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    Default Anthem vs Parasound?

    Anyone here compare the two directly?

    Really looking to compare something like the MCA-2 or MCA-20 to the HCA-1500a or HCA-2200ii. Anthem seems to be more assosicated with HT use, but the MCA-20 seems to be a pretty healthy 2ch amp, stable down to 2ohm.

    Looks like we run into the age old comparison of bipolar versus MOSFET too.

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    Toss Up, never heard a product from either company that did not sound excellent, sorry, but, well, OK if really pressed, Anthem, just because they make some excellent tube gear. Parasound is known for its bass extension.

    I know----buy both.


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    You're SO helpful Ted! ;) :D :D :D

    And NO I don't want any tubes!:D
    Quote Originally Posted by reeltrouble1
    Toss Up, never heard a product from either company that did not sound excellent, sorry, but, well, OK if really pressed, Anthem, just because they make some excellent tube gear. Parasound is known for its bass extension.

    I know----buy both.


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    I'd put the old Anthem amps (with the exception of the tubed input stage hybrid design) more on par with Rotel during the time period they were built than Parasound, meaning a slight notch below Parasound's HCA series in build and sound quality. Either is a good choice though. Buy both.
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    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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    I`m partial to Parasound myself, but have never owned Anthem gear...


    It`s hard to find a place to do an A/B on alot of different gear

    Sorry....wish I was more help...
    Cary SLP-98L F1 DC Pre Amp (Jag Blue)
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    AQ Bedrock Speaker Cables (Bi-Wired)
    MIT Shotgun S1 I/C`s
    AQ Black Thunder Sub Cables
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    I've owned 1xHCA 2200II and 3xHCA 1200II's. Ive replaced them with a Rotel Rmb-1077. I'm very happy with the results. :)

    Don't get me wrong, these old parasound models are very good and built like tanks. The Rmb1077 just gave more detail and clarity with a far smaller footprint.
    Gear: Rotel RC 1082, Rotel RSP 1068 pre/pro, Rotel RMB1077 amp, Cayin CDT 15a CD player, S301 bluray.

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    Conditioner: Isotek :D

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    No way am I going to a class D amp. I don't care about footprint and I don't believe that the sound is better. If it is, there was something wrong with the other amps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw
    No way am I going to a class D amp. I don't care about footprint and I don't believe that the sound is better. If it is, there was something wrong with the other amps.
    ...will save you on the electric bill as well. :p
    Gear: Rotel RC 1082, Rotel RSP 1068 pre/pro, Rotel RMB1077 amp, Cayin CDT 15a CD player, S301 bluray.

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    I give Parasound a plug, but sorry I haven't heard both. Other than that a fan of bipolar over MOSFET, Ted I'm still waiting ;)

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    Well, thanks for all the input. I'm going to try a Parasound again (HCA-2200ii). Hopefully this time, it doesn't get damaged in shipping like the one a few weeks ago.
    Last edited by billbillw; 02-12-2007 at 10:56 PM.

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    I've got both and love them both. For lower listening levels I prefer the tubed Anthem, but when needing to rock out a bit the PSound has the balls and headroom needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyjoe7
    I give Parasound a plug, but sorry I haven't heard both. Other than that a fan of bipolar over MOSFET, Ted I'm still waiting ;)

    mosfet rules, you know what bi-polar does, its confused and needs drugs, just different sides on the audio coins. You did hear some Anthem DJ, we used them to bi-amp BDT's SRS. Hybrid, tubed and sand.

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    Subs-Twin Polk CSW200
    HTS5000


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    Ya ok but I take my bi-polar trans anyday. Heck you can't have it all Mosfet and Tubes killer power cords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw
    Well, thanks for all the input. I'm going to try a Parasound again (HCA-2200ii). Hopefully this time, it doesn't get damaged in shipping like the one a few weeks ago.
    Great Amp. :D

    This is the one that turned me to separates. :p
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    I'm a lover of the tube hybrids from Anthem as they are just fun to listen to and enjoy.....Parasound is all about brutality and power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai
    I'm a lover of the tube hybrids from Anthem as they are just fun to listen to and enjoy.....Parasound is all about brutality and power.
    Looks like your a fan of the John Curl work at least (CTC BBQ). I wasn't really looking at the hybrid Anthems, only the big solid states.

    I must admit, I thought the Parasounds used Mosfets, but I was mistaken. They use bipolar pairs for their outputs. They do use a pair of mosfets for the high voltage drivers. It all gets confusing for this Chem Engineer. Just when I thought I understood general amp topology, looking at these parasound schematics makes my head spin.

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    You would be correct, I'm a Curl head. I read a couple books, suprised I can read huh :) called High Power Amplifier Construction Manual(Slone) and Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook(Self) if you want to get chunky. Both books are fairly user friendly but had me confused on more than one chapter at times.

