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£100 - £150 budget for an amp to power 601s

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  1. Nitesh9999

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    Hi,

    I'm looking to get some B+W 601's and want an AMP to power them.


    The only input will be from my PCs soundcard (which will probably be a MAudio Audiophile 2496)


    Any ideas? I'm new to this and was advised to get something with 100W @ 8ohms.


    I don't mind going second hand.


    Thanks


    Nit
     
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    Even by purchasing used,£100-150 is a tall order for an amp of that power.

    You'd be best advised to lower your sights in terms of power,and look towards better sound quality with perhaps 50W/channel,which only represents a 3dB drop in sound level overall,and may not even be noticed.

    By doing that,you can find amps like Quad 303 around,which will offer decent quality at very low prices,and considerable scope to upgrade the thing if you wanted.

    There are obviously lots of others around,and a quick look through the usual used sources may give you an idea of what's around.
     
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    Hi thanks for the relply


    are these what you mean

    DENON PMA355UK £190
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo-1.cfm/Product_ID/39


    NAD C320BEE £180
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo-1.cfm/Product_ID/1213


    2x50w/channel thats what you say would be up to the job?


    How many more db are we talking of loosing when looking at 40w a channel like this


    PIONEER A109 £99
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo-1.cfm/Product_ID/784

    its about £80 cheaper


    finnaly a 60w/channel

    YAMAHA AX396 £150
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo-1.cfm/Product_ID/62

    middle range price but its the most powerful out of the 4.


    What are the common reasons one amp cost more than another (not including power output), is it just the number of inputs and other bells and whistles (that I wont be needing)?


    If thats the case when looking for a 2nd hand for my setup all i need to know is that the AMP has sufficient power?


    because I saw this for £20

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Audiolab-8000...5803213121QQcategoryZ3280QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


    would that be ok, its 60 watt /channel @ 8ohm



    Thanks


    Nit


    This beast with its 110w 2x output would be really good i guess?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Pioneer-VSA-E...5802522652QQcategoryZ3280QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


    i'm definately buying 2nd hand now!!
     
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    The last one you looked at would be the best in terms of value,if it goes at anything like that price,but as you've seen with the Audiolab,it's already reached £150 with more to go.

    Yes,it can save you a lot to buy used/ex-dem,but just be sure to buy from someone with decent feedback on auction sites,always collect,and see before buying if you can.
     
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    You would not go far wrong with the NAD 320BEE - and it's got pre-amp outputs so you could add a power amp at a later stage if you wanted more grunt, or if you wanted to bi-amp. But NAD amps are generally good value for money and sound good.
     
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    My money would go on a new NAD 320BEE - you'll be surprised by how REAL 50w sound!!!
     
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    Ebay :

    Sony ES amplifiers are easily in that price range and plenty of power too, generally 80W on tap. Thats a real 80W too.
     
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    there an audiolab 8000a just appeared on hififorsale.com for £150 might be worth a barter.
     
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    Will do thanks is it nopt a bit pricey at £150?,


    checking ebay constantly trying to get a feel for things...
     
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    the price seems quite variable in ebay between £100 and £200. as for real watts I'm assuming that means with low levels of distortions and at all times rather then peak output ie for short bursts or struggling when impedance drops.
     
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    Marantz 4400 ose around £159 from Richer Sounds.
     
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    Hi,


    Thsnks for clearing that up Harv.


    Booktrunk, that amp seems a bit weak? Only 40W/channel


    Would it be better if you guys in the know, suggest some amps that pump out 80+w/channel @8ohms that were released a few years ago/discontinued. So on ebay they will be going for sub £150 (hope this doesn’t sound too rude/lazy :))


    One 50watt Amp i've been pointed towards is the Cyrus 3/3i but there are not too many about...


    Thanks
     
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    The amounts of watts isn't really the be all and end all of it.

    If it's a reasonable quality then 40w should be fine to be honest.

    If you can get to a Richer Sounds go for a demo and listen to this and any others they have around this price range.

    Mind you most Richer sounds now seem to have got rid of 80% of their amps to make more space for Plasma/LCD TV's
     
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    Can't say I've ever really listened to a sony amp, how much was it new?
     
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    Hi, I have no idea...? :(



    I have picked out 2 more sony ones, 100w/channel @ 8ohms.


    I may just grab them now, rather than missing out again.
     

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