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Classe move to China
Schubert, I thought it was "sell the rope FOR his own hanging"
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What do you see as the downside of tubes?
But a Lava Lamp is even better and requires less maintenance
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Who is the KING of MONOS?
I thought I was the King of Mono one year; caught it at a New Years party and didn't get rid of it till spring
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Oh how I wish Class D amps ...
Class D is the amp of the future; always has been and always will be. LOL If they ever do get them fixed send me a message via medium as I will have been long gone
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Is there any truth to this question?
Does a bigger amp always sound better? No. Can a bigger amp sound better? Yes. Are lower powered amps simpler and easier to make sound good? Yes. Do you sometimes need high power. . .
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Class D amps
It is very simple in concept and offers a very high efficiency but has proved to be quite difficult to implement without running into problems more conventional amps don't face. . . .
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Do you leave your components on 24/7?
I leave mine on all the time, even the amp with Nuvistors. But I wouldn't leave a Class A amp on. My line stage has a standby as it has a Class A circut. I also have protection in . . .
80
Are There Any Good, High Power Solid State Amps?
C-J 350 has very good rep. Martin Colloms transistor reference amp
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Upgrading wall outlets
I used the FIM in place of a "Hospital Grade" receptacle on my two dedicated lines, I was expecting a possible slight improvement but it was a considerable one. By ". . .
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How do we remember 1970s amplifiers?
My memories of the Dyna 120: BANG! Blew up all the time; warranty repairs drove Dynaco out of business. I remember them more from the middle 60s. I had an SAE but my Quad 303 was a. . .
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accuphase compare to mcintosh
I would always choose Accuphase myself
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pass labs xa30 to valve amplifier.
I think it is a mistake to think all valve[ or tube as we say here in the colonies] amps sound the same. I have heard ones that sound as you describe and others that sound more . . .
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Why are most High End Amps class A
I do not believe that actually to be the case. As to your question, no , you are unlikely to find an amp that will be unquestionable better than your Mac at that price. You could . . .
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High-end amplifier clarification?
The amp must have at least one end 3 feet off the floor; this classification method is as accurate as any other you are likely to find. High End is in the ear of the beholder and . . .
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Ia a good amp more important than a good DAC?
Its a chicken and egg question, one is not much good without the other. Good does not necessarily equate one to one with expense. It depends to a large degree on your system, if . . .
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Preamps waste of money?
I am now using the Townshend Allagri transformer coupled passive and it is the most uncolored "preamp" I have had. But good transformer coupled ones are not cheap; it is. . .
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How do Digital Amps Mfrs. compare in sound?
HiFiCritic compared the Bel Canto e.One REF1000, the NuForce 8.5 monoblocks and the Channel Island Audio D100LGR in the September/October 2007 issue. This is a magazine that . . .
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what are the thoughts of stand alone super tweeter
I have been using speakers that extend well above the audible range since the early seventies and am convinced that it is a definite benefit. BUT I think you are letting yourself. . .
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Best amp under $6k, in your opinion?
There are too many choices to list. It depends on how they sound to you. When you are spending this much money try to listen to as many as you can and narrow down your choices
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Amp for Quad ESL 57
I was a Quad dealer for years and sold a pair of 57s to a friend who has had them 32 years. I just visited him and he is using a rebuilt Heathkit amp by Foster Blair which . . .
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Class D question...............
Martin Colloms addressed the question of class D amps in a recent HIFICRITIC. He concluded that their designers were ignoring factors that had always been considered important, . . .
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Power amp around $3000 for C-J Classic preamp
Musical Fidelity 308 would be one, I have used several of their units. Parasound A21 [the 250 watt stereo] has a good rep. These are both way under your limit. There are just too . . .
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Passive preamp vs. powered
Few active preamps are as good as a good passive. The best active ones are better but cost much more. The current issue of HIFICRITIC tests three active preamps. The Aesthetix . . .
54
Budget Chinese Tube amps - any good?
I started with Dynaco tubes in 1962; they are still good especially if upgraded with modern parts. Why Quicksilver isn't more popular is a mystery to me; it is very good quality at. . .
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Thought on OTL tube amps
Macintosh is the only SS amp using output transformers that I am familar with
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Which Integrated got you off the merry go round?
Musical Fidelity NuVista M3. Still have my separates but am happy with this
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Negative Feedback a deal killer?
Some of the best measuring and worst sounding amps ever made had massive amounts of negative feedback. The Japanese amps of the 70s are the best examples of this, .0001 distortion. . .
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The closest approach: what amplification?
At a live event the actual sound waves will be the same for different listeners in the same place but what they HEAR will not. So there can never be an answer that fits everyone, . . .
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What Integrated Amps have the sonics of Separates?
In the higher price range MF is very good. There is an MF NuVista M3 listed at $2195. This is an excellent amp with enough power to drive anything, up to 800 watts at 2 Ohms with . . .
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Dual volume control - it should be standard
Tune it for each individual cut? OCD much? I have had individual volume controls and they are a real pain. I removed the balance control from one of my preamps recently as I could . . .
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Krell FPB 600 or 400cx?
Martin Colloms tested both of them; the 400cx got 75 on his scale, the FPB 600 got 45. See the HIFICRITIC site for more
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How can a 40 watt amp outshine a 140 watt amp
It is useless debating the quality of amps alone, they are only heard when they are driving speakers. On speakers that are easy to drive there is less difference, on hard to drive . . .
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Best Integrated amp for Wilson Audio Sasha
I used my Musical Fidelity M3 NuVista on my friends Sasha and it did a very good job
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Once again...looking for a "tube like" SS preamp
The reason the Dynaco has a tube like sound is that they are tube preamps. IMHO the Bryston would be about as untubelike as you could get. The Audia Flight pre would be a much . . .
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Amp design logic
Look at car prices; a Kia, Mercedes and Rolls Royce all have 4 wheels, a seat and will get you there but the price differential is enormous. Remember that construction cost usually. . .
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Do you understand your amplifier?
We arew currently undergoing thearapy to improve our communication
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Do people buy MAC gear for the blue meters
I can't think of another reason to buy it! LOL
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Mosfet mist?
Play Misty for me! My Meridian 605s have Mosfets and I haven't heard it. I use to sell Hafler and Hitachi power amps and never thought they had sound deficiencies due to Mosfets. I. . .
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What the heck is bias anyway?
I'm biased against tubes, does that count
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A major disconnect between the audiophile magazine
Actually, they were Musical Fidelity in the UK and British Fidelity in the US, as a company which had ceased operations still held the Musical Fidelity trademark over here. I was . . .
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Balanced vs. Unbalanced - What does it mean?
This is one of those threads that can go on forever as there is no real answer. As has been pointed out it is system dependent. There is little or no agreement among the most . . .
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difference between an active and a passive preamp?
The passive has no active circuitry and therefore no gain
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Faceplates Silver or Black???????
Get black; when it dies it won't have to change
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stereo amp vs monoblocks, any advantages?
You gain absolute separation between the channels of the amp and much greater flexibility in amp placement. You don't have to worry about such things as weather to biamp . . .
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Switch from Parasound JC-1 to Bel Canto Ref 1000?
I wouldn't change until I heard them on my system, I think you would be disappointed
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Do Mono Block amps provide better sound ??
I have had both and it is really a case by case decision. To me the main advantage of monoblocks is that they can weigh considerably less than the two on the same chassis. But . . .
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Next step: tube pre or tube power amp?
You can figure out your minimum power needs by remembering that you double the power for each 3db gain in loudness. So the 91db sensitivity at one watt needs 2 watts for 94, 4 . . .
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Does Bi-amping really make a difference in sound?
Yes, it does make a difference but results vary widely and according to your taste so it is almost impossible to offer generalizations. The literature on this is exhaustive and . . .
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$5000 integrated budget: Please help me choose....
Any of the large Musical Fidelity integrated: NuVista, TriVista, KW500, KW550. They have tubes [nuvistors] which have a very long life in the front end and will handle low . . .
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Why no heated gear?
I leave mine on all the time. It is SS or Hybrid
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Buying Tubes Again; Maddening
Test on why audiophiles, the overwhelming majority of whom are male, are still using tubes. A. Tubes sound a lot like boobs. B. Look at all the pretty lights! C. I wouldn't know. . .
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Integrated Amp - Looking to replace my amp & pre
I use the Musical Fidelity NuVista M3. They have several large integrated. If I were looking at the top of your budget I would definitely look at the ASR Emitter, it has gotten . . .
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Tube Monoblocks for heavy music on Khorns
Paul K. once reproduced a full symphony orchestra with 5 watts on his speakers in an auditorium so in a small room I can't see how all that much power would be necessary unless you. . .
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Krell Evo vs Evo-enhance
They have been tested in HIFICRITIC and the new ones were a definite improvement. The 402e is now the reference amp used by Martin Colloms, who is the publisher and does most of . . .
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Solid State Amps for Quad ESL 57?
The transistor amps will not give you what you want , in my opinion. I have been a confirmed user of transistors since I built a Heathkit in 1963 and was a Quad dealer for 15 . . .
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tube watts vs transistor watts?
Just because a speaker says "200 watts power handling" doesn't mean that it requires 200 watts to function. The 200 is a maximum, not a minimum and only a very loose . . .
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McIntosh and Brystons: Fair comparison ?
But in tubes, excepting OTL, transformers are a necessary and accepted part of the circuit. It is one of the virtues of SS that they are not required, what they are doing in Mac is. . .
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amp or preamp most important
Tvad is correct. A bad preamp can screw up the sound but the best one will not make up for the deficiencies of the rest of the system
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Does anyone or does everyone pay retail price?
I have been a small dealer for a long time and can tell you that it depends on who you talk to and what your relationship is. If someone Emails me and asks my best price it is . . .
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Actually difference between class A and AB?
As always it depends on which two amps you are talking about, not just what class they run in. I have had several Class A amps and countless AB amps; overall I think the Class A . . .
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Tubed Pre question?
I am old enough to have started with tube amps and despite occasionally trying one in later years have never regretted switching to SS. The choice between them is entirely . . .
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mono versus stereo ampflication
A compromise is a "Dual Mono" Stereo amp on one chassy. In the most extreme case you would have 2 power cords showing the two amps share only the case. The advantage . . .
