2 Channel Amp for Surrounds: Need Recommendations


I need a 2-channel amp to power my back surrounds which are rated at 150 watts.

I plan to bi-amp my VT-2 mains when I add an AV7005 Preamp later this year. My Wired 4 Sound Mini MC-7 puts out 7 x 220 wpc.

I'd like to find a 2-channel amp for $500 or less that delivers about 150 to 200 wpc.

Something that would generate minimal heat is a real plus.

I would love to hear suggestions/ opinions.


My System as of July 2011

Wyred 4 Sound Mini MC 7 Multi Channel Amp
N H T VT-2 Speakers
N H T iC4 In-ceiling Surrounds (4) Monitor
N H T VS-2 Center
Denon 3803 Receiver (Temporary Preamp)
Sony BluRay
DirecTV HD Receiver
Try a used Adcom, Rotel, or NAD. You probably don't need more than 60-80 watts for the rear and can get those amps here on the Gon for well under $500. Also, every once in a while I see a '90's era Sony TA-N55 ES amp for a few hundred bucks. This amp is a workhorse (2x110 watts) and doesn't sound to shabby either.
Carver,Rotel, Nad, Adcom, Parasound all will work for system and wallet. I agree you could do around 100w and be fine, if you get more watts thats great but dont stress.
Surrounds do very little. Pick up something based on price alone. Do not worry about sound quality, etc.
Prior to moving into a big $ amp I had a Yamaha MX-1. It is thin, makes great clean sound and does not creat a lot of heat at all. I still regret selling it, as I always figured it would work great for an application such as yours.
Good luckm John
you should consider B&K amps - they are the most neutral sounding amps, and the best value out there. Easy to find one <$500.