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    Cool. Mind me asking how you ever got your hands on that BBQ? Luck, inside track, or just paid dearly for it!

    Maybe I'll look up some of those books if I ever get some free time.

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    Luck.

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    All I gotta say is WOW! What a difference a clean, high current 250+ watt amp makes with my Mirage! No regrets so far with the Parasound. System is kinda in transition right now, but pics to come soon (guts and arse too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw
    All I gotta say is WOW! What a difference a clean, high current 250+ watt amp makes with my Mirage! No regrets so far with the Parasound. System is kinda in transition right now, but pics to come soon (guts and arse too).
    I was very interested in this thread and I'm glad to hear what you've written above. I just purchased a Parasound HCA-1000A that I am planning to use on the vertical bi-amping of my 1.2 TLs. I'm going to use the 565 mono blocks on the low freqs and the Parasound on the high. Doro told me that I would love it and now you are making me drool while waiting for the darn thing.:)

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    Congrats Bill! Yes a great deal of difference is made when you put that much power to a pair of speakers!:D

    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw
    All I gotta say is WOW! What a difference a clean, high current 250+ watt amp makes with my Mirage! No regrets so far with the Parasound. System is kinda in transition right now, but pics to come soon (guts and arse too).
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    All sounds good, I too really enjoy my Parasound amps.

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    I also have the 1000A..

    and an HCA-3500..

    I really like Parasound...







    ...and Cary !!
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    Cary Audio V12 amp (Jag Red)
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    MIT Shotgun S1 I/C`s
    AQ Black Thunder Sub Cables
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    my rig in the Garage consists of;

    Parasound HCA-1000A amp
    Parasound P/HP-850 pre amp
    Parasound T/DQ-1600 Broadcast Reference Tuner
    AQ King Cobra / Diamondback I/C`s
    Munster Cable Speak cable
    Polk RT38i`s

    Sounds pretty good for a Garage System..
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    Parasound HCA-3500
    Cary Audio V12 amp (Jag Red)
    Polk Audio Xm Reciever (Autographed by THE MAN Himself)
    Magnum Dynalab MD-102 Analog Tuna
    Jolida JD-100 CDP
    Polk Audio LSi9 Speaks (ebony)
    SVS PC-Ultra Sub
    AQ Bedrock Speaker Cables (Bi-Wired)
    MIT Shotgun S1 I/C`s
    AQ Black Thunder Sub Cables
    PS Audio Plus Power Cords
    Magnum Dynalab ST-2 FM Antenna
    Sanus Cherry wood Speak Stands
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    The address I be right over.

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    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
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    yer always welcome here bro..!!

    those that are not welcome....well let`s just say they won`t be leaving the same way they arrived !
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    Cary Audio V12 amp (Jag Red)
    Polk Audio Xm Reciever (Autographed by THE MAN Himself)
    Magnum Dynalab MD-102 Analog Tuna
    Jolida JD-100 CDP
    Polk Audio LSi9 Speaks (ebony)
    SVS PC-Ultra Sub
    AQ Bedrock Speaker Cables (Bi-Wired)
    MIT Shotgun S1 I/C`s
    AQ Black Thunder Sub Cables
    PS Audio Plus Power Cords
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    Quote Originally Posted by beardog03
    yer always welcome here bro..!!
    Thanks maybe some day I could do it. Look me up if you're ever around Orlando.


    those that are not welcome....well let`s just say they won`t be leaving the same way they arrived !
    LOL :D

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    RT800i's Rears
    Sub Paradigm Servo 15

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    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
    Pioneer 79Avi DVD
    Sony CX400 CD changer
    Panasonic 42-PX60U Plasma
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    The amp in my Main Rig id the HCA-3500

    It`s got less than 200 hrs on it

    very much MINTY !


    I don`t believe that I have ever heard an Anthem amp to tell you the truth

    My HT rig has a HCA-2205A 5 CH amp for the surround

    I guess I`m kinda Biased...

    I just realized how many Parasound pieces I have...damn
    Cary SLP-98L F1 DC Pre Amp (Jag Blue)
    Parasound HCA-3500
    Cary Audio V12 amp (Jag Red)
    Polk Audio Xm Reciever (Autographed by THE MAN Himself)
    Magnum Dynalab MD-102 Analog Tuna
    Jolida JD-100 CDP
    Polk Audio LSi9 Speaks (ebony)
    SVS PC-Ultra Sub
    AQ Bedrock Speaker Cables (Bi-Wired)
    MIT Shotgun S1 I/C`s
    AQ Black Thunder Sub Cables
    PS Audio Plus Power Cords
    Magnum Dynalab ST-2 FM Antenna
    Sanus Cherry wood Speak Stands
    Adona AV45CS3 / 3 Tier Rack (Black /Gold)



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    Sheeuut! Beardog, you sound like you own stock in Parasound! Must be the local Bay Area influence. Support your locals eh?

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