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Class D vs Class A Education
Polar opposites. Class A is the most inefficient type of operation, drawing about 4 watts for every one watt of input; during this whether they are playing music or not. So they . . .
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Explain Class D amps to "non audiophile friends"
In general efficiency is inversly related to sound quality. Class D gives you a lot of power in a lighter, cheaper, more efficient package. Good for sub use. High quality Class D . . .
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Power cord for CJ MF2500A
I have a 350 and have used several, both 20 amp and 15 with a Voodoo adapter. They do sound better than the stock cord. I would get a good 15 amp IEC installed. It would be easier . . .
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Wilson Sophia 2--- VTL S-150 or Ayre V1-xe?
CJ 350A would be very good. Don't expect best bass quality with any tube amp, trade off for midrange quality. Choice depends on priorities, if you want full volume and best bass . . .
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SS Preamp with Tube Amp?
If your tube preamp is dominating the sound of your system then you have a very colored preamp. The classic test of a preamp is to run a signal from a source that does not require. . .
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Audio Research or Conrad Johnson Tube Pre-Amp???
There is a rating on the HIFICRITIC web site, they have tested most of their preamps and keep the ratings current. Audio Research LS 7 28 Audio Research SP10 11 Audio Research . . .
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Vertical bi-amp question
I would have to disagree with Kr4 to some degree. Unless your amp is totally dual mono either channel can draw on the power that ordinarily goes to the other channel. This is why . . .
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Yamaha Amp Nostalgia
The C6 and M4 were tested in HIFI Choice in issue 25 in 1981. That amp worked well with low impedance loads, one channel driven it produced 149/248/343 at 8,4 and 2 Ohms. The . . .
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MAC Autoformers?
For us non Mac enthusiasts the autoformer has always been proof positive that Mac had no idea how to design a transistor amp, perhaps they are coming to their senses at last
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Musical Fidelity M6-500i vs Kw - 500
Judging from my experence with the NuVista M3 I have I would go with the 500. You will get nowhere near its performance for $1495 from anyone; mine has outperformed amp/pre . . .
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Good tube preamp for McCormack DNA 500???
Since both are CJ products I would go with one of theirs. There is a Classic SE in 10/10 condition listed for $1500. Also the new ET-3 is $2500 I think; it has a remote if that is . . .
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Need Recommendations for SS amp for 2 ohm load
The large Musical Fidelity amps are stable into 2 ohms and have a lot of power. My NuVista was rated at 275 watts at 8 ohms but in tests delivered , I believe, 860 watts at 2 ohms. . .
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advantage of seperates vs integrated
ARC did not make their rep with SS, neither did Mac. I am not sure either would be an improvement
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SS Amps that are NOT warm and euphonic ?
Bryston and the GamuT 200 MK1. It was so revealing they made it a little warmer in the later generations, it was made by a professional audio company for monitoring use originally
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Do all toroidal transformers hum?
It doesn't sound normal to me, at least I have never tried it. The bigger question is "do you often listen this way". If not I wouldn't worry about it
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SS against Tube Preamp
I have used both and I really think it depends on the individual units rather than just Tube vs SS. Just adding a tube is no guarantee of better sound, you have to add the right . . .
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Has anyone actually bought a Zesto Phono preamp?
They make really good ice cream; I had a strawberry thick shake there today. So maybe their preamps are good too
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4-ohm setting with 8 ohm speakers
I am not sure it is possible to construct a speaker with a constant impedance, I have never seen one tested that did not have some variation. Their statement sounds like typical . . .
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Hybrid vs. Straight Tubes
The really expensive part of a tube amp is the output stage, if you use tubes in driver stage and mosfet output stage you can get a lot of the tube sound. I used an amp like this . . .
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stepped attenuators
Be sure that the one you select allows a sufficient range of adjustment, a friend had to change his a couple of times as the first were too sensitive and allowed him to use only . . .
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Is it ok to Bi-amp using different Brand/model of
It is often considered ideal to use identical amps; balanced against this is that requirements for different parts of the frequency range can be very different. The bass will . . .
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New preamps making new claims.
Some are, some aren't. Its case by case. I would rather wait until the latest model has been out for some time and see what the reaction is. Also the first run often has problems . . .
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Which is a better choice? New, or used preamp?
I would always go used; I bought my current pre , $7000 list, as a demo for $3000 and my previous one, $5000 list, used from a recording studio which was a victim of the recession . . .
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Details for bi-amping
You do not need two preamps. You can use Y connectors from a single set of outputs, that is what I did when I biamped. Use good quality Ys. It is not clear if you are using 2 . . .
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The British Sound
A large influence on the "British" sound was the BBC. Live music broadcasts were more widespread over there and the BBC made great efforts to have high quality sound. . . .
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Ideal amp for B&W matrix 800
I would also look at the Musical Fidelity big integrated amps, NuVista, TriVista, 500 and 550. My NuVista drove my friends Wilson Sasha speakers very well so should have no trouble. . .
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Drill holes in rack shelf to keep amp cool?
Since heat rises and the bottom of the amp is probably closed I don't think it would help much. I would investigate good quality cooling fans: otherwise I would put it on the top . . .
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phono preamp with volume?
I have been using my Blue Circle 707 with an Audio Synthesis passive preamp and it works fine. Line stages have their pluses and minuses but you will get a higher level of . . .
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Looking for Polarity Invert Feature...
My Audio Synthesis DAX decoder has switch
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Tube amps with Apogee Scintilla's your thoughts ?
The DR3 was a classic amp for the Scintilla, I still regret not getting one when I was a Classe dealer in the old days. I still have a pair of Duetta Signatures but they are much . . .
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Can I ground my preamp?
You can run a wire from your preamp. either the ground post or one of the screws holding the case, to the center screw in your AC receptacle. Sometimes this helps, sometimes not
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Anyone replaced Fuse with Circuit Breaker?
Try magnets; that is what a friend of mine does. I suspect his favorite song is "There will be a hot time in the old town tonight!"
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Tube amps known to have a low damping factor?
I would think it much easier to make of list of tube amps with a dampening factor higher than 20
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Musical Fidelity A5, Simaudio I-5 or Krell s300i
I would get the Krell. I have 4 pieces of Musical Fidelity but don't think the A-5 was one of their better efforts. The 300i has a LOT of power
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Amp to match Avantgarde Uno G2 horn speakers
A friend has a pair and uses a custom Brazilian made tube amp with BAT preamp, he likes the combination very much. Sorry I don't know the name of the amp
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High power amp reccomendations, airy highs a must
One of the Musical Fidelity big integrated. They weigh about 110 pounds [separate power supply] and put out more power than you are likely to need. I have the smallest one , the . . .
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Recall of Krell Amplifiers
LOL, Shadorne. I was a Krell dealer long ago and my KMA 100 went up spactularly for the second time just as a rep for another company walked through the door to hear them. You had. . .
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some 70's and 80's receivers seem to be popular
The Nakamichi 730 was very good as was the Audio Pro 150.I had both. The Tandbergs would be the ones I would look for as they were more plentiful. Pioneer 1280 and 1980 ( I think . . .
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Looking 4 good lower cost pre amp $300 to $600
If you don't need phono or to drive long cables the Creek 22 passive is one of the best preamps on market and costs $500 new with remote
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Do all Passive preamps exhibit this trait
I alternate between passive and active preamps and find that the difference is that usually described, active better dynamics, passive more transparency less coloration. But with. . .
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Sansui AU - 919 Thrift Store Find
I use to use them in the 80s but too long ago to remember much. They were quite good for the time. I'll try to find an old review
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Amp switcher
Yes, any device you insert in the signal line will degrade the sound. The degree of degradation and your tolerance for it is unpredictable
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How to pick a tubed integrated without hearing one
Just read the brochures; that is the method most use anyway. I cannot tell you how many times as a dealer I have lost sales to things the buyer never heard. It is sort of ". . .
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Audiolab, Rowland integrated - nothing in between?
Krell S 300i
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Is it good for a Krell to SIT for 3-5yrs
It is not good for any amp and Krells cost a lot to recap. A technician friend was given a Krell by someone who didn't want to spend the money; so far he hasn't either. But each . . .
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Adcom Vs Rotel
If Macintosh is the answer what was the question? The great advantage of Rotel is that they actually make things themselves while Adcom is a marketing company only who contract . . .
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Can you ever have too powerful amp for speakers?
No, not if you use good judgement. It is far better to have power that is not used than to need it and not have it
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No preamp 'Balance' control?
Most of mine don't have one, at least one does. I had a preamp until this spring that had a volume control for each channel, it was a pain. I can't remember the last time I . . .
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Parasound JC 1 or Musical Fidelity KW 550?
These are two of the best amps available. Either should be great. I have the Nuvista integrated and it is the best amp I have had. I use to have 801s and would have loved to hear . . .
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Tube Amp Recommendation for a solid state guy
Class A transistor amps have many of the characteristics of tubes and solid state but tend to be out of your budget. One of the older Pass Alph (?) Amps might be worth looking at. . .
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Using a Pre-Out to Bi-amp
This will work if the input sensitivity of the amps in the same. Otherwise you will need something to balance them
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harman kardon citation 16 amp?????
I am too old an audiophile as I quit with the Citation 12. I found it mask detail that the contemporary Quad 303 reproduced. I have the impression that the Citation line . . .
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Preamp or power amp has more impact to resolution?
Agree with the above; that said I have found many more amps that I liked than preamps. It would appear that amp design is better understood than preamp design or else companies . . .
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What will raising the Va of atransformers provide?
Larger transformers should be able to handle current swings better and have a higher capability but may not necessarly sound better in every case. It is all in the excution of the. . .
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SANSUI AU-719 Gets Really Hot?
I believe Gbart is correct, I use to have Sansui amps, 919, AU-X1 that I remember and they did not get hot. The only other time an amp will get this hot is driving a load that it . . .
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Explain Amp classes & how effects sound?
The simplest way to think about it is in terms of effencey; Class A draws full power all the time, usually about 4 watts for every watt of rated output. So they will be large and . . .
