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Need some recommendations on 3-ch amp

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I Would like to ad a 3ch amp to my system for my front 3 and would appreciate some recommendations. I am new to amps and don't know which brands are available to us Canadians. Most of my online pals keep recommending Emotiva but I'm uneasy about ordering something like that over the border just in case I run into warranty issues.

For those who would ask if there is something lacking currently that makes me feel I need more power, my answer is not really. I have basically had a good season and am in a position where I have some "me" cash and this is what I would like to do.

Pioneer VSX-32
Klipsch RF-82 L/R
Klipsch RC-62 C
Klipsch RS 42's Surround & Heights

Recommend away! :)

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Just wanted to comment on Emotiva as I'm looking for a dedicated CD player. I've pretty well removed Emotiva from the list, firstly because while shipping in the U.S. is free, they add close to $100 to the price for duty, brokerage, etc. The five year warranty is good but if you are outside the U.S., they expect you to pay shipping BOTH ways.

I'm currently in the process of updating my 2 channel system so unfortunately can't give you any meaningful suggestions on that end.
Bryston is frightfully expensive. Do you have a price range?
Yes this is true but there is no other company out there (that I know of) that is offering a 20yr warranty on their products, and in some cases lifetime. Although no one now a days keeps their equipment for 20 years, even if you have it for 10 and something goes wrong you are out the shipping costs to and from Peterborough and an amp for a couple weeks rather than out another $1500 for a new amp.
As someone pointed out to me, you are essentially paying for that warranty. It is also a limited warranty, not covering everything. The warranty is also not transferable.
I'd like to stay in the $1000- $1500 range if possible.. I might have to go the used route.
Are you looking for separate power and pre or an integrated amp?
Never mind, I just saw this in CAM. I'd get this if I were you.:D
Listed for 10 days so far with 252 views and no takers. Sometimes I think there is more hype on this equipment than anything else.

Warranty repairs would cost way more than $30 for shipping for this unit.
Sure, it's cheaper, it's an internet company - reduced overhead.

You pays your monies and you takes your chances. You do not need an amp failure. You can have minor issues requiring fixing. I bought an Anthem and there were two different issues on two brand new units. It happens with the best of equipment.

I've been reading on some other forums and one guy bought the Emotiva CD player and the CD would not eject.

I'm sure the majority of units are fine but you are taking a chance nonetheless. I wouldn't want to get a unit repaired locally by some guy not familiar with the equipment (perhaps voiding the warranty) and would likely run me a minimum of $100 just to have it checked out.

Go with whatever you are comfortable with. It's not in my comfort zone.
Of course another big disadvantage is that you don't get to see/hear the equipment against other brands.
You also have to keep in mind that China manufacturing is NOT geared for long lifespan but rather throw away technology.
I think it depends more on if it's just some no name Chinese piece of junk versus Made in China or other offshore place by an established manufacturer since many of the top brands now have built there, even audiophile grade. As long as the manufacturer is controlling specs and build quantity, I don't think you can make as general a statement regarding Chinese product.
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