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    Default I am looking for an amp for my Lsim theater

    My setup
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    yamaha 7065 receiver.

    I found a local Adcom 5500 for $450 http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/ele/4112818951.html is this a good price? Would it be better to get a 5 channel amp for this setup?
    I was also looking at a new Emotiva xpa-3 but I already know what this forum thinks of that.
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    I have a GFA-5500 running my L/R fronts (LSi15s) along with a GFA-5503 running my center and surrounds.
    I highly recommend them...

    $450 is a little high. I would offer $400 and not hesitate to walk away if they don't budge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pretzelfisch View Post
    I found a local Adcom 5500 for $450 http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/ele/4112818951.html is this a good price? Would it be better to get a 5 channel amp for this setup?
    Ryan knows his Adcoms so I would go with his knowledge there.

    Quote Originally Posted by pretzelfisch View Post
    I was also looking at a new Emotiva xpa-3 but I already know what this forum thinks of that.
    Eh we dont have a problem with Emo gear. Its better than your standard AVR. Is it better than an amp costing 2 or 3 times more, not to most of us.

    But the Emo would work as well. I would also look at used amps from brands like Parasound, Rotel, etc. They may offer similar bang for your buck.

    But if you get the Emotiva we dont snub our noses at you, unless you claim its the best amp around regardless of price. Then we have issues .

    Good luck no matter what your choice!
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    I have an odd situation since my wife would rather me buy new from a company then used on Craig's list or ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretzelfisch View Post
    I have an odd situation since my wife would rather me buy new from a company then used on Craig's list or ebay.
    Sounds like permission to up the budget then

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretzelfisch View Post
    I have an odd situation since my wife would rather me buy new from a company then used on Craig's list or ebay.
    Cool man then follow your gut. As long as it sounds good to you it's all good.
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    Wyred 4 Sound 5 channel amp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretzelfisch View Post
    I have an odd situation since my wife would rather me buy new from a company then used on Craig's list or ebay.
    Since you have the wife's approval, get a 5 channel Emotiva XPA-5 amp and be done with it. All the speakers will have enough power to operate to their full potential, it will be a brand new with warranty amp that can be used for years with your current and any other speakers you might get in the future.

    This is the practical approach to this hobby that your wife and I take. Go for it.
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    A 5 channel will kick things up a bit. There are some Rotel and Parasound units on craigslist in your area. Not sure what your budget is? Also, there is a Adcom 7500 on eBay for a decent price with 2 days to go....if you want 5 channels on the affordable side...
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    New Rotel or Parasound would be my vote. I don't have a ton of experience with many different manufacturers but I don't think you can go wrong with either of these. A lot more bang/buck to be had in the used market though. I was a bit nervous purchasing used at first but wouldn't do it any other way at this point.
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    I have a NAD T955 that's only about a year and a half old. Not a scratch on it. I ran an full 5 channel LSi setup on it with good results. I really need to sell it before I hook it back up in my system and decide to keep it. Shoot me a pm if you'd like more info.

    Why am I selling? I upgraded to an LSiM setup and feel as though I can drive them sufficiently with an HK7300 and I need to recoup some of the money I spent on the speakers.

    All dependent of course on your wife giving the ok to a used purchase.

    FYI: Before getting the NAD I ran an Emotiva XPA-5 and I really like it in the HT. I felt the NAD was maybe a little better (wider soundstage, maybe a tad more clarity), but it was pretty much a lateral move.

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    I have been Pointed to 200 or greater for an amp, Are you finding 100-125 enough. my listening position is 10 feet from the front and center.

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    I was happy with the NAD on my LSi system. I can find the time I'll try to hook it up to my LSiM's and let you know what I think. Of course I won't be comparing to a 200wpc amp, but I can still let you know my thoughts. My listening position is also about 10' away. Room is something like 13x11 with 10' ceilings. Running 703, 706C, and 702fx.

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    Took @cfrizz advice and took the easy and cheap way out to start with. I have the xpa-5 running my lsim's now. I don't hear much difference in sound quality between it and running off the yammy receiver. Maybe a little fuller in low mid base.

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    Well, I guess the hunt is back on this xpa 5 is causing some buzz when connected to a source so it's going back.

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    This is fairly normal when hooking up a powerful amp, you may well have the same problem with another amp. Get a 3-2 plug and plug the amp into that then plug it into the wall and see if the buzz goes away before you send the amp back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrizz View Post
    This is fairly normal when hooking up a powerful amp, you may well have the same problem with another amp. Get a 3-2 plug and plug the amp into that then plug it into the wall and see if the buzz goes away before you send the amp back.
    I tried a cheater plug (shouldn't matter the xpa-5 doesn't look to connect to the plug's ground ) I also disconnected it from my receiver and hooked up my phone to it and still had an issue.
    It's a little slow with emotiva email support, and the 30 day trial period is about over. I hear a lot of people say they hear no sound from their system. Leads me to think others with this type of issue have a bad unit.

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