Aragon 8008X3 Amplifiers

8008X3

200 watts x 3 channels

User Reviews (8)

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Kevin Magee   Audiophile [Jan 13, 2000]
Strength:

Neutral with natural excellent midrange.
Precise vocals and superb smooth yey punchy
bass response.

Weakness:

Heavy, ugly, very large.

The best way to describe this amp is the it
is a gentle giant. Have you seen the movie,
"The Green Mile." with Tom Hanks? Well this
is the big black guy. Looks like a brute
but boy is it special and the sound very
delicate and detailed but oh so forceful
and powerful when the material calls for
it. The sound reminds me of Krell, but for
a fraction of the price. Vocals are some of
the most natural that I have heard and the
sound stage is very good, though not as
good as some of the best tube amps I have
heard.
In summary, this amp. is hard to beat at
this price point. I have heard better but
at 3 times the price they should be better.

Similar Products Used: Bryston
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Steve Phelps   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 20, 2000]
Strength:

Plenty of headroom

Weakness:

Radio Shack Binding Post

Man this thing rocks. I running it for the front sound stage in my 29' x 21' home theater. The Arogon runs the big Polk Audio SDA 2.3TL's on Left & Right and 2 Polk CS350's in the center (3 Ohm Load) Feeding the amp with a Lexicon DC-1 with version 4.0 software. I have a dedicated 20 amp circuit breaker just for this amp. Its quite power hungry. It seems that it has no limit to its power output.
I run NAD218THX for the rear channels for a totally mind shaking experience in the home theater.

Similar Products Used: NAD 218THX
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John Dooley   Audiophile [Oct 17, 2000]
Strength:

hummmm...

Weakness:

hummmm...

I was amazed at what the Aragon 8008BB amp did for my Martin Logan SL-3's speakers back in Feb. 1999, & I thought Aragon (Mondial) was the answer for the best price per sound ratio. Now I am having second thoughts...I first bought audio equipment to upgrade my stereo system from Yamaha separates (pre-amp, amp, & surround sound) with Polk Audio SDS-2 (mains) & Infinities (rears) speakers over to Audio Research pre-amps (LS-9 then LS-16) with Aragon 8008BB amp with Martin Logan SL-3's. I then added a HT to this with an Acurus ACT-3 pre-amp with Adcom 5503 3 channel amp, which was about $1000 cheaper than the Aragon 8008-X3, to Martin Logan Logos (center) and Scripts (rears) speakers. I had nothing but troblue with the Acurus ACT-3 pre-amp & when given the 1st chance with a trade up progran to the Aragon Soundstage, which I tested, I ended up with the Theta Casa Nova instead. Later a Mondial rep E-mailed me some strange philosophy about "NOT" possible problems with the Acurus ACT-3 pre-amp, which has bought my love affair with Mondial to a low point. I also bought an Aragon 47K phono amp, but Mondial was very vague on its delivery & its O.K. for the price range. I started checking out the Theta Dreadnauhgt amp & was impressed with its clarity & tonality, but the price was a too high. The Adcom 5503 3 channel amp did O.K. for the last year & a half, but I always wondered what if I had the Aragon 8008-X3 3 channel amp in its place. I was thinking that to have matching amps to matching speakers would round off the tonality of the audio system. Later I was given a very good deal with an Aragon 8008-X3 3 channel amp & I have been burning it for the last couple of days. Its a little cleaner sounding than the Adcom 5503 3 channel amp, but not that much more to write about except that the Aragon 8008-X3 3 channel amp looks better in my front room because it matches the color of my Aragon 8008BB amp (it has a green light & the Adcom had a red light). Sometimes I wish I had the money for the top of the line audio gear (for my ears it's Audio Research & Theta), but there are other things in life more important. Mondial dealers in southern CA. have always been good & that makes me happy, but I am left still wondering...

