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    Smile Adcom vs Parasound (From the guy who brought you Parasound vs Outlaw)

    Ok what do would you buy? A Parasound Halo A23 for $529 or an Adcom GFA-5503 for $700? I'm purchasing one of these new amps primarily to increase my pleasure with stereo music, but adding some extra power to my center channel wouldn't hurt in HT application. By the way, these amps will be going in my bedroom system, not my theater system below. By bedroom system consists of two RTi8s and a Csi5. I want to make my 8s sing! Any suggestions? One last thing, these will be fed by the second zone of my Yammie HTR-5890 until I can afford to buy an pre amp from either one of the companies depending on who I choose. Thanks guys.

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    Parasound.
    Better to have and not need than to need and not have!

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    Parasound.

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    Parasound
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)

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    Parasound

    Speakers
    Carver Amazing Fronts
    CS400i Center
    RT800i's Rears
    Sub Paradigm Servo 15

    Electronics
    Conrad Johnson PV-5 pre-amp
    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
    Pioneer 79Avi DVD
    Sony CX400 CD changer
    Panasonic 42-PX60U Plasma
    WMC Win7 32bit HD DVR



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    Quit posting questions and start spending money on the Parasound
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    HT System: LSi9, LSiCx2, LSiFX, LSi7, SVS 20-39 PC+, B&K 507.s2 AVR, B&K Ref 125.2, Tripplite LCR-2400, Cambridge 650BD, Signal Cable PC/SC, BJC IC, Samsung 55" LED

    Music System: Magnepan 1.6QR, SVS SB12+, ARC pre, Parasound HCA1500 vertically bi-amped, Jolida CDP, Pro-Ject RM5.1SE TT, Pro-Ject TubeBox SE phono pre, SBT, PS Audio DLIII DAC

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    Parasound

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    Parasound.
    1. JM Labs Electra 920.1 and CC30; MB Quart Vera Sub; Pioneer SC-57; Squeezebox Touch; Panasonic BDT-500 Blu-Ray; Samsung 52" LCD; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S3 cables
    2. Polk SDA-SRS 2.3TL; Sonic Frontiers Line 3 SE; Classe Model 25; Marantz SA8004; Acoustech PH1P; Squeezebox Touch; Music Hall MMF7; PS Audio P1000; MIT S2 cables
    3. Polk SDA 2A; Parasound Halo JC-2 and A21; Musical Fidelity X-DAC; Squeezebox Touch; PS Audio 4.7; MIT S1 cables

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    Adcom..........had to have one dissenter in the bunch :p . Really either one would do an admirable job go for the Parasound since it's less coin. Is the A23 a 3 channel amp? I don't think so; not really comparing apples to apples here. Do you need 3 channels if not, then why not consider an Adcom 5500?

    I do have a very novel idea....listen for yourself and decide. You can only be happy with what YOUR ears hear not what we as a collective group tell you.

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    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30; Eastern Electric Mini Max; Adcom GDA600; MIT S3/Z Pc; SDA 1C; Squeezebox; Tubes add soul!

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    Parasound, now get to ordering :D
    MY HT RIG:
    Sherwood p-965
    Sherwood sd871 dvd
    Rotel 1075 amp x5
    LSI15 mains
    LsiC center
    LSIfx surround backs
    Lsi7 side surrounds
    SVS pb12/plus2


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    nad 1020 Pre-amp
    Rotel 1080 stereo amp
    Polk sda 2B
    kenwood grunt Tuner
    realistic lab 450 TT
    Signal cable IC

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    Rti8s in the bedroom? I seriously gotta step my game up. I have a nice 60 inch Sony XBR in the bedroom, hooked up to a Sony Dream system HTiB setup. Well maybe an upgrade to consider later on.
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    Sheradp I bought the 8s for my brother, then he decided he liked Klipsh better!!!!!! I took the 8s back in a second. I can't believe I"m saying this, but I think I like the 8s better than the 10s. The soundstage of the 8s is so expansive that I feel as though I'm using a surround sound system.

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    Parasound, the poor mans Krell.

    Adcom is fine also, but not as refined, imo.
    Check your lips at the door woman. Shake your hips like battleships. Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuSsMaN
    Parasound, the poor mans Krell.
    Come on RuSs everyone knows Aragon is the poor man Krell :D ;) .

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    paraparapara...sound!
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Thanks for the info guys. Poor man's krell? I feel like I'm getting poorer buying this junk!

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    I'm going with the PArasound !!!!!!!!! Thanks all.

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    That line (parasound is the poor mans krell) is Mark's (dorokusai), I've just paid for the rights to use it, and it's true.

    Bang for buck, not a 6 pack budget - but for the entry level champagner's out there.

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    Check your lips at the door woman. Shake your hips like battleships. Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service.

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    Recently I've had several amps in my 2 channel system..I ran a Carver, Adcom , and a Parasound Halo A23. The Parasound won because in my system it was smoother than either the Carver [which was my second choice] or the Adcom [555 and 545II which came in last]. The Parasound Halos are a sweet sounding amp and I agree with who ever said that it was more refined than the Adcoms. Having said that..it's important to note that the Adcoms I auditioned were not mosfet amps [the Halos are] and I think [but I'm not 100% positive] that the model you mentioned might be and for my money mosfet amps sound better! YMMV

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    Amp/Parasound Halo A23
    Pre/Carver C-1
    Tuner/Carver TX-11a
    CDP/Jolida JD 100A
    Turntable/AR XB-Shure V15 III

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    Parasound.
    SRT For Life; SDA Forever!

    The SRT SEISMIC System:
    Four main satellite speakers, six powered subs, two dedicated for LFE channel, two center speakers for over/under screen placement and three Control Centers. Amaze your friends, terrorize your neighbors, seize the audio bragging rights for your state. Go ahead, buy it; you only go around once.

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    I wish I was in a position where I could play around with different amps. It was hard enough getting my Sony 7100 es out here in the military exchange. Talk amps and youre talk something even more rare. Outlaw has made life easier by shipping direct, are there any other manufacturers that do this as Outlaw Audio has?
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    Shipping Direct?

    SV Sound
    Odyssey Audio
    Tyler Acoustics
    HSU Research
    Outlaw Audio
    AV123 (Onix, Emotiva)
    ACI
    Signal Cable

    Im sure theres more.

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    Krell.

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    Let me tell you something about life, around every corner monsters await. I know, I am one.

    If I owned hell and this place, I would rent this place out and live in hell.

    Mains: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1
    Preamp: Modwright SWL9.0SE
    Amps: Butler TBD2250, PS Audio Trio
    PrePro: Cary Cinema 6, Outlaw 990
    DAC: Benchmark DAC1
    Universal Player: Denon 2900
    Cables: StraightWire Encore II, Kimber Hero, Audioquest Type 4, CV-8, Columbia DBS
    Power Conditioner: Belkin PF60

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