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    Default Shopping for an AMP

    It's going to take me awhile to get to 100 posts, so if anyone is browsing the classifieds and comes across a good amp...or if you're selling one, drop me an inbox. I have SDA SRSs ...this amp will be used exclusively for them. So really just a 2 channel is all I'm looking for. Have a weekend everyone...off to see that new Oblivion movie with my son. Hope its good!

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    SDA's are nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris23120 View Post
    SDA's are nice.
    Ya think???

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    Start to mod them and you will be at 100 posts in no time. What kind of amp are you looking for? There are a lot of nice amps out there are you looking for tubes or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phasewolf View Post
    Start to mod them and you will be at 100 posts in no time. What kind of amp are you looking for? There are a lot of nice amps out there are you looking for tubes or what?
    I've been searching the forum for tips on the amp. The one thing about these SRSs...they need power. I've been taking it all in. There are a lot of opinions on amps...that's for sure. Obviously would like to get a higher end model for a decent price. But I'm thinking I need atleast 500 per. This might spur heated discussions by basing a purchase on amperage, but these babies need some juice.

    And yes, I agree Phase...a complex mod will have me posting big time. However, I've been trolling all of DarqueKnights threads. I'm thinking I'm feeling pretty good with my crossover mods. I'm going to stay with the original boards, but swapping everything else..including inductors. The more I read, the more confident I feel.
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    Well if you run into issues there is plenty of people here that can help. As for a amp I was really happy with the Luxman M-117 it sounded great and has a lot of balls and should be able to drive your SDA's without a issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phasewolf View Post
    Well if you run into issues there is plenty of people here that can help. As for a amp I was really happy with the Luxman M-117 it sounded great and has a lot of balls and should be able to drive your SDA's without a issue.
    Thanks Phase. Did a search on your amp. Nice amp, but none around! I'll keep looking. Something will come up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris23120 View Post
    SDA's are nice.
    Nice does not even begin to describe there awesomeness, there awesome totally awesome!

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    There is a sweet SE-40 that just came up for sell for a nice price.
    Speakers: SDA-1C (most all the goodies)
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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    There is a sweet SE-40 that just came up for sell for a nice price.
    What's the asking price smith ? Inbox me if you get a moment. thanks man

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    I'm good smith...inboxed him.

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    I'm still wishing someone would try the Emotiva XPR-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallies View Post
    I'm still wishing someone would try the Emotiva XPR-2
    LOL. I saw your thread on that Emo Small. LOTS of heat and opinions around those amps! I thought about that one too...but just too many negative comments. I bet there are other forums out there that have reviewed it. I'd also be interested to see what the feedback on the performance is.

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    Alright...pulled the trigger on the amp that blairfrischx had listed on the forum. A Golden Tube Audio SE-40...includes the Sonic Craft upgrade. Very excited.

    A big thank you to thsmith for the heads up!!

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    Old (2 channel) Yamaha's go well with Polks. BTW, Oblivion was great (got to see a sneek peak in IMAX)!
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    Here's a nice Amp. It will give you 600 watts per channel

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/tub...egrateds-93101

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    Here's a nice Amp. It will give you 600 watts per channel

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/tub...egrateds-93101
    No joke...sick amp

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    Yea I like new stuff unless it's local and cheap.
    Something about new.
    If I was to buy a 2 ch amp today I would buy this, new.

    http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/.../products/xpa2

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolkieMan View Post
    Yea I like new stuff unless it's local and cheap.
    Something about new.
    If I was to buy a 2 ch amp today I would buy this, new.

    http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/.../products/xpa2
    Polkie...you realize the whole Emo thing gets people ALL fired up. I haven't seen any reviews on this yet though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwishus View Post
    No joke...sick amp
    Seriously, no joke. That integrated would make your SDA's sing sweet songs all day, every day and twice on Sunday. It puts a whole lot of separates to shame including PolkieMan's suggestion.

