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Soundaholic we sell many amplifiers that are amazing we sell Parasound, Krell, Anthem, Coda.
We just got in the new Krell XD series amplifiers and tbey sound really organic and tube like with great bass omph although the gear is still new there is an unmistakable set of qualities showing through.
All three XD amps are identical other than power.
We are going to compare the Krell to the Str next week.
If you have specific questions you can reach out to us.
Unless you really need alot more juice the new Krell gear is one of the best sounding 2 Channel amps we have ever heard.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ Krell, Coda, Anthem, Parasound dealers
I have the Pass 250.8 and it's an amazing amp.It will take total control of your speakers and will give you plenty on bass and bass control. I've been using it with Maggie 3.7i and until recently with a sub. The sub died and I'm amazed at the bass without one. Well recorded jazz sounds live in the room. You won't be sorry with the Pass.
A21 isn’t cutting it. sibilence and not enough juice to drive the woofers sub-less.I’m betting you demoed those in a different room, in which you shouldn’t compare them.
Every single modern B&W speaker has increased output at 10kHz, including yours. So, experiment with toe-in amounts or even no toe-in.
As for bass, your room is large (3000 cubic feet if only 8ft ceilings). Audioholics describes for that size, the speaker must be able to output 115dB minimum between 31.5Hz to 63Hz at a 4 meter distance, I can gaurentee you that your speakers aren’t able to hit those numbers, even if you fed the max wattage it can handle (300W, even though I doubt it won’t have audible distortion in the bass when fed over 100W).
So yeah, your speakers are physically incapable of having reference quality bass in your room, so I would suggest crossing over at 40Hz or 60Hz, even though I know you said you don’t want to.
If you are not listening at reference levels, then maybe you are hearing less bass due to the Equal Loudness Contours, our ears hear less bass at lower volumes, in which tone controls/EQ/DSP will adjust this.
i have your speakers. don’t hear much fizz which i’m very sensitive to. actually there are so many great amps being blown out on agon, audiomart, ebay etc. not to be a snob but you can get into some better amps than you listed that will make your fine speakers sound great. no dog in the fight but i’ve been around way too long. pass and mcintosh just don’t rock my boat but many will disagree. not going to fight that battle.
whats the true budget and do you head bang?
you can get something special if you don’t rush it. to fully understand is this part of a home theatre system or are you strictly two channel?
The anthem may be a possibility as i may have some relevant info to impart. something i heard about. i’ll check if interested.