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Hello All.  I would like to solicit any recommendations for an amplifier for my Klipschorns.  I am looking for experience vs on-paper reco's.  

 

First of all, the Khorns are part of my audio/theater room.  I am currently driving them with a Yamaha RX-A3050 receiver.  This receiver, along with another Yamaha RX-A3030 receiver drives the 7.3.4 system for movies.  This setup has been excellent and I have no need to improve on the theater aspect.  What I am searching for, is whether I should introduce a separate amplifier for 2-channel listening.  Even though I would rather have as few components between the source and speakers as possible, should I add a switch to move from the Yamaha to the new amp when moving from movies to 2-channel?  Then, I would like you to consider that all my source music is digital.  So because of the digital sources, should I even consider tubes, which I hear are excellent with Klipsch's legacy speakers (I also have a pair of Tangent 50's in a separate system in another room).  If I should then stick with digital amplification, is there a recommended digital amp/integrated amp/pre-amp & amp combo that would stomp on the Yamaha for 2-channel listening?  Like most people, price is definitely a constraint.

 

I know I am asking a lot, but I would like to see if there is a consensus as to what changes are needed to further enjoy the phenomenal sound the Klipschorns are already giving me.

 

Thank you all in advance!

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I second the welcome. I have Khorns with a Belle in the middle and a pair of H2's in the rear, connected to an A/V receiver. The Khorns can be switched to another amp by using a 4 pole, double throw toggle switch.

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Thank you both for your welcoming comments.

SSH, I will look into the Scott series amps.

Davecv41, I've been looking for a single Belle as I am aware Mr. Klipsch meant for a center channel to be used and that seems to be a much better match than the original Heresy he used.  Right now, I only have a Klipsch KV-4 as my center.  It is a very good center channel, but I do think the Belle would be a better match.  I would rather not have a toggle as it just adds distortion/resistance (although only a little) to the line, but will continue looking for an electronic solution to switching.

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I didn’t get much of a reply from the forum (thanks to the two that did), so I did some more research.  I found a nice entry level McIntosh amp (MC7100) which received high marks in the reviews and ordered it today.
I will use my Yamaha RX-A3050 as the pre-amp.  The 3050 has an excellent DAC built-in and has a clean pass-thru. 

If anyone is interested, I can post some review comments after I listen to it paired with my Klipshorns for a short while.  

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I'm pretty sure I am talking to myself here, but I've got an update to my last post:

Since my last post, I have become infatuated with how wonderful the McIntosh MC7100 sounds with Klipschorns.  In fact, I liked the sound so much, I purchased two more MC7100's and are now using them as monoblocks for my LCR setup in my 7.2.4 home theater.  Each MC7100 outputs 300 watts in mono mode @ 8 Ohms.  BTW, the center speaker is a Klipsch KV-4 rated at 200/800 watts and has a sensitivity rating of 98db.  It is very hard to find these nowadays and the sound is great.  I changed out my Yamaha RX-3050 as a pre-amp to a Yamaha RX-A6A.  Because of the WOW factor of McIntosh and Klipsch, all the theater components are in a rack at the rear of the room, other than what you see on display at the front (I know, I know, "cable management").  Now, the RX-A6A's amp is only used to power the Klipsch RS-35 white surrounds and Klipsch IW-150 rear surrounds.  A Yamaha RX-3030 is also connected to the RX-A6A and runs the four Polk Audio RC80i ceiling Atmos speakers.  This picture is taken from the rear seats on a 14" riser.  Finally, along with the 65" & 82" TVs, a 125" acoustically transparent screen drops from the ceiling for movie nights.

So if anyone reads this, I'd love to hear your thoughts - especially on the front three amps as this is the message topic of matching amps to the Klipschorns.

 

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Looks really nice.

Here is what I did when I had my heritage system that doubled as a 2 channel, home theater and 5.1 music.

I physically reconnected my mains to a tube amp when I wanted to listen to 2 channel with external dac and per amp...  and when I wanted to watch HT or 5.1 music I connected to another set of class d and avr. I am sure there is a way to do it with some kind of auto switcher, but I didn't want that in my signal chain... so it's four monoblocks, an avr, a preamp, an external dac... both systems used the same source which is an Oppo203.

 

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19 minutes ago, Schu said:

Looks really nice.

Here is what I did when I had my heritage system that doubled as a 2 channel, home theater and 5.1 music.

I physically reconnected my mains to a tube amp when I wanted to listen to 2 channel with external dac and per amp...  and when I wanted to watch HT or 5.1 music I connected to another set of class d and avr. I am sure there is a way to do it with some kind of auto switcher, but I didn't want that in my signal chain... so it's four monoblocks, an avr, a preamp, an external dac... both systems used the same source which is an Oppo203.

 

 

Very cool.  And I agree with you on the signal chain.  You said, "had my heritage system".  Did you move onto something different?  BTW, I'm in LV too.

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I still have heritage, but I moved away from 5.1 for the time being to concentrate on 2 channel for a while.

 

This was my Heritage 5.1 system.

 

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