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D'Agostino Interview
Of course he doesn't believe in expensive cables; after buying one of his amps you have no money left! LOL
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Need help finding atypical integrated amp
Two of the ones you might consider are the Musical Fidelity V-DAC and the Dynavector P 75 phono stage. I use/have used both and they are small and give great performance
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Bad preamp choice?
I have a simple solution, for a nominal sum I will post highly laudatory reviews of your preamp. What would you like me to say? Seriously, it is fine to ask advice but the only . . .
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Using CD player without Preamp?
There is another post on this subject from a few days ago. I agree with Polk as long as the output stage was actually designed to drive a power amp. Despite having a nominal . . .
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Preamps suitable for CJ ACT2 Series 2 preamp.
The 350 is a great amp that will drive a wide range of speakers. My tube owning friends love it; I am using it with an Audia SS line stage
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Best ARC Solid State power to match ARC Ref 5 Pre
If I wanted tubes AR would be my first choice but for SS I think there are better choices from other firms. I think my CJ 350 would fill your description better than anything AR . . .
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Amps that are "forward"
If you want to hear more detail I would add room treatment; "bright" sounding amps appear to give more detail but just alter the balance of what you were already hearing. . .
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What pre in the $500 pre owned market
The Creek passive, OBH 22 I think, that goes for $495 new will beat about any active under $3K IF passive works in your system
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cheaper coupling caps on a budget
I would try a source like Madisound over here or Wilmslow Audio in England, they tend to have bang for the buck products and can give advice.Some of the prices I saw on the . . .
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Class A Amp
The big Pass amps should give this much class A power at this impedance. Check their website
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Budget Chinese Tube amps - any good?
This might also indicate a large degree of variation between different units; this is not unheard of , especially among new companies
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Krell S-150M Mono Blocks
In a recent review in HIFICRITIC Martin Colloms found that the Krell S300i integrated had a very robust power output and considerably outdistanced some of their older large amps. . . .
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All I want is The Truth, just gimme some truth...
THE TRUTH, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! While we were doing quote I thought I'd throw that in. I have both active and passive preamps, my impression is that a good passive is better. . .
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Accuphase or Musical fidelity for Focal Micro Be
I haven't had any Accuphase since the 80s but they are a good company. I like the Mini Utopias , mine have the Titanium dome tweeters. But I find they are a little forward on some . . .
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Separates vs. Integrated
In general integrateds are built to a higher standard than receivers, which are aimed at a different market. I have both an integrated and several separates, ones from good . . .
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equating class A to class AB SS amps?
An amplifier is a tool to drive your speakers, select them first and the select an appropriate one that you like the sound of on THAT speaker. There are many factors involved, . . .
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Sugden - Electrocompaniet - Naim - Accuphase
The Sugden A21a Series 2 was just tested by HIFICRITIC. IT had only 20 watts a channel so either the rating is different over there or it is a slightly different model. In any case. . .
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do fancy fuses help?
I started a thread on this question on the HIFICRITIC forum. Got some interesting answers, you might want to take a look
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Understanding Mcintosh Meters?
They are put there to sell product. When I was a dealer I was often told that products with meters invariably outsold those without. My own experience bore this out, my best . . .
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Pass Labs INT-150 with Power Plant Premier
I use my PPP with a CJ 350; which draws more current than the Pass with no problems
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Best Preamp for Ayon Orthos II monoblocks?
Since you are a tube man the obvious choices are Audio Research and CJ; I don't see how you could go wrong with either
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McIntosh Preamp
Tubey or not tubey, that is the question
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How awesome is the McIntosh MC501?
Not very
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conrad-johnson system questions
60 watts from a tube amp is enough for most speakers
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Why do some model names use "MKII"?
"Mark" is the term con men use for their victims
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Pioneer House Sound from the 70s
This was the period of the great distortion race, when everyone wanted to add another zero to their distortion figures using massive amounts of feedback. Measured great , sound? . . .
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Does Class A amplifier artificially smoothen sound
If this is true then the fault lies in the DVD-A reproduction and not with the amp. If the amp were at fault then CD reproduction would be bad as well. I have used several Class A. . .
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Pass Amps Class A operation
The sensitivity rating of the speaker is it's output with one watt input. To find out how loud 15 watts would be add 3 db for every doubling of output. IE, 2 watts would be 3 db . . .
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Integrated Help
I was going to recommend MF, will second. Tubes are not what comes to mind for the type of music you like
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Onkyo m510 grand integra
It had a good reputation at one time and I thought about buying one on several occasions but circumstances were never quite right. In my opinion it would be a good amp but whether . . .
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powering two pairs of Dahlquist DQ10s
The wall is the right place, DQ10s should be seen and not heard! LOL You can power them both with the same amp IF it will handle low impedance loads. Running them in parallel will . . .
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Any way to "improve" a Conrad Johnson MF 2500
I put WBT RCA jacks and binding posts on my CJ 350. No A-B possible of course but I thought it gave a worthwhile improvement. I would change the RCAs at least; they are not CJs . . .
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First Watt: current vs voltage
I have always seen voltage source attached to amplifiers that are capable of a high output in amps and can increasing their output into lower impedence loads. IE Krell is a . . .
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Pre Amp with top class phono stage?
Which integrated amp has as good a preamp section as a stand alone pre? Same answer; specialist units are always the best; built in ones can be very good. This is no surprise, my . . .
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Adcom 555 Mk 2 Questions
It is my understanding that Adcom had 3 different companies make the 555 at different times so there was considerable variation between samples. At least some of them were . . .
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Will Old MAC outperform Cambridge 640 Azur V2?
Try to hear the Mac in your system or a similar system before you buy. But if you really like the Mac sound then go with Mac, don't worry about other components. The beginning and. . .
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MOSFET
They are tools, nothing more or less, some of my favorite amps have them, some do not. The GamuT amps , which I have been considering, have only one pair of transistors a channel. . .
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The "charactor" of pure Class A?
I have used several amps that were considered class A. I was a dealer for Krell and Musical Fidelity and had a pair of Stax DA 80s. The common feature was a lack of hardness in the. . .
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Conrad-Johnson Premier 3 - worth repairing?
I would check with Bill or Lou and see if they could give you an idea of the range of repair costs. You could advertise it AS IS and see what the interest is. The buyer might be . . .
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Newbie needs advice
The Quads are still quite decent; I would put the money into different speakers but then CVs were never my favorite speakers. I don't know anything about your turntable or mixer so. . .
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Separate volume controls for left & right channels
In theory they are better, in practice I agree with Wilsynet; I had one and it drove me crazy
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Conrad Johnson CA200 opinions welcome
I have its big brother, the Premier 350, and it does like a tube with bass according to my tube using friends. They like it very much; I would expect the 200 to have a similar . . .
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AR highend equipment by Cello
Cello was Mark Levinson's brand after he left ML, I don't remember them being connected with AR but a lot of products that are announced or even appear at shows that are never . . .
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Dual Subs set up advice
I use speaker level in on my RELs
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Musical Fidelity fine-tuning service
The problem I have had shipping things back for repair is that some companies want you to declare the units at a very low value so it is impossible to get insurance for the . . .
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Will I benefit with 20 or 15 amp dedicated lines
I had 15 done, will use 20 the next time
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What year did tube lose to SS
I don't really think it was that early, if you are talking about serious amps. I got my first transistor amp, a Heathkit, in Nov. 1963. I think tubes were still the rule in 1965, I. . .
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Audio Consulting on fire at Munich High-End Show
Fire sale
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Headphone amp advice
The Creek, although solid state, is excellent. I use it with my 600s
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What medium priced amplifier is best with vinyl?
Exposure makes good amps also
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Bryston 14B-SST or Pass Labs X 350.5
Let me echo Tvad. I have not been able to hear either in my own system but from other sources it is clear that their design philosophy is quite different and their sound is quite . . .
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Tube amp beginner
I would look at the rebuilt classic amps on the Mapleshade site if you are looking for an integrated amp; may run a little more but would be worth it. In new amps Chinese would be . . .
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Help Me Save A Few Bucks On New Amp Purchase
First, I would not change if I liked the sound of my present system. Second, there appears to be a conflict between wanting to get better sound and save money at the same time. . . .
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Conrad-johnson TC5 or Cary SLP 05 ?
I was looking at the CT5 myself recently; I would go with that but the Cary is good also. Can't really tell which you would like
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I NEED a tone control to control bass.
There was an article on this problem recently in HIFICRITIC and it was solved by isolating the speakers from the floor by an air suspension system. It is not sold over here and was. . .
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Two Amplifiers Connected in Parallel?
You are going to get a variety of answers on this; what you are describing is horizontal bi amping. I have always liked vertical bi amping where each amp drives both sections of . . .
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Is the red glow normal for 845 tubes?
Red glow in morning, audiophile take warning! Sorry, sometimes I just can't help myself
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Amp for Sonus Faber Cremona - old model
I have been thinking of getting an older Cremona myself sometime. I think the amp I am currently using, a CJ Premier 350, would be very good with them. They will run between 4 and . . .
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Classe' Preamp comparisons
I sold them years ago and used a DR-5. For what you can buy one for now they are hard to beat
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Someone familiar with older KSA Krell amps
I was one of their early dealers, had the KSA -50, KSA -100 and KMA 100s. Were excellent for their time but if it were me I would get a new 300i. Cheaper, newer, lighter and better. . .
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B&W 804S + $2,000 used integrated
There is a used NuVista M3 in that price range that I would look at. I use to be a B&W dealer and still have a pair of 805s. I use an M3 myself on my main system
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old vs. new , wich one is better?
I would avoid early SS, in general before about the mid 80s. Classic tube equipment can sound better than it ever did with new parts. Caps, resistors etc are drastically better . . .
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Can I use two preamps?
Just get an attenuator for one channel . this can be a fixed value or variable and insert it between the preamp and amp on the side you do not have hearing loss. A balance . . .
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Fixing a Broken NAD C320BEE
I have been in audio close to 5 decades and the number of GOOD repair persons I have known could be counted on one hand
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Refurbish a classic amp or replace it?
I once had an ML3 for a short time, I found it exceptional in the bass but not good in highs. I would try to borrow another amp to hear in your system to see how it compared to the. . .
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Can I use my passive preamp with tube amps?
