Edited: Looking for ideas/opinions on new amplifier

I may be selling off my Onkyo Reference gear and I still have connections from back in my "repping" days for home A/V stuff to get NAD gear at a great price. I'm pondering something like the C368 or more powerful C388 and possibly with the BluOS 2i, if they have those in stock. These use the newer technology amps versus Class AB, etc. But, before I took the plunge, I thought I'd ask if anyone uses the newer gear. I'm not big on paying full retail for A/V gear after spending 25+ years in that business so I like the deal I get. :)
 

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I've heard a bunch of their modern gear and have enjoyed it all. Great company, making really good, musical equipment.
 
I think for the moment, I'm going to keep all my Onkyo Reference gear but if any part of it gets changed, I'll be keeping the preamp as it takes care of all my digital and analog inputs and already has separate 192kHz/32-bit Burr Brown D/A converters for each channel. Not that my current hearing will ever hear the difference in a higher end DAC. I'm going to keep my eye out for something different in the amplifier department.

Has anyone here used the Adcom GFA5802? Edit: After calling a tech friend in Little Rock, I'll probably steer away from the 5802 as it apparently had lots of cut corners. Not to mention he doesn't care to work on MOSFET amps at all. I have a Rockford Fosgate RF2000 home amp which is based off of the Power 1000 which used 32 MOSFET's.

I've looked at some of those and a good buddy in Phoenix keeps pushing me to look for Mcintosh MC7270 or even an MC2300. But, those two stretch my budget out a little farther than I care to go. Tinnitus and loss of high frequency range past 11kHz keeps me from going too bonkers on expensive stuff. Maybe that's a blessing in disguise. ha
 
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I think for the moment, I'm going to keep all my Onkyo Reference gear but if any part of it gets changed, I'll be keeping the preamp as it takes care of all my digital and analog inputs and already has separate 192kHz/32-bit Burr Brown D/A converters for each channel. Not that my current hearing will ever hear the difference in a higher end DAC. I'm going to keep my eye out for something different in the amplifier department.

Has anyone here used the Adcom GFA5802? I've looked at some of those and a good buddy in Phoenix keeps pushing me to look for Mcintosh MC7270 or even an MC2300. But, those two stretch my budget out a little farther than I care to go. Tinnitus and loss of high frequency range past 11kHz keeps me from going too bonkers on expensive stuff. Maybe that's a blessing in disguise. ha

Don't discount your hearing. I'm not certain I can hear above 10k and I'm half deaf in one ear with a blown eardrum in the other, but I have been able to put together award-winning rooms at major shows. It isn't what you hear, its how you listen. I'm 100% certain that you could hear the differences in my system with a $1000 DAC and a $5,000 DAC, or even a $1000 streamer vs. a $2000 streamer.

If you are content, more power to ya 🤘 Just don't use that excuse please. It's a peeve of mine given my life-long hearing deficiencies. 😁
 
Don't discount your hearing. I'm not certain I can hear above 10k and I'm half deaf in one ear with a blown eardrum in the other, but I have been able to put together award-winning rooms at major shows. It isn't what you hear, its how you listen. I'm 100% certain that you could hear the differences in my system with a $1000 DAC and a $5,000 DAC, or even a $1000 streamer vs. a $2000 streamer.

If you are content, more power to ya 🤘 Just don't use that excuse please. It's a peeve of mine given my life-long hearing deficiencies. 😁


Point taken. I do have good days and bad days with the tinnitus. Last night it was worse and made listening tougher as my wife was upstairs with me and doesn't quite like it as much when I'm playing it to overcome the "noise" in my head.

And I probably could hear the difference in those, but, my bank account won't let me ha.

From 2001 till 2009, I was a Manufacturers Rep and covered DFW/north TX, OK, AR, and LA (I20 north) for New Age Marketing. Those were fun times till the market took a dump in 2008/2009 and I lost my gig as a rep. But, I sold my house, paid everything off, and went back to college at 43 and started again. Good times before the drop out.
 
