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    Default What amp for NHT speakers.


    Right now I'm using a Pioneer vsx 1120 to drive my NHT speakers which are VT1.2 towers,satellites VS1.2, VS-2a center and super zeros for 7.1 set up.
    The sensitivity is 86-88db if this helps. So which amp to look for my set up. I feel that the Pioneer does not have the power to drive my speakers. Get a 3 channel, 5 channel or 7 channel?.
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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    What is your budget???

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    $500-1000.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    In that price range look to Emotiva, you can either go with a 3 channel or 5 channel for under a $1,000. Personally I would just go with the xpa 3 and let the AVR handle the rears. Also if you are good with going used you could pick up an Adcom, B&k, Rotel, Nad, Parasound or maybe even an Anthem. I just looked at audiogon and there were a couple of nice buys on multi channel amps there. LINK Take a strong look at the anthem mca 5.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT

    I've been checking out audiogon for the last couple of days now. Do amps have the same sound or are they all different.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    Mr. Mod is spot on. Give the MCA 5 a hard look. At 225wpc it's got enough power to drive your (relatively) inefficient speakers without straining the amp. Usual sensitivity is around 89db these days. An 86db speaker requires twice the input power of one rated at 89db. All that aside, the Anthem amp is very well built and apparently free of distortion and other nasties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robsong View Post
    I've been checking out audiogon for the last couple of days now. Do amps have the same sound or are they all different.
    Yes they do produce a different sound IMO, and I was going to ask whether or not your speakers had a brighter or warmer sound, but either way that anthem amp is a hell of a buy. From my experience external amps don't color the sound a great deal, and a good amp is a good amp regardless IMO. Now the serious audiophile who is spending a few thousand on amp might have a different point of view, but that is likely because of the money he is spending. Adding any amp to your setup will make a dramatic change, the mid bass will be tighter and more defined and the highs will have much more clarity and detail.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    What do you thing about this amp Adcom GFA-7500 150 x 5 channel .

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    That is a damn good amp, but I am not so sure that it trumps the anthem, although it may. The best way would be to hook up your speakers to both and be able to aution, but that is difficult to do. If it were me I would just do some more research and go with your gut, I know you would be happy with either. I am sure others will chime in with their opinion.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    I'm going to do more reading and keep an eye on audiogon for the amp.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    Will guys I didn't buy the amp after all. I got myself a Denon 4310CI from BB for under $500 and that's replacing my Pioneer VSX 1120.

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.

    Glad you are happy with it enjoy!!!

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    Default Re: What amp for NHT 1.2 set up.


    You should be good to go. I hope you enjoy that bad boy!
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