It could work better, depending on the amp. Pick one that has a fairly sensitive input requirement if possible. In a recent test of the Creek passive it was found to work very . . .
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Weak ROTEL phono section
Also it will lack the RIAA equalization curve, which will make it sound strange. If you can use a CD into it I don't see how it could possibly have a phono stage. If it did you . . .
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Power Amp Doubling Output at 4 Ohm
A perfect transistor amp would double every time you halve the impedance. Ones with big enough power supplies more or less do this. If you have inefficient speakers that have low. . .
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Does Pass Aleph 3 heat up the room like tube amp?
Remember: 1. Real class A draws full current at all times. 2. They will be at best 25% efficient 3. Therefore at idle they will be . . .
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Amp: Integrated - Used; - Sub $750 Help :-
Musical Fidelity, Creek, YBA
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Best 2 Channel Integrated Used for under 750?
Look at Musical Fidelity, there were 2 XK-150s listed at $600, but both are sold. They are better built than NAD [which I use to sell and would also recommend]. There is a 3.5 . . .
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Musical Fidelity A1 experiences
I use to sell them; I also thought that they had a "warm" sound which was quite good. I used them with Spendor and Musical Fidelity speakers. They should not sound thin . . .
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Best vintage Sansui integrated
I had the 919; I think the consensus was that it was better than later ones. The high frequencies were fine on the 919. The AU-X1 was even better but hard to find; I had one of . . .
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Is there a fined Solid state Pre Amp for under 8k?
I use an Audia Flight; list is $7000 and often available for considerably less. There is a long review on one of the on- line mags; Dagogo I think. I really like it. It has a Class. . .
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Reciver/Integrated same sound?
Very rarely did receivers come close to the performance of integrated amps; they were made for different markets and to different standards. Two integrated amps from the same . . .
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A Good Match?
Somehow I can't see a $400 Home Theater amp being the best choice. What kind of impedence curve do the Hales have? If it goes below 4 ohms make sude the Yamaha will handle it
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ARC SP8 as Phono Stage
So the main output has 26 db more gain than the phono through tape out; will not this be made up by the gain in the line stage? I have used a tube pre in this manner and never had . . .
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Octave V70SE to drive Martin Logan Summits?
A friend had them, a Mac 275 would drive them but they are a quite difficult load. the efficiency is lower than MLs rating according to test reports I have seen and the impedance . . .
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does amp draw alot of power when volume is zero
If it is an AB amp, probably not much; if it is a Class A amp or biased well into Class A it will draw the full amount of current or a substantial portion of it. This is easy to . . .
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best Marantz tuners?
The 10B was their best tuner but a modified 717 may well be better. Two of my friends are very serious FM fans and they are both very high on Sansui, one has at least 5 including . . .
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Traditional Brands vs. "Audiophile" Brands
Often the products from large companies are designed with priorities other than sonic quality in mind. Are you familiar with the Yamaha "EAR" speaker, the speaker shaped. . .
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REAL WORLD OPINION - ADCOM 555 ii vs BRYSTON 4B
I do not but bear in mind that the Adcom reportedly was manufactured by at least 3 suppliers. Adcom was only a marketing firm, buying units from OEM suppliers. While Bryston of . . .
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Amp/preamp combo for B&W Matrix 801's
I use to sell the first generation 801s. I wish we had the amps available then we do now. They like a lot of power, I have a Musical Fidelity M3 NuVista that would work well, as . . .
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Who bought ARC?
The price is misleading; since it was a tube amp company they are obviously being paid in 1965 dollars
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I'm a Consumer Reports sort of guy. Is there a pla
If you want a reliable product that is reasonable in price and still sounds good I would look at Quad. Not fashionable or cutting edge but solid performance and reliable. Look at . . .
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Is Solid State Preamp and Tube Amp A Good Combo?
A hybrid is a design that uses both technologies in the same unit. For example an amp that uses tubes in the front end and transistors in the output stage. While most do it as . . .
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How to hook up 2 amps from one set of pre outs?
I have a custom set of Y connectors [ 1 male to two females] that Audioquest made for me with their Emerald cable when I had this problem. Contact me if interested
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Watt Puppy 7 needs new or used Amp and Pre-amp
Used Musical Fidelity integrated amps would have plenty of power and sound very good. The NuVista M3 , which I use, or the later similar models are excellent amps and are very . . .
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Power cord into power amp
I have had the same experience. It appears that power conditioning is a system to system thing. In general those of us with dedicated lines find it makes things worse. I can . . .
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Luxman 3045 mb
I had two pairs of them around 1981. The only thing I hated about them was the old fashioned screw strip for speaker wires. I even bought some new ones but the guy I took it to . . .
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What Do You Hear When Your Amp Needs Biasing?
Your amp need bias if it is sounding too neutral and uncolored. I recommend playing Rush's show to increase the bias on the right channel but since Keith is off the air I don't . . .
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Do I need to replace all my tubes at the same time
Not if they are still functioning properly; tube life varies considerably and it is quite expensive to replace all when one dies and unnecessary in my experence. Make sure that the. . .
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1 preamp out to a 2nd preamp in any harm?
I like the KISS principal myself but whatever floats your boat. The more things you put in the reproduction chain the farther it will be from the original sound but if that does . . .
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Sony TA-E88B ???
I had both the C1000 and the Sony back in the early 80s but too much time has gone by to reconstruct the sound quality. Preamps have gotten much better since then. New caps would . . .
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400-450Wpc Integrated to drive Thiel 2.3/2.4?
What about the bigger Musical Fidelity integrateds? They have much more power than the 308s. My NuVista M3 did so much better on my friends Wilson Sasha [ a very difficult load] . . .
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Pass Labs X250 - Good Match for my Apogee Stages?
I used Meridian 605s on my Duetta Signatures and they worked very well; I didn't use Aragon but would think they would be a good choice. There is an Apogee owners forum, why not . . .
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Jolida 302 b disaster
Having switches in power amps fail is not uncommon, it is hard to see how it is related to the mods but since I don't know what they did who can say for sure. Finding competent . . .
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Phono Inputs...what can I use them for?
If you really need extra inputs an external box would probably be cheaper and not require any change to the unit. You would destroy most of the resale value by rewiring it
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Passive Preamp works with Dynavector p75?
It worked with my Passion Ultimate passive but my Meridian 605s only need .5 volt for full output
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Inverted Amplifiers
If your amp inverts and your pre doesn't just reverse the lead as E. suggests above, red to black etc. This leaves the whole question of recordings which are made with reversed . . .
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Bi-amp befuddlement
I had not been biamping for some time , first because I was using my M3 and didn't have a good match for it and then because I was comparing my Spendor SP1/2s to the Mini Utopias . . .
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Your input please: Using sub on 2 channel amp
Go with REL. If you use speaker level it will add bass without changing the sound of your main speakers. Will improve the sound even if there is not a lot of bass present
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Is it worth it to repair a cj pv2ar?
I would sell it for whatever it would bring and move up. There are hobbyists who enjoy repairing old components in their spare time and it might find a home with one of them
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Simaudio I5 to separates?
If you don't now have the amp on a good isolation platform I would do that before anything else. I am using a Star Sound Rack and it made a tremendous difference. I saw some of . . .
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Need some advising
Mapleshade has rebuilt classic tube equipment. Foster Blair rebuilds them and does a great job
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Parasound Halo A21 - Power conditioner?
I use a PPP with my CJ 350; which draws even more current than the A 21. It sounds better through the PPP; have also used a Quintet and a Shunyata with good results. But there is . . .
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Gamut M250i & D3i -- superb.
Their speakers are very good also
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Parasound A51 - Different Temp Heatsinks?
Have you considered what the combined impedance of the speakers amount to? It may constitute a very low impedance load; a transistor amp will attempt to double its output when the . . .
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Opinion of Quicksilver KT88 60 watt mono amps
I am a SS man but if I were to get a tube amp it would be a Quicksilver based on their long track record and high quality at a reasonable price
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Configuration Questions
I do not understand your post. If it is an integrated amp then it has a volume control; what is it you are setting at 1.5 if not a volume control? Why do you need to use 2 preamps. . .
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preamp out instead of MC transformer
It is not even wrong, as Wolfgang Pauli use to say. A preamp output would hideously overload a MM input. I thought I had heard every strange idea in audio; I was mistaken. The good. . .
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Integrated vs pre/power
It is a case by case matter, there is no electrical reason why the integrated can not sound as good . The more powerful the amp the more likely it is to come either as a seperate . . .
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Question for the Hi-Fi experts ??
First, headphones ARE NOT speakers. They have no room problems at all [reflections,uneven responses] and they have to move only the small amount of air in your ears instead the . . .
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Phono Stage or TT upgrade
It is not clear to me why you sold the Groove if it was that much better; why not sell the P 75 and get another one. I have found it best to stay with what I know I like and that . . .
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Krell KSA100 MKI power consumption
Real class A is about 25% efficient so 100 + 100 watts should require that amount x4 or 800 watts. Remember that true class A amps draw FULL current at idle. I use to sell the KSA . . .
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How many years is a flagship component good for?
I buy my gear by purchasing top end units from the past. I am just considering bringing my speakers up to 1996 from 1983. Despite their age I have heard VERY FEW that equal my . . .
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Will I need A moving coil set up device?
Considering the price of new top quality tube preamps $1250 does not seem that high. Most commonly used tubes are available readily, did CJ use an exotic one in this design? They . . .
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finding a solid state amp to replace a tube amp
I would look first at CJ SS amps, as they are products of the same design team. I use a CJ 350 myself and it is a great amp, although not cheap. But as noted above , tubes and SS . . .
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How can I use a turntable with a Krell Integrated?
They don't. At least the S 300i doesn't but it would be my clear choice
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Need advice on a good Phono preamp
I am having very good results with a Bob's Devices step up transformer. Runs $395 and has improved even phono stages that do not supposedly need it. There is a good review on 10 . . .
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Mcintosh C28 VS C712 Modern Vs Classic
Mac was never one for a short signal path. The only thing of theirs I ever owned was a C8 preamp which had the capability of running the power output to the speakers THROUGH IT. . . .
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amplifier needs
I can think of no reason it would not work if you used reasonably heavy gauge wire, say at least 16 gauge. Try it and check to see if the amp is running cool, if the heat sinks . . .
