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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:19 am 
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Looking for a 3 or 4 channel amp with the following requirements

small footprint/profile - 6 inches high, 17" wide would be ideal
ability to drive a 4ohm load would be great
minimal heat generation

If I can get the right 4-channel amp - I would use it to bi-amp a pair of Bryston Mini-T's
If I can get a 3 channel it would be to run the surrounds and center at 8 ohms

Budget would be nice to keep under 1k but am flexible

Any suggestions would as always be appreciated


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:04 am 
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Here is a Sony TA-55ES that is worth checking out - $325: http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649394674-sonys-ta55es/

Specs can be found here: http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-TA-N55ES.html

Or, for a bit more money ($750), you can get the Sony TA-N9000ES: http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649397535-sony-tan9000es/

Power output: 120 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Surround output: 115W (front), 115W (center), 115W (rear)

*No affiliation with either seller

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Personally, I do not believe there is any improvement to be offered by having a lesser 4-channel amp for bi-amping rather than a more heavy duty 2-channel amp for your mains. The Brystons are not very sensitive at 86dB and will certainly benefit from a stout amp.

I think with a bit of patience, you could track down a Bryston 3B SST within your budget; I had one for my Totem Forests and while I thought upgrading to the additional power of a 4B SST was a good change, the 3B SST was still a very capable amp and clearly had more power on tap than the Marantz Reference series amp that I had before it.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:40 am 
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I use a Bryston 5B-ST for the front three channels of my home theatre system. You might not find one for $1,000 but possibly just a little more.
I agree about using lesser electronics with those speakers. A Sony amp (even and ES model) is just kinda sorta average, and they deserve better.

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If your not locked into the 6 inch high spec I would suggest a Rotel RMB1075 five channel amp. I used mine to drive a pair of Mini T's and a pair of Middle T's.

Sound was very good and volume wasn't a problem. It's rated at 120wpc into 8ohm and 200 into 4ohm. Never ran hot and never ran out of power.

I liked mine enough that when I replaced it with a ModWright I kept it as a spare ( No, it's not for sale ).

They are fairly common and usually cost between $600.00 and $1000.00.

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