Point taken. I do have good days and bad days with the tinnitus. Last night it was worse and made listening tougher as my wife was upstairs with me and doesn't quite like it as much when I'm playing it to overcome the "noise" in my head.

And I probably could hear the difference in those, but, my bank account won't let me ha.

From 2001 till 2009, I was a Manufacturers Rep and covered DFW/north TX, OK, AR, and LA (I20 north) for New Age Marketing. Those were fun times till the market took a dump in 2008/2009 and I lost my gig as a rep. But, I sold my house, paid everything off, and went back to college at 43 and started again. Good times before the drop out.

Sweet! If I remember, you were in Haslet, right? I used to be on the Polk forum and I think I tried a few times to get you to come out to one of the meets I hosted. 08/09 was when I started getting heavy into this hobby and by 2015 founded AudioThesis. I really just wanted to be a small time dealer but sometimes a business has a mind of its own and drags you along for the ride. I've definitely enjoyed the ride and can't believe I get to bring the finest 'attainable' speakers I've heard to the US market.
 
Sweet! If I remember, you were in Haslet, right? I used to be on the Polk forum and I think I tried a few times to get you to come out to one of the meets I hosted. 08/09 was when I started getting heavy into this hobby and by 2015 founded AudioThesis. I really just wanted to be a small time dealer but sometimes a business has a mind of its own and drags you along for the ride. I've definitely enjoyed the ride and can't believe I get to bring the finest 'attainable' speakers I've heard to the US market.

I don't believe that was me as I lived right outside of Denton in Krum and moved away in June '09. I was on the Polk forum, too, under the same name as here. Not sure why I've not ever changed it as I haven't been an AV guy in TX for 12 years now. haha
 
What's the general consensus on the Emotiva amps? Anyone here run them or have used them in the past? Seems their new stuff is modular. For $1700, a person can get 550wpc and a 5 year warranty! haha But, I've never used any Class H or D or ?? amps.
 
A friend bought one for his Snell Type A's and we were both profoundly disappointed. A little old Carver TFM6C I had along with me totally blew it out of the water.

YMMV of course, but it sure didn't sound good to me.
 
A friend bought one for his Snell Type A's and we were both profoundly disappointed. A little old Carver TFM6C I had along with me totally blew it out of the water.

YMMV of course, but it sure didn't sound good to me.

I've kind of gathered that, too, with the various reviews and forums I've read written about them. There's so many variations with amplifiers these days...so many more since I got out of the industry back in 2009. Hell, I'm probably fine with with I've got. I just get on these kicks every now and then like all of us do, I guess.
 
I don't believe that was me as I lived right outside of Denton in Krum and moved away in June '09. I was on the Polk forum, too, under the same name as here. Not sure why I've not ever changed it as I haven't been an AV guy in TX for 12 years now. haha
Not far off LOL.

I used to live in Providence Village on 380 between Denton and McKinney, but I moved there in 2010 so we just missed each other. I think I might have you confused with hockeyguy or something like that, but I know I immediately recognized your tag when I saw you post here.

Skip Emotiva. If you want something simple, consider the Norma HS-IPA1. It's absolutely world class and will consolidate you into an integrated. If separates are still up and quantity of watts is not as important as quality, check out the Dayens Ampino stereo amp or monoblocks. They utilize high quality toroidals in them and bypass bells and whistles for sheer sound quality. They are solid options for not a lot of coin, but the Norma is still a better sounding option. At $3,000, I can still use this on my $35,000 Siena 2 and get world-class sound.

As the sig notates, I am a dealer for Dayens and distributor for Norma so take that for what you will. I don't represent products that 'sell', I represent products that keep me planted in that chair.
 
Not far off LOL.

I remember when that area was being built and would see the progress when travelling from Denton to McKinney to Greenville. It was a nice area but, man, those zero property line lots would not have worked for me. ha.

You do rep some nice lines but definitely out of my range anymore. Now, if I were single and not married along with a 14 year old son in high school and a 21 year old daughter that's a Senior at the U of A about to go to Med School, it might be another story ha
 
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