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Dartzeel 108 amp driving Wilson Watt/Puppy 8
The Watt Puppies 8 were reviewed in HIFICritic. Colloms found the Reference 110 " worked remarkably well" . The speakers are more efficient than might be thought, 160 . . .
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Quality inversely related to power output?
The rule I use is to use the smallest amp that will do the job. For example, when I decided to buy a Musical Fidelity integrated amp I had a choice of 4 generations with each . . .
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Pass Labs X1 owners
I ordered a new umbilical cable for my Musical Fidelity M3, another 2 box unit, from Sweetcome in Hong Kong and it made a considerable improvement in sound. Bear in mind that all . . .
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Tube Amp,Solid State Preamp.
I do it the other way, most of the headache of tubes is in the output tubes. When I was using a custom hybrid amp it had a tube front end and mosfet outputs. I now use a couple of. . .
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Audio Research LS series......
Martin Colloms has tested most of these in various magazines and rates them as follows: LS15, 25 points, LS2, 25 points, LS22, 30 points, LS3b, 25 points LS7 28 points. For . . .
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Dk design mkii or musical fidelity A308 for KEF
I would go for the 308
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Classe DR-5
I also was a dealer for them in the early 90s , had one and liked it. At a good price there would be no reason not to get one. The obsession with the very latest thing means that . . .
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Alternatives to Musical Fidelity M3 Nuvista
I improved the sound of mine by getting a better power cord and umbilical cables from Sweetcome in Hong Kong. But I never found it bright. I am using Van den Hul The First . . .
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Musical Fidelity M3 integrated
If you are talking about the NuVista M3 any rca ic will do; of course length would be a problem. You could get custom lengths made. I suggest using a Bob's Devices SUT if you are . . .
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Hooking DishNetwork receiver to amp=speaker noise?
If your TV has audio out you can try using those. I have Direct and have used both the TV out and the receiver out to a pre; can't even remember which I am using now. Direct from . . .
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which amps go well with Spendors
I have been using Spendor for over 40 years and currently have 6 pairs. Over that time I have had A LOT of amps on them and from my experence they do 2 things: 1 they sound good . . .
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Using both the Balanced and Unblanced inputs
I had both the balanced and unbalanced inputs connected on my Basis phono stage when I was comparing cables with no problems but as Nsgarch says try it carfully
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Adequacy of Mac MC7300?
Remember that the Mac amps are unique among SS amps [ at least among the ones I have seen currently] in using a matching transformer [autoformer]. This limits current and maximum . . .
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Amp suggestions for sofia's
My friend uses Lamms with his Sasha, I have had my Musical Fidelity NuVista M3 on them and sounded good. The big MF integrateds are a real bargain. My CJ 350 would work well. Krell. . .
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Replacement fuse for McCormack DNA 225 and RLD-1
A friend of mine uses magnets in his equipment and ,yes , there is no protection when you do so. A tweak too far for me but I have read on other forums that it has its advocates
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What's more important, watts or capacitance?
Watts are the amount of power that can be delivered, capacitance the amount of current stored for immediate delivery. It is possible to add outboard cap banks IF you know what you . . .
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Krell KSA100 doesn't stop upon shut down?
I was a Krell dealer in the early days and had KSA 100s. If it does not heat up much I would have the bias setting checked as class A amps will run hotter at idle than when playing. . .
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Ayon Triton- Anyone compared to high end seperates
My friend has an Ayon integrated, I will suggest that he answers himself more fully. His impression is that the amp section is better than the pre. Substituting a Magic hybrid for. . .
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What is the 'BAT sound'?
Very , very high pitched
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What happens if I plugged a 20amp unit..15amp outl
If you mean one that takes a 20 amp power cord into a 15 amp cord I do that with my NuVista M3 amp, which produces 300 watts a channel. I used a Voodoo adapter so I could use my PS. . .
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Amplifer Wattage Question
LEDs give the best reading, meters are too slow to capture peaks. To get a general idea get a Radio Shack sound meter and check the sound level in DBs at one meter. Take the . . .
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Looking For A Remote Controlled Phase Inverter
My DAC has a phase reversal switch , although not a remote one. It does make a difference, sometimes a substantial one. It is also a great way to drive yourself nuts flipping back. . .
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Audio Research Sp-6a-Should it be modified?
I would upgrade the parts but leave the circuit the same. The caps are old and much better ones are now available. Resistors have also improved. I would stick to original values . . .
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Pass Labs comparison
I have not heard the new generation of Pass but would offer some things for your consideration. The first is the usual reason for increasing power is to get better bass, which . . .
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Need help with integrated amp selection
There are several used Musical Fidelity integrated amps in your price range. They have a reputation for tubelike sound. Check Stereophile archives for reviews. Sim is good too
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Which amp for B&W 802 Matrix series 3
I have made several mods to my LP12; email me if you would like a description. Not a sales pitch; I bought them all retail and have no connection with any of them; just did a lot . . .
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Cello Pallete/current high end pre
Martin Colloms used it for years as reference until it was eventually surpassed. He has said he still misses the features it has that current preamps lack. Could still form the . . .
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Power cable upgrade for ARC
A friend has just gone to the mid level Transparent on his Ref 5 and likes it. They are avalable in 20 amp versions. Paragon has a bunch of factory recertified ones at about half . . .
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Balanced connection from pre-amp to amp--Need help
As Al said it is not a major problem, my CJ amp inverts phase; I think most if not all Conrad Johnson's do; as do many others. Just reverse the speaker leads as he says
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How much would I benefit from an amp upgrade?
Get the current Krell 300 series integrated; they list at $2500 and appear on here regularly for around $1700. Will sound MUCH better than the kind of amps you mention; not all . . .
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30 amp receptacle for Krell 700cx
It may well be a 20 amp plug, I have them on my CJ 350 and MF M3 amps and neither is quite as big as the Krell. It uses a different pin configuration than the standard 15 amp. I am. . .
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Importance of Damping Factor and Current for amps
In general amps with high current capability will deal with difficult , low impedance loads better, but , as noted, there is no single measurement or even sets of measurements that. . .
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Amp Comparison procedure. Amp off when not in use?
Philjolet, it sounds as if you listen as I do, let your whole mind experience the sound. Experiencing sound and analyzing it are two different processes, try to see if it sounds &. . .
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1st setup failed, need advice for B&W N805 amp
If all else fails NAD will drive the 805s. I have a 3140 driving a pair in the system I set up in my wife's craft room which is a little bigger. But try everything else first
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headphone amp
Creek makes good SS ones. I use one of their SE ones with my 600s
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Integrated w/phono: Musical Fidelity or NAD or MH?
I think the MF is better built and will probably sound better. It does well with low impedance loads
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Need advice picking a preamp.
Don't get an active preamp. Buy a PRO-Ject Tube box 11 SE for $699. It is both moving magnet and moving coil and will go up against those listed. Get a Creek 22 passive preamp, it . . .
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Amp for passive pre--more power or higher end?
It is beneficial to get an amp with a higher than normal sensitivity. My Meridian 605s only need .5 volt for full output and work very well with passive
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Do I need a preamplifier
The Creek 22 passive preamp has remote volume and switching and a very good reputation for about $500
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Hi-End Electronics to drive B&W 804S speakers?
I would look at Musical Fidelity. They have a high power output which the B&Ws like and sound great
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I'm a total newbee to all this... Phono vs Preamp?
Yes, way too much! The phono section of your receiver is set up for seeing an output of a few millivolts. The preamp output is in volts. You can hook the phono stage on your table . . .
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preamp or no? if so, which one?
I switch between passive control box( Audio Synthesis) and active Preamps ( Magic, Pure Magic , Ben Duncan) and they both have their virtues. The best inner detail can be . . .
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Tube or SS preamp use with SS amp???
I can't imagine that there would be anything wrong with using either preamp from the same company. Krell use to recommend against using tubes with their amps, but they didn't make. . .
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re: Harmon Kardon Citation 25 Preamp
Do you really need a preamp?I would not put too much money into the HK as it wasn't that great in its own time and that was a long time ago. I would look into a good passive or . . .
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Integrated amp for Focal micro utopia be
I had the Mini Utopias and they worked very well with my MF NuVista M3; probably over powered for yours but smaller ones from MF should work
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Accuphase P-300, worth upgrading?
Any change will alter the sound, it depends on what you think of the sound you are getting now. Try listening to it for a while before you do anything. The caps would be the place . . .
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Denon Pre Amp no sound
Have you checked the fuse(s)? I have bought things from ebay with no problems; just like here you have to be careful who you deal with
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Conrad Johnson Sonographe sa400 or McCormack DNA-1
If I were buying one I would get the McCarmack as I think it is a considerably newer design; I was a Sonography dealer but that was a long time ago and I can't remember what the . . .
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Need advice: Biamping vs. dual bridged monos
Bridging reduces the ability to drive low impedance loads; there should be material on this in the archives. If this is not a problem try it both ways and see for yourself. I used . . .
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Bi-Amp Mash Up SS on Bass and Tubes on top?
If it is higher at one watt it will be higher at full output also. The idea is that the top end will take much less power to drive so you assume that it is the top that will need . . .
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Amp to drive my AR-90s
Are you looking for a basic amp or integrated? As for power as much as you can get , especially if you like to listen at higher volume
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Two Amps One Speaker Issue - Plinius & Rotel
Let me get this straight, you have both amps connected to the same speakers at the same time? A major no-no in my experience. Use some type of external switching box to select . . .
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Parasound JC-1 still one of the leaders?
Newer isn't always better, I would take it over any of the others you named
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What is a class G amp ?
G has advantages in every area except sound quality; if that matters
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Could I bi-wire MC 402 to a set of speakers?
You could use one of the bi-wire sets that have one set of connections at one end and two at the other. That would certainly work
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Question about external crossover with tube preamp
If you want to cut off your main speakers at 80 Hz you will have to have either an active crossover or a passive attenuater between the amp and pre. The option is to run the main . . .
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Amp suggestions needed
I have the Duetta Sigs., it is the impedance more than the power you have to worry about. My Tandberg 3026a and Meridian 605s are both rated at 150 watts but the Meridian would . . .
