's for speakers. Any of these would yield a much greater improvement in overall sound than upgrading your power amp at this point.

    Cheers.
    The difference would be roughly $500-600 if I sold my 2250 for $900. I would LOVE to go to some LSiM 707s but thats gonna wait a LONG time!! I'm really fine with using the AVR for all music duties for now. If the difference isn't going to be noticeable then I'm good. Just curious and wanted to ask the folks that know. Thanks guys!
    AVR - Onkyo NR809
    500gb HD for MP3 and FLAC files
    Amp - Parasound 2250 - FOR SALE BTW!! PM me if interested!
    Mains - Polk RTi12 towers
    Center - CSi5
    Surround - FXiA6's
    Sub - psw505
    Movies and games - PS3
    TV - Toshiba 52" HD

    Every vehicle has one good nuetral drop in it

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    You'll never get $900.00 for your 2250 on xbay. There's new ones going for $950-$1000 now. I believe your next move should be a quality non-ported subwoofer. It'll make the biggest improvement for the least expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asacam View Post
    You'll never get $900.00 for your 2250 on xbay. There's new ones going for $950-$1000 now. I believe your next move should be a quality non-ported subwoofer. It'll make the biggest improvement for the least expense.
    Thats debatable about the amp, however I will be looking into a sub very soon. A non-ported would not be a great idea for me as I have a LOT of room and need a bigger ported one to help move the air. Dual subs will hopefully be the eventuality! Some SVS Ported cylinders. Thanks for your input though!
    AVR - Onkyo NR809
    500gb HD for MP3 and FLAC files
    Amp - Parasound 2250 - FOR SALE BTW!! PM me if interested!
    Mains - Polk RTi12 towers
    Center - CSi5
    Surround - FXiA6's
    Sub - psw505
    Movies and games - PS3
    TV - Toshiba 52" HD

    Every vehicle has one good nuetral drop in it

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