I anticipated this response when I posted. , , :music-listening:Rope said:
jamhead said:Well, I typed a long response a second ago but when I hit submit, I had to Log in and my message was gone.
So, my condensed message is as follows:
I looked at amps a couple years ago and researched many engineering papers to learn about designs and their benefits/drawbacks. I wanted to know all I could about amps as I found them to be "mystical" in that people would exclaim how different they sound but couldn't explain why. So, although my speakers are far different than yours, I was looking at the following amps due to their ability to handle lower impedences AND having a very low noise floor. (among having several other attributes that are required).
Parasound Halo: A23
B&K Reference 125.2: Stable and low impedences and very quiet
Parasound HCA series: According to Parasound, this is "slightly" less than their Halo line. I like their 1000a.
Anthem MCA series: Same amp as their Statement A2, according to Anthem, except not a fancy faceplate. Again, stable down to 2 ohms and low noise floor.
My personal favorite: ATI. They aren't well liked by some here, but I find that mine has easily driven my 86db / 4ohm speakers without issue to loud volumes. Low noise floor (silent, actually) and stable down to very low impedences.
Those were my choices at the time.
heeman said:Sorry to Highjack this thread.....
B&K Components was aquired by ATI about this time last year. I see that they have plans to continue the product, however have not seen evidence of this.
Decent deals can be had on their amps on Audiogon and Ebay for about half the orgional selling price new.