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Choke regulation vs power conditioner
For surge protection the Brick Wall works well. For sound quality dedicated lines have been better for me than power conditioners. My NuVista M3 has choke regulation but since I . . .
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Denon POA-1500 Stereo Amp
I have not used them but they had a good reputation. The Japanese have always made good sounding products alongside their mass market products but they are often overlooked because. . .
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2 channel Preamp brain?
I have a video system set up with no processing, if you are going to use 2 channels don't bother, your TV can handle the switching, I am not even using a preamp, only a volume . . .
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IMHO, not enough gain in my Phono stage
Put an attenuator in the line from the CD player if the difference bothers you and you are not having noise problems. Otherwise the Creek 15 phono stage or at a higher price the . . .
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SS Preamp suggestion please
There is a Classe DR 5 with no phono stage for $550 listed currently. I sold them at one time and was very happy with them. Preamp design has not advanced much in some time ,at . . .
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odd binding posts won't fit spade or banana do i
Actually the bare wire will sound better so that is no worry. There used to be pin adaptors available. The Mitchell posts are very good and don't take up much space. I would . . .
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Best amp for Spendor BC-1?
I had the first BC-1's in the country and used them for years, currently using SP-1's and S-100's. Used them with many good transistor amps, did not find them at all fussy. . . .
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Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated, Use as Preamp Only
I would wait for the reply from MF; just because someone has done it without the amp blowing up does not mean it is necessarily a good idea
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acoustat X
That is a blast from the past! I use to have Acoustat in the mid 60s; at least one pre and an amp I built from a kit. They carried the Xs at Allied Radio, which I use to frequent. . .
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Anyone own or heard Edge i3?
Musical Fidelity kW series is very good, never even seen an Edge
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Rel R-505 work with a Pass Labs X350.5
You should contact Pass directly on this
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krell ksa-250- vs ksa-200s vs fpb-200
Older Krell amps are not cheap to repair or recap. A tech friend has be given a couple by owners who didn't want to spend the money on them; so far he hasn't either. HIFICRITIC has. . .
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116v from the wall socket?
Mine seems to run high, 127 to 123. The PPP reduces it to 120
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preamp advice.. quad 909 + esl-63
No, unless you are very lucky. The 63s are very revealing speakers [I use to be a Quad dealer] and will reveal deficiencies in your associated equipment. I would budget quite a bit. . .
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which amp around 2500-3500 ish
Not really enough info to make suggestions; what speakers are you considering, what is the room size, what are your listening tastes etc
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comparison of battery powered phono preamps
I have the ASR Basis Exclusive which is battery powered. It is the best one I have had and sounds better on battery power than it does on AC. Has two seperate phono stages so you . . .
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goldpoint volume controls and switchers
I just ordered a TKD pot as I was afraid that the stepped I looked at would not have enough range of adjustment. What I mean is that another person with the same pre could only use. . .
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connecting CD player to preampr?
Do not worry, they are just labels. All line inputs are created equal. The preamp does not know the source of the signal, the labels are there for your connivence. If you like the . . .
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Upgrade suggestions from McCormack w/SMC mods?
Mac 402 not that good, CJ Primer 350 much better bet. I heard the first in my friends system and have the CJ
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Can volume/selector pots be switched out of a pre?
I also have one and my tech expert recommended often turning the selector knob back and fourth several times as a way of keeping the contacts clean
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How do designers fare when they change companies?
David Hafler went from Dynaco to start his own company. Carl Marshasato [ phonetic spelling] has been several places. Tim de Parravicini [also probably misspelled] has been with . . .
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Musical Fidelity V-Can Headphone Amp
Here is the web site for a much better power supply. I have one for my V-DAC. http://www.rock-grotto.co.uk/musical-fidelity-vcan-vdac-vlps-power-supply.html
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Krell KSA 200 stereo amplifier
I think you will find that time has marched on and something like the Krell S 300i will actually sound considerably better and likely to be cheaper. In addition it is an integrated. . .
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Power Conditioner or Distributor?
Check out the Balanced Power Technology web site, I use two of their passive boxes. By starting with a cheaper power cord to wall and moving up later they would fit into your . . .
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Rising distortion curve
Distortion measurements are almost if not totally USELESS in judging how an amp will sound. The great distortion race among Japanese amps in the 70s produces some truly awful . . .
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add remote control AC on/off for power amp?
Leave it on all the time. It will sound better unless you are getting a Class A amp
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Any experience with Tandberg Amps?
Not at all bad, I have had a 3026A for close to 20 years and am still using it as a bass amp. Very well built
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What Amp/Pre with Spendor S8es.
What price range are you looking at
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Vintage amps - Carver, Krell
For Krell go to the HIFICRITIC web site and look at the Colloms listings for amplifiers. Martin Colloms has tested just about every one and his ratings are for current sound . . .
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audio research vt200 or Reference 110
On Martin Colloms scale the VTM200 rates 28, the 110 rates 140, the highest rated tube they have tested. See HIFICRITIC web site for explanation of ratings. The 110 has been . . .
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How do you know when an older amp needs service?
You are suffering from" tube amp envy syndrome". This is a common malady among solid state users who see tube amp aficionados constantly tuning and retubeing their amps. . . .
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OK to have power amps powered w/o spkrs.?
I would not think it would bother any modern amp to run without a load. If you are worried why not get a couple of resistors and connect them to the outputs? You are not feeding. . .
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Amp/ receiver advice for Spendor SP2/3's
I have used Spendor's since the 70s and would second the "No Receiver" resolution. The British Fidelity amps were very good with Spendors , I use to sell both. British . . .
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Newby question on watts...
Transformers , which tube amps have and transistors don't. There is a general correlation between weight and quality/cost. The heavier the better. In tube amps weight is . . .
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why is a step up transformer used
It is used because the gain of the phono stage is insufficient for the cartridge used. Low output cartridges are popular because MOST think they sound better. The immortal "MC. . .
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KRELL Mono Class A amp problem
It USE to be Krell's policy on mono amps that they had to have BOTH of them to work on when one went bad. The freight was quite expensive; I had to return a pair of KMA 100s twice . . .
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What happened to Krell
Dan D. is out and has a new company. However, Krell remains one of the best amps; FAR better than Mac IMHO. The new line, 402e for example, are the best sounding amps they have . . .
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Krell 402E latest - advise needed
If I thought the extra power was needed I would consider it; do you find your current amp seeming to run out of power? The 402E is one of the best out there but if the 302E is the . . .
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Replace pre-amp
I would fix it if I liked it; would be much cheaper than searching for a new one. I would at least get a diagnosis and estimate before I abandoned it
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Preamp for someone who's never needed one?
Or just buy some 10 Db resistors[ or whatever value you need] to insert in the signal line to lower the output. These are available from sources that often advertise on here and . . .
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krell s300i power cord - is it rather small?
Since it is made in China this would not be surprising. I am not criticizing it, I intend to get one for my HT when I sell some of my other equipment. I have replaced the stock . . .
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Basic Question fAbout a Preamp for Monoblock Amps
Unless you run your subs from the speaker outputs as I do. Also you can use Y connectors as I did when I bi amped
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In search of : Phono Stage to replace Rhea
I have the 2006 model and am quite happy with it. Another to consider is the Audia Flight. I use its matching pre with the ASR
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Silver plated female RCA jacks on amp/preamp?
I replaced the jacks and posts on my CJ 350 with WBT, obviously can't do an A/B but thought it made a worthwhile improvement. ASR and some others make better jacks [silver] an . . .
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Musical Fidelity KW Mono's or Chord SPM 1400E's
If it ain't broke don't fix it
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Putting a "pre-out" to use to get more power??
As long as the pre out is a variable one controlled by the volume control it should work with any amp. How much better [or worse] the sound will be with the 909 is hard to predict. . .
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Gamut Si100
Very good built but maybe a little expensive. In a HIFICRITIC group test it scored around 32 while the Krell S 300i scored 45; the Krell can be had new for $2000. It was still . . .
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I've got a mcintosh mx110 that's been sitting ...
If I had a variac I would use it, better safe than sorry and it can't hurt anything
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Can a Cary SLI-80 power Martin Logan Spires?
A friend has these. The main problem is the impedance curve, which drops to .9 Ohms at 20KHz and also very low at the bottom end according to the HiFI News measurements. The . . .
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A Preamp for ARS Filarmonia ?
The Adcom is not a passive preamp as it has gain.See the following quote from the Stereophile test. Other than glue logic and the transistors used to drive the relays, the 12 . . .
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What good tube preamp match for hafler 220 amp?
I use to sell these and I don't remember them being very demanding in pre choice. I would think any good tube would work fine. If you see a rebuilt PAS3 Dynaco that might be good . . .
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Accuphase E-211? Any good? Sold in the US?
The company has a very long record and its products tend to hold their value
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Preamp for Quad 303 with Ls3/5a or Rega Elicit?
I doubt if anyone else has used this particular combination and even if they had they would not be hearing it with your ears. There is really no way to predict in advance ,with . . .
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Exposure 2010S verses 3010S
A cardinal error is to hear something you really like and suppose that the more expensive units in the same line are NECESSARILY better. Each amp represents a compromise and to . . .
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Jeff Rowland preamp phono better than dynavector?
I have used both of these, being a dealer for both. I think you are confused about the nature of the 75 as you are calling it a step up transformer. A SUT is used in front of a . . .
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Best integrated for BW802?
Krell S300i or any of the Musical Fidelity top ones, M3, 300, 500,550, 750. I use the M3 myself. The Krell is a giveaway
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Aura Note - why such low resale?
Since no one on Audiogon ever keeps anything as long as 60 days I can't see how this would be a problem. LOL. A very steep depreciation curve is never a good thing but there are . . .
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Krell S300i advice needed?
I agree with both the above. I was once a Krell dealer and bass is their strong point. I am using 2 REL Stadium subs with a pair of Spendor S 100s which go down below 30 Hz and . . .
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You prefer Mosfets or Bipolar outputs in amps?
The amp design is the critical factor to a greater degree than transistor type. I have used both, have both now. One advantage of mosfets is that they can handle more power per . . .
