2-channel power amp recommendations?

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by Commander Shepard, May 14, 2019.

  1. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard 2[H]4U

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    I've been using a Crown Audio power amp to drive my KEF LS50 speakers, but 2 of these amps have died in the last 6 months. I'm thinking I should look for something other than pro audio gear.

    I'd like to find something in the 200-250wpc range. Just a 2-channel, stereo power amp. No more D class. A/B seems to be the way to go. I checked Emotiva, but wasn't very unimpressed. Monoprice's Monolith 2-channel 200wpc stereo amp is a beast, but $1000??? WTF?

    Any ideas from the [H] crowd? Thanks!
     
  2. pippenainteasy

    pippenainteasy Gawd

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    Why do you need 250W though? Aren't you using these nearfield? You don't even need 5W of power to hit reference levels at that distance lol.
     
  3. Brian_B

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    Seems like you may have better luck going with a receiver and getting 250W stereo if you don't want to go with Pro gear.
     
  4. Commander Shepard

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    Have you ever listened to LS50s? They need a lot of power to open up.
     
  5. pippenainteasy

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    Yeah but most receivers don't do that much power in stereo except higher end ones. You'd have to get at least a Yamaha RX-A2080 or Onkyo TX-RZ1100, so > 1k that way.
     
  6. pippenainteasy

    pippenainteasy Gawd

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    I use the Reference 1s, they have even lower sensitivity and I use them nearfield like you. I've never seen these things draw more than a few watts on my Wattmeter and that's turning these up to 100+db. You have non-existent power requirements nearfield.
     
  7. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard 2[H]4U

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    You and I have vastly different listening experiences.
     
  8. pippenainteasy

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    Elaborate? Unless you are implying you listen at 120db nearfield. In which case, I suppose you need 250W...
     
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  9. Commander Shepard

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    I blast my audio, near field or from across the room. There's a noticeable difference between 25 watt and 200 watt listening for me. :p
     
  10. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard 2[H]4U

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    Found a solution!

    Outlaw Monoblocks

    Ordered a pair today. $719 shipped. Outlaw has some nice discounts for buying multiple units.
     
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