    I need to edit this......just noticed you have the SDA SRS's and the Tri-Vista is strickly dual mono, so you would not be able to use it with your speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Seriously, no joke. That integrated would make your SDA's sing sweet songs all day, every day and twice on Sunday. It puts a whole lot of separates to shame including PolkieMan's suggestion.

    I need to edit this......just noticed you have the SDA SRS's and the Tri-Vista is strickly dual mono, so you would not be able to use it with your speakers.
    I'm going to get along with the GTA for awhile. I still have lots to learn from this site. The one thing I have learned is that a good amp makes all the difference in the world...

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    Sorry, I missed that you already bought an amp. Let us know what you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Sorry, I missed that you already bought an amp. Let us know what you think.
    Definitely will F1. Should arrive on Wednesday. I'm curious to see how it handles varied music. Before the upgrades, they had instability issues, but when working they thrived on vocals. I'll run it through the gambit. Really is a beautiful piece of equipment. My tweets should arrive this week as well. Crossovers the following week.

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    Great news you're doing the mods John. Good move. Excited about hearing how the amp does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by proffitt View Post
    Great news you're doing the mods John. Good move. Excited about hearing how the amp does!
    Scotty Boy! Thanks man. I'm excited. Did you upgrade any of your inductors? I'm still looking for the one that DarqueKnight used, but can't find one with those specs. That's the one missing piece at the moment...

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    No, I stopped short of the inductors. Go for it. Can't be any more difficult and once you're that far into it, it'd be a good time. If I had it to do over I'd do the inductors too.

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    The inductors should be "cheap" compared to the caps, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StantonZ View Post
    The inductors should be "cheap" compared to the caps, right?
    It used to be. Copper isnt cheap nowadays!

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    The inductor that DK used was by North Creek which I believe for the SRS is a 16mH inductor. Please check the schematic to make sure that is correct. The guage of wire used to make the inductor will change the direct current resistance (DCR) of the speaker, with larger guage wire resulting in decreased DCR. I do not remember the guage I used but keep the DCR of the speaker close to the original. The (DCR) of the modified SRS's decreased from 4.7 ohms each to 4.4 ohms each with the new 16 mH SDA inductor as reported by DK. Also, be careful how you mount it. It is large enough that you cannot (and should not) mount it on the PCB and will have to mount it in the cabinet. I tried to pick a spot not close to the PR, the XO'r, either the dimensional or stereo driver, or the binding posts which could affect the inductance. Mine is mounted in the horizontally using aluminum washers, nuts and bolts. As he points out, do not use steel washers, nuts, or bolts as this will significantly change the inductance value. And with this mod I did get more more punch and it ais also very clean and quick. I highly recommend this mod!
    SDA SRS modded: X’ovrd, de-polyed, inductorized, interconnectorized, re-posted, dynamited, RDO’d, spiked, gasketed, ringed (Larry's), and grill cloth blinged! Done this on my own? Not a chance. Thanks to Raife and all who forged easy to follow upgrades. At least a 100% improvement in sound and my personal listening pleasure! Pass XP-10 preamp, Parasound A21 amp, Pioneer Elite DV-58AV (Ric Shultz modded), Audioquest Sky IC's, No longer need my Sunfire sub after mods...

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    I found that I used 14 AWG, 16mH, 1.3ohm from Notrh Creek. http://www.northcreekmusic.com/COILS.html
    SDA SRS modded: X’ovrd, de-polyed, inductorized, interconnectorized, re-posted, dynamited, RDO’d, spiked, gasketed, ringed (Larry's), and grill cloth blinged! Done this on my own? Not a chance. Thanks to Raife and all who forged easy to follow upgrades. At least a 100% improvement in sound and my personal listening pleasure! Pass XP-10 preamp, Parasound A21 amp, Pioneer Elite DV-58AV (Ric Shultz modded), Audioquest Sky IC's, No longer need my Sunfire sub after mods...

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