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Musical fidelity A3CR separates vs. A5 integrated
I would keep the amp and preamp. Not sure that the A5 is as good as what you have now. I use REL subs, look at the S series. I use to be an AudioQuest dealer years ago, always felt. . .
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NOS vs New Production Tube Sanity Check
SAVE YOUR SANITY. GO SOLID STATE! The above is the reason I only use SS or Hybrid where the tube choice isn't so critical
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Krell KSA 250 - Advice
I have a friend who is a technician and he showed me a large Krell [forget number] that someone had given him because the expense of putting new caps in was more than he had . . .
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Upgrade amp or speakers?
This is a question that no one else can answer. If you are ENTIRELY happy with the speakers then you can change the amp, the sound will probably be different but there is no . . .
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Phono Input in the Musical Fidelity A5.5???
Don't get either one, go with the M3 Nuvista. There are 3 priced from $1995 to $2395. Better built and over 300 watts at 8 ohms in tests. It has a MM phono stage. All of these . . .
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Musical Fidelity strange noise. HELP
I think I had something similar with my M3 I bought used last fall. I could hear a sound like static on the left channel. The bad news is I never figured out what it was; the . . .
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Luxman CL 35III/MQ68 Replace or retube?
If you like it why change it? I had one of these in the 70s and it was a very good unit. IF I could find a GOOD tech I would have him go through and replace resistors and . . .
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Help needed with integrated amp
I am surprised at the Bryston's lack of bass. I do not use them but it is suppose to be their best future. Have you tried different speaker cables? These can make huge difference. . .
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Proper platform/support for a Musical Fidelity A5?
I think 6 moons has recommended maple platforms in this or other reviews. Mapleshade's are good but expensive. I have been looking at several lower priced one's that advertise on . . .
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Which amp is good for Spendor SP-1
I was a dealer for them, have used them since 1970 (BC-1) and have used more amps on them than I can remember. What I am using now are a Musical Fidelity M3, and Meridian 605s, . . .
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ARC REF 110 amp ohms
I do not have one but logically it would depend on the impedance curve of the individual speaker. Why not try all three and see what you think with the speakers you have, there . . .
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Integrated Tube Amp for Spendor SP7/1 $1000
I would also look at some of the classic American tube integrated amps being offered by Mapleshade. They have been rebuilt by a very competent hand
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New Pro ject tube box or used ARC PH-3 ???
If you did get the Project get the SE edition, it is suppose to be considerably better; I would probably get the AR; although I have never owned any myself
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which burmester pre to buy used ?
Believe it of not many years ago I could have ordered a new Burmeister for $250 or $300 direct from the company. Passed as it wasn't US voltage. OK, it was a LONG time ago. But . . .
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Phono preamp directly into amp?
You can use a passive pre if you can't find a phono stage with volume controls; most passives don't have balanced outputs. I think the Manley Steelhead phono stage might but I . . .
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Aragon 4004 Amplifier as Mono Block?
If your speakers are biwireable then you could use one on each channel and get much of the same effect
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Passive preamp with integrated or headphone amp?
If you turn up your headphone amp volume as far as it goes it is essentially out of the circuit. I have done this with my tube pre and my passive Passion Ultimate which has remote . . .
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Bi-amping - Conrad Johnson CAV-50 & McIntosh MC275
You will have to do it by ear; you are using two different amps with different power ratings and input sensitivities into two different loads so you will have to use a variable . . .
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Krell preamp
I believe it was the KBL, KPA era. Line stage and seperate phono stage. I had the KPA or else the cheaper KPE phono. Too long ago to remember but it was big, heavy and had complex . . .
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What is turn on/off sequence of amp and pre-amp?
What he said
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Using Almarro 205a MKII to drive Quad 57s?
The 57s can be driven by very low power, my friend uses an amp that puts out less than 10 watts. The stability of the amp is the important thing as the impedance goes under one ohm. . .
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Musical Fidelity V-Can Headphone Amp
HIFICRITIC was disappointed with its performance with or without the power supply, it ranked at the bottom of the ones they tested. They had liked the V-DAC [which I have] very . . .
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Dynaco ST-70
I used a PAS 3 but that was a long time ago. I had one for a short while about 15 years ago and used both SS and a tube hybrid preamps so any should work. Agree that you might want. . .
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Amp suggestions for Epos
Unless it is unbearable I would wait until I could spend more money, a couple of hundred will buy you a lot more amp
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McIntosh Vintage Preamps
Great sounding early Mac SS pre amps? Have you already exhausted all the easy searches like finding the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot? The tube units may be collectable but from my. . .
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How many are using Amp to CD with variable...
I am using passive preamp in my system, works very well. There was just a thread on this in the last few days "Why do preamps improve sound of CDP?" It is a matter of . . .
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classe dr 9 owners: please inform
I had one years ago, noticed the darkness commented on. Went to Meridian 605s which I still have. Musical Fidelity M3 is an all round better amp, both of these have better high end. . .
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MF NuVista M3 Phono Stage
I have the same problem. My latest thinking is that since they were so paranoid about the buyer opening the amp they may have left the info out. Mine is currently being repaired . . .
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Can upgraded jumpers improve sound?
Yes. You can use jumpers or standard cable, I use a standard length cable on my wife's NAD 3240. After all you are connecting an amp and preamp. Shorter is better but if you find a. . .
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Amp models in 1996...
Or subscribe to the one on here, it lists year of introduction and original price
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MH a300 vs A3.5?
I think the 3.2 might be better than the 3.5. They call all of them dual mono but they seem to be less so as the series progressed. The NuVista M3 is really good but runs $2k or . . .
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Inexpensive Bookshelf Speaker Stand?
Best bang for buck is to go to a store specializing in concrete yard ornaments. They have colloms in various size and shapes which can be painted or left natural. Quite cheap, . . .
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Mentmore M100 Michaelson and Austin
They were tested in HiFi Choice no.44 in 1986. They did not recommend them. they said " This amp offered a mixed performance.the treble rolled off early, removing some air . . .
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musical fidelity a3.2 blown left channel, repair?
MF's repair is in Charlotte, NC last I heard. I know the person doing it and he has been in audio about 30 years and is very competent
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Musical Fidelity NU-VISTA M3 VS KW500
I use the M3 and am very happy with it. I chose it over the 500 on the basis of the fact that has fewer output devices and therefore a simpler circuit while having enough power for. . .
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Pre amp match for Bryston 4B ST
I would put my money in the speakers. The 104/2 was good in its time but much better ones would be available today for the $3000 + what you could get for the 104/2s
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Surge Protection...
The Brick Wall works well, check other posts as this has been discussed several times recently
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Two KSA 80B power amplifiers
If your speakers are bi wire I wouldn't bother. Use one on each channel biwired
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What wire gauge suitable for small tube amp?
The problem is in the other direction. I can't tell you the number of times I have seen very long runs of 22 gage wire. You can loose half of the amps power overcoming the . . .
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B&K powering Spendor?
I have been using Spendor since 1970 with so many different amps I can't remember a fraction of them. I have observed two things: 1 they are not very critical of amps, but 2 they . . .
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Question has been asked before but need more info
Tubes and transistors do not sound the same. The reasons are not entirely clear ; there are various explanations but the simplest one is that there are many things about sound . . .
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Location change means compromise
Look at the Musical Fidelity integrateds on Audiogon. They have received excellent reviews and are attractive in appearance. YBA is another. I suggest you buy used, you can move . . .
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A DIY tube amp with a little power, any ideas?
You could try to find an old Dyna and upgrade the parts, they had a very good circuit.. Or try looking at kits from England , they are typically on more of a budget than in this. . .
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What's the difference between a Citation I and IV
Its a LONG time ago but my memory tells me that the 4&5 were lower cost versions of the 1&2. If you are going to rebuild the 4 with modern parts it should sound better than the . . .
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how well Quad303 amp mates with B&W dm303's ?
I use to be a Quad dealer in the days of the 303 and it was a good amp in its day. Output fell off at lower impedance's; I didn't want to sell one to someone who liked the sound on. . .
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MARANTZ MA9S2/ SC7S2 VS PARASOUND JC1/JC2
The better match for what
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Musical Fidelity NuVista M3 MC Phono gain
Enough to work with a Denon 304 or AT 33EV. I have used both. There is a switch
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musical fidelity m3 phono input
Miker is correct. I get better results from mine using a Bob's Devices SUT into the MM input but that is an extra expense. Also not mentioned is that you can seperate the pre and . . .
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QUAD 99 series separates vs.best integrated amps
I have nothing against Quad, I use to be one of their dealers. I still have a FM4 tuner. I personally would get a Krell S 300i, which has a street price of $2000 and get a separate. . .
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Krell KRS2 Preamp
I was an early Krell dealer and had a earlier model stand alone phono stage [KPE ?] up until a few years ago. I always thought they were well built but the weakest part of the line. . .
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Looking for a way to stack pre and phono
I would just place an isolation device between them and see how that works. I have stacked preamps, transports and DACs in the past and now have my Meridian 200 transport sitting . . .
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Will my preamp work with MC cartridge?
40 db of gain and 47 K Ohms indicate that it is for MM cartridges. You would have to use either a SUT or a head amp
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Musical Fidelity old vs new
I have a NuVista M3 and it is very good
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Phono Pre Upgrade
The Basis Exclusive is avalable used for under $4000, sometimes considerably under. I have one and I have been told by an audiophile who has had several including the current model. . .
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MacCormack DNA225 vs Quad 909
I use to be a Quad dealer way before the days of the 909. If your speakers have an impedance curve that goes low I would go with the MacCormack as Quads did not especially like low. . .
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MF Nu Vista M3 Power Unit Umbilical Cords Change?
Yes, I did. Had some made up by Sweetcome in Hong Kong. Also got a 20 amp power cord made. They specialise in MF power cables. I thought it was a considerable improvement, . . .
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Amplifiers and Damping Factor
This is not a simple question; the damping factor should be high enough to control the movement of the woofer; if it is not then it will exhibit "loose" uncontrolled bass. . .
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what amp for b&w 603 s1 speaker
Rotel is good, look at NAD also
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Is this what a good preamp does?
The wider you open the window the more dirt flies in. Hearing more grove noise is the downside of more interior detail; that said the AT 150 is not the easiest cartridge to align, . . .
