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Topic # 66236 15-Aug-2010 15:34
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Looking at adding a power amp to my Denon 2809 to help drive the Mission M35i fronts and center.

Considering an Emotiva XPA3 but before buying from the US was wondering if anyone could point me towards some NZ based retailers I should look into first. 

Thanks. 

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  Reply # 368127 16-Aug-2010 10:46
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Have you looked at Perreaux? http://www.perreaux.com/home/

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  Reply # 368154 16-Aug-2010 12:08
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emotiva is good and well reviewed in usa

do you really need to buy new ? if you could live with a 2nd hand one, there should be plenty of good ones at bargain price on trademe

i bought an adcom (USA) high current power amp, 300x5 rms, from NZ authorised distributor a while ago, and i can tell you that a good power amp definitely makes a difference. put a bit more focus on the current instead of the power rating. the higher the current, the better it is for your speakers

also, there is a ICE-power amp such D-sonic from usa. their power amp small and compact but pump a lot of power for its size and runs very cool. i almost bought this in the past, 3x500w and 2x150w all in one box, but didn't end up getting it as i had to wait quite a while

check out trademe for : exposure, nad, harman kardon, denon, perreaux, plinius, etc

you don't need too much power for your m35i, so don't get carried away with an overkill amp, unless you are planning to upgrade them later

also, there is another option for you. if in the future you're thinking of upgrading the receiver to top of the line receiver, then you most likely will not be needing a power amp to drive your speakers as your receiver will have plenty of power already. my adcom power amp is currently sitting in the storage as i drive my speakers with my onkyo 906.

just a thought



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  Reply # 368167 16-Aug-2010 12:51
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Thanks guys. I shall have a search on trademe when I gets home.

I have had a look at Perreuax. Tad on the expensive side are they not?

I have no problem going 2nd hand if the price is right.

I was wondering if it would be worthwhile holding off on the amp until I am in a bigger apartment and instead getting a nice big sub instead?

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  Reply # 368169 16-Aug-2010 12:56
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don't get carried away with sub either, too big for your room, it will be boomy and trust me it's not nice

yes, perreaux and plinius is a tad n the expensive side as they only make high-end gear



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  Reply # 368179 16-Aug-2010 13:24
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Was looking at the mission m6as.

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  Reply # 368970 17-Aug-2010 22:55
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also, if you are after MAXIMUM IMPACT then ported sub would normally be the go, but if you're after MUSICALITY, you would need a SEALED unit

i had been using velodyne SPL-1000R at the moment and been very happy with it, either for movies or music. but ever since i got my reference speakers, which got an active sub built-in to the speaker, i have been stop using it as i got enough bass already.

how big the room would be with your 'new' sub ?



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  Reply # 368974 17-Aug-2010 22:59
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The room is 3 meters wide and 6 meters long.

So not big, but don't intend on being here too long.

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  Reply # 369141 18-Aug-2010 10:08
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that sub should do it just fine

looks like mister paul money is having them on very special price at the moment. is that where you gonna get it from ?



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  Reply # 369160 18-Aug-2010 10:25
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Sure is ;-)

It's where I have got me whole set up so far. Awesome to deal with.

How do you reckon that sub would go with a bigger room?

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  Reply # 369181 18-Aug-2010 10:58
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depends on how big the room is ?

i would say probably 5x5 or 6x6 would be the max ? looks like a sealed unit too is it ?

btw, yeah paul money is good. i have been dealing with them for at least 15 years. infact, i got my pioneer plasma from them too. good thing about them, their staffs are properly trained with knowledge and passion, unlike those you seen @ hardly normal.


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