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ultimate157
08-10-2009, 08:59 AM
My Logitech Z-5500's are beginning to crap out ... Pretty sure I lost rear channels completely.

I want to get a preamp/processor and a decent sized amplifier for 5.1 or 7.1. I already have a 12" Eclipse sw5200 ready to build with a 500w amp to go with it. Will likely build custom speakers from one of the Parts Express projects page.

Not really sure of a budget to go with, since this will be my first real home audio system. Nothing cheap, but nothing too expensive. As many inputs as possible, tons of functionality, and can't go wrong with power overhead. ;)

Actually, just naming a few companies would be really helpful. Is looking for <$1000 for both asking too much?

JimJ
08-10-2009, 12:25 PM
Outlaw Audio, Rotel, Parasound...would be where I'd look first :) Add to that list Adcom, Carver, Acurus for amps.

ultimate157
08-10-2009, 12:53 PM
Awesome, thanks Jim

joetama
08-11-2009, 10:46 PM
Outlaw Audio, Rotel, Parasound...would be where I'd look first :) Add to that list Adcom, Carver, Acurus for amps.

ROTEL???? ROTEL???? Jim's recommending Rotel... LOL.



Anyway, I agree with Jim... Check out Audiogon for some good deals on used equipment.

stereo_luver
08-14-2009, 07:02 PM
I have an Outlaw 990 pre/pro that I could part with if you need it. Newest firmware, set-up mic, manual, remote & box.

ballstothewall
08-14-2009, 11:24 PM
Parasound is where I would go for a multi channel processor if I was to go looking to buy one.

JimJ
08-15-2009, 10:31 PM
ROTEL???? ROTEL???? Jim's recommending Rotel... LOL.

Hey, I might have to build a SS phono stage here pretty soon...:)

(because I can't afford the tube one I want ATM...:D)

loud-n-low
08-16-2009, 01:02 AM
i like my rotel preamp paired with the rotel rb-1080. outlaw audio sale is over...complaints with the unit from what i read

loud-n-low
08-16-2009, 01:08 AM
what about an integrated amp? NAD,cambridge sound,ROTEL

JimJ
08-16-2009, 04:01 PM
There aren't too many 5.1 integrated amps that don't go ahead and include a broadcast tuner in them, as well as all the other bells and whistles that "A/V" receivers include.

2 channel integrated amps are much easier to find.

stereo_luver
08-18-2009, 02:56 PM
Take a road trip down to Ga and sample an Outlaw 990 & Parasound HCA-2205. The pre is awesome and the amp delivers 250wpc x 5 into 8ohms. More than enough for a nice little budget HT start. BTW, this Outlaw is pre problems with the latest firmware upgrade.