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Sansui AU-D9 at 4 ohms?
Sansui has made some good amps like the AU 919 or the AU-X1 but these amps are now around 30 years old. I would also suggest you look for a newer amp. Music Direct now has a . . .
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What SPL is music typically recorded at?
I would think that it is recorded at the level at which it is being played and that would vary tremendously. The ideal is to recreate the level you would hear if you attended the . . .
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Bi-amping Revel Gems with a tube integrated amp
The problem I see is that you are going to be splitting the output of your CD player 3 ways. The passive box provided no gain so the output stage of your CD player or other source . . .
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multi chanell amp with Gamut Speakers
Buy a Gamut stereo amp for the main speakers and a mono amp for the center channel. . Single amps that have been used like this turn up occasionally on Audiogon.Conrad Johnson has . . .
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Audio Physic Scorpios and SET amps
Martin Colloms tested these in the Nov/Dec issue of HIFICRITIC. He said that they did not require a large amp. 30 watts into 4 ohms worked well. This despite the actual sensitivity. . .
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Opinions...Krell KMA 160 Monoblocks
Unless I needed the enormous low impedance power output I would look elsewhere. Unsound is being kind in his assessment of recapping costs, a technician friend of mine has been . . .
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Will using bothA and B spkr out half amps power?
Your amp will be seeing a different impedance driving both so you should also take this into account
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Amp to match Musical Fidelity A3.2 CD pl
Why not a matching 3.2 amp from MF? Would work with a wide variety of speakers
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Opinions/Advice on Eico HF-87?
Eico, there is a blast from the past. Either of these amps will need , or already have undergone, a serious rebuild. They both should be capable of good sound but the level will . . .
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Classe DR-5 Pre-Amp
I used one when I was a dealer for them in the late 80s. It is still a good unit. I think I used an A-T OC9 and a Denon 110. The Denon is a high output moving coil and is quite . . .
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Opinions: PASS Aleph 5 with a CJ premier 17LS?
I have not heard these units but from my experience as a one time dealer for them and reviews of the 17 LS I would expect a considerable improvement. The Mk 1 is considered in some. . .
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NeoAudiophilite need advice:active vs passive
The whole idea of passive is that it adds as little as possible. One of the best tests of any component is to place it in the reproduction chain where it is not needed and to see . . .
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Headphone Amplifiers
I have the Creek with my 600s and works very well
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John Boulton ...?
Judging by his performance at the UN it would probably be a death ray
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Match Amp to Spendor Preludes - Meridian or Creek
I was a dealer for Spendor and Meridian in the 80s and 90s and used the 605 power amp with the Spendors , so the small meridians should work as well. The Preludes do not require a. . .
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Krell KSA 200B and Musical fidelity F22????
When I was a Krell dealer in the 80s I often used a hybrid preamp with KMA 100 and KSA 100 and others of that era. Given a properly designed and operating preamp it is hard to . . .
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Sansui TU-9500. No sound from output.
Make sure the tape monitor switch is off and you have selected the correct input and have the speaker selector swich in the right place. There are a lot of knobs on this series of . . .
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ACR Ref 110 - Regular feet or couplers?
If they are rubber feet I would try something else. Martin Colloms uses this stand [ or another model] and uses SR MIGs under his Ref 5 pre and other gear. I use them also on my . . .
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Pass X250.5 Bananas
Yes, we have no bananas! No bananas today
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With Naim amp - Naim or Teddy Pardo PSU ?
I was looking at this myself when I had a bid in on a Superline. The British websites have a lot on this; probably much more than you will find over here
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Would a Linn Majik-I work in Europe
You might consider a step down transformer if it does not. Does the manual have anything on whether it is switchable? I would think there is a good chance it is as it was designed . . .
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Audio Note M8 phono
The M9 has three; it is the new M8 wih built in phono [MM]. It got a very favorable review in HIFICRITIC last year. The three are selector, volume and mono/stereo
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How to make a preamp bypass switch?
A good pasive preamp would do this and have a better volume control than the Oppo
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Best tube amp monos or stereo for Gamut L5
They go down to 2.8 ohms around 300 hz and are a more difficult load than my Apogee Duetta Sigs. My Meridian 605s never had any trouble with them but the L5s cause them to overheat. . .
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Conrad Johnson CT-5 or LS-16 version 2
Martin Colloms tested the LS 16 and gave it a rating of 49 on his scale vs 90 for the CT-5. The CT-5 has several improvements over the older units according to reviews I have read. . .
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Parasound JC-2 v. Musical Fidelity A308cr Preamp
I have the Kw line stage and phono stage and Nuvista M3. I drive a CJ 350 amp with the line stage. They are very good pieces of gear, as are the JC -1 and JC-2, which a friend uses. . .
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Audionet separate vs ASR???
I use the ASR Exclusive phono stage, it is a great unit. I haven't heard Audionet
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Tube rolling for Musical Fidelity Nuvista M3?
I put some new ones in I ordered from England. I was doing some other things to it at the time so too much time elapsed to be sure but I thought it might have sounded a little . . .
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Confused about biamping and crossovers
Active crossovers are much better but have to be matched to the speakers very carefully. Also you need an amp for each driver if they are going to be fully active. The advantage . . .
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Should I be using the grounding terminal?
No, sometimes you use it. Grounding is a very idiosyncratic thing but if you have no hum leave it as it is. One of my tables is grounded and the other isn't
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New Krell MOD for the 402 EVO amp
There is a review in the last HIFICRITIC; they thought it was a significant improvement
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PS Audio GCC250 vs. Krell S-300i/400xi/300i
HIFICRITIC has the S-300i as a best buy and much better than the old model
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Musical Fidelity A1 - Class A
I use to sell the early version of this amp. Ran hot but sounded good. If it has enough power for you it would be a good choice
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Conrad Johnson Amp for ATC SCM 12's
If you can afford a 350 it is one of the best amps made anywhere. One was on here the other day for $4500. If I didn't have 8 amps already I would get one, my wife would kill me
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Krell KSA100 Mk. II
I use to sell these, they were exceptional for the time and will still sound good in the right system. Much more reliable then the mono 100s, which were prone to blow up. I had a . . .
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Any difference between McIntosh 30 and McKit 30?
I started in audio in 1962 and I never heard of a MacKit so they must be before that. I would say that these all would be quite valuable to the right person. There is a strong . . .
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Van Den Hul amps and preamps
I saw those but wanted to hear from actual users
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Audio Research PH-3 vs. Mcintosh C2200 phono stage
Since you are going to have both of them at the same time you will be in a perfect position to judge for yourself. Use the one YOU like better
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Musical Fidelity needs repair
I knew Rick Walker 20 years ago. He was very competent
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Onkyo M-510 ZERO DISTORTION?
My browser said site did not exist so I couldn't find it. It is not the same. I remember the Onkyo as a good amp in its time, early 80s? It probably would not be competive with a . . .
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Volume control on power amp
That is fine. When you open up the volume control to full it takes it as far out of the circuit as possible. When you have 2 volume controls in the circuit it is best to run one . . .
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Luxman M-4000 and Luxman C1010
I had both but many years ago; hold it I believe the pre was a C1000. A friend still has it and it was working the last time I spoke to him. If you like them now leave them alone . . .
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Conrad Johnson Motif MC-7
Complete separation between the two channels. Everything else being equal dual mono should sound better as little or nothing is shared between channels. In the most extreme case . . .
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Conrad-Johnson ET-3 pre-amp. Has anyone heard it?
I was thinking about this myself but never got a chance to hear one. From what I was able to find out from others I had about decided to go with a LS 17 when I was offered a deal . . .
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Luxman M6000
I had the similar M4000, it should work with either tube or SS preamps, I used it with Lux CL35 [tube] and C1000 [SS]. If it has level controls on front panel like the 4000 then . . .
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power amps for Audio Synthesis DAX Discrete
I have an original DAX that I use with a Passion Ultimate so it should be similar to some degree. I found that the Meridian 605 works well with this combination; it runs cool but I. . .
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Musical fidelity A1008 VS Bat vk-300se
I am using a NuVista M3 with my Mini Utopias. I think that it, the TriVista, the 500 or 550 would all be better choices than the 1008
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untralinear or triode mode for dynaco mark three's
Amps have no sound apart from their interaction with the load they are driving so it is impossible to answer this question apart from the rest of your system and your individual. . .
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Experiences with MF KW550 and BW802d
For what its worth I use to use 801s and currently use an NuVista M3 and think these would have worked very well together. The B&Ws need power and MF has plenty. HIFINEWS had a . . .
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Preamps with 2 sets of outputs?
You can use Y plugs on an amp with one set and do the same thing. The two outputs are wired together inside the amp, the Y plug outside
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Cable connecting preamp to external power supply
My MF M3 NuVista has cables from the power supply to both the amp section and preamp section. When I replaced them with better ones there was a considerable difference
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Musical Fidelity A1008 integrated amp?
I use the Nuvista M3. From what I have read I would go with that, the TriVista, 500 or 550 in preference to the A1008 unless there is a large price differential
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PS Audio GCPH vs Graham Slee ERA Gold V
The Slee Revelation + Elevator EXP was tested in HIFICRITIC issue 3 and the GCPH in issue 11, the Slee was considerably better , rated 26 on their scale vs 15 for the PS. I don't . . .
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Musical Fidelity A300 or A3.5?
I would check to see if the a300 is more fully dual mono than the 3.5. MF changed what they called dual mono from one that had two transformers to one that had separate windings on. . .
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Rotel Michi RHB 10 How is it different??
Yes. It was made to a higher standard with better parts. Easily worth the difference, I would think. It would be to me. It was their prestige line and had an excellent reputation. . .
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Musical 2 channel int amp for $600-$1000
Musical Fidelity. Check their website or Stereophile for reviews
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preamp upgrade help;
If you know any good modifiers you might have them go through your preamp and replace current parts with higher quality ones. Even expensive components seldom use best quality . . .
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Musical Fidelity A5.5 and speaker recs?
I recommend Spendor speakers , there is a pair of SP-1s available for $825 now. Or B&W 805s are also good. I would buy the amp used and save about 50%. All the MF amps are good, I. . .
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