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    Default Parasound HCA 2205 A VS B&K Reference 200.5

    It's a throw down show down folks! Which will win the battle for the honor of being in my new HT? Has anyone compared them? I have found a couple reviews on each one but not a lot and I am always suspect of online reviews. I do have a Parasound HCA 1200 which is pretty nice. Is the 2205 as nice? TIA fellers :D
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    Well this is down to a preference thing. I think both amps are probably in the same class with their own sonic signatures. Too bad its so hard to get your ears on something in your own setup. You could always buy both, and sell the other;)
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    O.k. I despise and abhor brightness but I don't want veiling or mud. The Parasound is terrific on the low end and has a nice warmish sound that I do like. (The HCA 1200)
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    Anthem D2V 3D
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    Von Schweikert VR4 Jr R/L Fronts
    Von Schweikert LCR 4 Center
    Totem Mask Surrounds X4
    Hsu ULS-15 Quad Drive Subwoofers
    Sony PS3
    Squeezebox Touch

    Polk Atrium 7s on the patio just to keep my foot in the door.

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    There you go. If you can't do both I would stick to what you know;)
    Of coarse there is that little voice that says there is always better(sorry I added that):o
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    What about just adding an HCA 1500 to my HCA 1200? and let the receiver carry the surrounds?
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    Anthem D2V 3D
    Parasound 5250
    Parasound HCA 1000 A
    Parasound HCA 1000
    Oppo BDP 95
    Von Schweikert VR4 Jr R/L Fronts
    Von Schweikert LCR 4 Center
    Totem Mask Surrounds X4
    Hsu ULS-15 Quad Drive Subwoofers
    Sony PS3
    Squeezebox Touch

    Polk Atrium 7s on the patio just to keep my foot in the door.

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    what surrounds are you rocking?
    TV: LG 55LW5600
    Pre: Marantz SR6001
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    Center Amp: Marantz MA500
    Mains: Polk LSi9
    Center: Polk LSiC
    Sub: HSU VTF-3 MK-2
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    It's really going to come down to what speakers you are using it with. I'm a fan of both brands, but if it was LSi's and HT mainly, I would go with the B&K without a question. LSi's and mostly music, then I might lean more towards the Parasound if the 2205 has a similar sound signature as the HCA-1500.

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    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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    I'm no Parasound fan but they make very good gear. I perfer B&K over them every day and 3x on Sunday when I have my feet up.
    I perfer the warm natural powerful sound of B&K.
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