Similar Products Used: own Adcom 5503 3 channel amp for 1-1/2 years & tested the Theta Dreadnaught
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
william graft   Audiophile [Dec 22, 2001]
Strength:

clean power

Weakness:

speaker connectors, clicking nuoise when turned on and off

I have been very happy with this amplifier. I tested this against krell, proceed, tag mclaren, mcintosh and less expensive models such as adcom, acurus, nad, etc and found this vey much to my liking. Aragon seems to have found the right combinatiion of amps and watts in their 8008 series and do not have to take a back seat to anyone. The sound was much smoother than the more expensive krells and fuller at lower power than the equally priced proceed and tag. I was not even willing to listen to more than a few minutes of the mac when compared side by side with my aerial 10t's...the mac just did not cut it. I have just upgraded to the aragon 8008bb x 5 and will give a report in the next 6-9 months or so.....btb......the aerial 10t's if anyone is interested are a perfect match for the aragon 8008bb's.....just biwire or biamp them for their best sound...

Similar Products Used: many, many, many
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Don   an Audio Enthusiast [May 26, 1999]

Have been listening to the Aragon 8008X3, having compared to Classe and Bryston in the same system, all high quality amps. The Aragon presents a smooth, clean, detailed and relatively neutral (ie, uncolored) sound. I find the Classe a bit veiled and darker sounding in comparison, the Bryston brighter on the the high end but very detailed and dynamic. In comparison with the Classe and Bryston, the Aragon really shines with its bass presentation. The bass is not only deep but well-defined, natural and involving. The Classe presents a deep bass but less well-defined and a bit boomy at times, while the Bryston does not reach down as deeply. In sum, the Aragon is a terrific amp for the money, delivering excellent power for hard-to-drive loads, an open, detailed sound with excellent soundstage and real presence on the low end. Its power and superb bass make it a terrific choice for home theatre. Hard to beat at its price point. Five stars.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
L. Solom   an Audio Enthusiast [May 22, 1999]

Its almost unnecessary to comment on this amp. It does everything it is supposed to, has plenty of power, is totally reliable (as are all Aragon products), built to milspec standards, and is kinda ugly. But what do you want - something that sounds great, or a foo foo piece of junk? Actually, ugly is probably too harsh, but when stacked with my 8008BB, it definately is not the one that gets all the oohs and aahs.
Oh, one last thing. As with all Aragon amps (Paladiums possibly excepted, as I've never checked), its a let down to see their cheesy el cheapo binding posts. Aragon has some nonsense about safety concerns, but its obviously a cost savings measure. There's an upgrade to nice Cardas binding posts in the future for my amps.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Trance   Audiophile [Oct 26, 2000]
Strength:

Power, Sound, Bass, Construction, Monster Amplifier

Weakness:

None period.

Well it’s been 7 years now that I have been testing and checking out almost any audio component I can get my hands on. I finally sold my acurus system and upgraded to the Aragon family of amplifiers. I’ve had the Aragon 8008BB for a couple of years so I was not surprised to hear the same performance from the 8008x3. This Monster amplifier is larger than the 8008BB due to its extra channel. Its built like a tank and very well constructed. It sounds dynamic and powerful especially on the bass. The highs are smooth and sweat. The Mids are natural and warm sounding. There is not much to say about this fantastic amplifier except for the fact that it has endless power and sounds great, it can drive any speaker on the market and it is built to last for many years to come. One thing that confuses me with the company that makes these wonderful amplifiers ( Mondial ) is that they always insisted that a real multi channel amplifier cannot have more than 3 channels due to the size factor ( not enough space to power all 5 channels so each channel will give out enough power needed according to mondials specs ) and the fact that a real 5 channel amplifier would be to big and heavy and yet they just released a 5 channel Aragon rated at 200 watt. I wonder why they changed their mind?

Similar Products Used: Krell, Brystone, Aragon, Acurus, You name it I heard it
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Joe Adams   an Audio Enthusiast [Oct 19, 1997]

An extremely smooth, natural sounding and quiet amp. Subjectively, the quietest amp I've heard in recent memory. It's one of those products I will probably never be tempted to upgrade, it just sounds superb in my present system consisting of Infinity Compositions and a Lexicon DC-1 with various sources. Highest rating.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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