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    Default Is this Good Value - Parasound HCA-2200MKII Power Amplifier?

    Just spotted this on eBay Oz and wondered if it is good value for money . Like Polk Audio, Parasound is even rarer in Australia . It works out to be approximately $1050 USD. Here is the link to the amp:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....DR18%26fvi%3D1

    Thanks in advance.
    Regards - Gaz from the land of Oz

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    Orion Bluebook =
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    MSRP: $1,800.00
    USED: $690.00

    I know a number of people here really like Parasound. Not sure about that model.
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    that is a very nice amp, 1000 us is a little higher than what it goes for here, but in OZ I have no idea what the normal price would be.
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    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

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    It really depends what else you can get for that price down under. Its a great amp, no doubt, but there are many others out there that may be more refined if you don't need all that brute power. IMHO, that amp may be overkill for an RTi10 setup.

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    That amp will make ANY speaker sound terrific. There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to powering tower speakers!

    Parasound makes great gear. I had a 205wpc Parasound that taught me what true amplification can do for speakers. It now resides with my brother driving his LSI 7's.
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    That's a terrible price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    That's a terrible price.
    US it is, what is the used market in Oz?
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    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

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    I have no idea, probably slim.

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    So how does that compare to new in Oz?

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    Thank you all for your responses,

    Trying to find dealers that carry new Parasound is even more difficult, so unfortunately I can't compare prices. As for powering the RTi10s, I'm looking at going to LSi9s as mains (and LSiC and LSiFX), so they will need good amplification - at least a 200 watts @ 8 ohms amp as I have read here on so many threads.

    My Yamaha, although "rated" at 140 WPC gives the impression it isn't waking the 10s up yet. At the same time, I don't want to push the volume on the Yammie to damage the speakers through under powering them to the point of distortion (I have never gone above -10 on the volume and it goes to +16 - usually sit around -25).

    I am also looking at a Rotel RMB1095, which I can pick up brand new for $2599 AUD (approximately $2190 US or $2340 CAD), to cater for the future LSi project. Not sure how that price compares in USD or CAD?

    Here in Oz, we don't have a lot of the amps you get there - primarily Rotel and sometimes Marantz monoblocks, hence my question on this Parasound.

    Thanks once again for all your input and if you have any thoughts on the Rotel stuff, I'd be happy to hear that as well.
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    Regards - Gaz from the land of Oz

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    Emotiva MPS-2 7 Channel Amp (driving all LSi's)
    Emotiva XPA-2 (driving RTiA9s)
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851C / 850E / 752-BD
    Polk Audio Cherry LSi9s - LSiC - Cherry LSi7s - PSW505 - RTiA9s
    Panasonic TH-P60UT50A 60' 3D Plasma
    Foxtel Digital HD+
    Belkin - Pure AV PF40

    Bedroom
    Denon AVR-3808
    Denon DVD-3930
    Polk Audio SurroundBAR - PSW250
    Fujitsu P42HHS10W/P42HHS10A 42' HD Plasma - HD STB

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    Rotel also makes great gear. If you have the money for that 1095 grab it & don't look back.

    You will probably never need another amp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrizz View Post
    Rotel also makes great gear. If you have the money for that 1095 grab it & don't look back.

    You will probably never need another amp!
    Thank you - I'll think even if I concentrate just on the RTi10s at the moment, when I upgrade to the LSi series, as you rightly state, I won't need to consider another amp ever again.

    BTW, the RMB1095 retails here at $3199 AUD, so the fact I can get it for $2599 AUD brand new is even more a bonus :D - from a dealer as well, not on eBay from China or the like.

    Again, thanks for your input, as it is I have bought all Polk stuff "unheard" just on the advice given from this forum
    Regards - Gaz from the land of Oz

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    Emotiva MPS-2 7 Channel Amp (driving all LSi's)
    Emotiva XPA-2 (driving RTiA9s)
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851C / 850E / 752-BD
    Polk Audio Cherry LSi9s - LSiC - Cherry LSi7s - PSW505 - RTiA9s
    Panasonic TH-P60UT50A 60' 3D Plasma
    Foxtel Digital HD+
    Belkin - Pure AV PF40

    Bedroom
    Denon AVR-3808
    Denon DVD-3930
    Polk Audio SurroundBAR - PSW250
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    I don't think you will be disappointed!
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Onkyo TA2600 Tape Deck, Pioneer Elite 47-A DVD, Sony 32" XBR TV, Polk RTA-8T Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, Boston PV-600 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers

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