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very best mono block for centre

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 20:53:01
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i want to try this instead
in addition to my setup above
i want to add a very good monoblock to the centre speaker to enhance it greatly
i will be using my marantz as main amp
then i will use the music fidelity m3i and crown 102
for the high and low frequncies then to the marantz
to my dali speakers
will connect my blue node2 to the amplifier

my question is i have enhanced my two front speakers but i want to enhance my centre speakers as
well the dali zenor vokal centre
what do you recommend as a monoblock for the centre
same as youve got
or something else you would recommend
i am using dali instead of the kefs you use to take into consideration
also i want to enhance the audio quality of the sony ux800 4k player
by using a arcam ir dac to enhance the 2 channel music of the sony ux800
can all this all be wired up to the marantz amp


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Maybe a bridgeable stereo amp , posted on January 29, 2018 at 10:35:37
I have an NAD C275BEE (used in stereo mode). Very nice moderate power amp. Not sure what wattage you need.


RE: very best mono block for centre, posted on January 29, 2018 at 15:41:47

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if you want CHEAP... get a used parasound Z amp and bridge it for 90w. they can be had for as little as $100 on ebay, or you could buy a new one for $300. don't ask me how fools are trying to sell them for $420.

if you want REALLY CHEAP... get a TPA/TDA 3116 class D amp (as long as 38w is enough for your needs) for as little as $30 & get a meanwell 24v5a power supply for about another $20. those feature the same chip as highly respected $500 TBI millenia amps and can be bought under breeze audio, fosi, K. GuSS, nobsound, yeeco & weiliang (and probably a few other) brand names.

if you want the "ultimate", and are willing to spend the money & build it, get a hypex Ncore monoblock kit from hypex for $805 or ghent audio. nCores are considered the absolute most neutral amps in the world, which would especially suit a center channel where you want dialogue clarity, though you won't get as "warm" a sound (which really seems to drive a lot of people nuts... i hate warm & lush myself) as pretty much ANYTHING else you'd have in your system.

finally, it's a stereo amp, but according to a reply i got here in a thread, $200 emotiva A-100 (50wpc) amps sound better than parasound, though it can't be bridged for 90w

if you're interested in the clarity & bass control of class D, you could also buy a monoblock chip like a Sure Electronics AA-AB31184 100W for $25 7 again, get a power supply.

if you go the class D route though... you REALLY need to know YOUR tastes. if you like thick & lush sound, you might be another hater that calls class D boring sounding, but if you love speed & detail, you might find class D to be the least distorted & most natural sounding. to ME "lush, warm & forgiving" sounds "boring" as all the life is sucked out of the sound making it sound dull but pretty... but NOT accurate. try a cheap amp to start with and see if YOU like the sound or not. haters will try and steer you away without considering everyone doesn't share THEIR tastes.



Most bridged amps do not play well with 4 ohm speakers.. Don't know if the op speakers are 4, just mentioning , posted on January 29, 2018 at 16:51:37
Particularly if the said 4 ohm nominal hit 3 or 2 ohms in places.


For this NAD you are correct, posted on January 29, 2018 at 17:57:56



RE: Most bridged amps do not play well with 4 ohm speakers.. Don't know if the op speakers are 4, just mentioning , posted on January 30, 2018 at 15:35:50

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His speaker is nominally 6Ω but since it features twin woofers they could be 8Ω in parallel with a 6 or 8Ω tweeter.

Without seeing the actual impedance curve I'd advise against a bridged amp.
Even if it is just to be on the safe side.


RE: very best mono block for centre, posted on February 8, 2018 at 15:08:52

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I use a Crown XLS amp for center and passive sub. I have had excellent results. Bridgeable if necessary. Cost effective. Powerful. Good detail. Low noise floor. Non-fatiguing. Professionals use them.


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